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At Gentherm, we say, “It’s about the person.” We’re with you on a cold winter day when you turn on your heated seat and steering wheel or helping manage patient body temperature in the operating room, recovering room or intensive care units. We take a human approach with everything we do.


As the global leader in thermal management technologies we embrace the opportunity to create and deliver extraordinary thermal solutions that make meaningful differences in everyday life. We do this by improving health, wellness, comfort and energy efficiency.


We embrace an entrepreneurial spirit and combine that with our global leadership to deliver results. Working at Gentherm provides you the opportunity to not only shape the future of the automotive and medical industries, but also influence your career throughout the company. You will be engaged, challenged and inspired by our team to deliver leading thermal technologies that positively impact lives around the world.

Research & Development Engineer



At Gentherm, we are expanding our human research testing capabilities and are looking for a R&D Engineer to join our new thermal physiology research team. The team sits at the fore front of the company’s mission in developing thermal solutions that improve health, wellness and comfort. The R&D engineer will play an integral role in researching and developing our cutting-edge technology to deliver optimal thermal solutions with the human at the center of all our products.  


The successful candidate will be responsible for organizing and executing physiological and subjective evaluations of our personal thermal comfort systems and components. The position will collaborate with other advanced engineering teams in the development of personalized, human-centric thermal solutions.                                                                                                  

This is a research-oriented opportunity for a well-organized, curious, and motivated individual that appreciates attention to detail and functions well in diverse, cross-disciplinary environments



  • Administer laboratory studies, utilizing our state-of-the-art environmental chambers to evaluate physiological and perceptual responses to our in-vehicle thermal comfort solutions
  • Collect physiological data including (but not limited to) core and skin temperature, sweat rate, skin blood flow, cardiovascular responses, and anthropometric characteristics
  • Collect perceptual data (thermal sensation, comfort and wetness) and other variables related to the user experience
  • Investigate the impact of our human centric thermal comfort solutions in high end vehicles and/or electric vehicles on the road to assess real-world conditions (i.e. field based studies)
  • Coordinate research projects in a timely and efficient manner.



  • Organize small and large research projects: planning, acquiring resources, participant recruitment, pilot testing and test execution.
  • Process laboratory test data and extract basic statistics.
  • With appropriate subject knowledge, contribute to data interpretation
  • Write research reports, generate presentations, presents results from the laboratory tests.
  • Ensures compliance with data protection policies (e.g. HIPAA).
  • Communicate to team members to prevent project delays.
  • Participates in miscellaneous research efforts within the Gentherm R&D team.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Physiology, Thermophysiology, biomedical engineering, ergonomics or other closely related human science subject, plus:
    • 1-2 years’ experience working in a research environment or an applied setting monitoring/collecting data from humans
  • OR a Master’s degree in Kinesiology, Physiology, Thermophysiology, biomedical engineering, ergonomics or other closely related human science subject
  • Proficient in MS Office suite.
  • Proven knowledge of basic statistics.
  • Strong communication skills.





  • Research and development experience.
  • Knowledge of statistical software package (e.g. SPSS, R, etc.).
  • Python scripting skills.
  • Knowledge of LabView and/or other instrument/computer interfacing software is highly desired.



TRAVEL: Example:  Up to 5%, Local.



  • Deliver Results
    • Understand the mission and output of your team; set SMART objectives and deliver
  • Drive Change
    • Focus on agility and commitment to continuous improvement; Understand and act on internal and external drivers of change
  • Build Capability
    • Foster a culture of learning and development; Support individual growth through continuous feedback to achieve personal and professional goals
  • Cultivate Innovation
    • Openly embrace, create, implement and support new and innovative ideas, processes and technology that deliver business results


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All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. Gentherm is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship

Gentherm is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Job Req ID:  7889

Northville, MI, US, 48167

Country/Region:  US
Published:  Sep 15, 2021

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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