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Researcher - Occupant and Pedestrian Safety


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 member of the Vehicle Systems Research Lab, you will be working with the Cabin Experience & Safety group. You will be applying your expertise in sensing, control, electronics and experience with occupant and pedestrian protection in vehicles as appropriate for developing innovative approaches to occupant and pedestrian safety in our vehicles. As a researcher in this group, you will also exercise your project management skills to take the lead in development of new improved safety solutions. Ultimately, you will implement your high value approaches into production and have the opportunity to publish your research findings in peer-reviewed journals in an effort to enhance the reputation of General Motors with next generation technology. This will also include networking with vendors, research institutes and other advanced technology laboratories to build a leverage-able partnership network.

What You Do

  • Develop integrated occupant and pedestrian protection systems

  • Develop tools to aid in the development or deployment of occupant and pedestrian safety systems

  • Collaborate 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 to coordinate a team effort developing high value designs and prototypes

  • Contribute to GM R&D through internal and external publication

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

Additional Description

What You Need

  • Advanced Degree in Engineering or related technical area of focus

  • Proven track record in developing project goals and plans

  • Ability to work as a member of a team to achieve goals, coupled with the initiative vital to independently execute innovative research projects

  • Strong leadership and sociability skills

  • Expertise in sensing,  electronics, and control of electromechanical systems

  • Experience with automotive safety requirements

  • Experience with data analysis and modeling techniques such as those from statistics, AI/ML, etc.

What Would Be Even Better

  • PhD in Aerospace, Automotive, or Mechanical Engineering

  • Experience with automotive crash energy management

  • Deep understanding of AI/ML techniques.

  • Demonstrated performance in a position requiring next-gen solutions and engineering technical excellence

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

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.