General Motors Fuel Cell Electrocatalyst Development Engineer - GPS0003722 in Pontiac, Michigan

General Motors is committed to a vision of Zero Emissions, Zero Crashes and Zero Congestion. Automobile electrification, including the use of fuel cells, is foundational to the Zero Emission strategy. Our Advanced Technology development team is seeking candidates enthusiastic about developing technology for Automotive Fuel Cells Systems (FCS).

We are seeking a Chemist/Materials Engineer to contribute to a team developing fuel cell catalysts and electrodes for automotive fuel cell systems. The successful candidate will lead efforts to develop high activity/durable low-PGM catalysts, as well as support mechanistic studies of catalyst and electrode degradation.


  • Develop carbon-supported catalysts, including synthesis and scale-up
  • Develop and execute synthesis of novel materials.
  • Perform failure analyses on tested electrodes from Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs)
  • Develop fundamental understanding of performance loss mechanisms (gas, proton, cation transport)
  • Evaluate catalysts from external suppliers and strategic partners
  • Stay abreast of literature in above areas
  • Prepare written reports of test results and present results to broader team.

Basic Required:

  • MS in Chemistry or Materials or related Engineering disciplines,or equivalent training
  • Hands-on, independent, self-motivated contributor with strong problem-solving skills
  • Basic understanding of electrochemistry, catalysis and PEM fuel cell technology
  • Strong understanding of chemistry and lab safety
  • Able to develop and execute materials syntheses
  • Able to develop and coordinate materials characterization efforts
  • Good judgment of data quality and implication of results
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Basic Preferred:

  • PhD in Chemistry or Materials or related Engineering disciplines,or equivalent training
  • 3 years of experience with nanomaterials
  • 3 years experience in fuel cells or other electrochemical systems
  • 3 years of experience with materials characterization such as XRD, ICP, XPS, SEM, and EPMA