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Chemical & Materials Systems Research


The General Motors Chemicals & Materials Systems Research Lab is seeking to identify highly motivated and qualified individuals for potential future Researcher opportunities. In anticipation of these opportunities becoming available, if you are interested in learning more about GM, completing this profile will allow us to stay connected.

Hybrid: This position does not require an employee to be on-site 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 1-3 times per week

Opportunities within Chemical & Materials Systems Research (CMS)

  • Battery Systems

  • Battery Characterization & Diagnostics* (TBD)

  • Energy Storage Materials

  • Catalysts and Interfacial Chemistry

  • Advanced Alloy Systems

  • Polymer Composite Systems

  • Chemical and System Analysis

About Chemical & Materials Systems (CMS) Lab

We need motivated researchers to join us in our search for what's next here at GM's Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Our emphasis is on the systemic integration of chemistry, materials and components. In CMS, we research, innovate, and develop low-cost, high-performance solutions with respect to lightweight propulsion and vehicle subsystems, battery cell materials for electrified vehicles, engine after-treatment systems and other technologies associated with chemical and materials development. We also contribute to the vision of advanced fundamental research collaborating with global research partners and universities. Join our world-class research team today, and let’s build the future of automotive systems together!

Who You Are

  • Be prepared to lead, plan, and execute research investigations related to low-cost materials processing

  • Write timely and high-quality research reports, external publications, and records of invention to detail new insights and research results in your area of research

  • Conduct research and/or experiments to collect required data and validate research ideas in developing next-gen battery technology

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of the correlation between microstructure and mechanical and/or chemical behavior

  • Capture findings in internal reports and external publications to disseminate knowledge and drive collaboration with external partners

  • Represent GM by being a leader in lightweight and battery materials while maintaining knowledge and awareness of new developments

  • Idea generation, new project concepts, and demonstrate innovative thinking to solve technical problems

  • Generate and capture novel intellectual property in patents

Additional Description

What You Need

  • Advanced Graduate Degree in Science/Engineering subject focus (e.g., Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Sciences and related engineering fields)

  • Demonstrated background in processing-structure-property relationships

  • Ability to analyze and interpret experimental data

  • Ability to work both independently and in cross-functional teams

  • Excellent decision-making skills and problem solving capability

  • Interpersonal traits for effective collaboration with others

What Would Be Better

  • PhD in Chemistry, Physics, or Materials Sciences or related engineering subject areas

  • 3+ years industrial experience and/or Postdoc research with related chemicals or materials

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

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.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at . In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.