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Researcher - Vehicle Cybersecurity


Hybrid - This position does not require an employee to be onsite 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 on average 1-3 times per week.

Who We Are

Electronic Controls and Software (ECS) Architectures are important enablers that allow automobile manufacturers to provide advanced features to their customers. Automated Driving, Collision Avoidance Systems, Vehicle Connectivity, and On-board Infotainment are areas of major electronic growth in automotive.

This research position will support the analysis of new ECS system architectures, technologies, and features from a cybersecurity standpoint and thereby enables the secure development, and deployment of new technology and new functionality.

Who You Are

You will be involved in the preliminary analysis of potential security threats, the definition of cybersecurity driven design requirements or constraints, and contributions to the architecture design for security robustness.

You will work closely with our Product Cybersecurity engineering organization, constantly strive to truly understand our cybersecurity needs, and relentlessly drive the results of R&D cybersecurity work into our products.

If this is you, apply today!

What You Do

The role requires covering a wide-ranging, diverse set of cybersecurity topics, including topics where significant exploration and research is required:

  • Security of the GM’s next generation vehicle electrical and software architecture (Vehicle Intelligence Platform). This includes the system-level integration of cybersecurity technologies developed for computational hardware, software architectures, serial communications protocols, and sensor and actuator interfaces and may include work related to security aspects of multi-tenancy and co-hosted applications

  • Cybersecurity work related to autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence (i.e. Sensor Spoofing and Adversarial AI)

  • Analyze and assess communication technology specific cybersecurity risks (e.g. 5G related) and introduce controls for mitigation

  • Cybersecurity assessment related to R&D projects and advanced technology work (ATW projects). Conduct security threat analysis of R&D projects and ATW projects and ensure cybersecurity requirements are considered in the early stages of ECS designs

  • Contribute to the mission of the corporate cybersecurity strategy and technology roadmaps

  • Supervise prototype implementation activities in benches and vehicles

  • Scout and evaluate innovative technologies for the specified research areas

  • Effectively communicate results and progress in written and oral form

  • Document results of individual and team efforts for internal and external publications or patents

  • Procure and manage any required external contractor support.

Additional Description

What You Need

  • Advanced Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related field, or a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering

  • 5+ years of relevant industrial or academic experience focused in cybersecurity

  • A strong theoretical background in cybersecurity

  • Working knowledge of cryptography

  • Experience with cybersecurity in the context of several of the following areas: Distributed compute systems, embedded systems, vehicle electrical architectures, in-vehicle communication systems, and cloud protocols

  • Experience with Cybersecurity assessments of communication technology and protocols

  • Good teamwork skills and experience in project management

  • Good verbal and written skills in English

What Would Be Even Better

  • PhD

  • Cybersecurity experience focused on the Vehicle Intelligence Platform and/or autonomous vehicles

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.