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NREL Energy Cyber-Physical Systems Security Senior Researcher in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Energy Cyber-Physical Systems Security Senior Researcher



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is leading a transformation of the national energy system through research and development in renewable energy generation and energy systems integration. NREL’s Cyber-Physical Systems Security Group within the Energy Security and Resilience Center is seeking an Energy Cyber-Physical Systems Security Researcher. A background in cybersecurity, physical security and/or power systems engineering is needed to perform research in vulnerability analysis and mitigation to secure energy communication and control systems from cyberattacks. NREL works directly with the electric utility sector, the renewable energy generation sector, energy and security technology vendors and integrators, the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and other federal agencies with missions critical to the nation’s energy security interests.

Research areas of interest include:

  • Energy Control and Energy Management Systems Cybersecurity

  • Renewable Energy Generation (solar, wind, geothermal) Cyber-Physical Security

  • Distributed Energy Resource Cyber-Physical Security

  • Industrial Internet of Things and Building Energy Management Systems Cybersecurity

  • Internet of Things, Electric Vehicle Systems, Home Energy Management Systems, and smart home controllable device cybersecurity

  • Natural and human energy system threat modeling and risk quantification

  • Vulnerability and mitigation assessments throughout the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (Identify, protect, detect, respond and recover)

  • Integrated power and communication emulation with virtualization and hardware-in-the-loop

  • Human cognitive science around power and communication system visualization

Job Duties Include:

  • Lead strategic research and development planning efforts

  • Perform modeling and analysis

  • General knowledge and application of engineering technical standards, principles, theories, concepts and techniques

  • Skilled in team, task or project leadership responsibilities

  • Advanced abilities and knowledge of practices and techniques

  • Experienced in project management

  • Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills

  • Author scientific publications

  • Develop responses to request for proposals


Basic Qualifications

Electrical Engineering PhD and 4 or more years of experience . Or, Master's Degree and 7 or more years of experience . Or, Bachelor's Degree and 9 or more years of experience .


Additional Qualifications

  • Applies extensive engineering technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Considered a technical resource.

  • Demonstrates leadership in several areas of team, task or project lead responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated experience in management of projects. Excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications


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