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Cybersecurity Control Systems Engineer

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Software Engineering
Lexington, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The Energy Systems Group is part of the Homeland Protection Division and focuses on assisting the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security in securing the nation from energy-related threats. Our group works on diverse programs including domestic and tactical military base energy resilience, microgrids - energy systems that can operate independently from the bulk electric grid, cyber security of operational technology that monitors and controls energy systems, and development of advanced energy technologies. The group leads systems analysis efforts focusing on the gaps between infrastructure and operational requirements, executes live exercises for testing energy and cyber resilience posture, fields functional prototypes, and builds hardware-in-the-loop and real-time simulation testbeds. Projects are conducted in an intimate and small team environment, leveraging expertise from within Lincoln Laboratory to successfully execute nationally important and cutting-edge efforts.

Job Description

As a Security Engineer, you will be developing secure software solutions leveraged by MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers and our U.S. government sponsors. You will help us develop advanced technologies for ensuring the security and resiliency of U.S. critical infrastructure, with a particular focus on securing energy systems. You will assist in the study, development, and prototyping of new security and orchestration tools that will allow users to rapidly assess and improve the security posture of real-world critical infrastructure environments. You will join a growing team of cross-disciplinary scientists and engineers who provide guidance to senior leaders and rapidly deploy technology solutions to real-world use cases.


  • BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Cyber Security, Electrical Engineering, or a related technical discipline.
  • Proficient in one of the following programming languages (C/C++, Python, Go)
  • Use of version control systems (Git)
  • Experience with network protocol analysis (Tcpdump, Wireshark)
  • Infrastructure provisioning and orchestration (ansible, docker, vagrant)
  • Ability to work effectively with a high level of uncertainty and conflicting or limited information
  • Ability to quickly learn new technical areas and apply that knowledge to solve challenging problems


  • DevSecOps ecosystem skillset
  • Virtualization technologies (VMware, QEMU)
  • Familiarity with industrial control system protocols (e.g., Modbus, IEC 61850, DNP3, OPC, BACnet)
  • Familiarity with any of the following security areas:
    • Basic cryptographic principles and their practical application (e.g., ECC, RSA, JWT)
    • Penetration testing, adversary emulation, or red team operations
    • Anomaly or intrusion detection techniques and systems
    • Threat hunting in industrial control system environments
    • Trusted platform modules
    • Host and network-based security tools

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Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

Requisition ID: 39827