Job Overview


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership. Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity.

The employee serves as Chief of the Electronic Systems Safety Research Division (NVS-333) of the Office of Vehicle Crash Avoidance and Electronic Controls Research (OVCAECR). Within the OVCAECR, the Electronic Systems Safety Research Division serves as the principal research and development organization for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) on matters concerning the reliability and security of automotive safety-critical electronic systems, especially vehicle control systems to ensure the safe operation of motor vehicles and the protection of vehicle occupants and other road users.
The ideal candidate for this position possesses a strong background in automotive electronic systems safety and security as well as knowledge and experience with emerging advanced vehicle technologies. This includes electronic control systems, including all aspects of vehicle electronics (software, hardware, etc.) that interact with the vehicle's braking, throttle, and steering control. In addition, the candidate possesses strong leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills to implement an effective, well managed electronics systems safety research program.


The Supervisory General Engineer:

  • Assists and advises the Office Director and Associate Administrator (AA) for Vehicle Safety Research to formulate budget requirements, strategy, research plans, and other planning activities necessary to address potential safety risks presented by vehicle electronic control systems and emerging technologies, including software, failsafe strategies, system engineering, testing, cyber security and other aspects necessary to address those risks.
  • Advises the Office Director on all research, development, test, and evaluation activities related to vehicle electronics safety.
  • Provides expert advice and research coordination to the NHTSA Rulemaking Office in their development of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  Also provides expert advice to NHTSA’s Enforcement office in terms of compliance and defects investigations of advanced vehicle electronic systems.
  • Prepares papers and presentations that involve the review, analysis, and evaluation of a broad range of research related to vehicle electronics safety.  This covers both work performed by and for the OVCAECR and work performed by other researchers in other government agencies, industry, and academia.
  • Serves as NHTSA’s primary source of technical expertise and leadership for planning, organizing, directing, and executing DOT’s research related to vehicle electronic systems.
  • The employee provides professional, managerial and technical leadership and guidance to a professional staff, mainly engineers.