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R&D Engineer - Photonic Solutions

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Date: Jan 18, 2023

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6E2M6

Company: Ansys

Ansys is the global leader in engineering simulation. We empower the world’s most innovative companies to deliver transformational products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software solutions, we help our customers solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination. Whether you are a software developer, product engineer, sales team member, or part of our corporate team, at Ansys we know that by embracing what makes us each unique, we become collectively better.


The R&D Engineer contributes to the development of software products features and design methodologies. As part of the Optics Solutions team, the R&D Engineer will collaborate with a group of expert professionals to accomplish development objectives to advance Ansys' leadership in optics and photonics simulation.   



  • Performs basic development activities, including the design, prototyping, maintenance, testing and documentation of new design methodologies and product features.
  • Learns and employs best practices
  • Performs basic bug verification, release testing and beta support for assigned products.
  • Researches problems discovered by QA or product support and develops solutions.
  • Works under the general supervision of a development manager or lead engineer.
  • Demonstrates software capabilities to customers, using industry-relevant examples.



  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, physics, or related field, with knowledge of optics and photonics.
  • User experience of Ansys Lumerical software or knowledge of other commercial optical or photonic software packages.
  • Programming skills with Python, Matlab, or similar languages.              



  • Knowledge of photonic passive and active component design (e.g., waveguide, phase shifters, detectors, lasers), component data extraction, and circuit simulation.
  • Participation in photonic MPW runs and familiarity with photonic PDK.
  • Knowledge of electronic and/or photonic model development through SPICE, Verilog-A, Lumerical INTERCONNECT, or other similar model language.
  • Experience in using commercial design automation tools and workflows (e.g., Cadence, Siemens EDA, KLayout) for photonic and/or electronic design and tape-out.
  • Knowledge of photonic industry and ecosystem.
  • Basic understanding of the software development process.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to learn quickly and to collaborate with others in a geographically distributed team.


At Ansys, our diverse, collaborative teams give us the strength and insight to solve the world’s most challenging engineering problems. Our ONE Ansys culture has at its core:

  • 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 leaders across the globe. Collectively we strive to change the world with innovative technology and transformational solutions. With a 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. 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.
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, empowering our customers to 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 member of the NASDAQ-100. We are proud to have been recognized for the following awards: Bay Area Best Places to Work, a Pillar World Awards Gold Winner, Fast Company Best Places to Work for Innovators, a Gold Stevie Award for Great Employers, the FORTUNE Future 50, a DCA Silver Winner, an R&D100 Finalist, a 20% by 2020 Women on Boards winner, a 2020 Pittsburgh Tech 50 – finalist, and America’s Most Responsible Companies.
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We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging where everyone thrives as ONE Ansys team.

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.