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Industrial Control Engineer

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 10/12/2023

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is important for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$127,680 - $196,788 Annually

$127,680 - $163,968 Annually for the SES.2 level

$153,210 - $196,788 Annually for the SES.3 level

Job Description

The Cyber and Infrastructure Resiliency program has multiple openings for Industrial Control Engineers.  You will join a diverse, multi-disciplinary team working to ensure safe, reliable, and secure infrastructure systems.  You will contribute to research and development projects in the area of cybersecurity for critical infrastructure systems.

This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering directorate, matrixed to LLNL’s Cyber and Infrastructure Resilience Program.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will

  • Provide analysis of industrial control and SCADA networks and systems to identify potential vulnerabilities and indicators of compromise working with interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers on relevant national security projects.
  • Plan and execute testing and validating new industrial control network characterization tools and simulations, working with LLNL’s cyber-physical modeling and testbed teams.
  • Lead and contribute to presentations that communicate results to sponsors and other stakeholders.
  • Provide solutions to moderately complex problems involving largely identifiable factors as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Engage other developers frequently to share relevant knowledge, opinions, and recommendations.
  • Work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Apply advanced knowledge and significant experience in industrial control systems including providing technical direction and leadership to cross-disciplinary teams as well as external sponsors.
  • Manage complex project scopes and schedules.
  • Develop research and development proposals independently, under minimal direction.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical engineering, Industrial engineering, computer engineering, or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Broad experience in the design, setup, operation, and maintenance of industrial control systems including PLC’s and Ladder Logic.
  • Experience in troubleshooting operations and communications system for industrial control system.
  • Ability to effectively manage concurrent technical tasks with competing priorities and meet deadlines that are important to project success with minimal guidance.
  • Experience providing innovative approaches and applying new technologies to broadly defined tasks and projects.
  • Effective interpersonal skills necessary to interact with all levels of personnel with the ability to work independently in a diverse, multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills to prepare, present, and document technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Experience applying effective analytical and problem-solving skills to complex problems.
  • Experience leading analysis of industrial control networks for vulnerabilities.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of cybersecurity best practices in industrial control applications and networks.
  • Familiarity with control systems for one or more infrastructure related applications such as electricity, gas, water, or communication.
  • Familiarity with network packet analysis tools (e.g., tcpdump, wireshark, tshark, libpcap).
  • Familiarity with computer networking concepts and security (e.g., subnetting, routing protocols, Voice over IP(VoIP), DNS, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), encryption techniques and technologies, secure network architectures, and network security technologies such as encryption and firewalls).


Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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