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Researcher - Laser Welding Simulation


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.

Who You Are

As a valued Researcher with the Research and Development team here at GM, you will innovate through developing next-gen ideas, suggesting new project areas, and establishing technical plans. You will conduct research to develop next-generation electric motor manufacturing technologies. The next generation of motor manufacturing requires advanced joining of traditionally difficult materials, such as copper. A deep understanding of the joining physics of welding these materials (particularly in laser welding) will be critical to help scale our production and assure quality welds in our products. This will include multi-physics modeling of the joining processes, experimental data collection, and validation of the models with physical experiments. You will 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. Apply today!

What You Do

  • Research, develop, and adapt advanced multi-physics welding models to guide parameter selection and process development for motor manufacturing and additive manufacturing processes

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

  • Manage project timing, budget, and deliverables to implement on time and support production

  • Lead technical discussions and reviews as THE resident expert

  • Maintain innovative knowledge in related areas of focus

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

  • Work optimally with peers, management, operations groups, and outside organizations

Additional Description

What You Need

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics Modeling, or related field with demonstrated research capability

  • Hands on laser welding experience

  • Solid understanding and hands-on experience with multi-physics modeling and joint characterization data

  • Knowledge of metallurgical joining techniques and characterization

  • Effective interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills for both internal and external GM customers

What Would Be Even Better

  • Experience with laser welding of copper conductors

  • Knowledgeable of additive manufacturing processes

  • Knowledgeable of motor design and manufacturing

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.