Research Engineer - Driving Simulator and Simulation
Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, MI

About $77,000 - $98,000 a year

The candidate will help carry out and set the research agenda for both static- and motion-based driving simulators to support vehicle development from the perspective of human factors and interaction design. This position will be focused on collaborating with a diverse team of human factors, interaction design, and engineering experts as they chart the future of human-machine interaction with the mobility solutions of the 21st century.


Interface with researchers and create customized driving simulations
Update and maintain the code database, primarily for driver assist technologies and simulator subsystems (data acquisition, vehicle model, visuals, sound, and motion)
Use signal processing skills and the understanding of human perception of visuals, motion, and sound to design driving simulations to match the capabilities of the driving simulators.
Reduce data collected from the simulations into measures and metrics that can be used for statistical analysis (i.e., data reduction)
Establish traceability between requirements, models and simulation results
Execute and document Simulator Studies & Customer Clinics
Interface with downstream partners to align on expectations and transfer of simulation results
Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related field
3+ year of experience with driving simulation and/or driving simulators
1+ years of experience programming in Linux or Windows with C/C++ and Python
1+ years of experience programming in MATLAB/Simulink
1+ years of experience programming in data acquisition
Prior instance with signal processing applied to driving simulation or driving simulators
Prior instance of documented debugging skills for software and hardware
Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related field
5+ year of experience with driving simulation and/or driving simulators
Experience operating in a research or advanced technology setting
Experience with driving simulation software (preferably AV Simulation SCANeR Studio; others ok (Vires VTD, Vi-Grade Vi-Sim, OpenDS or similar))
Familiarization with vehicle modeling software (preferably CarSim or CarMaker)
Experience with 3D Authoring tools / 3D Graphics
Sound knowledge of AR software and hardware (e.g. HMDs, tracking systems, simulators)
Knowledge of human perception of vision, sound, and motion
Demonstrated strong data analysis and problem-solving skills
Ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and self-motivation/ability to work independently
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong team player with record of collaboration
Passion for driving simulator
Successful candidate should be able to demonstrate excellence in One FORD behaviors combined with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills

Join our team as we create tomorrow! We believe in putting people first, working together, and facing challenges head-on, because we are Built Ford Tough. We are one team striving to make people’s lives better while creating value, delivering excellence and ultimately going for the win.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.