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Researcher - Power Electronics & Energy Conversion Systems


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 use your knowledge and experience to create power electronic and energy conversion systems for future electric vehicle propulsion systems. You’ll research, invent, design, procure, built, test and develop technologies in the areas of electric drive units & battery pack systems, thermal management and other next-gen propulsion concepts. You’ll work alongside highly experienced and capable researchers in state-of-the-art test labs to conduct simulations and prototype hardware experiments to collect required data and verify research theories that will impact future General Motors electric vehicles.

Additionally, you’ll be able to say you regularly collaborate globally with GM researchers and engineers in other subject areas (i.e. controls, motors, batteries, vehicle systems, materials and manufacturing). You’ll also write timely and high-quality research reports, external publications, and records of invention to detail new insights and results in your areas of research. Are you ready to become part of the team who readily ask the question 'what's next'? If so, join us today!

Additional Description

What You Need

  • Advanced Degree in Electrical Engineering or other relevant area of focus

  • At least 0-2 years applicable experience

  • Ability to identify new areas of research in EV propulsion systems power electronics and related systems

  • Solid understanding in identifying and developing concepts within those areas using first principles and simulation tools, and carry out tests to validate the designs

  • Hardware testing and experimentation experience, including power electronics test equipment, dynamometers, instrumentation, troubleshooting, and data acquisition systems.

  • Familiarity with simulation and optimization tools for wide-band gap device based power electronic systems (e.g., PLECS, Saber, Ansys Suite, Matlab, etc.)

  • Experience with power electronics hardware design (CAD), fabrication, and assembly processes

  • High level of confidence and sociability in engaging with designers, technicians and test engineers

What Would Be Even Better

  • Education and/or experience in power electronics (converters, inverters, chargers, modeling & controls, power module reliability, thermal management & EMC modeling/simulation, scalable power module/converter design layout and packaging for high power density and minimum cost and EMC)

  • PostDoc Research Experience

  • 3+ years direct industry experience

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.