Supply Chain Researcher

at Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States

Job Description


Does a career focused on enhancing the resilience of the world's energy future through improving the security surrounding digital supply chains or critical infrastructure catch your interest? Do you have expertise in developing novel approaches to understanding the relationships between digital supply chain threats, affected vendors, and asset owners and the ecosystem of the components and subcomponents that make up critical infrastructure systems? Would you be interested in developing and applying mitigations to immediate and future threats to cyber-physical systems? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!

The digital supply chain for critical infrastructure systems is an area of increasing interest for the development of security and resilience enhancements. Protecting our critical cyber-physical infrastructure from adversaries is now recognized by both government and industry as one the country's highest priority challenges - we'd love to have you join us.

Idaho National Laboratory's (INL) National & Homeland Security Directorate is seeking forward-thinking, diversely experienced professionals who want to explore a career as a Supply Chain Researcher.

The person in this position will support existing programs performing testing of energy sector systems, developing analytical methods to increase the impact of vulnerability analysis and enumeration and drive cutting edge R&D to improve the digital supply chain security of critical infrastructure, including the electrical grid, manufacturing, oil & gas pipelines, nuclear energy facilities, government facilities, and transportation networks.

Responsibilities include:

Leverage data and insights from ongoing INL energy sector systems testing programs to inform the development of analytics and technical approaches for use by the programs furthering their impact and aligning them with emerging research in cybersecurity and digital supply chain risk mitigation. Research emerging threat actors and threat scenarios and aligned testing approaches to detect and mitigate those threats.

Broadly advancing methods and tools for effective and efficient digital supply chain risk mitigation to improve the security and resilience of cyber-physical systems in critical infrastructure. Such systems include industrial control systems (ICS), supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, embedded high-energy real-time systems, industrial internet of things (IIoT), industrial processes, and industrial supply chains.

Providing technical leadership (e.g., principal investigator, technical lead) for internal- and external- funded R&D for innovative applications of digital supply chain risk mitigation. Such leadership includes collaborating with INL's strategic academic partners, and joint appointment faculty to co-develop and incorporate relevant state-of-the-art tools and methods for critical infrastructure applications.

Communicating research and project results internally and externally to advance the field and INL's leadership in the targeted application of digital supply chain risk mitigation to the security and resilience of critical infrastructure. Such communication includes writing peer-reviewed papers, organizing/participating in workshops, giving lectures, mentoring INL colleagues on the practical applications of digital supply chain risk mitigation, and embracing opportunities for thought leadership in the field.

Minimum Requirements:

Experience applying formal methods to security and resilience challenges in complex systems.

BS/BA plus 2-5 years' experience.

Masters plus 1-3 years' experience.

Doctorate plus 0-2 years' experience.

Preferred requirements:

Strong interpersonal skills.

Demonstrated experience in digital supply chain threat analysis.

Demonstrated research in the areas of Cybersecurity and the Digital Supply Chain of computing systems.

Prior experience in vulnerability research and reverse engineering a plus.

Demonstrated experience in writing successful research and development proposals, public speaking, and technical writing/publication.

Excellent leadership, communication, problem solving and project management skills.

Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Clearance and other special accesses as required.

Job Information

Salary Grade: 200/210

Chosen applicants are required to show a "demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment."

Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and the selected candidate will be placed at the appropriate level dependent... For full info follow application link.


Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities 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.

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Job Posting: 1611489

Posted On: Nov 25, 2021

Updated On: Nov 27, 2021