Spring 2025 Electronics Intern - Optics (MS/PHD)

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Date: Jul 19, 2024

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, CA, V6E2M6

Company: Ansys

 Requisition #: 14323 


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 offers a complete portfolio of tools for optics simulation, including industry-leading optical design software Zemax OpticStudio. With its comprehensive set of analyses and simulation tools, OpticStudio is used across a wide variety of industries, from aerospace and astronomy to automotive, biomedical research, consumer electronics, machine vision, and others. As an intern, you will work in a highly collaborative and dynamic team environment, helping Ansys Zemax to develop simulation software while gaining real experience in your field of study. This full-time position at the Ansys Vancouver office starts in January 2025 and concludes in May 2025. This internship is a full remote internship with an optional flex opportunity in Vancouver, BC. 



  • Create and test optical models for benchmarking both improvements to existing software functionality and new software capabilities.
  • Analyze software functionality using Zemax OpticStudio Application Programming Interface (ZOS-API) using C++/C#, Python, or MATLAB.
  • Identifies improvements to the functionality and performance of Zemax OpticStudio through active use of the software application.
  • Works under the general supervision of a development lead or manager.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Pursuing a MS or PHD in Optical Engineering, Optical sciences, Physics, or related fields, with a focus on optics. 
  • Passion for optics and optical design research and development.
  • Programming experience with C++, Python, or similar programming languages.
  • Experience using Zemax OpticStudio or similar optical design software.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Technical knowledge and experience with optical engineering, including optical modeling, design, fabrication, testing, and/or building of optical systems.
  • Experience in optical system design and analysis using commercial ray tracing software.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to understand and communicate project overviews as well as in-depth details.


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. 

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