Position Description

2020 Fall Student-Cyber Security Specialist (Fredericton, NB)(#924)
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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is bringing together the finest minds to form a diverse, vibrant and dynamic workforce culture energized by the innovative capacity of students, new graduates and mid-career professionals, underpinned by senior world renowned experts. We hire numerous students each semester from colleges and universities to support our research and perform other assignments. If you are looking for interesting and challenging work this fall then keep reading, and if you meet the requirements of this role, apply today.


Department: Applied Physics

Number of Positions: 1

Duration:  4-16 months (beginning in September). Term length will depend on successful applicant

Discipline: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or Computer Science

Year of Study: 2nd, 3rd year or higher

Location: Fredericton, NB



All students applying for student positions at CNL must be returning to full-time studies upon completion of their work term. Exceptions will be made for students who require a work term in order to graduate. 

Students must submit a resume, cover letter and copy of an up-to-date transcript by the posting close date of July 12th, 2020 to ensure consideration for student employment in the first round of interviews.


Do you want to work on the cutting edge of cyber security research for the protection of Canada’s critical infrastructure?  Then, come join CNL’s National Innovation Centre for Cyber Security (NICCS) in Fredericton, NB.

The NICCS recently commissioned a brand new office and research facility located in a cyber security business park cluster being set up by Cyber NB (part of Opportunities New Brunswick) on Fredericton’s Knowledge Park Drive.  At the heart of the NICCS is a state of the art cyber secure test range containing representative hardware and software used in nuclear power plants and other critical infrastructure that will be used to evaluate and test tools, techniques and best practices for securing critical infrastructure and industrial control systems taking into account the key characteristics that differentiate critical infrastructure and industrial control systems from typical IT and other commercial networks.  Results from this research will be used to provide guidance to both regulators and industry on effectively meeting newly revised and released cyber security standards.

CNL is looking for an enthusiastic, bright, and motived engineering or computer science student to join the NICCS for a 4 to 16-month internship beginning in September of 2020.  The exact assignment will be dependent upon the successful candidate’s skill set and interests and the needs of CNL.  Some of the work planned within the next year of the NICCS includes:

  • Application of machine learning techniques and neural networks in order to identify anomalies on control system networks
  • Assessing and qualifying digital devices for their suitability for use in safety and safety-related applications from a cyber security perspective
  • Designing role-based cyber security training for nuclear power plant and other critical infrastructure staff
  • Gaining external certification for the lab
  • Developing and conducting penetration tests

This is an exciting opportunity for an engineering or computer science student with an interest in networking and cyber security and who is starting out in their career to gain hands-on experience with cyber security in an industrial control system test facility



  • Undertaking research and documenting the results either formally or informally
  •  Evaluating cyber security products
  • Installation, maintenance, and upgrade activities on the cyber secure test bed
  •   Development of test scripts
  •  Development of test plans
  • Testing
  •  Configuration management


  •   Currently enrolled at a University of good standing in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or Computer Science
  •   Ability to work well in a team environment
  •   Demonstrated ability to carry out research or independent study
  •  Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  •  Strong programming ability
  •  Previous experience with cyber security is an asset
  •  Experience with industrial control systems including PLCs and SCADA systems is an asset
  •  Experience with C and C++ programming, particularly in a real-time system environment is an asset
  •  Experience with MATLAB and SIMULINK is an asset
  •  Experience with machine learning techniques, including neural networks is an asset.



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