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The Security and Resilience Group in the Power Systems Engineering Center (PSEC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) seeks an experienced energy systems analyst. The analyst will conduct rigorous analyses supporting the protection of the U.S. energy system from cyber, electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and physical attacks, and from naturally occurring disruptions from severe weather events and geomagnetic disturbances. The work will also involve exploration of energy system resilience, addressing recovery from disruptions as well as future planning for more resilient systems. The analytic results will benefit the U.S. population and will inform future NREL research directions in science, technology and energy systems design.

The context for this work is the increasing role in the U.S. of advanced energy technologies, broadly networked control systems, and business models that are changing the traditional roles of energy producers and consumers. These advances introduce new possibilities for disruptions from natural and human sources. Analyses of security and resilience must account for technologies, system configurations and control schemes, energy market dynamics, interactions with other infrastructure systems, and threats to sustained operations.

NREL’s Security and Resilience Group is focused on R&D to improve the security and resilience of the U.S. energy infrastructure. This Group works directly with the electric utility sector, the renewable energy industry, 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.

Job Duties

The analyst will work with a team of subject matter experts in power systems, cybersecurity, and other energy analysts and researchers in PSEC and across NREL. The analyst will use a wide variety of information resources and analytical tools to understand and prioritize threats to critical energy infrastructures including the power grid, renewable and other energy resources, and emerging technologies such as electric vehicles and energy storage systems. The analyst should have a strong understanding of cybersecurity threats to cyber-physical systems and must be able to work independently and deal with ambiguity. Excellent verbal and written communication skills will be critical.

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

Conduct analysis 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 impactful technical analyses and publish results in high impact journals as appropriate.
Effectively manage research projects within budget, scope and schedule.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Demonstrated experience in cyber-physical systems security and energy system resilience.
Demonstrated experience working in multi-disciplinary research teams.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee complex and high-impact analyses.
An active TS or Q clearance.
Some travel may be required in this position (approximately 1 week/month).


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

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.

Preferred Qualifications

Research or analysis experience and publications in cyber-physical security and resilience of energy systems.

Deep knowledge and experience in power grid and renewable energy systems operations.

A relevant technical degree, Ph.D. preferred, in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science or a related applied scientific discipline, for example: mechanical or other energy systems engineering, process dynamics/control, information technologies, communications, physics, or materials science.

Demonstrated success in energy research or analysis for the Departments of Energy, Defense or Homeland Security, or other government agencies.

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