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R&D Engineer II - Optics



Vancouver, BC, Canada · United States
Posted on Monday, June 3, 2024

Requisition #: 14459

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.

Join Ansys Optics as a valued collaborator. At Ansys, you will help empower the world's most innovative companies to design and deliver transformational products that drive and enhance human life and advancement. As an Optics R&D Engineer, you will contribute technical knowledge and improvements to the best and broadest optical simulation suite which engineers use to solve the most complex design challenges.

In this Optics R&D Engineer position, you will conduct research, create prototypes, and design solutions that inform the team’s decision-making. Additionally, you will evaluate our optics products to provide recommendations for improving or delivering new modeling workflows to enhance Ansys’ customer experience. These activities are key to helping develop our industry-leading simulation software. Therefore, as a collaborator, you will work on various impactful projects to help maintain, advance, and accelerate Ansys products and technologies that are used around the world. At Ansys, you can grow your career while delivering meaningful impact to human lives and technology.

The position could be a remote role or be located at an Ansys office either in the United States of America or Canada, and you will collaborate with the global Ansys Optics team. If interested, our inclusive and diverse team seeks candidates eager to improve optical design tools for the next generation of optics.


  • Perform moderately complex development activities that may require analysis in areas including optical engineering, user experience, software design, and solver research. The activities include identifying requirements, defining specifications, designing, testing, and documenting optical modeling software modules and subsystems.
  • Learn, understand, and implement best practices.
  • Performs moderately complex optics solver verification, release testing, and beta support for assigned products and solvers. Research problems discovered by Quality Assurance or Ansys Customer Excellence teams (product support). Specifies solutions and the path forward to resolution.
  • Identify, understand, and address the market requirements for a product, including target environment, performance criteria, and competitive issues.
  • Collaborate with other Ansys teams and engineers.
  • Clearly communicate results to geographically distributed multi-disciplinary teams and technical managers.


  • BS in Optical Sciences, Engineering, Physics, or related field with 2 years’ experience or MS.
  • ⁠2+ years of experience in optical system design and analysis using commercial ray tracing software such as Ansys Zemax OpticStudio, Code V, Ansys Speos, FRED, etc.
  • Working experience with programming with C++, C#, MATLAB, Python, or similar.


  • Experience with polarization and coherence theory and modeling is a plus.
  • Experience in software development is a plus.
  • Experience leading and reporting on projects, from the concept phase until delivery.
  • Technical knowledge and experience with optical engineering, including optical modeling, design, fabrication, testing, and/or building of optical systems.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in a large-scale commercial software development environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to understand and communicate project overviews and in-depth details.
  • 1+ years of technical project management experience.

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.).

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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.