KLA-Tencor Careers

Senior Algorithm Engineer - Image Processing and Computer Vision

Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA-Tencor, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?


The Wafer Inspection Division (WIN) is the world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced optical inspection tools for inline monitoring of process defects in advanced semiconductor factories. 


This position belongs to the algorithm team in Broadband Plasma Wafer Inspection (BBP) division. The team is responsible for real-time algorithms research and development. This individual will utilize his/her strong skills in image processing, computer vision, deep learning, mathematics, and software to build algorithms for the world most advanced wafer inspection platforms. Responsibilities of this position include

  • Analyze the signal and noise characteristics of current and emerging IC yield limiting defects, formulating algorithmic solutions, and validating them via simulation and prototyping.
  • Work with product system engineering team to define the algorithm performance specification and use it to guide the algorithm design and implementation.
  • Act as the algorithm representative during system level hardware/software integration.
  • Provide algorithm technical support during product demo and beta testing, work with domain experts from other functional teams on special customer engagement projects.
  • Participate in software quality assurance activities required by the software development process.



Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong background in image processing, computer vision, math, deep learning and/or pattern recognition
  • Significant experience of C++ development in both Windows and Linux environments
  • Strong mathematic skills in linear algebra and optimization
  • Ability to formulate solutions through analyzing complex data
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge in semiconductor photolithography or VLSI process is desired but not required
  • PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or Physics 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate (Academic) with at least 2 years of experience OR
  • Master's Level Degree with at least 4 years of experience OR
  • Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 5 years of experience 

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA-Tencor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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