Cyber Security Engineer I

at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Augusta, Maine, United States

Job Description


The Electricity Infrastructure and Buildings Division of PNNL is accelerating the transition to a sustainable, efficient, resilient, and secure energy system through innovation and actionable solutions. We are a diverse research organization of over 350 experts in electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering, data and computer sciences, cybersecurity, policy, economics, and related disciplines. Our vision is to transform the way our energy system infrastructure is designed, integrated, and operated in order to create environmental security, economic prosperity, and social equity for the Pacific Northwest region, the nation, and the world. Join our team and make an impact!

The Electricity Security Group is currently seeking a Cyber Security Engineer with an interest and/or background in power systems and electrical grid resilience, or knowledge in cybersecurity for energy systems. The position will focus on making technical contributions to ongoing research projects in cybersecurity for energy delivery systems, writing technical papers and reports, and generating new ideas and research avenues. The desired engineer will:

+ Work well independently and with others, in diverse teams. This includes a willingness to accept mentorship, training, and assessment related to the application of NDE techniques.

+ Demonstrate potential to successfully support Laboratory-based R&D projects by providing high quality technical deliverables.

+ Provide technical leadership and subject matter expertise with a focus on cybersecurity as it relates to operation of the electric grid including operations, markets, and planning.

+ Assist the development of new business by contributing to or leading small tasks.

+ Work with colleagues and external collaborators to develop innovative solutions to emerging challenges facing the power industry and smart buildings.

+ 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, conferences, etc.

+ Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

+ Actively participate in project planning, including preparation of experimental procedures and documentation of results.

+ Have computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office and a capability and willingness to learn NDE data acquisition/analysis/modeling software

+ Have Experience with programming languages, such as MATLAB or Python.

+ Possess understanding of general cybersecurity principles, various technology solutions, and threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures related to energy systems

+ Knowledge of foundational threat intelligence principles with a demonstrated understanding of how to apply them


Designs, deploys, and operates systems, networks, applications, and tools that underpin cyber security and cyber defense. Provides integration of hardware, software, and other components to solve operational challenges for cyber defenders. Performs data and systems engineering functions to support cyber operations activities and systems. Engineers and deploys security and defensive countermeasures and controls. Ensures system security needed in operations are assessed, established, and included in design and development; executes security requirements definition, systems analysis, systems design, security hardening, security test and evaluation, and certification and accreditation. Supports operational systems and performs activities such as vulnerability scanning, network, and system security configuration, etc. Design and architecture of new approaches, methods and techniques for cyber defense and resiliency for information technology and operational technology systems and networks. May interface with external entities including law enforcement, intelligence and other government organizations and agencies.


Minimum Qualifications:

+ BS/BA or higher

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Understanding of general cybersecurity principles, various technology solutions, and threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures related to energy systems

+ Knowledge of foundational threat intelligence principles with a demonstrated understanding of how to apply them

+ BS/BA in Electrical Engineering or Cybersecurity or MS/MA

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignments Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State-the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

Mandatory Requirements

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse y

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Job Posting: JC248385432

Posted On: Sep 23, 2023

Updated On: Oct 24, 2023

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