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Researcher - Information Display and Simulation

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


Hybrid - This position does not require an employee to be onsite full-time to perform most effectively. The employee’s role enables them to work at a GM facility or off-site as frequently as needed or desired.

This position requires an employee to be onsite on average 1-3 times per week.

Who You Are

As a part of the Vehicle Systems Research Lab, you will be working within the Optics team. Your research will be focused on the development of compact optical solution for automotive use. You will exercise your expertise in displays media technology, your rapid prototyping capabilities, as well as your project management skills, to lead the development of testable advanced head down and head up displays systems. Ultimately, you will implement your high value designs into production. In this position you will work closely with GM internal customers to develop the next generation product. In addition, you will also contribute to the enhancement of General Motors' reputation by publishing your research findings in peer-reviewed journals. You'll also connect with vendors, research institutes and other advanced technology laboratories to build a partnership network that can bring to bear investments and augment the GM skills base. Sound right for you? Apply today!

What You Do

The successful candidate will demonstrate the capability to excel at several of the following job elements:

  • Pioneer the development of advanced display media technology for automotive systems, including projection display, HUD, OLED, AMLCD, microLED, and flexible displays

  • Self-directed creation of novel ideas that are aligned with technology development roadmap

  • Use advanced optical modeling toolsets, devise unique high value solutions

  • Build testable prototypes of these solutions and document your findings

  • Interact with internal customers, vendors, and external research organizations to refine understanding of requirements and identify innovation opportunities

  • Apply formal project management training to develop and implement project plans while coordinating a team effort to develop high value designs and prototypes

  • Apply business training and technical depth and innovation savvy to survey and select potential partners in flat optics

  • Facilitate technology transfer via active participation in inter-organizational teams

  • Apply program management tools and processes to risk manage and implement complex projects

Additional Description

What You Need

  • Advanced Degree in Engineering or a physical Science, with a deep understanding and focus in Optics with 7+ years direct industry experience OR

  • PhD with 0-3 years industry experience

  • Keen software skills

  • Proven track record developing project goals and plans

  • Desire and ability to work as a member of project team to achieve high impact goals, coupled with the initiative necessary to independently complete innovative research projects

  • Demonstrated ability to bust through the barriers to finish project plans

  • Multidisciplinary engineering skills

What Would Be Even Better

  • Post Doc and/or industry experience

  • Optical modeling savvy and facility with standard optical modeling software packages

  • Experience with using deep learning and/or machine learning to resolve optical problems

  • Knowledge in inverse design in optics/photonics

  • Capability to build your own modeling code

  • Understanding of and experience with digital holography, photonics crystals, structured media

  • Formal program management training

  • History of success in applying advanced technology to enhance usability of complex systems

  • Strong evidence of career performance excellence in position of ever-increasing levels of responsibility and challenge

  • Evidence of team leadership capability

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