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Finite Element Analysis Engineer



Multiple locations
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Snap Inc is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company’s three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and its AR glasses, Spectacles.

Snap Lab is home to our hardware products with a world-class research & development team. We are focused on pushing the boundaries of what a camera can be, specifically overlaying computing on the real world. Next Generation Spectacles are our first pair of glasses that bring augmented reality to life.

We’re looking for a Finite Element Analysis Engineer to join the Snap Lab team at Snap Inc!

What you’ll do:

  • Perform static and dynamic structural simulations using Abaqus or Ansys on consumer grade hardware.

  • Lead and coordinate with partner teams (Product Design, Reliability, Quality, etc.) to validate the predictions of the simulated results.

  • Work with product design engineers on evaluation, verification/validation, and design optimization.

  • Recommend design changes/directions to meet product performance requirements.

  • Participate in team brainstorming and new technology development.

  • Develop new simulation tools and capabilities as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Solid modeling practices including static and dynamic structural simulations, fatigue analysis, model validation techniques, and reliability.

  • Familiar with CAD software. (NX, ProE, Solidworks)

  • Familiarity with Abaqus user subroutine development.

  • Expert level understanding of static and dynamic structural simulations using Ansys or Abaqus on consumer grade hardware in handheld/portable/wearable consumer electronics products.

  • Thorough knowledge of solid mechanics and strength of materials.

  • Failure modeling of different classes of materials.

  • Testing familiarity using Digital Image Correlation, Universal Testing Machines, and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis.

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

  • Great interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate across groups.

  • Excellent process development and documentation skills.

  • Self-motivated to identify and close issues.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics or equivalent years of experience.

  • 7+ years experience as an analyst performing mechanical and structural simulations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s/PhD degree in relevant field.

  • Experience in building and calibrating non-linear material models.

  • Passion for creating innovative, high quality products.

  • A passion for Snapchat and creativity!

"Default Together" Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office at least 4+ days per week.

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!


In the United States, work locations are assigned a pay zone which determines the salary range for the position. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These pay zones may be modified in the future.

Zone A (CA, WA, NYC):

The base salary range for this position is $184,000-$276,000 annually.

Zone B:

The base salary range for this position is $175,000-$262,000 annually.

Zone C:

The base salary range for this position is $156,000-$235,000 annually.

This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs.