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Applications Development Engineer - Surface Metrology

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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, 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 candidate will work in the KLAPro division in the Candela and Surface Metrology Group.  This team is focused on markets outside of semiconductor that can utilize KLA’s inspection and metrology expertise.  Candela manufactures inspection systems primarily for the data storage, compound semiconductor, LED, and power device markets.  The Surface Metrology group manufactures optical profiler, stylus profiler systems, and nano indenters that serve a wide range of markets: semiconductor, compound semiconductor, LED, power device, data storage, solar cells, medical devices, R&D, and laboratories, to name a few.  The profilers are metrology systems that are used to measure the topography of surfaces, such as the amount of a material deposited or removed, surface texture, form, and stress.



The applications development engineer will be a key growth enabler for our optical and stylus profiler product lines.  The new hire will support development of new products, sustaining support for existing products, pre/post sale support, and product promotion.  The applications engineer will interface with all aspects of the organization, including engineering, operations, marketing, sales, and service.  The engineer will be based at KLA’s headquarters in Milpitas, California, supporting customers around the world, as well as our engineering and operations teams in China.


The position requires the following responsibilities:

  1. The candidate is required to develop an in-depth expertise in product operation, measurement applications, and customer processes.
  2. Support for pre-sale activities that include product demos, product presentations, development of technical papers, and support at trade shows.
  3. Support for post-sale activities that include customer training, customer support, understanding customer processes, and development of new use cases.
  4. Support new product requirements, alpha (internal) testing, beta (external) testing, and development of product documentation.
  5. Support for internal customers such as service, engineering, and operations.


New college graduate or early career hire with 1 or more years’ experience in the semiconductor or a related field.  It is desired to have a background in scanning probe microscopy, interferometry, confocal, general microscopy, and/or related optical profiling techniques.


Excellent technical written and oral communication skills are required.  The candidate must be willing and able to travel within the US and internationally, with the expectation of travel between 25 to 50%.  The candidate must be authorized to work in the US.


Candidate must have BS, MS, or PhD in Optics, Engineering, Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related fields.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's Level Degree OR Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 1 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.