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Research Engineer (POWER)

Interested in cutting‐edge research that contributes to making the world a safer place? Do you want to innovate and implement game‐changing solutions? If so, consider joining the Information Trust Institute (ITI) to push the envelope of research into securing the nation’s critical infrastructure and advancing the state of science in computer security.  ITI executes innovative projects that are funded by both industry and government, so that applicants have a range of potential projects with which they can match their experience to and provide the most impact.  ITI has a proven track‐record of national and international leadership combining research and education with industrial outreach in trustworthy and secure information systems.

The Information Trust Institute (ITI) has an opening available for a Research Engineer. ITI provides national and international leadership combining research and education with industrial outreach in trustworthy and secure information systems. ITI brings together over 90 faculty and senior researchers, many graduate student researchers and industry partners to conduct foundational and applied research to enable the creation of critical applications and cyber infrastructures. This position will provide power engineering support for research activities at the Information Trust Institute and focus on implementing research, facilitating research environments, and developing cutting edge solutions to advance the state of art.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform power system studies, such as power flow, transient stability and EMTP.
  • Set up, maintain, and administer power system testbed hardware and related software.
  • Work with graduate students, programmers and faculty to develop customized software and hardware to support testbed activities.
  • Create and maintain documentation for testbed configurations, systems, studies and user materials.
  • Procure equipment and software for testbeds after due analysis of functionality, performance and cost.
  • Interact with industry partners supplying equipment/software/systems/studies while fostering a research collaboration.
  • Produce documentation, project reports, and other written material related to research efforts.
  • Work with students, faculty, and staff in identification of new features for testbeds.
  • Aid in delivering resilient, secure, scalable infrastructure to support research.
  • Assume additional project related duties to further the mission of the institute.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field (electrical engineering with a power engineering emphasis) or a related scientific field.
  • Experience in power system hardware and theory.
  • Experience using power system modeling and simulation tools like PowerWorld Simulator, PSSE, PSLF, PSCAD, RSCAD/RTDS, etc.
  • Necessary computer skills to use power system related software for studies and experimentation use.
  • Experience working effectively in a team environment in addition to working in a self-directed, proactive, and creative manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Two or more years of experience in the electric power field.
  • Hands-on experience with configuring actual power systems equipment (e.g., relays, PLCs, EMS, DTS, Historians)
  • Experience with equipment manufacturers such as ABB, GE, and SEL.
  • Experience with data analytics, fusion, and generation in the form of both cyber data (e.g., packet traces, logs) and physical data (e.g., voltage and current measurements, breaker status).
  • Experience with project management and time management.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the full consideration date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter; resume; and the names/contact information of three professional references by August 25, 2016. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by this date.

For further information regarding this position, you may contact Amy Pruitt, HR Specialist at 217-244-1802 or aepruittatillinois [dot] edu.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (