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Senior Research Engineer - Hardware Sensors

Job Number:  24443
Group:  Magna Corporate
Division:  Magna Services of America (Troy Office)
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Troy, MI, US, 48098-2863

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

The Sr. Research Engineer will work on technology projects within the R&D team, supporting technical evaluation of the technologies, such as sensors, actuators and control electronics for the vehicle of the future; they will develop H/W architecture, engage in research related to key technologies; they will perform deep scientific research, application analysis, manufacturability, market and cost factors related to AD/ADAS technology; they will contribute to the team’s effort by providing innovative ideas for products and processes. 

Key Responsibilities

•    Plan, execute and coordinate R&D projects for/with internal and external R&D departments, supplier companies, institutions and academia.
•    Research latest advances in sensors, optoelectronics, and other technologies. 
•    Work with ECAD tools to develop prototype hardware of sensors and controls. 
•    Lead, document and present advances of the projects.
•    Evaluate technologies and product designs with compliance to scientific principles, engineering principles, company standards and customer requirements.
•    Support the development of innovative components or modules from initial concept through full development.
•    Design, simulate and test circuits of Proof of Concept systems (p.e. LIDAR, surround view camera, multi sensor camera, radar, etc.).
•    Support SW architecture definition from hardware perspective.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

•    Product development experience in Sensing, Camera or Lidar Systems.
•    Understanding of project initiation and execution including technical and business aspects.
•    Strong knowledge and preferably hands-on experience in at least several of the following fields. As a minimum, the candidate should at least be able to converse with an expert in the respective fields:
o    Understanding of automotive sensors and systems such as cameras, radars, lidars, positioning solutions and compute platforms.
o    Knowledge of analog and power electronics, process for schematics design, board layout and manufacturing process for prototyping and series production.
o    Understanding of processor architectures, like GPU, DSP cores, etc.
o    Experience or basic knowledge related to FPGA, ASIC or VHDL.
o    Understanding of design and manufacturing of the silicon devices.
o    Knowledge of automotive bus systems like CAN, automotive Ethernet and wireless connectivity.
•    Capable to design or coordinate schematics and board design with ECAD programs. 
•    Understanding of embedded hardware development from small micro controllers to high-end embedded devices.
•    Able to cover the main aspects of an entire electronic circuit, from power supply to high speed interfaces.
•    Familiarity with fundamentals of automotive electronics quality, reliability, and manufacturability.
•    General understanding of functional safety from a hardware and software development perspective.
•    Awareness of global trends related to automotive sensors field.

Additional Information

•    An MS degree or higher in either Electrical, Electronics or Computer Science with focus on Hardware.
•    An ideal candidate would have experience in the design, development, or integration of cutting-edge automotive electronics.
•    Deep technical expertise in an automotive electronics quality, reliability, and manufacturability, related to autonomous systems is preferred.
•    5+ years of recent experience working on actual product development either as researcher, technical lead, product /system architect or a developer.
•    Strong technical and analytical competence in select areas of technology and research.
•    Self starter with a “can do” get the job done personality.
•    Normal amount of sitting or standing, average mobility to move around an office environment, able to conduct normal amount of work at a computer.

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