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Research Engineer (Cyber-Physical Anomaly Detection in Electric Power Systems)

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
DATE CLOSES: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

ABOUT THE
U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY:

The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Power and Energy group in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy, is seeking a candidate for a funded 2-year Research Engineer position with the possibility of renewal.  The research is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and is subject to availability of funds.  This research position involves:

  1. Conducting research on detection of anomalies and attacks on power systems, both small and large scale, that include significant power electronics.
  2. Conducting simulations of power systems of various types.
  3. Designing, purchasing parts, constructing and operating a low voltage, low power research test‐bed microgrid. This includes network setup and analysis.
  4. Maintaining the system including drawings, repairs, equipment updates, etc.

The appointee will be expected to work closely with USNA faculty, students, multi-university research collaborators, experts from Navy Labs and other DOD entities, and private industry. A variety of active projects span academic, government, and industrial research. The academy is a charter member of the Electric Ship Research and Development Consortium (www.esrdc.com) and heavily involved with various Naval labs and program offices. The supervising faculty have a mix of experience in academia, industry, Navy ship design offices, and as active-duty Naval officers.

This is a non-tenure track federal excepted service position.  The position includes office space, computer facilities, library privileges, health benefits, and a competitive salary.  The position is currently open, and the starting date is negotiable.

MINIMUM AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum:

  • Applicants must have a master’s degree in a technical field.
  • US Citizenship is required.

Preferred:

  • A background in power systems, power electronics, networks, laboratory equipment, and control panel construction is beneficial, as is familiarity with shipboard machinery systems.  
  • Hands-on experience with building and testing power electronics hardware is extremely useful, as is knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink and rapid prototyping of embedded control systems.
  • Knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink and rapid prototyping of embedded control systems is also useful.    

Required:

All civilian positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable.  More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here http://www.usna.edu/Academics/Faculty-Information/Background-Investigation-Info.php

HOW TO APPLY FOR POSITION:

  1. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications and interests, their resume or CV, and a list of three references.  All application materials should be emailed to power-cyber-research-engineer-group@usna.edu

  2. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

  3. Submit an optional Demographic Information on Applicants Form to godwin@usna.edu.  Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the official making the selection for this position.

Announcement: CE-17-18-3

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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