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Sr. Research Engineer - Lidar Perception

Job Number:  64874
Group:  Magna Corporate
Division:  Mobility USA
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Troy, MICHIGAN, US, 48083

Work Style: 

About us

We see a future where everyone can live and move without limitations. That’s why we are developing technologies, systems and concepts that make vehicles safer and cleaner, while serving our communities, the planet and, above all, people.


Forward. For all.


Group Summary

Magna is more than one of the world’s largest suppliers in the automotive space. We are a mobility technology company built to innovate, with a global, entrepreneurial-minded team. With 65+ years of expertise, our ecosystem of interconnected products combined with our complete vehicle expertise uniquely positions us to advance mobility in an expanded transportation landscape.


About the Role

This position will be responsible for developing and refining the robotics SW, especially perception technologies, with a primary focus on utilizing Lidar. The main responsibilities of the position will include, but not limited to,


  1. Develop and Optimize Lidar-Based Perception Systems:

Design, implement, and refine algorithms for Lidar-based perception to detect objects and ensure precise positioning in a dynamic environment

  1. Developing advanced algorithms for path planning, mapping, and navigation using the C/C++ programming language with real-time processing and performance optimization.
  2. Testing and Validation:

Conduct testing and validation of perception algorithms in simulated and real-world environment

Analyze data to identify and rectify any discrepancies or inaccuracies


The Research Engineer will plan execute and coordinate New Mobility programs for/with internal and external departments, (supplier) companies, institutions and academia.

Your 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 specification

Who we are looking for

  • Experience with Lidar technology and its application in robotic perception & localization 
  • Strong background in algorithm development, particularly in Object detection, object tracking, SLAM, Kalman-filter, odometry, or related areas 
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as C++ or Python 
  • Deep understanding with robotics software frameworks, especially ROS for developing and testing robotic applications. 
  • Practical experience in developing algorithms for robotics applications, including but not limited to object detection, tracking, path planning, mapping, localization, and navigation. 
  • Strong knowledge of communication protocols relevant to robotics and embedded systems, including DDS, Ethernet, and CAN. 



Your preferred qualifications

  • Master's or higher degree in Engineering including but not limited to: Computer Science, Robotics, or related field.
  • Preferred experience with object detection, graph SLAM, LIO-SAM, GTSAM, Move_base, AprilTag, and ROS 
  • Preferred experience various sensor technologies, such as LIDAR, IMU, and cameras 

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

Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.

At Magna, we believe that 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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