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Instrumentation & Control Systems Engineer

Idaho National Laboratory

Position Type:
Rqd Education: Doctorate Degree
Rqd Experience: 5+ years
Date Posted: August 31, 2022
Reference Code: 18322
Does a career focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
The Control Systems Engineer in this position is a Nationally recognized technical subject matter expert in the application of industrial control systems (ICS) and engineering principles and is capable of conducting groundbreaking research and technical analysis of cyber threats against the industrial control systems that form the very backbone of our nation's critical infrastructure, e.g., the electrical grid, oil & gas pipelines, nuclear energy facilities, military installations, and air / ground / sea transportation infrastructure.
Responsibilities Include:
  • Draw from open source and classified intelligence information to work with analysts and cyber researchers to develop hardware-centric technical reports, briefings, white papers, strategies and other products that help inform USG agencies, the Department of Defense, public utilities and international partners.
  • Hands-on experience with industrial control systems and a person who can work as part of collaborative teams usually comprised of control systems subject matter experts, power engineers, other analysts and cyber researchers to execute a mix of both short- and long-term technical projects.
  • Lead technical projects, making them responsible for translating work scope into project tasks, determining assignments for other team members and representing INL as the project lead when meeting with external sponsors and partners from other national labs.
  • Technical depth in the design and operation of industrial control systems, as well as knowledge of vulnerabilities and threats, particularly from cyber attacks, to US and international ICS used across multiple sectors (electric power, oil and gas, chemical, etc.).
  • Work activities may include the development of hands-on training aides that will be used to train and educate various partners and this individual is expected to be able to develop the training equipment in collaboration with critical infrastructure sector SMEs and be comfortable in publicly speaking to large groups in a training setting.
  • The nature of this work requires both laboratory and field development, experimentation, and demonstration activities and the individual must be capable and competent in working safely within these environments including the ability to take charge as a Principal Researcher and Laboratory Space Coordinator to ensure the safety of others.
  • In addition, this position will serve as senior advisor to the Cybercore Director and to the Associate Lab Director for National & Homeland Security on ICS-related matters and as Technical Lead on multiple projects.
  • This position requires nationally recognized expertise and technical depth in Instrumentation and Control issues, as well as detailed knowledge of vulnerabilities and threats, particularly from cyber attack, to US and international ICS used across multiple sectors (electric power, oil and gas, chemical, etc.).
  • This position will develop innovative new projects and originate groundbreaking methodologies for protecting critical infrastructure on a national level.
  • This position will be expected to represent INL before key sponsors and prospective customers.
Minimum Requirements:
  • PR4: Baccalaureate degree plus 8 years, or Master's degree 6 years, or Doctorate degree plus 4 years of confirmed experience.
  • PR5: Baccalaureate degree and 12 years, or Master's degree and 8 years, or Doctorate degree degree plus 6 years of confirmed experience.
  • Experience shall include designing or applying control systems cyber security solutions in critical infrastructure at the system and/or regional level.
  • Relevant experiences include technical expertise with industrial control systems, to include instrumentation and control design, PLC and HMI programming, real-time control system development, electrical engineering and design, and cyber security. Preferred degrees are in Control Systems Engineering, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering and Cyber Security.
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy "L" / "Q" clearance, which requires US Citizenship.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Extensive field experience is preferred and a Professional Engineering license is preferred but not required.
  • Must be willing and able to complete a polygraph and become a full-time member of DOE's Field Intelligence Element.
  • PR5: Must pass S&E Committee Review
Job Information
  • Salary Grade: 230/240
  • Chosen applicants are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
  • TDP: This is a testing designated position; you will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and periodic drug testing throughout the term of your employment.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on depth and breadth of proven experience and skills.
INL Overview:
INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,000 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation's nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.
INL Mission:
Our mission is to discover, demonstrate and secure innovative nuclear energy solutions, other clean energy options and critical infrastructure.
INL Vision:
Our vision is to change the world's energy future and secure our nation's critical infrastructure.
Selective Service Requirements:
To be eligible for employment at INL men born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see www.sss.gov.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
INL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide EEO to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.
COVID Safety Protocols:
As a condition of employment, INL will inquire about COVID vaccination status and expects candidate compliance with all required COVID safety protocols, including mask-wearing as applicable.
INL has implemented a required vaccination policy effective immediately requiring all new hires must be vaccinated against COVID - 19 as a condition of employment, unless exempt under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other applicable state or federal law. In accordance with INL's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations.
Reasonable Accommodation:
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
Other Information:
When applying to positions please provide your resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions, may be deemed ineligible for consideration.
INL does not accept resumes from third party vendors unsolicited.
Benefits & Salary:
We have an extremely competitive salary structure, robust relocation package, and a phenomenal benefits package. For more information, please visit: https://www.inl.gov/careers/benefits-overview


About this Employer‍

Part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s complex of national laboratories, INL performs work in each of the strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science & environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research & development.