Senior Researcher - Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, CO
United States
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Job Description
**Posting Title**

Senior Researcher - Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

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**Location**

CO - Golden

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**Position Type**

Regular

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**Hours Per Week**

40

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**Working at NREL**

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.



From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.



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**Job Description**



NREL's Cybersecurity Threat Analysis Group (CTAG) is performing research to secure our energy systems from cyberattack, and to make them more resilient to disruptions of any type. Using an on-premises private cloud interconnected with unique and powerful laboratory systems, NREL’s cyber range powers our investigation of rapidly evolving communication systems, industrial control systems, internet of things (IoT), and the flow of energy on which we all depend. Our research significantly enhances energy security, resilience, efficiency, and affordability across the United States and the world.



In CTAG, software engineers work closely with network engineers and architects, mathematicians, and security professionals. Every project involves collaboration across NREL’s domains of expertise – from renewable generation via wind, solar, and geothermal; to efficient energy consumption in smart buildings, electric vehicles, and industry; to the power systems, energy storage, data and control algorithms needed to ensure the whole system operates reliably.



The successful candidate will develop research capabilities and perform novel research on emerging connected energy systems. Both hands-on laboratory work and modeling/simulation work is required. They will be comfortable working in an interdisciplinary environment where we learn constantly. A high degree of professionalism, curiosity, and ethical conduct is required. Outstanding communication is a must - written, verbal, and via presentations.



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**Basic Qualifications**

This role can be hired at a Level IV or Level V.



Level V:

Relevant PhD and 9 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 12 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 14 or more years of experience . Applies advanced scientific technical principles, theories and concepts. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Considered a national subject matter expert. Demonstrates leadership in a number of areas, including all team, task and/or project lead responsibilities. Demonstrated management of complex and/or impactful projects. Excellent technical writing, interpersonal and communication skills.



Level IV:

Relevant PhD and 4 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience . Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Excellent leadership, communication, problem solving and project management skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.



*** Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.**



**Additional Required Qualifications**



+ Must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI Clearance. _Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of_ _age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See_ DOE O 472.2A _for_ _additional information._

+ _Demonstrated experience driving strategic direction of applied tool use and data analysis for complex cyber-physical modeling and simulation (modsim) environments._

+ Demonstrated experience performing simulation, emulation, networking, and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) activities to evaluation control system cybersecurity across several domains

+ Demonstrated experience working safely in laboratory or field with hardware or communications systems, including troubleshooting.

+ Demonstrated experience with electric utility systems and grid interconnections.

+ Experience with object-oriented software development (C++, Python, C, C#, Java, JavaScript, Go, Bash, PowerShell) and related tools and processes (e.g. Gitlab, test-driven development, domain-driven design, agile).

+ Demonstrated experience developing cyber physical test environments based on threat intelligence reporting

+ Demonstrated experience using IT administration tools (Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, Vagrant, Yocto, Buildroot)

+ Demonstrated experience with Databases (SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, BoltDB)

+ Demonstrated experience with DevOps (Docker, Docker Compose, Podman, Kubernetes, Jenkins, CI,etc.)

+ Demonstrated experience using virtualization tools (KVM, QEMU, VMware, VirtualBox, Hyper-V, OpenStack)

+ Demonstrated experience using Department of Energy modsim technologies (phenix)



**Preferred Qualifications**



+ Experience with enterprise network configuration and management (Linux, Cisco, Cumulus, software defined networks).

+ Use of VMWare, Docker, Kubernetes, and similar tools for research and/or in a system administration capacity.

+ Experience simulating energy systems, such as with OpenDSS, PowerWorld, or similar.

+ Additional preference will be given to candidates with an existing security clearance.



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**Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)**

Job Profile: Researcher V / Annual Salary Range: $111,600 - $200,900



Job Profile: Researcher IV / Annual Salary Range: $93,100 - $167,600



NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.



**Benefits Summary**

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short*- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits*; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement*. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.



***** Based on eligibility rules



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If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.



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