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National Renewable Energy Laboratory DevOps Platform Lead in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

DevOps Platform Lead



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $73,900 - $133,100

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located in Golden, Colorado, has an immediate opening for a 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.

Research areas of interest include:

  • Energy Control and Energy Management Systems Cybersecurity

  • Renewable Energy Generation (solar, wind, geothermal) Cyber-Physical Security

  • Distributed Energy Resource Cyber-Physical Security

  • Industrial Internet of Things and Building Energy Management Systems Cybersecurity

  • Internet of Things, Electric Vehicle Systems, Home Energy Management Systems, and smart home controllable device cybersecurity

  • Natural and human energy system threat modeling and risk quantification

  • Vulnerability and mitigation assessments throughout the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (Identify, protect, detect, respond and recover)

  • Integrated power and communication emulation with virtualization and hardware-in-the-loop

  • Human cognitive science around power and communication system visualization

  • Application development to support research, validation, operational exercises and training of Energy Cyber-Physical Systems

  • Visualization to improve situational awareness of multilayered communication and energy systems

  • Innovative architectures for zero-trust within emerging energy transformati


Basic Qualifications

PhD in Engineering, Public Policy, or closely related fields.

Or, relevant Master's Degree in Engineering, Public Policy, or closely related fields and 3 or more years of experience.

Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Public Policy, or closely related fields and 5 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.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.

  • Git - Continuous integration and deployment.

  • Container orchestration (Kubernetes, Docker swarm)

  • Virtualization orchestration (Openstack, Minimega)

  • Software defined networking (Openvswitch)

  • Demonstrated experience synthesizing input from multiple collaborators and/or stakeholders into a cohesive project vision


Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; pension benefits; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match; life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance; personal time off (PTO) and sick leave; paid holidays; and tuition reimbursement. NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Limited-term positions are not eligible for long-term disability or tuition reimbursement.

* Based on eligibility rules

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