Principal Engineer Systems & Controls

Billerica, MA, USA Req #21
Thursday, November 5, 2020
ClearMotion builds products enabling a next-generation user experience in vehicles. The company’s proactive suspension and seating systems combine software and hardware to mitigate vehicle movement across uneven road surfaces. ClearMotion provides differentiated value for the automotive consumer of today and tomorrow. As transportation evolves to a connected, shared and eventually autonomous world, ClearMotion products will become vital to improving the in-vehicle experience.

We’re looking for a talented engineer to work on a breakthrough active suspension system for passenger cars. You will lead a small team of systems & controls engineers to bring a new product to market. You will be responsible for system development and system validation of an electro-hydraulic actuator. You and your team will develop the controls for the actuator to produce benchmark vehicle dynamics, comfort, NVH and safety.



  • Lead development of algorithms for our electrohydraulic actuator to deliver a driving experience that optimizes comfort, NVH and safety

  • Support model-based auto generated controller code development to automotive standards


  • Use and improve models of our actuators to simulate and test control algorithms, evaluating and verifying all aspects of dynamic behavior at both component and system level

  • Use model-based systems engineering to translate actuator requirements to electrical and hydraulic component level requirements and guide system (H/W+S/W) architecture

  • Lead team to design experiments, test specifications and coordinate with other teams to conduct testing on actuators/vehicles and validate and refine requirements

  • Owner of actuator DFMEA


  • Support root-cause investigations and analysis of results from simulations and actuator/vehicle testing


  • Assist team members with creating project scope of work, prioritizing tasks and tracking progress against deadlines

  • Mentor team members on controller design and systems engineering techniques and best-practices

  • Application development: Drive cost-reduction activities, risk assessments, and other tasks

  • Support departmental budget development


  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, or similar technical discipline.

  • Engineering background in feedback control theory: linear system analysis, stability analysis, frequency response, optimal control techniques, signal processing

  • 5+ years of experience developing feedback controllers in one of the following fields: multi-body systems, structural vibrations, acoustics

  • Beneficial 5+ years experience with algorithm development, MIL/HIL testing and release for production application

  • Beneficial 5+ years experience with modeling and characterizing systems that involve electromechanical / hydraulic actuators

  • Experience interpreting performance requirements from stakeholders and creating component level (H/W+S/W) requirements and test specifications

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced development environment

  • Excellent communication and collaborative experience with global cross functional teams.

  • Passionately motivated to take ideas from an early concept to a verified product

  • Can demonstrate proven success in an atmosphere with varying amounts of ambiguity, but still able to set and deliver on plans with proven processes.

  • Data-driven problem-solving skills, with understanding of tools and key performance indicators

  • Willingness and ability to travel, as necessary.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Equal Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer; applicants, employees and former employees are protected from employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, age, disability, and genetic information (including family medical history), or any other characteristic protected by law.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Billerica, MA, USA