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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Energy Systems Cybersecurity Engineer in SEATTLE, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310564

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division

Group:Buildings & Connected Systems

Job Description

If you want your legacy to have meaningful impact for the greater good and work in support of an organization that addresses some of today’s most challenging problems that face Our Nation, then you need to join us!

For more than 50 years, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world in the areas of energy, the environment and national security. With diverse science capabilities and decades of experience in energy systems and cybersecurity, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is committed to help address the newest challenges to our Nation, protecting our critical energy infrastructure. Help us advance this frontier, delivering “first of a kind” solutions to improve the performance of the nation’s energy system and keep it safe!

The Buildings and Connected Systems Group and Electricity Security Group are currently seeking an Energy Systems Cybersecurity Engineer with a background in power systems or industrial control systems and their cybersecurity. The position will focus on making technical contributions to ongoing research projects in the electricity infrastructure and buildings sectors by writing technical papers and reports, testing methodologies to evaluate and improve cyber hygiene of energy and control systems, and generating new ideas and research avenues. The desired engineer will:

  • Provide technical leadership and subject matter expertise as it relates to cybersecurity and the planning, integration, and operation of onsite power generation and distribution, building automation and control systems, utility management control systems for facilities and/or campuses, and connected renewable energy technologies.

  • Use understanding of existing cybersecurity standards, operational and engineering limitations, organizational policies, cyber-physical vulnerabilities, and requirements pertaining to the facility-related control systems to develop deployable solutions and strategies that can be tailored to improve the overall cybersecurity posture of critical infrastructure facilities.

  • Assist the development of new business by contributing to or leading proposals.

  • Work with colleagues and external collaborators to develop innovative solutions to emerging challenges facing the energy industry.

  • Lead and manage small- to medium-sized projects or tasks.

  • Assist senior management in developing technical strategies.

  • Effectively communicate with senior engineers to ensure high-quality delivery of research projects on budget and on time.

  • Publish research outcomes in peer-reviewed journals and technical reports and present findings at conferences.

  • Mentor and direct junior staff

  • Present and promote PNNL research agenda and products in professional communities.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience, and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 2: Building reputation through application of S&E principles and theories, and developing technical approaches. Effectively teaming to share resources and optimize research at the group and division level. Receives guidance on new assignments, making preliminary selections on technical alternatives; independently completes recurring assignments. Defines and leads project work at a small task/project level, reporting results on time and on budget. Contributes to proposals.

Level 3 : Making key contributions in setting technical direction. Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Enhances technical/professional skills of junior staff through active mentoring and training. Generates ideas for new proposals and participates in business development activities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 2+ years of experience, or a Master's degree with 0+ years of experience, or a PhD with 0+ years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with at least 5+ years of experience, or a Master's degree with 3+ years of experience, or a PhD with 1+ years of experience in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or similar degree

  • Technical expertise in power systems, buildings automation and control systems, and/or cybersecurity of operational systems

  • Experience researching, building, or implementing operationally relevant cybersecurity policies and controls; network or host-based experience with scanning/assessment tools, monitoring, pen testing, and network protocols preferred

  • Proficient in (a) power system generation, transmission and load simulation and/or modeling; (b) facility-related controls systems, including building automation system operations; and/or (c) distributed and connected systems

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Thorough understanding and potentially past working experience with using cybersecurity standards and frameworks such as the NIST CSF, 800-53, RMF, and DOE C2M2

  • Strong working experience with cybersecurity tools such as NMAP, NESUS, Shodan, Wireshark, Metasploit, etc. in addition to the network engineering and operational technology models such as the Purdue Reference Model and the OSI stack

  • Thorough knowledge of facility-related controls system cybersecurity protocols

  • Experience with performing cybersecurity vulnerability assessments

  • Certifications such as CISSP, GICSP

  • Strong programming ability, e.g., Python, C++, JAVA, MATLAB

  • Experience working with federal agencies

  • Willingness to travel domestically to federal sites for assessments periodically.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Closing Statement

  • U.S. citizenship required

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Engineering/Engineering Techs

Group: Buildings & Connected Systems

Opening Date: 2020-02-26

Closing Date: 2020-04-10