Fuel Cell Stack Unit Cell Research Engineer

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Fuel Cell Stack Unit Cell Research Engineer
Ford Motor Company

Job Description

Ford Research and Advanced Engineering is expanding fuel cell development activities at its Dearborn Research and Innovation Center and is seeking experienced PEM fuel cell stack unit cell research engineers. The positions will work closely with the supply base and focus on the design and development of unit cell designs and components such as bi-polar plates, seals, and integrated membrane electrode assemblies. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly qualified and motivated engineer to join a diverse team of researchers tasked with shaping and delivering Ford’s future product strategy for fuel cell technology.


  • In conjunction with the supply base, develop unit cell, bipolar plate, seals, and/or integrated MEA designs
  • Develop and maintain design requirements, specifications, lessons learned, and best practices
  • Perform engineering analyses such as stress, pressure drop, heat transfer, fluid flow, geometric attributes, tolerance stack-up, etc.
  • Develop in-house models in support of unit cell design analyses
  • Develop and maintain quality documents such as P-diagrams, DFMEAs, etc…
  • Familiarity with stack cost estimating models

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering
  • 5+ years of relevant fuel cell unit cell design and integration experience with a major automotive manufacturer or as part of a major automotive manufacturer joint venture

Preferred Requirements:
  • Experience and/or knowledge in the following topics, Strong background in heat and mass transfer and fluid mechanics, FEA and CFD, Seal design and seal materials or Bipolar plate design, materials, and coatings
  • Experienced in the use of quality process tools such as P-diagrams, FMEA, 8D, etc.
  • Strong understanding of PEM fuel cell fundamentals
  • Experience with Six Sigma methodologies desired
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills; able to work effectively in collaborative environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team you will discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.