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Researcher - Autonomous Vehicle Localization


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

What You Do

We need motivated researchers to join in our perception, planning and decision systems research group at GM's Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. As a key member of the team, you will contribute to the research, innovation, and development of future autonomous vehicle localization and mapping technologies. You will get to work with test vehicles, simulators, state-of-the-art sensors, software, while crafting new solutions for tomorrow’s vehicles. Your will research, prototype and test algorithms and software that are core to success of future automated vehicles. You will also be contributing to advanced fundamental AI/ML research related to autonomous vehicle localization while collaborating with global research partners and universities. Join our world-class research team today, and let’s build the future of autonomous vehicles together!

Who You Are

  • Work as an independent yet integral member of a research team developing innovative AV localization and mapping solutions

  • Maintain pioneering knowledge in vehicle positioning and localization systems, AI and machine learning techniques to enable robust AV localization

  • Generate intellectual property, document results, and publish

  • Represent GM in external research forums, university research partnerships

  • Identify research gaps, initiate, lead and conduct new ground breaking planning research projects for highly automated passenger vehicles

  • Develop C/C++ and/or Python code to prototype proof-of-concept systems.

  • Follow agile/scrum software development processes and CI/CD tools as needed

  • Demonstrate strong sociability skills while working collaboratively with global cross-functional teams and research organizations

Additional Description

What You Need

  • PhD or MS with 3+ years of research experience in electrical, mechanical, aerospace engineering, computer science, physics, or similar area of focus

  • Expert-level knowledge in AV localization. Strong math background in high-dimensional data manipulation and estimation theory

  • Strong software development skills in C/C++ / Python under Linux environments with a proven ability to deliver high-quality software

  • Develop requirements, performance evaluation metrics for AV localization and conduct performance benchmarking

  • Experience in prototyping algorithms, implement and test on vehicles and simulators

  • Next-level sociability skills

What Would Be Even Better

  • Recent PhD in mobile robotics, simultaneous localization and mapping, probabilistic inference, behavior-based navigation, belief state, learning systems, estimation theory other relevant subject matter

  • Experience in autonomous vehicle prototyping, non-linear stochastic system modeling and simulation, system integration and testing

  • Kalman / particle filters, shallow learning algorithms, Monte Carlo methods

  • Hands-on development experience in one or more of the following tools:

  • PyTorch / TensorFlow framework

  • Docker, Git, Bitbucket, Open source software / data, Carla, Vires, RLlib, OpenAI

For GM Internal Candidates: This role is posted at both the 6th and 7th level. The determination by HR and the Hiring Manager as to whether an offer will be lateral or promotional will be based on a candidate’s relevant experience and whether the role will amount to a significant increase in level of responsibility.

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

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