MLOps Analyst for Cyber Systems - Senior Individual Contributor

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
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Within the Emerging Threats and Technologies Division, experts in the Cyber Analytics and Analysis group creates reliable, repeatable, and robust methods for obtaining and maintaining cyber situational awareness. We are looking for an Cyber Analyst to join our Scalable Data Analytics team.

This cyber analyst will use their fundamental knowledge of software engineering to create and deploy new algorithms for bringing situational awareness to decision makers. This will require understanding the interconnectivity of networked devices and how it may be utilized in complex systems, like critical infrastructure assets. Through joint projects with subject matter experts in national security missions and cyber security, this software engineer will be a bridge into MLOps for cyber algorithms and help draw critical insights from cyber data from a variety of streams.

This analyst will build analytics that support common analysis tasks including:

Monitors against authorized security control requirements and provides continuous monitoring assessments of the risk represented by system and application configurations or vulnerabilities. Leverages data sources to prevent, detect, respond and remediate internal and external attacks or attempts to gain unauthorized access to internal and/or external information, network, or data systems. Interprets, analyzes, and executes incident response actions for detected intrusion anomalies and events. Ensures all events and anomalies are investigated, documented and reported in accordance with established processes and procedures. Conducts system, network, or software vulnerability assessments and penetration testing in accordance with established processes and procedures. Manages and operates tools specific and necessary for cyber security operations functions. Conducts information risk assessments and supports compliance documentation and system accreditation requirements. Interacts with stakeholders and sponsors to ensure technical analyses and generated products are appropriately aligned with mission needs. Collaborates with other scientists in innovation efforts that support and further mission requirements. Prepares and presents technical and other reports and briefings. Performs assessments of open source reporting and situational awareness data feeds to ensure the security of internal and/or external information and technology systems. Analyzes cyber threat intelligence from various sources to inform and enable cyber response. Evaluates cyber threat indicators and system vulnerabilities and develops assessments, threat profiles and other cyber intelligence products. May conduct forensic acquisition and analysis activities in support of cyber intrusion or insider threat investigations. May interface with external entities including law enforcement, intelligence and other government organizations and agencies.

As the analyst advances in their career and role, they are expected to communicate across NSD’s cyber and analytics communities to help bring novel graph research into the cyber operational environment. They will collaborate with external sponsor organizations and industry to identify opportunities to propose new work and facilitate the adoption of analytics by user communities. The ideal candidate will be able to guide and shape analytic development while balancing mission-specific constraints.

Technologies and Skills Routinely Used:

  • Graph Theory: Knowledge of the mathematical objectives of community detection, expected path calculation, etc.
  • Cyber Security: Knowledge of cyber security best practices including the implementation of the CIA Triad in software design; Basic knowledge of fundamental workings and security of telecommunication network design, operating systems, software, and/or hardware (IT/OT)
  • Development Environment: Combination of cloud (dominantly AWS) & on-prem/local
  • Development Tools: Atlassian Suite, Gitlab, Preferred IDE
  • Programming Languages: Python, Spark, GraphQL/Scala, JavaScript
  • Data Pipeline Technology: S3, Athena, Elasticsearch, Lambda, Spark, Splunk


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS/BA and 5+ years of relevant work experience -OR-
  • MS/MA and 3+ years of relevant work experience -OR-
  • PhD with 1+ year of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability for writing in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Proficient in Linux system administration.
  • Experience designing infrastructure design projects for the IC or other secure computing organization.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with ability to prioritize work assignments and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Some assisting with laboratory operations for the deployment of equipment may be required.

Additional Information

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.


  • US.. Citizenship
  • Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance with 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.
  • Drug Testing: All Security Clearance positions are Testing Designated Positions, which means that the candidate selected is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 months can be demonstrated.

Testing Designated Position

This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP). The candidate selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing for illegal drugs, including marijuana, consistent with the Controlled Substances Act and the PNNL Workplace Substance Abuse Program.

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3-hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

If you are offered employment at PNNL, you must pass a drug test prior to commencing employment. PNNL complies with federal law regarding illegal drug use. Under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal drug. If you test positive for any illegal controlled substance, including marijuana, your offer of employment will be withdrawn.

HSPD-12 PIV Credential Requirement

In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) and Department of Energy (DOE) Order 473.1A, new employees are required to obtain and maintain a HSPD-12 Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Credential. To obtain this credential, new employees must successfully complete and pass a Federal Tier 1 background check investigation. This investigation includes a declaration of illegal drug activities, including use, supply, possession, or manufacture within the last year. This includes marijuana and cannabis derivatives, which are still considered illegal under federal law, regardless of state laws.

Mandatory Requirements

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Rockstar Rewards

Employees and their families are offered medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, basic life insurance, disability insurance*, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, tuition assistance, supplemental parental bonding leave**, surrogacy and adoption assistance, and fertility support. Employees are automatically enrolled in our company funded pension plan* and may enroll in our 401k savings plan. Employees may accrue up to 120 vacation hours per year and may receive ten paid holidays per year.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

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