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. Our Energy Security and Resilience Center (ESR) has an immediate need for a DevOps researcher to provide strategic research leadership which leverages our cybersecurity research software and emulation tools.
The successful candidate will bring experience in performing research within a complex environment, with multiple stakeholders and parallel lines of investigation. Specifically, the role involves developing and applying software tools and platforms to cybersecurity for complex energy and related systems. The role involves regular collaboration with NREL’s domain experts in energy grids, thermal systems, human factors, communication networks, and especially cybersecurity. Highly effective communication skills are required, as the role requires regular interfacing with customers, project stakeholders, and colleagues. The successful candidate will use their experience writing proposals and collaborating with industry to bring funding and shape NREL’s research portfolio.
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Public Policy, or a related field and 5 or more years of experience. Or Master's Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Public Policy, or a related field and 3 or more years of experience.
Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE “Q” Security 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 Order 472.2 for additional information.
Intermediate Linux skills
Intermediate ability to utilize Git for source control
Intermediate development skills in Python or Golang
Demonstrated experience leading complex research
Demonstrated experience working with a diverse team of colleagues
Strong interest in cybersecurity and its applications in the energy domain, including some experience with energy systems within NREL’s mission space
Demonstrated expertise in public speaking—such as research presentations, business development, or customer management.
Demonstrated expertise in technical writing and editing, as represented by an appropriate publication record
Demonstrated experience writing funding proposals
Demonstrated experience interfacing directly with industry (public or private sector) to translate research outcomes into real-world impact
Ability to hold and maintain a security clearance.
Docker - The ability to create Docker custom images to meet project needs.
System Automation - Familiar with Ansible, SaltStack, or similar system automation technologies.
VSCode - or similar IDE.
C++ - Familiar with or object-oriented programming language.
Demonstrated experience synthesizing input from multiple collaborators and/or stakeholders into a cohesive project vision
Internal Number: R6863
About National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, part of the DOE research lab system, advances the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies and provides the knowledge to integrate and optimize energy systems.