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Senior Research Engineer

Job Number:  67089
Group:  Magna Corporate
Division:  Magna Design and Engineering (USA)
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Troy, MICHIGAN, US, 48083

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Job Number: 67089 
Group: Magna Corporate  
Division: Magna Design and Engineering (USA) 
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.


About the Role

The Senior Research Engineer, EE, and Mechatronics Integration will work on technology projects within the Corporate R&D Advanced Body Domain, supporting the technical evaluation and due diligence of new developments in multiple areas of the complete vehicle including Body-Safety-Comfort Electronics and other Electronics and Electrical Architecture (E/EA).  


Within these areas of Magna’s Advanced Vehicle Systems organization, an emphasis will be placed on E/EA and integration developments of various HMI and Mechatronics components including ECU, sensors, actuators, switches, lighting, HVAC, instrument clusters, displays, infotainment, control systems and other innovative technologies being considered by Magna. 


The Senior Research Engineer will plan, execute, and coordinate all related activities for/with all other internal Corporate R&D Domains, Magna Group R&D Departments, as well as external Supplier companies, institutions, and academia as needed. 

Your Responsibilities


  • Develop new technologies and/or product ideas either adding content per vehicle (CPV) – top line (revenue) and/or improving profitability (bottom line)  
  • Analyze automotive market trends along with region-specific regulations and develop domain-specific futuristic two-generational product and technology roadmap, in collaboration with Magna groups. 
  • Initiate new R&D projects by developing problem statements and value propositions. 
  • Execute end–to–end Proof of Technology (PoT) or Proof of Concept (PoC) using Ideation Development Process (IDP) 
  • Prioritize projects based on total addressable, relevant market analysis working with other Magna R&D and Business Development Groups. 
  • Prioritize and perform multiple advanced development studies correctly and efficiently to contain program timing and budget. 
  • Support the ideation process while identifying gaps in the current product or manufacturing technology to guide and provide future R&D efforts to improve the top and/or bottom line. 
  • Analyze engineering results and propose product changes to determine feasibility, and improvement of components, systems, and functional/performance specifications. 
  • Analyze customer requirements and develop KPIs for new products or technologies in alignment with Magna group/s. 
  • Plan and lead IDP gate reviews, and related cross-functional efforts with internal/external customers with required documentation (example – DVP&R, PFMEA, KPI, etc) defined within IDP 
  • Confer with other Research Engineers to clarify or resolve problems and develop design solutions. 
  • Collaborate with CAD Design Engineers and Designers for the generation of 2D/3D CAD data. 
  • Continue to innovate on behalf of internal and external customers. 
  • Perform other duties as required. 


Who we are looking for


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, or Computer Science with a focus on Hardware. 
  • 8+ years recent experience working on actual product development either as a Research, Technical Lead, Product/System Architect, or Developer.
  • Knowledge of mechatronic designs and their integration into various systems 
  • Experience in the design, development, or integration of cutting-edge automotive body, safety, and comfort electronics 
  • Technical expertise in automotive electronics quality, reliability, and manufacturability. 
  • Understanding of ISO 26262 and other industry/customer-related standards related to Electrical Engineering. 
  • Knowledge of manufacturing process and assembly methods 
  • Experience and knowledge of various semi-conductors (System on Chips (SoC) and their applications  
  • Experience with understanding software used and their interrelationships meeting the project requirements (example-auto brain, sewing machine. Mobileye, etc.) 
  • Experience working with ECAD tools to develop prototype hardware of electronic devices (preferred) 



Your preferred qualifications


  • Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, or Computer Science with a focus on Hardware.  
  • Experience working with automotive body – safety – comfort electronic systems with central EEA (domain and zonal) architecture integration.
  • Ability to influence without authority. 
  • Excellent collaborator seeking WIN-WIN scenario. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams)  
  • Technical ability and creativity to initiate, direct, and control specific projects. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 


What we offer

At Magna, you can expect an engaging and dynamic environment where you can help to develop industry-leading automotive technologies. We invest in our employees, providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed. As a member of our global team, you can expect exciting, varied responsibilities as well as a wide range of development prospects. Because we believe that your career path should be as unique as you are.

Site Benefits

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans 
  • 401 (k) plan with employer matching 
  • Profit Sharing Program 
  • Exciting internal development opportunities 
  • Cafe 
  • Parking for motorcycles and electric vehicles 

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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