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Staff Researcher - Advanced Robotics and Automation

  • Location
    • Warren, Michigan
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


Onsite: This position requires an employee to be on-site on a full-time basis

Who You Are

As a valued Researcher with the Research and Development team here at GM, you will innovate through next-gen ideas, suggest new project areas, and establish technical plans. You will conduct research and/or experiments to collect required data and validate research ideas. You will also write timely and high-quality research reports and external publications on advanced robotic technologies for applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Ready to become a part of the team who readily ask the question 'what's next'? Join us today!

What You Do

In this role, you get to execute scientific or engineering research generating new knowledge and innovative technologies in automotive robotic manufacturing systems. This will include architecting, developing, validating, and implementing novel mechatronic devices and systems with advanced sensing, perception and robotics for integrated automation solutions in industrial applications such as material handling, flexible gripping, joining, assembly, and reconfigurable manufacturing systems.

Who You Are

  • Generate ideas and submit records of invention

  • Ability to develop new methodologies as warranted by research needs

  • Development of math models and simulation to support research and to facilitate technology implementation

  • Collaborate with and/or lead internal/external global technical teams and execute technical assignments independently

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of industry and technical developments affecting areas of responsibility

  • Be a GM ambassador in the technical community

  • Detailed understanding and in depth knowledge of scientific principles and state of the art research methodologies related to:

  • Mobile, serial, and parallel kinematic robots

  • Sensing and perception systems

  • Mechanical and electrical component design

  • Design of precision actuation devices

  • Precision engineering

  • Flexible/Reconfigurable manufacturing systems

  • Modeling and analysis of robotic systems and manufacturing processes

  • Have strong behavioral skills:

  • Ability to develop, inspire and motivate team

  • Fosters collaboration and teamwork

  • Willingness to provide strategic perspective

  • Takes intelligent risks

  • Champion of change

  • Evidence strong character with integrity, honesty, accountability and trust

  • Demonstrate initiative

  • Problem-solving

Additional Description

What You Need

  • Advanced Degree with a focus in Electrical/Computer/Systems/Mechanical/Industrial Engineering; or Applied Mathematics/Physics AND

  • 10+ years extensive industrial research/development experience will be considered

  • Advanced training in robotics, automatic controls, mechatronics, and problem solving

  • Willingness and ability to travel for troubleshooting or technology implementation in plants

  • Strong ability and desire to conduct independent research

  • Technical skills with high level of analytical and experimental ability

  • Outstanding sociability skills

  • Demonstrated project management skills, especially for projects with high technical risk

  • Ability to adapt to changing research focus and work optimally on varying projects

  • Inclusive behavior in collaboration with a broad spectrum of colleagues

  • Ability to look ahead coupled with a strong desire and initiative to learn and master new skills

What Would Be Even Better

  • PhD degree from top-tier research institutions in science/engineering fields

  • 10+ years relevant industry experience

  • Postdoc Experience

  • Hands-on experience running and programming robotic applications

  • Fanuc programming experience

  • PLC programming experience

  • Ability to build and run math models and/or simulations of robotic, automated, or mechatronic systems (e.g. CAD, FEA, Roboguide, etc.) in order to plan research activities

About GM

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Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

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General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

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