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Researcher - Battery and Propulsion System Architecture


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 We Do

As a valued Researcher with the Research and Development team here at GM, you will innovate through next-gen ideas, explore new technology areas, and establish technical plans. You will conduct research, simulations, and/or experiments to collect required data and validate research ideas. You'll also 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.

What We Do

We need your help to develop a novel propulsion architecture synthesis approach to roll down vehicle requirements to optimal pack/module/cell specifications using electromechanical/thermal principles. In selected cases, we will prototype such novel cells/modules/packs in proof-of-concept hardware in an attempt to meet the already extreme and increasing performance requirements. Such proof-of-concept hardware is targeted at extreme applications such as race cars/trucks, electric vertical take-off and landing craft, and even rovers for space.

Ready to become a part of the team who readily ask the question 'what's next'? Join us today!

What You Will Do

  • Develop next-generation technologies for advanced electric propulsion systems, with a focus on system architecture and battery systems

  • Develop and execute technical plans, including concept generation, development, and evaluation

  • Lead technical discussions and reviews as a technical specialist

  • Maintain state-of-the-art knowledge in related areas of responsibility.

  • Communicate ideas, plans and results effectively via presentations and written reports

  • Coordinate efforts between peers, management, operations groups, and outside organizations

Additional Description

What You Need

  • Experience with building and controlling modules/packs comprised of advanced battery cells preferred

  • 0-3 years of postdoc or industrial research experience

  • Knowledge in electric propulsion system architecture

  • Knowledge in battery systems including pack/module/cell

  • Knowledge in battery thermal management systems

  • Excellent sociability in working with both internal and external customers

What Would Be Even Better

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical, Electrical, or Energy Systems Engineering

  • 7-10 years experience of post Ph.D. work

  • Experience in electric propulsion architecture optimization

  • Experience in battery system synthesis/analysis

  • Experience in architecting and building high voltage electric propulsion systems

FOR GM INTERNAL CANDIDATES: This role is posted at both the 7th and 8th 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

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 or call us at 800-865-7580. 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.