GM – Electric Motor Controls Ph.D. Intern

Pontiac, Michigan, United States of America


Job Description:

The Electric Motor Controls Intern will support development, simulation, testing and implementation of advanced motor control algorithms for propulsion applications.  This role is growing in response to the dramatic growth of battery electric and hybrid vehicle markets as well as GM’s expanding Electrification portfolio. In this role you must have a passion for electrification and a desire to become an integral part of our exciting new corporate vision: Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions, and Zero Congestion. Design goals for the Electric Motor Controls Ph.D. Intern include:

  • Accurate, high-bandwidth torque production
  • Maximize hardware capability
  • Minimize electric drive losses
  • High quality voltage synthesis
  • Robust to parameter variation and changes in operating conditions
  • Optimize electric drive NVH
  • Robust diagnostic coverage
  • Flexibility through calibration



  • Work with controls engineers to develop new algorithms and diagnostics for AC electric machines and 3-phase switching power converters
  • Perform simulation and analysis of electric drives and high voltage power electronics
  • Verify control algorithm performance in hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) benches, dynamometer facilities, and/or development vehicles
  • Collaborate with software, calibration, motor and inverter design teams
  • Document and communicate progress at technical review meetings



  • Must be a Ph.D. Student studying Electrical Engineering or a related field with focus in electric drives
  • Demonstrated research and coursework in motor controls or closely related field
  • Understanding of AC electric machine operating principles and 3-phase switching power converter topologies


Contact Information: If you are interested in this position or would like to learn more about it, contact Pia Strampp or Kyle Hanson at