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Senior R&D Engineer (m/f/d) - Hybrid

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Date: Dec 30, 2022

Location: Vienna, AT, 1100

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.


Summary / Role Purpose

The Senior R&D Engineer (m/f/d) is responsible for the development of software products and supporting systems. In this role, the Senior R&D Engineer will use advanced technical and problem-solving skills to help the team tackle complex issues, satisfy customer requirements, and accomplish development objectives.  


The Senior R&D Engineer will join the Ansys optiSLang Research and Development team that creates state of the art software for machine learning based sensitivity analysis, optimization and uncertainty quantification analysis. Ansys optiSLang is the world leading software package for process integration and parametric design optimization. With help of machine learning methods, the design optimization tools are extended by an automatic meta-modeling framework for efficient sensitivity analysis and multi-disciplinary optimization.


The Senior R&D Engineer will contribute to the development of new methods and algorithms as well as the maintenance and improvement of existing implementations. The spectrum of the work covers the development of consistent mathematical formulations, efficient and robust implementation in the algorithmic library using C++ and python, and finally the publication and the patenting of novel ideas. Specific focus will be the combination of machine learning algorithms (like TensorFlow, pyTorch) for geometric networks, differential equations in space or time, for spatial 3D data. This includes morphing and mapping between different geometries, generative design and algorithms to pre/post-process, automate and compare the creation of various models.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates in planning, architecture, and research
  • Performs complex development activities that may require extensive analysis in areas including user experience, software design, solver or data science research, implementation, maintenance of existing algorithms, testing, evaluation, benchmarking, documentation of benchmarks and algorithms
  • Works together with the customer support team to ensure the applicability of the developed algorithm for industrial applications
  • Employs best practices and helps to maintain them through technical reviews and mentoring
  • Performs complex bug verification, release testing and beta support for assigned products. Research problems discovered by QA or product support and develops solutions
  • Researches and understands the marketing requirements for a product, including target environment, performance criteria and competitive issues. May work with strategic customers or proxies to assess needs and develop solutions
  • Works independently with minimal supervision and may take on some planning and mentoring responsibilities
  • May be responsible for managing interns or co-ops but typically does not have direct reports
  • Research problems discovered by QA or product support and develops solutions


Minimum Education/Certification Requirements and Experience

  • BS in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Data Science, (Technical) Physics, or related field with 5 years’ experience, MS with 3 years’ experience, or PhD with 1 year experience
  • Good understanding and skills in C++ and Python programming 
  • Problem solving oriented 
  • Background in at least one of the areas: machine learning, artificial intelligence, data mining, single-objective optimization, multi-objective decision making, or uncertainty quantification, geometric modelling


Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Excellent technical knowledge and experience with:
  • Numerical statistics, data science, surrogate modelling
  • Knowledge on ROM building, e. g. with C++, Dakota, Matlab, R, Python, TensorFlow, pyTorch, FMI, Scikit-learn, Theano, pandas, etc.
  • Technical knowledge and experience in machine learning and artificial intelligence, with focus on deep neural network technologies in multiple dimensions (e. g. 3D geometries, signals, ODE in time). ML for multi-dimensional inputs or outputs
  • Excellent knowledge in computational mathematics including experiences in libraries like C++/Eigen, Fortran/MKL, Python/Pandas, Python/NumPy
  • Experience with large-scale SCRUM
  • Experience with simulation programs (FEM, CFD, system simulation, ...)
  • Development on Windows and Linux
  • Experience with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery
  • Understanding of customer requirements and tools used in this domain
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a geographically distributed team
  • Good written and spoken German and English skills



Salary according to collective bargaining agreement IT/ST2 of at least 3.730.00 gross monthly. Depending on qualification and professional experience we aim for an overpayment.


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.
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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.