Senior R&D Engineer 2019-050

East Liberty OH
Posted 2 months ago


The Advanced Mobility group is looking for a Senior R&D Engineer.


Essential Functions*

  • Provide technical leadership and support to the Research & Engineering business unit regarding:
    • Fielding customer requests for research, development and advanced testing capabilities that are not already part of TRC’s existing repertoire of services.
    • Develop proposals, budgets, work plans, test and/or research reports.
  • 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.
  • 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


*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.



  • Master’s degree in engineering or appropriate comparable discipline, and appropriate years of experience; or PhD in engineering or appropriate comparable discipline
  • Experience in leading engineers and delegating tasks preferred
  • Experience with automotive product development, especially with strategic domains bullet listed above. Additional automotive experience that is highly valuable:
    • Research and advanced technology development
    • Vehicle testing on proving grounds
    • 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 loosely 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).


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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