Cybersecurity, Smart Manufacturing Engineer

Columbia, MD, USA ● Virtual Req #1966
Friday, October 21, 2022


The Staff Engineer/Scientist has developed a highly skilled level of expertise in technology and markets in energy, climate, and/or resilience topics. This includes exposure to Federal government program areas such as program development, program goals, new technology development, budget analysis and defense, and program impact projections and evaluations. The Staff Engineer/Scientist provides technical assessments (or contributes to depending on area of expertise) of client-supported R&D activities (proposed or in progress) with respect to feasibility, conformance to program goals, projected impact, and the accuracy of planned costs and schedules. The Staff Engineer/Scientist requires limited supervision, may lead small projects, and is entrusted with increasing responsibility and exposure to clients.

Job Description:

The Cybersecurity, Smart Manufacturing Engineer will serve as a technical resource for the DOE Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) team. This individual will operate in the heart of the federal strategy, on the boundary between the industry groups and the federal organization, acting as a liaison and advisor to AMMTO. The objective of the Smart Manufacturing/Cybersecurity Engineer Lead is to support the AMMTO client understand the cyber security risks and create comprehensive strategies for federal funding to address those risks.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Acting as the technical subject matter expert for cyber security in smart manufacturing, synthesize and clearly communicate results of research related to cyber security and application in manufacturing to colleagues and clients through formal and informal presentations and written technical communications (reports, white papers, fact sheets, briefings, journal articles, etc.).
  • Leads small research projects and provides project management support for federal clients
  • Works independently or as a member of a team; leads small teams.
  • Contributes to strategic plan of Federal government technical programs (proposed or in progress) with respect to goals and objectives, implementation plans, and budget allocations.
  • Takes technical information and develops clear planning and summary documents
  • Develops and implements performance metrics for client projects and programs.
  • Work closely with program managers and co-workers in a fast-paced collaborative team environment (diligent and responsive contributor). Advise on industry-relevant demonstration opportunities for decarbonization technologies and processes within smart manufacturing and related fields.
  • Collects R&D project and program information; summarizes results in draft reports.
  • Analyzes global technology developments, trends, and statistics (cyber security, energy, carbon, and economics)
  • Liaison between scientists at universities/laboratories and government decision-makers to assist in distilling key technical results and potential impacts from R&D.
  • Supports in person and virtual meetings with clients and stakeholders, including but not limited to preparing meeting materials, scheduling meetings, assisting the meeting facilitator, and summarizing proceedings..
  • Assists clients in the preparation of technical reports required by the agency hierarchy, by Congress, or by the Administration.
  • Assists clients in the preparation of technical materials designed to educate or inform the public.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Engineering degree with a minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience (3 years with Masters or Ph.D. degree). Higher education science and engineering degrees are a plus, but not required
  • Experience in cyber security and cyber security research, including industrial IoT, automation, sensors, controls, and artificial intelligence/machine learning, secure software development (Application Security), data protection, cryptography, key management, identity and access management (IAM), network security.
  • Interest in manufacturing, decarbonization, and/or clean energy technologies.
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong technical writing skills and an ability to tailor written and verbal communications for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • A strong interest in pursuing work in the area of manufacturing, internet of things, industrial cyber, and the clean energy transition.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; advanced analytical and Excel skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to excel when working on self-managed tasks and as a member of a team.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
  • In compliance with Executive Order 14042, any successful applicant for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an accommodation from the vaccination requirement based on disability or sincerely held religious belief, on or before the start date


  • Candidates with experience in smart manufacturing strongly encourage to apply
  • Knowledge of energy efficiency or energy management systems in industrial or commercial facilities.
  • Experience with complex enterprise architectures and securing complex enterprise architectures is preferred
  • Candidates with years of experience greater than the minimum are also encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in government consulting, supporting government organizations, public-private partnerships, or stakeholder engagement.
  • Proficient in running web meeting platforms, e.g., Teams, Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx.
  • Technical publications in the field of manufacturing or clean energy technologies.
  • Experience in analyzing manufacturing supply chains, material flows and sourcing, and sustainability/resiliency in supply chains.
VSE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, Protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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