Research Engineer - Systems Development
Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, MI

About $79,000 - $110,000 a year

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Seeking a candidate to join a talented team of Systems Engineers performing research and advanced technology development within the Research and Advanced Engineering organization of the Ford Motor Company.

This position entails eliciting needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, modeling and simulating system behaviors, managing variant sets of solutions and interfaces, conducting trade-studies, analyzing failure modes and emergent behaviors of the holistic system, and managing the flow-down of requirements to the many parts of the system. The role requires not only technical acuity but also soft-skills to negotiate functionality across a diverse project team. Successful candidates will be new or experienced engineers who possess a track record of being strong independent thinkers who deal well with a mix of concrete tasks and ambiguity early on in new technology development and in a rapidly changing research environment.

Within this context, the candidate must be highly motivated with a self-realized no-excuses type attitude. The candidate should be comfortable with managing multiple tasks and project unknowns; be continuously creative; and able to self-initiate training on-demand whether that training is achieved by seeking technical points of contact throughout Ford Motor Company or its partners; or whether achieved through judicious use of external sources as we work to achieve our goals, refine or even reinvent ourselves in order to steadily improve the state of the art in methodology, process, and development time.

Responsibilities

Leverage a model-based approach (e.g. descriptive/architectural SysML models in combination with executable/analysis models in Simulink/etc) to architecting, defining, and analyzing complex systems involving a mix of hardware and controls
Develop and manage a set of core systems engineering work products including use cases, strategy concepts, requirements, robustness artifacts, and verification methods/plans/results
Facilitate design of the interfaces between the vehicle subsystems (sensors, engine, transmission, battery, motor, climate, HMI, control algorithms, etc.), and manage the cascade and negotiation of the above with subsystem teams
Develop physically and empirically based models & simulations and use them to conduct design option and trade-off studies
Develop test plans and perform design verification tests on prototype vehicles or constituent systems, analyze results, provide recommendations and drive to implementation
Support the quality processes (requirements development, functional safety/ISO26262, fault tree analysis, FMEAs, P-diagrams, etc.)
Perform competitive analyses and maintain knowledge of emerging technologies in the automotive field
Present designs, challenges, implementation details, and results with excellent written and oral communications skills
Anticipate stakeholder and downstream customer needs through well-managed and smartly selected project deliverables and by conducting on-going peer and milestone reviews and virtual or real-vehicle demonstrations
Basic Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Controls or System Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science or related degree
2+ years of experience in a role involved in requirements definition, decomposition, systems or controls design, trade/concept studies and/or design verification and validation (coursework/internship/co-op allowed)
2+ years of experience with Technical competency in Model-based System Engineering Techniques, including proficiency in the application of techniques producing descriptive models supporting analysis, specification and/or design of complex, scalable, and reusable systems (coursework/internship/co-op allowed)
Preferred Qualifications

PhD in Controls or System Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science or related degree
5+ years of experience in controls, systems engineering, and/or driver assistance systems development (including related sensing or actuation technologies, or sensor fusion). This may include school or employer project work on which these roles/responsibilities were assigned.
Experience applying Systems Engineering disciplines to the development of complex systems
Exposure to autonomous system or robotics development
2+ years of experience with Matlab/Simulink/Stateflow
2+ years of experience in programming in high-level languages like (C/C++, Java, etc.).
2+ years of experience in the leveraging of model based approaches to architecting, defining, and analyzing complex systems involving a mix of hardware and controls for electrified vehicle powertrains, robotics, or driver assist technologies for the purposes of design, integration, and test. This may include school or employer project work on which these roles/responsibilities were assigned
Experience in embedded development
Experience with hands on testing and problem solving in simulation, hardware in the loop systems and prototype vehicles
Broad understanding of control system design and analysis techniques
Significant experience with Matlab, Simulink and Stateflow in an applied industry environment
Significant experience utilizing models to develop and verify mixed hardware and embedded software systems
Experience with CAN networks and tools (Canalyzer, Canape, etc.)
Applied project experience with model-based systems architecting languages, tools (SysML, MagicDraw, etc.) and associated methods
Skilled at working in large team environments and interfacing with technical experts

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.