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Cooper Tire's Tire & Vehicle Dynamics team located at our test track in Pearsall, TX (50 miles south of San Antonio, TX) is seeking a research engineer in the area of Vehicle Dynamics and Handling. You will be an integral part of the team taking part in developing and implementing technology related to tire dynamics, vehicle dynamics and handling. You will work with a cross-functional, cross-continental group of engineers who are creating and refining links between tire design and vehicle performance. Your responsibilities will include learning and mastering many aspects of vehicle dynamics and provide insight towards new tire designs. You will regularly meet with colleagues from all three of Cooper's Regional Technical Centers. You will have the opportunity to travel to various locations around the world to participate in testing, meet with colleagues, and meet with customers.
Job Specific Duties:
- Design and perform vehicle dynamics and handling experiments in a lab and on-vehicle at a test track.
- Research, understand and explain the physics of tire-vehicle dynamics; write computer programs to predict vehicle dynamics and handling
- Work with the tire design engineers to develop technical knowledge of relationships between tire design and vehicle dynamics handling.
- Collaborate with test engineers to develop test procedures for tire force and moment (F&M) testing, vehicle dynamics and handling.
- Collaborate with test engineers and evaluators to develop objective and subjective vehicle handling.
- Assist with the simulation team in development of tire F&M and vehicle dynamics simulation tools.
- Work with the Tire Uniformity Team to understand tire uniformity and its relation to vehicle dynamics and handling.
- Regularly participate in technical communication with management via technical reports and presentations.
- Bachelor s degree in Mechanical, Aerospace or Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, or similar.
- Hands-on experience setting up instrumentation, designing and conducting vehicle dynamics and tire F&M experiments.
- Acoustics and vibration theory - lumped and continuous systems
- Proficiency in signal processing
- Experience with statistical analysis of experimental data
- Experience in analysis of linear systems
- Proficiency with commercial products such as those of Racelogic VBOX, MoTeC, AiM, Siemens LMS, National Instruments, etc.
- Proficiency with Matlab or Python including the ability to produce user friendly GUIs
- Due to the nature of R&D, the individual should have demonstrated initiative, ownership, a high-energy level and possess an intellectual curiosity that enables in-depth understanding of the technical challenges.
- Must demonstrate high levels of cooperation and coordination internally, working well with others in a matrix organization
- Strong proven ability to document technical results and methods in the form of reports and presentations
- Superior written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way
- The right to work legally in the USA
Cooper Tireis an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop and retain top candidates by providing an engaging culture and opportunities to grow and develop. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, status as an individual with a disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.