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Summer 2021 - Electronics Simulation Research and Development Intern, Photonics (Remote)

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Date: Feb 16, 2021

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.


New to the Ansys family, the Lumerical solvers team is a leading developer of photonic simulation software – software which 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.


As an Intern at Ansys, you will work under the supervision of experienced R&D engineers developing innovative solutions to challenging and industrially relevant problems. You will be part of a team of computational physics experts, contributing to projects that enhance product capabilities help our customers achieve their goals using Ansys photonic simulation software. 


In this role, you will have the opportunity to combine your physics and engineering knowledge with software development techniques for numerical modeling. You will join an R&D team applying leading-edge methods in computational physics and high-performance computing to a broad range of physical problems at multiple scales, where collaboration drives results. Success depends on strong analytical skill, experience with numerical techniques for linear and non-linear problems, and the ability to make the connection between simulation and real-life.      


This internship will begin in May 2021 and conclude in August 2021.  This position is remote. 



  • Assist R&D engineers with numerical software prototype development, analysis, and testing;
  • Use existing solvers and analysis tools to develop and enhance application examples; and
  • Document and communicate solution methodologies via examples, technical documentation, and presentations suitable for a broad range of audiences. 


Minimum qualifications 

  • Pursuing M.A.Sc. (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, computer Science or Physics. 
  • Currently enrolled in a full-time degree program and returning to university after the completion of the internship program.
  • Programming experience with C++, MATLAB, and/or Python languages;
  • Experience applying numerical methods for simulation and analysis; and
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English. 


Preferred qualifications 

  • Pursuing PhD in Electrical Engineering, computer Science or Physics.
  • Experience using Ansys simulation tools or other simulation tools for photonics
  • Experience in numerical methods and algorithms for optimization; 
  • Experience in software development for parallel computing; and
  • Familiarity with software development tools and processes (e.g. version control).


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.