Jobs For R&D Electrical Grid - Cyber Security Engineer (Senior or Principal) In Sandia National Laboratories
Company Name: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Industry: Computer & Network Security, Defense & Space, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Employment Type: Full-time
Experience: Mid-Senior Level
Job Function: Research, Engineering, Information Technology
Employer Job ID: 652114
Job ID: 122246276
This R&D Electrical Engineering position will provide the opportunity to lead solutions for national security related to electric grid cyber security. The position exists at the intersection of electric power engineering and industrial control system security. The successful candidate will drive strategy and develop solutions using current research results as well as drive new research that will be used to provide future solutions. Current research areas include:
• Smart grid technologies
• Power systems communications and operations at both the distribution and transmission level
• Modeling and simulation
The use of physical and computational simulation and analysis, at the physics level and control system level, are inherent in research activities that will be conducted. New research is multifaceted engineering that will address interfaces and interactions between all cyber and grid components, subsystems and systems required for a secure grid environment that can withstand coordinated, simultaneous, highly-sophisticated attacks. The position will also develop customer relations and associated programs in grid-related cyber security, and will contribute to the development and execution of Sandia’s strategy in this area. This position requires the ability to travel one to two times per month.
Primary Job Duties:
Position requires technical and programmatic leadership in the area of cyber security for industrial controls, with special emphasis on electric power grid systems. The incumbent will work closely across both the Electric Power Systems Research department and the Cybersecurity R&D department; developing and overseeing coordinated research topics. Position requires a working knowledge of smart grid technologies, power systems communications and operations at both the distribution and transmission level. The use of physical and computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation as inherent activities of development is inherent in research activities that will be conducted. The incumbent will conduct research in cybersecurity technologies to discover and test innovative methods of securing the cyber and cyber-physical environment for electric power systems. Research areas include technology overlaps between electric power systems research and cybersecurity research. A working knowledge in encryption, authentication, identity and access management, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, and intrusion detection are essential. Position uses a multidisciplinary engineering approach to model interfaces, interactions between all cyber and grid components, subsystems and systems required for a secure grid environment that can withstand multipronged, highly sophisticated attacks.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
A comprehensive understanding of the Open System Interconnection (OSI) Model and layer definitions, including details of typical power systems communication protocols such as ICCP, DNP3, IEC 61850, IEEE C37.118, OSGP, ModBus, IP and Serial Based, IEEE 802, and the ability to quickly assess a host of proprietary protocols.
• Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related technical discipline plus two or more years of relevant experience
• Experience in program and project development, multi-disciplinary team building and leadership, and execution of projects related to the electric grid and cybersecurity
• Demonstrated knowledge of power grid theory, planning, and operations
• Demonstrated knowledge of multiple standard power systems communication protocols, such as ICCP, DNP3, IEC 61850,IEEE 37.118, OSGP, ModBus, and IEEE 802, including the ability to reverse engineer proprietary protocols
• Working knowledge of encryption, authentication, identity and access management, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing and intrusion detection
Qualifications We Desire
• PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related technical field plus ten or more years of domain specific technical experience.
• Demonstrated competence and excellence in developing and maintaining customer relations
• Demonstrated national leadership in this technology area, as evidenced through accomplishments in peer associations (such as IEEE), participation on national-level committees, patents, and/or peer-reviewed publications
• Broad energy and infrastructure experience such as renewable energy, distributed energy systems, grid integration, infrastructure interdependencies, or other relevant related technology and modeling and analysis.
• Direct experience in successfully managing DOE, DHS, or DOD sponsored programs
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance with the ability to obtain an SCI-level clearance.
Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
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Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.
About Our Team:
The Electric Power Systems Research Department conducts R&D and advanced analytics to enable the modernization of the nation's electric power grid. This work includes the development of improved planning and operations methodologies from the bulk system down to end users. Our capabilities encompass the development and application of advanced algorithmic and computational methods, grid operations, economics, and policy. Examples of specific core areas include power system dynamics, operational reliability, advanced renewables integration, electricity market development, smart grid technologies and related information analysis, optimal resource expansion, and computationally based decision support. This department is highly inter-disciplinary, working collaboratively with universities, utilities, government agencies, and both national and international research organizations.
This position will work in very close collaboration with Sandia Department 06613 Resilient Control Systems, as well as other cyber related teams.
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