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Field Applications Engineer

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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 RAPID division is the world leading provider of reticle inspection solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company provides inspection solutions to both the mask shops and the semiconductor fabs to ensure that lithography yields are consistently high thus enabling cost-effective manufacturing.


This job opening is in the CEG (Customer Engagement Group) of KLA-Tencor’s RAPID (Reticle And Photomask Inspection Division) product group.  The products that will be supported by this engineer are reticle defect inspection tools and iPro reticle registration tools.  As a CEG Applications Engineer in RAPID, the employee is expected to support the following:

  • Troubleshoot existing RAPID and iPro products at customer sites
  • Provide customer training
  • Ramp up of RAPID and iPro pilot tools at customer facilities
  • Manage and support head-to-head competitions
  • Publish key advances of RAPID products in technical journals

Travel to customer sites will be required; this engineer will support RAPID customers in northwestern US.  The estimated travel requirement is 50%.

The employee is also expected to document all test results and lessons learned in BKMs (Best Known Methods), training documents, Demo reports, or, Alpha/Beta test reports. 

To achieve satisfactory results, the employee is expected to work closely with many other function groups in RAPID including Engineering, Sales and Marketing.  The employee is also expected to work closely with external customer engineers; when doing so, the employee must represent KLA-Tencor in a professional manner that will build trust and long lasting working relationships.  Therefore, clear verbal and written communication skills are critical. 

Preferred Qualifications

The individual must have excellent communication, organization, analytical and interpersonal skills.  The individual must also be self-driven, yet a strong team player.

The individual must be able to effectively communicate complex technical topics through email, conference calls and face-to-face meetings. 

Doctorate (Academic) with 5 or more years of experience in the semiconductory industry, OR a Master's or Bachelor's degree with 10 or more years of experience. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 5 years of experience. OR Master's Level Degree with at least 4 years of experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA-Tencor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to 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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