GM – Electric Motor Design Ph.D. Intern

Electric Motor Design Ph.D. Intern
Pontiac, Michigan, United States of America

Job Description:

The Electric Motor Design Intern will support design, analysis and correlation of traction motors & position sensors 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 Design Ph.D. Intern include:

  • Simulates, analyzes, and correlates interior permanent magnet and induction machines with FEA tools
  • Investigate alternate topologies for traction motor applications
  • Perform parametric assessments for design and manufacturing robustness
  • Meet torque & power requirements while balancing NVH, thermal limits
  • Minimize electric drive losses


  • Work with motor design engineers in design and analysis of traction motor applications
  • Perform FEA simulation and analysis of electric motors and position sensors
  • Assess test data and correlate models for traction motor performance analysis
  • 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 design or closely related field
  • Understanding of AC electric machine operating principles and 3-phase switching power converter topologies
  • Experience in JMAG & Maxwell EM FEA tool chains & Matlab for post processing data
  • Ability to create and present information to peers and leadership in a clear and concise manner
  • High level of interpersonal skills to work independently and effectively with others
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills


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