Lead R&D Engineer (AI/ML) - Exton, PA (Hybrid)

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Date: Jun 6, 2024

Location: Exton, PA, US, 19341

Company: Ansys

 Requisition #: 14415


Our Mission: Powering Innovation That Drives Human Advancement  


When visionary companies need to know how their world-changing ideas will perform, they close the gap between design and reality with Ansys simulation. For more than 50 years, Ansys software has enabled innovators across industries to push boundaries by using the predictive power of simulation. From sustainable transportation to advanced semiconductors, from satellite systems to life-saving medical devices, the next great leaps in human advancement will be powered by Ansys. 


Innovate With Ansys, Power Your Career.  



Ansys Government Initiatives (AGI) is looking for an experienced and motivated AI/ML Engineer to join our team. In this role, you will primarily support our STK (Systems Tool Kit) and ODTK (Orbit Dertermination Tool Kit) software development teams. Our products are physics-based mission modeling and simulation software, used by thousands of customers worldwide to solve some truly difficult problems, from evaluating 5G comm link coverage to navigating to the moon.


As a Lead R&D Engineer (AI/ML Developer), you will lead the design and development of AI/ML-infused software products and capabilities. You will be hands-on, developing new capabilities in a commercially-released product. Additionally, you will use your expertise in the domain to support and influence our business’ AI/ML strategy, identify the most lucrative opportunities to leverage AI/ML tools and technology in existing product capabilities, and provide technical and thought leadership, guidance, and education to your teammates and subject matter experts in other domains.  


This position is not eligible for immigration sponsorship.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads planning, architecture, and implementation at a project level
  • Applies ML methods to products and processes, including identification, evaluation, implementation and maintenance
  • Acts as a technical reference, staying abreast of the latest ML methods, and identifies promising areas of research applicable to AGI products
  • Disseminates ML knowledge and awareness throughout the business unit
  • Develops and employs best practices and promotes them across the group through technical reviews and mentoring
  • Works collaboratively, as well as independently, without direct supervision; this includes gathering and documenting requirements from SMEs and stakeholders
  • Performs complex bug verification; researches problems discovered by QA or product support and develops solutions, collaborating with the QA/support team
  • Researches and understands the marketing requirements for new products and capabilities, including target customers, performance criteria, and competitive issues
  • May work directly with customers or proxies to assess their needs and develop solutions


Minimum Education/Certification Requirements and Experience

  • BS in Engineering, Computer Science, or related field with 8 years’ experience, MS with 6 years’ experience, or PhD with 4 years’ experience
  • Expert knowledge with various unsupervised and supervised ML models, data science techniques, and their applications
  • 3+ years of proven, hands-on experience in taking ML models and algorithms from proof-of-concept to production-quality; this includes experience in productizing models and algorithms
  • Strong proficiency programming in Python, in production quality code 


Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Programming experience in C++, Java or C#
  • Programming experience using ML libraries, such as scikit-learn, XGBoost, PyTorch, Tensorflow, or Keras, and scientific computing libraries: numpy, pandas, and SciPy
  • Programming experience with data viz libraries such as matplotlib, seaborn, or HoloViz/Panel
  • Possesses a strong desire to support cross-discipline R&D work and willingness to ramp up on domains outside of AI/ML
  • Ability to identify when AI/ML is the best approach to solve problems and when it’s not
  • Experience with large language models and prompt design
  • Experience with cloud technologies such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud
  • Published research in the application of AI/ML in the fields of astrodynamics, optical or radar imagery, dynamical systems, physics, or related domains
  • Experience leading projects and delivering high-quality products in a large-scale commercial software development environment
  • Ability to translate business needs into development plans
  • Ability to overcome obstacles and drive projects to completion
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively across teams and geographies, and to mentor junior engineers


At Ansys, we know that changing the world takes vision, skill, and each other. We fuel new ideas, build relationships, and help each other realize our greatest potential. We are ONE Ansys. We operate on three key components: the commitments to our stakeholders, the behaviors of how we work together, and the actions of how we deliver results. Together as ONE Ansys, we are powering innovation that drives human advancement. 


Our Commitments: 

  • Amaze with innovative products and solutions
  • Make our customers incredibly successful
  • Act with integrity
  • Ensure employees thrive and shareholders prosper


Our Values: 

  • Adaptability: Be open, welcome what's next
  • Courage: Be courageous, move forward passionately
  • Generosity: Be generous, share, listen, serve
  • Authenticity: Be you, make us stronger


Our Actions: 

  • We commit to audacious goals
  • We work seamlessly as a team
  • We demonstrate mastery
  • We deliver outstanding results


We believe diverse thinking leads to better outcomes. We are committed to creating and nurturing a workplace that fuels this by welcoming people, no matter their background, identity, or experience, to a workplace where they are valued and where diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging thrive. 


At Ansys, you will find yourself among the sharpest minds and most visionary leaders across the globe. Collectively we strive to change the world with innovative technology and transformational solutions. With a prestigious reputation in working with well-known, world-class companies, standards at Ansys are high — met by those willing to rise to the occasion and meet those challenges head on. Our team is passionate about pushing the limits of world-class simulation technology, empowering our customers to turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at a lower cost. 


At Ansys, it’s about the learning, the discovery, and the collaboration. It’s about the “what’s next” as much as the “mission accomplished.” And it’s about the melding of disciplined intellect with strategic direction and results that have, can, and do impact real people in real ways. All this is forged within a working environment built on respect, autonomy, and ethics. 

Ansys is an S&P 500 company and a member of the NASDAQ-100. We are proud to have been recognized for the following more recent awards, although our list goes on: Newsweek’s Most Loved Workplace globally and in the U.S., Gold Stevie Award Winner, America’s Most Responsible Companies, Fast Company World Changing Ideas, Great Place to Work Certified (Belgium, China, Greece, France, India, Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and U.K.). 

For more information, please visit us at www.ansys.com 

Ansys is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics. 
Ansys does not accept unsolicited referrals for vacancies, and any unsolicited referral will become the property of Ansys. Upon hire, no fee will be owed to the agency, person, or entity. 




Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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