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Principal Investigator-Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle



Mt Vernon, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2024

Requisition Summary

This key position is located within the Advanced Technology organization at the PACCAR Technical Center. The Advanced Technology team is leading R&D projects in strategic technology domains including clean Diesel powertrains, Battery Electric Vehicles, Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicles, Charging Infrastructure, Autonomy and V2X Connectivity. Most of the team’s development activities are incorporated into Department of Energy funded R&D programs.

The principal investigator Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) development will lead the development of the next generation FCEV class-8 vehicles together with Kenworth as part of the DOE funded Pacific North-West Hydrogen Hub program: PNWH2 Hub - Pacific Northwest Hydrogen Association. PACCAR is currently in the negotiation and contracting phase, for funding, deliverables, and overall program timing. Contract signing is expected to occur in Q2 2024. After contracting the Principal Investigator will continue to manage the technical progress reporting, ensure compliancy, and will be the first point of contact for all communication between the DOE and PACCAR

The goal of the FCEV development program is the definition of the production intend next generation FCEV leveraging the earlier demonstration programs using the Toyota Fuel Cell Powertrain kit. Key performance goals are summarized as; covering heavy-duty long-haul application, reduce cost of ownership, and increase overall technology maturity.

Company Information

PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks. PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines and also provides customized financial services, information technology and truck parts related to its principal business.

Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!

Job Functions / Responsibilities

  • Support and successfully complete program contracting work.
  • Lead PACCAR program activities and milestones within the DOE funded pacific northwest hydrogen hub.
  • Report (written and verbal) on program progress and status to internal stakeholders, the pacific northwest hydrogen hub association, and the department of energy.
  • Ensure program compliancy together with PACCAR accounting, purchasing, and engineering teams.
  • Work with cross-divisional teams to manage the evaluation of new technology readiness levels (TRL) processes.
  • Keep abreast of emerging technologies, tools, and methods related to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen economy and technologies in general.


  • 5 years or more experience in automotive research, preferably in commercial vehicles with focus on Zero-emission-Vehicles and/or powertrain systems.
  • Be an excellent team player
  • Good understanding of Hydrogen economy development and governmental activities.
  • Previously demonstrated strong technical knowledge, analysis, and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, be a self-starter and have demonstrated high levels of initiative and innovation


Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering or Engineering Physics discipline

Paccar Benefits

As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including:

  • Competitive salary and 401k with up to a 5% company match
  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement
  • Comprehensive paid time off – Minimum of 10 paid vacation days, 12 paid holidays, and sick leave
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA)
  • Paid short-and long-term disability program
  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • EAP services including wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more
  • Global Fortune 500 company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities
  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their field

Additional Job Board Information

PACCAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability. At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors, including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for Principal Investigator-Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle is $110,600 - $173,000 annually. Additionally, this role is eligible for a full range of benefit options listed above. #LI-ZP1