Coalition For Automotive Lightweight Materials: Manufacturing and Materials Researcher (SME)

The Center for Automotive Research is hiring an independent contractor to serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Coalition for Automotive Lightweight Materials (CALM).  CALM is a collaboration of more than twenty automotive industry-leading organizations working to support the cost-effective integration of environmentally sustainable mixed materials to achieve significant reductions in mass through the joint efforts of the material sectors and the auto manufacturers.  Supporting organizations participate in the CALM working group through an ongoing, annual commitment funded by participating CAR Affiliate organizations.

The CALM SME will participate in all aspects of the CALM group and work with CAR Research Directors to define and implement CALM projects, collaborations, and meetings.  The SME will additionally work with the Affiliates Director to communicate and build relationships with the CALM members.  The role requires a strong understanding of the automotive materials selection process and its implications for sustainable manufacturing strategies.  This position reports directly to the Director, Technology.

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with the Director of Technology to engage with CALM members and identify research opportunities for the group and ensure consistent communication
  • Serving as a SME for material and manufacturing technology, strategy, sustainability, and policy issues
  • Interacting with all stakeholders through electronic communication, personal interactions, presentations, and other forms of communication
  • Assessing the needs and expectations of the CALM members
  • Investigating sustainability topics for the automotive materials and manufacturing sector
  • Leading and/or assisting with sustainability projects at CAR, including all aspects of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) with focus on the environmental aspects of materials and process
  • Research on regulatory and sustainability issues relevant to vehicle materials selection
  • Leading/Performing quantitative and qualitative research on vehicle and/or manufacturing technologies, including, but not limited to, lightweighting, advanced manufacturing, part fabrication, engineering design, tooling, machining, and quality controls
  • Identifying trends in mass reduction strategies for automotive industry participants

General Qualifications:

  • Qualified candidates must have a broad understanding of one or more areas of automotive vehicle manufacturing, including product development and the impact on the manufacturing process
  • Master’s degree in engineering, or another related field (will consider those with a terminal B.S. or B.A. in one of these fields and ten or more years of relevant experience)
  • Eight or more years of increasingly responsible experience in a research environment or materials/manufacturing implementation
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of sustainable materials and manufacturing issues and their role in future automotive manufacturing
  • Proven ability to generate proposals, execute projects, and meet deadlines
  • Clear and effective research writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail, and fact-based analysis

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Angie Ely at [email protected].