R&D Engineer 2018-039

East Liberty OH
Posted 7 months ago

Essential Functions*

  • Field customer requests for research, development and advanced testing capabilities that are not already part of TRC’s existing repertoire of services.
  • Identify high-value complimentary external engineering service providers, develop strategic partnerships and manage their work in support of our customer needs.
  • Strengthen relationships with existing partner organizations, including other proving grounds, test houses, expert consultants, academic or governmental organizations.
  • Support collaborative investigations, proposal development and application for grants. Seek funding opportunities for promising R&D work that advances TRC’s strategic desires for competency development and technical credibility across the automotive industry.
  • Develop proposals, budgets, work plans, test and/or research reports.
  • Help extend TRC’s technical credibility with current customers and develop new opportunities. Publish and present technical papers for organizations such as SAE.
  • Collaborate with industry and academic partners (especially Ohio State) in areas that strategically grow the value of TRC’s services to provide a one-stop shop for our customer’s verification needs while helping our internal team develop strategic capabilities in domains that include:
    • Active Safety / Advanced Driver Assist Systems
    • Autonomous Vehicles
    • V2V, V2I connectivity and Cyber-security
    • Intelligent Transportation Systems
    • Ergonomics / Human Factors
    • Vehicle Dynamics
    • Durability
    • Development of new test methods
    • Analytical verification methods
  • Coordinate and conduct testing activities including:
    • Installing vehicle instrumentation
    • Conducting test on TRC facilities

*TRC Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and is willing to make a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that allows a qualified individual with a disability to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of a particular job.

**Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Other Duties and Responsibilities (Non-Essential Functions)

  • Complete projects on-time, on-budget and on-strategy.
  • Provide regular updates to management on key project performance metrics.



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or other relevant technical field or equivalent technical capability.
  • Experience with automotive product development, especially with strategic domains bullet listed above. Additional automotive experience that is highly valuable:
    • Vehicle testing on proving grounds
    • Research and advanced technology development
    • Vehicle data networking and on-board electronics
    • Design Verification Planning and Reporting (DVP&R)
    • Assessment of Vehicle Dynamics, Durability, Corrosion, Fuel Economy
    • Regulatory standards such as FMVSS, SAE, ASTM, ISO, ECE…
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with academic research programs, related fund raising and grant writing
  • Ability to work well with diverse backgrounds, from test drivers with HS equivalent education, hands-on mechanics, administrative personnel, advanced-degreed engineers and university professors.
  • Comfortable with periods of minimal managerial guidance, while navigating the uncertainty of sometimes ill-defined R&D projects, many of which may not come to full fruition.
  • Experience managing multiple concurrent projects and meeting tight deadlines with significant workload in a changing uncertain environment that demand adaptability and a strong sense of urgency.
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities, good attention to detail, organization skills and ability to think systemically.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Visio).
  • Experience in MATLAB, Python or other programming languages a plus.
  • Experience with Data Acquisition Systems and vehicle instrumentation a plus.


Working conditions

  • Standard office, climate controlled environment
  • May be exposed to temperatures under 0 degrees and above 95 degrees
  • May be exposed to inclement weather


Physical requirements

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for an extended period of time
  • Ability to operate a computer and other office equipment
  • Ability to communicate with customers and co-workers
  • Ability to move objects weighing up to 40 pounds
  • Capable of positioning one’s self into bending, stretching, climbing, or awkward positions

Job Features

Job CategoryEngineering

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