Cyber Security Technical Professional

Date: Apr 17, 2024

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 12715 


As a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has an extraordinary 80-year history of solving the nation’s biggest problems. We have a dedicated and creative staff of over 6,000 people! Our vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) is to cultivate an environment and practices that foster diversity in ideas and in the people across the organization, as well as to ensure ORNL is recognized as a workplace of choice. These elements are critical for enabling the execution of ORNL’s broader mission to accelerate scientific discoveries and their translation into energy, environment, and security solutions for the nation.

The primary purpose of this position is to increase ORNL’s science contributions and help manage research across the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DoD) and related Intelligence Community (IC) mission areas. This position entails scientific, engineering, and management leadership in the area of cyber-physical systems (such as critical infrastructure, IoT, mobile devices, or vehicular systems). The successful candidate will investigate technical capabilities and help manage execution of the ORNL Cyber Security programs and projects in support of national, DoE, DoD, IC, and homeland protection requirements. Specific focus is towards the development of cyber-physical systems security capabilities.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Support national security agendas as they relate to the protection of national energy assets and critical infrastructure.
  • Assist in the development of research proposals related to critical infrastructure protection and cyber-physical security.
  • Promote ORNL/partners cyber security research and development capabilities as they apply to the national security community.
  • Maintain knowledge currency of national-level cyber security research and development requirements.
  • Generate plans, proposals, budgets, and strategy for cyber security programs, applications and issues.
  • Provide scientific and technical advice for national level cyber security issues and ORNL programs.
  • Present briefings and instruction to technical audiences, leadership and sponsors on cyber security issues, research, and programs.
  • Identify and articulate ORNL capabilities and customer requirements to internal and external technical audiences, leadership, and sponsors.
  • Maintain awareness and understanding of open cyber security research conducted throughout the DOE complex and the world.


Deliver ORNL’s mission by aligning behaviors, priorities, and interactions with our core values of Impact, Integrity, Teamwork, Safety, and Service. Promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by fostering a respectful workplace – in how we treat one another, work together, and measure success.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Math or related IT discipline and two (2) years of relevant experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience with at least one of the following: C, C++, python, MATLAB and IDA Pro.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with industrial control systems, programmable logic controllers, micro-controllers, and embedded devices.
  • A fundamental understanding of cyber security methods, tools, and operational applications, and the ability to apply cyber security technical knowledge is necessary – in particular, hardware and software reverse engineering. 
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills, along with superior interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to proactively work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory.
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.


Special Requirements:


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Q clearance with SCI: 

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program.  In addition, due the SCI, you may also be subject to random polygraph testing.  


Benefits at ORNL:  

ORNL offers competitive pay and benefits programs to attract and retain talented people. The laboratory offers many employee benefits, including medical and retirement plans and flexible work hours, to help you and your family live happy and healthy. Employee amenities such as on-site fitness, banking, and cafeteria facilities are also provided for convenience.

Other benefits include the following: Prescription Drug Plan, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 401(k) Retirement Plan, Contributory Pension Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Benefits, Generous Vacation and Holidays, Parental Leave, Legal Insurance with Identity Theft Protection, Employee Assistance Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts, Wellness Programs, Educational Assistance, Relocation Assistance, and Employee Discounts.

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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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