Research Engineer (Power) - Information Trust Institute (101770)

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Research Engineer (Power)

Information Trust Institute

College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Information Trust Institute at the College of Engineering has openings available for Research Engineers (Power). Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Technology and Workforce Development, these positions will take an active role in supporting funded activities in the Smart Grid research and development area as applied to the nation's critical power transmission and distribution systems. The primary tasks will be engineering/designing field-deployable OT technology related to establishing experimental substation environments for blackstart crankpath restoration. This role will require setting up and maintaining software and hardware to facilitate testbed development and in-field energization of ICS/SCADA gear representing blackstart crankpath systems under study. Further efforts may involve power modeling and facilitating a collaboration between technology creators and technology adopters to test and validate new technologies for use in critical Smart Grid infrastructures at the local, regional, and national levels.

Functions include design of small substation environments, creation of documentation, project reports, publications, presentations, and other written material to convey project details; engagement with students, faculty, and staff in problem identification and solution formation; identify applicable technologies to solve project problems and to work with research programmers to develop programs, utilities, or other tools to accomplish project goals; and to support and develop physical-domain environments to aid in the validation of technology for the detection and recovery from cyber-attacks.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Research (75%)
  • Design and build experimental testbed environments to aid research validation
  • Install and configure power system testbed hardware and related software
  • Recommend equipment and software for testbed after design analysis of functionality, performance and cost
  • Work with students, faculty, staff, and other researchers in identification of new features for testbeds
  • Perform power system studies, such as power flow, transient stability and EMTP
  • Administrative (20%)
  • Assist and support the power engineering activities to fulfill the mission of ITI's Smart Grid R&D activities
  • Create and maintain documentation for testbed configurations, systems, studies and user materials
  • Produce documentation, project reports, training, and other written material related to research efforts
  • Interact with industry partners supplying equipment/software/systems/studies while fostering a research collaboration
  • Other duties as assigned (5%)

  • Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree in an applicable field (electrical engineering with a power system emphasis) or a related scientific field
    • Ability to obtain a U.S. national security clearance; an active U.S. national security clearance strongly preferred
    • Experience designing substation architecture and deployable solutions
    • Necessary computer skills to use power system related software for studies and experimentation use
    • Experience working effectively in a team environment in addition to working in a self-directed, proactive, and creative manner
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Two or more years of experience in the electric power field
    • Experience using commonly deployed software from ICS/SCADA vendors (e.g., OSIsoft, Alstom/GE, SEL, ABB)
    • Experience with power system protocols (e.g., DNP3, Modbus, 61850)
    • Understanding of communications and cyber security
    • Understanding of blackstart crank path processes and procedures
    • Experience with data analytics, fusion, and generation in the form of both cyber data (e.g., packet traces, logs) and physical data (e.g., voltage and current measurements, breaker status)
    • Experience with project management and time management
    • Experience working effectively in both a team environment and autonomously in a self-directed and proactive manner
    • Hands-on experience with installing and configuring power system hardware and software (e.g., ABB, GE, Novatech, SEL)

    The Research Engineer (Power) positions are full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

    To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by September 12, 2018. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Sarah Musselman at [email protected] or 217-244-1056.

    The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

    The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

    College Name or Administrative Unit: Engineering
    Category: 6-Research
    Title: Research Engineer (Power) - Information Trust Institute (101770)
    Open Date: 08/29/2018
    Organization Name: Information Trust Institute





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    Posted: 10/29/2018
    Application Due: 12/28/2018
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