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Optical Engineering Director

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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 Corporate Technology Group researches and develops key technologies to enable differentiated inspection and metrology products. These technologies include sensors, lasers, optics and simulation models. When the technology is demonstrated, we work with KLA-Tencor divisions and strategic suppliers to implement the technology into KLA-Tencor’s products. The group also provides technology oversights to help make better decisions on technology selections, taking into account risks, customer needs, competitive offerings and business dynamics.



  • Lead optics design professionals, responsible for proposing, detailing, and testing new optical designs and technologies for a variety of projects in the CTO group.
  • Set a vision, propose architectures, own or actively participate in all critical optical system design reviews, interface with other members in CTO (systems, laser scientist, ME, EE, and others) and product divisions.
  • Provide leadership by owning and investigating different design options and finding the best option by evaluating tolerances. light budgets, costs, schedule, and other tradeoffs.
  • Hire additional optical engineers to grow the team as well as coach group members in their professional goals.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong preference for PhD with at least 10 years of experience in optical engineering design
  • Expert knowledge in designing complex visible and UV optical systems
  • Experience with leading engineering teams and leading by example
  • IP development
  • Understanding of semiconductor industry specifics, preferably by having prior experience with optical tools (metrology, inspection, scanners)
  • Being a technical expert in at least one relevant optics area (lens design, acousto-optics, optical coating methods, diffractive optics, UV imaging systems, lasers, etc.)
  • Ability to manage priorities, schedules, and to develop and communicate vision and specific plans
  • Ability to foster a collaborative and team environment between direct reports and other colleagues

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate (Academic) with at least 7 years of experience.
  • OR Master's Level Degree with at least 8 years of experience.
  • OR Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 10 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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