NREL Cybersecurity Research Engineer in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Cybersecurity Research Engineer



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Resilience Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking an experienced cybersecurity researcher to lead its research in vulnerability analysis and mitigation to secure energy systems from cyberattacks. This researcher will lead strategic development of a new research capability and set direction for a research portfolio with focus on security needs for cyber-physical systems in the energy sector and government agencies.

NREL’s Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Resilience Center is focused on meeting needs to improve security and resilience of the U.S. energy infrastructure. This Center works directly with the electric utility sector, the renewable energy 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.

The cybersecurity research engineer will provide technical leadership in building a new research capability to support emerging needs for securing renewable energy resources, the power grid, and other technologies that are part of grid modernization. The research engineer will play a lead role in conducting research and building a research portfolio through laboratory research and development and lead proposal development for externally funded projects from government agencies and industry.

Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop research collaborations with other researchers at NREL, other national laboratories, academia, and industry.

  • Develop and enhance NREL’s technical capabilities relevant to advancing security and resilience for cyber-physical systems for the electric power grid and renewable energy systems such as solar fields and wind farms.

  • Build relationships with key government and industry sponsors.

  • Lead development of proposals for new research funding.

  • Conduct world-class, high-quality research and development and publish results in high impact journals as appropriate.

  • Effectively manage research projects within budget, scope and schedule.

  • Mentor junior research staff.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Relevant PhD and 15 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Master's Degree and 18 or more years of experience . Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 20 or more years of experience . Exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Apply and/or develop highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts. Viewed as an international expert within the field. Demonstrates leadership of complex technical projects. Project management competence. Demonstrated management of complex and/or high impact projects. Outstanding technical writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications


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