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R&D Engineer (m/f/d)

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Date: Aug 10, 2022

Location: Weimar, DE, D-99423

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 R&D Engineer (m/f/d) contributes to the development of machine learning, optimization and uncertainty quantification methods and algorithms. In this role, the R&D Engineer will collaborate with a team of expert professionals to accomplish development objectives.


The 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 premium software package for process integration and parametric design optimization. With the help of machine learning methods, the design optimization tools are extended by an automatic meta-modeling framework for efficient sensitivity analysis and multi-disciplinary optimalization.


Beside the process integration capabilities in Ansys optiSLang, which allow the parametric coupling of almost all numerical simulation tools, the algorithmic core is very important for a successful industrial application. The further development of state-of-the-art methods for sensitivity analysis, meta-modeling, and machine learning, as well as single- and multi-objective optimization and decision making are substantial for the future success of Ansys optiSLang.


The R&D Engineer contributes to the development of new methods and algorithms as well as the maintenance and improvement of existing implementations. The spectrum of his 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. Within this position, the possibility of achieving a PhD degree is intended.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs algorithmic development activities, including the design, implementation, maintenance, testing, evaluation, benchmarking and documentation of algorithms and mathematical functions
  • Works together with the customer support team to ensure the applicability of the developed algorithm for industrial applications
  • Learns and employs best practices
  • Performs basic bug verification, release testing and support for assigned products
  • Research problems discovered by QA or product support and develops solutions
  • Works under the close supervision of a development manager or lead developer


Minimum Education/Certification Requirements and Experience

  • MS in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Data Science, (Technical) Physics or related field
  • Experience in C++ and Python programming
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Background in at least one of the topics: machine learning, artificial intelligence, data mining, single-objective optimization, multi-objective decision making, or uncertainty quantification


Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Technical knowledge and experience in machine learning and artificial intelligence, with focus on deep neural network technologies
  • Experience in applying these methods for high-dimensional applications and scalar and non-scalar data
  • Theoretical background on regression and classification methods
  • Experience with object-oriented programming using C++ and Python
  • Knowledge on Python libraries for machine learning and data analysis like TensorFlow, Theano, PyTorch, Scikit-learn, pandas, etc.
  • Theoretical background in data mining, data-based decision making and optimization
  • Python packages for machine learning
  • 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


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.