Electric Power System Researcher: Cyber Focus
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Richland, WA

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Organization and Job ID
Job ID: 302175
Directorate: Energy and Environment
Division: Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings
Group: Advanced Power and Energy Systems
Job Description
The Advanced Power and Energy Systems Group within the Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are currently seeking an Electric Power System Researcher with a Cyber focus. This position will provide support to the Laboratory's research in the cyber security of electrical power system transmission and distribution. This position will focus on research related to cyber security topics, including analysis, for the smart grid. The primary emphasis of this position will be to develop novel analysis algorithms for data traffic associated with the grid, and supporting projects working on new concepts for securing the grid.

Furthermore, the successful candidate will prepare manuscripts for publication and present their work to clients and at conferences.
Minimum Requirements
S&E II: BS in Electrical Engineering with 2+ years of experience, MS with 0-2 years of experience, or Ph.D. with 0 years of experience.
Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, as the position will be required
to support the development of technical documents and reports on a routine basis.
Proficiency in commercial EMS, DMS, RTU, Protective Relays or AMI is extremely desirable
Qualifications

Professional Experience:
The candidate is expected to apply and interpret standard theories, principles, methods, tools and technologies within their area of specialty.

He or she must possess strong analytical, task management, and communications skills, both oral and written, and be able to communicate clearly the goals, parameters, objectives and outcomes of their research.

The candidate must be adept at working with small to moderate size technical teams.

Technical Expertise and Breadth of Knowledge:
The candidate must possess an in depth knowledge of power systems operations, software development, and cyber security for the smart grid. In addition, the applicant must have a good understanding of power system controls and stability issues. Specifically, he/she must have proficiency in: understanding secure software development of power systems applications, and networking and communications associated with the smart grid and their related cyber security concepts.
Technical Judgment: The candidate would be expected to independently complete recurring assignments and exercise limited judgment on work details.

The candidate would be expected to make selections and adaptations of technical alternatives with the final selection to be made by senior staff.
Technical Leadership and Capability Development: The candidate would be expected to be involved in the technical decision-making and provide solutions under the direction of the PI/PM. He/she is expected to contribute to the technical content of proposals.

Mentors and supports peers and junior staff in technical growth.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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 staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.
Other Information
This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner.

Which requires:
  • US Citizenship
  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
  • Drug Testing:
All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing.

In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).
Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated

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