Fall 2024 Lumerical R&D Intern (PHD)

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Date: Apr 1, 2024

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6E2M6

Company: Ansys

As an Ansys employee, you have helped shape a legacy that spans more than 50 years, enabling innovators across industries to push boundaries by using the predictive power of simulation. Now is the time to seize the opportunity to grow and develop your own career here at Ansys.  We are committed to fostering a culture where employees and leaders think “Ansys First” when adding talent to their teams. Let’s continue pushing boundaries together. Go on and explore what opportunities are out there!


Summary / Role Purpose  

Join the Ansys Student Internship Program to apply your education to solve real world engineering problems, advance career skills and experience work at Ansys. You will be part of the Ansys Lumerical team where you will apply modern artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) techniques to improve the design process of photonic devices. The internship will run for 4 months from September to December 2024. This is a fully remote position.


Key Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Setup and run simulations of photonic devices on Ansys Lumerical FDTD via Python.
  • Select, compare, and benchmark AI/ML-based optimization algorithms for photonic devices.
  • Collaborate with other Ansys researchers on developing and testing leading-edge numerical methods.
  • Present results to members of the R&D team and to external partners and collaborators.
  • Learn and follow best practices in software engineering.


Minimum Education/Certification Requirements and Experience 

  • Required Education and Degree Type: Pursuing PhD program in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or Computer Science.  
  • Basic knowledge of electromagnetics (Maxwell’s equations) and numerical analysis
  • Proficiency in Python 
  • Software development principals (git, unit testing) 
  • Ability to learn quickly and to work closely with others 


Preferred Qualifications and Skills 

  • Experience using Ansys Lumerical FDTD or similar photonics simulation tools
  • Basic understanding of numerical optimization algorithms
  • Software development experience on larger teams
  • Demonstrated success in applying AI/ML concepts in engineering simulations


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 in the knowledge that every day is an opportunity to observe, teach, inspire, and be inspired. 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: America’s Most Loved Workplaces, Gold Stevie Award Winner, America’s Most Responsible Companies, Fast Company World Changing Ideas, Great Place to Work Certified (China, Greece, France, India, Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, 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.

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