Ford Motor Company Corrosion Scientist in Dearborn, Michigan


Job Title:

Corrosion Scientist

Job Description & Qualifications:

The successful applicant for this position will join the Coatings, Corrosion, and Surface Engineering Research Group in Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering organization. This group conducts experimental and simulation-based research on automotive coatings (durability, color science, functional coatings), corrosion processes with a focus on light metal and mixed material construction, and surface characterization using state-of-the-art instruments and facilities. The successful applicant will commonly interface with other Ford research groups, Ford personnel in both Product Development and Manufacturing, suppliers, and academia.

Position Duties

  • Perform fundamental and applied research on the corrosion of automotive-relevant materials and structures, in particular light-weight materials and structures made from a mixture of materials.

  • Test and evaluate the corrosion performance of new aluminum alloys or aluminum structures made via novel manufacturing processes.

  • Develop test methods and acceptance criteria for stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of high strength aluminum and steel alloys.

  • Utilize state-of-the-art electrochemistry lab to assess electrochemical behavior of materials under various conditions. Correlate electrochemistry results to accelerated corrosion testing results.

  • Develop computer modeling capability to anticipate galvanic corrosion performance of mixed material joints.

  • Develop new test methods to improve the correlation between accelerated laboratory corrosion tests and field exposure.

  • Collaborate deeply with internal Surface Science, Joining, Paint, and Metal Forming teams.

  • Grow collaborations with academia, suppliers, and (inter)national labs in the area of corrosion science.

  • Support Manufacturing and Product Development teams in urgent Company concerns.

  • Develop intellectual property in the area of corrosion prevention strategies and manufacturing processes.

  • Document findings internally and externally via presentations and publications.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical, Materials, or Chemical Engineering, or Chemistry with a thesis in the area of corrosion science or corrosion engineering.

  • 1+ years of experience with electrochemical test methods and instruments.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with SCC test methods and analysis

  • Experience with accelerated corrosion test methods and equipment.

  • Experience with commercial computer modeling (FEA, BEM) software.

  • Experience with surface and bulk material characterization: SEM, AFM, FTIR, XRD, XPS, SVET, SKP, mechanical testing, and optical microscopy.

  • Outstanding computer skills as well as written and oral communication skills.

  • Team player with strong interpersonal 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; 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. Candidates for positions at Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire.

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.

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Research & Advanced Engrg


Research & Advanced Engrg