Careers

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) produces industry-driven research and analyses; develops forecasts; fosters dialogue and convenes forums; and publicly disseminates our research through conferences, events, and the media. Our mission is to educate, inform and advise industry stakeholders, policy makers, and the general public on critical issues facing the automotive industry and its impact on the U.S. economy and society.   As an independent, non-profit, research organization with a multi-disciplinary approach, CAR engages with leaders in the global automotive industry to support technology advancements and improve the competitiveness of the U.S. automotive industry.

Join our dedicated staff of more than 30 professionals.  Current open positions are regularly updated here: 


Research Assistant – Materials & Manufacturing Technology (MMT) Group

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for participating as a research assistant on a variety of research activities focusing on the automotive industry.   This is a part-time position (up-to 20 hours per week) for the 2019 winter term, and may continue during the 2019 spring and summer terms as a full-time position (up-to 40 hours per week).  Hourly rate: $13.00 – $18.00, depending on experience. 

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Research Assistant – Transportation Systems Analysis (TSA) Group

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for participating as a research assistant on a variety of research activities focusing on the automotive industry and the public sector. This is a part-time position (up-to 20 hours per week) during the school year with the potential for full-time employment in the summer (up-to 40 hours per week).  

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Research Assistant – Industry, Labor, & Economics (ILE) Group

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for participating as a research assistant on a variety of research activities focusing on the automotive industry and the public sector. This is a temporary part-time (up to 20 hours per week) position with the potential 30 – 40 hours per week from May to August. Hourly rate: $13.00 – $15.00, depending on experience.

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As an employer, CAR offers its staff a competitive compensation package, including health care benefits, life insurance, retirement savings plan, paid time off, and a flexible work environment. These offerings represent a significant investment in CAR’s most valuable asset—the people who work here.

Great Location:  CAR, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is close to the metro Detroit area, epicenter of the U.S. automotive industry.  The Ann Arbor region offers a wide range of attractions and activities that educate, entertain, entice and delight. Cultural amenities, recreational opportunities, renowned universities and colleges and a comfortable cost of living make the Ann Arbor region an ideal location to live and work.  For more information on the region, visit:  http://www.annarborusa.org/live-here

For more information, on careers at CAR, or student internships, contact Angie Ely at [email protected]

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, height, weight, marital status, protected disability or other characteristic protected by law.