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R&D Engineer II

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Date: Dec 28, 2020

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6E2M6

Company: Ansys

Ansys is the global leader in engineering simulation, helping the world's most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, Ansys helps companies solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination.


Ansys' photonic simulation software enables research and development professionals to predict how light behaves within complex structures, circuits, and systems.  Photonics unlocks many possibilities for the world’s most innovative companies who increasingly rely on virtual prototyping to explore new product concepts and optimize designs. Our customers are developing the technology of tomorrow – things like LiDAR systems for autonomous cars, virtual reality headsets, cellphone cameras, communications equipment for data centers and new platforms for quantum computing. Find out more at https://www.lumerical.com/.


As an R&D Engineer at Ansys you will contribute to software applications that meet high standards for accuracy, user experience and performance, and run on the latest desktop, enterprise, cloud and HPC computing systems.  


In this role you will join a cross-functional squad to code, test and maintain both new and mature products, following agile practices.  You will be supervised by an R&D Manager, collaborate with both the ACE support team and quality assurance specialists, and check in daily with Senior R&D Engineers. The successful candidate takes our company values to heart, shows initiative, and loves to learn.



  • Work with your squad to understand detailed requirements and specifications, and how the customer will use the product
  • Collaborate with Senior R&D Engineers to produce efficient, maintainable and modular production code for scientific algorithms and user interfaces
  • Deliver completed software components within our agile process, ensuring your R&D Manager and colleagues are kept up to date on problems, obstacles or issues that may impair the ability to meet standards or timelines
  • Actively participate in design review, code review and pull requests, giving feedback to peers
  • Ensure code is sufficiently tested and features adequately documented by working with quality assurance specialists.  Unit or acceptances tests have been created where appropriate.
  • Respond promptly to moderate or high severity defect reports; and
  • Remain current with best-of-breed software design tools and practices.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering 
  • Able to be productive from home as needed and build good working relationships with peers
  • Strong knowledge of object-oriented design and programming
  • 2+ years' experience developing with C++ in a commercial setting
  • Ability to develop cross-platform on Windows and Linux
  • Values and demonstrates personal growth
  • Excellent problem solving and analytic ability; and
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills



  • Experience with development tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio, Qt, Git
  • Experience using CAD applications
  • Personal interest in electrical engineering, optics or physics


Culture and values are incredibly important to Ansys. They inform us of who we are, of how we act. Values aren't posters hanging on a wall or about trite or glib slogans. They aren't about rules and regulations. They can't just be handed down the organization. They are shared beliefs – guideposts that we all follow when we're facing a challenge or a decision. Our values tell us how we live our lives; how we approach our jobs. Our values are crucial for fostering a culture of winning for our company:

  • Customer focus
  • Results and Accountability
  • Innovation
  • Transparency and Integrity
  • Mastery
  • Inclusiveness
  • Sense of urgency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork

At Ansys, you will find yourself among the sharpest minds and most visionary of leaders, collectively aiming to change the world with innovative technology and remarkable solutions.  With the prestigious reputation in servicing 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.  Because 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”.  It’s about the melding of disciplined intellect with strategic direction and results that have, can and will impact real people in real ways, forged within a working environment built on respect, autonomy and ethics.
At Ansys, you will find yourself among those eager to drive the world towards the next best thing with hands planted firmly on the wheel.
Our team is passionate about pushing the limits of world-class simulation technology so our customers can turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at lower cost.  As a measure of our success in attaining these goals, Ansys has been recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by prestigious publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek and FORTUNE magazines.
Ansys is an S&P 500 company and a component of the NASDAQ-100.
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.