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Senior Research Engineer (Controls System Integration)

Job Number:  43493
Group:  Magna Corporate
Division:  Magna Services of America (Home Office)
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular




Job Number: 43493 
Group: Magna Corporate  
Division: Magna Services of America (Home Office) 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: TROY 


Group Description 

At Magna, we create technology that disrupts the industry and solves big problems for consumers, our customers, and the world around us. We’re the only mobility technology company and supplier with complete expertise across the entire vehicle.


We are committed to quality and continuous improvement because our products impact millions of people every day. But we’re more than what we make. We are a group of entrepreneurial-minded people whose collective expertise gives us a competitive advantage. World Class Manufacturing is a journey and it’s our talented people who lead us on this journey.


Role Summary

This position will be responsible for System Integration & Validation of autonomous driving (AD) systems. The focus of the Senior Research Engineer, Controls System Integration position will include but is not limited to (1) autonomous driving system integration of sensors, actuators, computing hardware and software (2) actuator controls including steering, brake, and powertrain. (3) road test and tuning control parameters to meet performance requirements, (4) identifying issues to inform Algorithm Developers, (5) creating test & validation reports.  In addition, this individual will support the R&D Project Team Engineers and Researchers with technical evaluation of technologies being considered by Magna. The evaluation will consist of a scientific deep dive, application analysis, manufacturability, market, and cost factors associated with the technology.  The Senior Research Engineer, Controls System Integration will plan, execute, and coordinate R&D programs for/with internal and external R&D departments, (supplier) companies, institutions, and academia. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Evaluation of technologies and product designs with compliance to scientific principles, engineering principles, company standards, customer requirements and related specifications
  • Support the development of innovative components and modules from the initial concept phase through the complete development process including design engineering, validation, prototyping, testing, and evaluation of the proposed production capable process and business case 
  • Design and conduct research programs; applying theory and principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, hydraulics, electronics, heat transfer and materials 
  • Contribute to team effort by providing innovative ideas for products and processes and by sharing new information with other team members 
  • Support the ideation process while identifying gaps in the current product or manufacturing technology to guide and provide future R&D efforts 
  • Analyze engineering results and propose product changes to determine feasibility, improvement of components and systems and functional/performance specifications
  • Correlate experimental data to simulation data 
  • Maintain innovation project schedule by monitoring project progress, co-coordinate activities, calculating time requirements, sequencing project elements, and resolving problems 
  • Specify requests and coordinate all sub-contracted work (i.e., S/W development, prototyping, validation, testing) and assure timely completion
  • Confer with Project Engineers to clarify or resolve problems and develop designs 
  • Maintain proper filing systems to ensure all information, (electronic or hard copy), are stored according to departments requirements 
  • Provide engineering support to other departments within the company as directed by the department Leader 
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by reviewing professional publications and establishing personal networks 
  • Responsible for keeping the organization abreast of developments in his/her R&D programs.
  • Interpret technical specifications from OEMS
  • Prepare project progress reports 
  • Use related computer software and equipment to perform technical analysis tasks 
  • Continuing education and/or training is critical as technology evolves
  • Handle other duties assigned as required 

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Master's or higher degree in Engineering including but not limited to: Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science, Aerospace, and Robotics'
  • 5+ years relevant experience including background in Ph.D. research, Automotive OEM, Tier-1, or autonomous driving company '
  • Experience in system integration and & validation in ADAS/Autonomous Driving systems
  • Experience in test & validation of ADAS/AD systems including ACC, AEB, LKA, etc.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel domestic and international 

Additional Information

Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.

At Magna, we believe a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That’s why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.

Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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