Energy Systems Power Engineer

Date: May 21, 2023

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


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 control systems that interface with 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 platforms. 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


The Energy Systems Group is interested in candidates with experience and interest in the operation of power system devices and the bulk electric power grid, in the controls systems that operate those devices, and methods to increase resilience to natural, man-made, and climate-induced failures. The candidate hired for this position will work with a team of cross-disciplinary scientists and engineers to: understand existing power systems, their capabilities, drawbacks, risks, and needs; perform analysis and synthesize findings from risk and gap identification to identify technology, process, or policy needs; and to develop new power system designs, so that we can rapidly deploy technology solutions to operators and provide guidance to senior leaders in the U.S. government.

  • Work with a team to analyze and develop architectures, software, and security controls to increase the resilience of energy control systems that interface with microgrid equipment, protection relays, generators, critical loads, batteries, solar, and power converters.
  • Work hands-on with our existing power system control system platforms to develop algorithms, perform data analysis, interface software with hardware devices, and manage the resulting data.
  • Travel to Department of Defense installations to determine existing capabilities, design mission and system tests, and to improve the security and resilience of those systems.





  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field or a Bachelor's degree with 2-5+ years of work experience
  • Proficient with high-level programming languages (e.g., Python, Matlab)
  • Experience developing, implementing, testing, and evaluating new algorithms and concepts
  • 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



  • The ability to clearly present complicated technical concepts to a wide range of audiences
  • Familiarity with electrical power systems infrastructure, equipment, operations, and documentation (e.g., one-line diagrams, load flow, transmission and distribution topology)
  • Experience with real-time hardware and simulation platforms (e.g., Speed-Goat, RTDS, OPAL-RT, Typhoon-HIL)
  • Familiarity with power system simulation tools (e.g., PandaPower, OpenDSS, Siemens PSS/e)
  • Familiarity with other utility infrastructure systems (e.g., communications, water, pipelines)
  • Familiarity with industrial control system protocols (e.g., Modbus, IEC 61850, DNP3, OPC, BACnet) and network analysis tools (e.g., Wireshark or Zeek)
  • Knowledge of system programming languages (e.g., C/C++, Rust, or Go)

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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.


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