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Ford Motor Company Research Engineer – Virtual Vehicle Prototypes in Dearborn, Michigan


Job Title:

Research Engineer – Virtual Vehicle Prototypes

Job Description & Qualifications:

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow’s transportation.

Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering team explores new vehicle and societal innovations that require some level of invention before they can be applied to our products and services. The team is building on a history of Ford innovation, including our invention of the three-way catalytic converter to modernize vehicle emissions controls in the 1970s and the world’s first rear inflatable seat belts in 2010.

Today, we are exploring and delivering ways to make smarter vehicles and our transportation system more efficient to improve people’s lives by helping them move more freely, safely and enjoyably. For example, we are changing how our products are made by creating high-quality vehicles in an environmentally and socially responsible way, including the use sustainable materials. Since 2000, we have used 12 industry and world-first plant-based materials in our production vehicles. We also are researching the possible use of tomato skin, bamboo, agave fiber, dandelion roots, algae and coffee chaff as part of our ambitious goal of making our vehicles with up of 20 percent sustainable material by 2025.

What you will be able to do

Engineering complex electrified propulsion systems in today’s competitive market requires sophisticated model-based development methodologies that can help deliver optimized products quickly and efficiently. There is a critical need to efficiently explore and identify high leverage system opportunities for improving the customer user experience and value of our electrified vehicle products. The candidate for this position would address this need by developing, commissioning, validating and applying these complex vehicle system models. You will:

  • Develop, integrate and validate electrified vehicle system models

  • Perform vehicle level cross attribute systems analysis covering energy management, drivability, emissions and passenger comfort

  • Support development of system technologies aligned with strategic technology roadmaps

  • Develop and apply Virtual Vehicle Prototype tools and methods to meet emerging needs (e.g. connectivity, autonomous driving, real world driving, etc.)

The minimum requirements we seek

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering

  • 2+ years of combined experience with following (during PhD studies accepted)

  • Experience with electrified propulsion systems operations and key interactions of vehicle systems/components/controls

  • Experience with model-based systems development and related methodologies with application to vehicle propulsion systems

  • Application of simulation tools (e.g. Matlab, Simulink, GT-Suite, Dymola, etc.)

Our preferred requirements

  • Doctoral Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering

  • Familiarity with vehicle testing - tools and methods

  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills

What you will receive in return

As part of the Ford family, you will enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You will also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we would love to have you join us.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

By choice, we are 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.

For information on Ford’s benefits and compensation, click here: https://corporate.ford.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en-us/documents/careers/2021- benefits-and-comp-GSR-sal-plan-1.pdf

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Ford Motor Company



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Research & Advanced Engineering (R&A)


Research & Advanced Engrg