Senior Research Scientist, Substation Automation

Job Locations US-NJ-Red Bank
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Top Secret/SCI w/Poly
Strategic Innovation Group


Within this Peraton Labs role you will be responsible for overseeing the design, development, and prototyping of a substation automation system testbed to be used in a research environment.


The candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day management of research and development projects. This position presents a great opportunity for candidates that are looking to work on challenging, cutting-edge technology across diverse areas.

  • Experience in protection & control system, OT networks, control system integration, communications, IEC61850 systems, testing and commissioning of such systems
  • Experience in the application of NERC CIP and good utility cyber security practices to digital substations
  • Broad understanding of power system design, operation, maintenance and testing methods
  • Knowledge of protection and control schemes for electrical power systems, including relay settings, coordination, and fault analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage engineering personnel as well as cross-functional teams
  • Ability to effectively develop staff in key technical areas supporting the digital substation design and evolution
  • Ability to produce clear and concise written documents and verbal presentations on technical, business and social issues
  • Strong background in development and management of government programs
  • Work closely with the Principal Investigator to track, prioritize, plan, staff, and implement a research program.
  • Define and document project objectives, requirements, execution plans, and key performance parameters.
  • Provide project direction, oversight and feedback to assigned project staff.
  • Acquire internal and external resources and manage project resources to deliver projects on time and according to plan.
  • Help the project to achieves requirements including, milestones and key performance indicators.
  • Track project performance and identifies project issues and adverse trends and implement timely and effective recovery plan(s) as needed.
  • Produce progress reports and status reports reportable to external customers.


Minimum of 8 years with BS/BA; Minimum of 6 years with MS/MA; Minimum of 3 years with PhD

  • In-depth knowledge of SCADA systems, communication protocols (e.g., DNP3, IEC 61850, Modbus), HMIs, data acquisition, and system integration
  • Exceptional project management skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of modern software and hardware design techniques and practices.
  • Knowledge of substation automation systems and networking
  • Proven organizational skills with ability to prioritize against multiple deadlines and manage projects at various stages of maturity
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is desirable
  • This position requires a current/active TS/SCI w/ Full Scope Polygraph

Peraton Overview

Peraton is a next-generation national security company that drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted, highly differentiated solutions and technologies to protect our nation and allies. Peraton operates at the critical nexus between traditional and nontraditional threats across all domains: land, sea, space, air, and cyberspace. The company serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies and supports every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Each day, our employees do the can’t be done by solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers. Visit to learn how we’re keeping people around the world safe and secure.

Target Salary Range

$146,000 - $234,000. This represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


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