Research Engineer 2019-060

East Liberty OH
Posted 2 months ago


TRC Inc. is seeking a research engineer to support the biomechanics and crashworthiness groups, which focus on the biomechanics of vehicle occupants and other road users and the protection of motor vehicle occupants involved in crashes.  This research engineer would be responsible for projects that could include research on human response to impact and the limits of human injury tolerance; evaluation of crash test dummies and components; development of test procedures to evaluate injury risk in crashes involving passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or other vulnerable road users; and development of test procedures related to vehicle structural integrity and restraint systems for frontal, side, and rollover crashes, as well as child restraint systems.


Essential Functions*

  • Develop, evaluate, and use analytical procedures, component and/or full scale vehicle testing to assess occupant biomechanics and protection
  • Participate in critical analysis of existing experimental test procedures
  • Provide technical oversight and/or direct involvement with test development, test setup and execution, data collection, troubleshooting, analysis and reporting.
  • Ensure clear, accurate communication of the status and results of the above activities; ensure that results meet or exceed customer quality expectations
  • Work in a team to reach technical project goals; help to focus the team on customer requirements and facilitate problem solving and collaboration
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet deadlines


*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.


Other Duties and Responsibilities (Non-Essential Functions)

  • Application of the principals of mechanics and dynamics to the understanding of human injury and occupant protection
  • Perform design analyses of motor vehicle safety systems
  • Development of novel methods of testing motor vehicle safety for occupants and other road users, as well as protective equipment such as helmets
  • Coordinates meetings with the team and customers to discuss project activities, impediments, needed resources or issues/delays
  • Review of engineering and medical injury literature
  • Write research papers and technical reports; publish and present original research
  • Completion of customer support in a timely, error-free and competitive manner
  • Work in a team to reach technical project goals
  • Critically evaluate and correct deficiencies in technical proposals, plans, and reports
  • Make technical decisions with assistance
  • Conduct research relating to a wide variety of motor vehicle safety issues
  • Support TRC Inc.’s Quality and EH&S (Environmental, Health, and Safety) efforts



  • PhD or Master’s degree in engineering or appropriate comparable discipline or Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years of relevant experience
  • A thesis-based degree or dissertation in a relevant area of research is preferred
  • Technical knowledge to solve tough substantive, work-related problems
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent computer skills including word processing and data analysis software
  • Automotive or vehicle safety experience is preferred


Working conditions

  • Standard office, climate controlled environment


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


Transportation Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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