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Algorithm 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, 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 Film and Scatterometry Technology (FaST) Division provides industry leading metrology solutions for worldwide semiconductor IC manufacturers.  The FaST Division portfolio of metrology products includes hardware and software solutions for optical film thickness, optical critical dimension (CD), composition, and resistivity measurement systems.  These products are essential for the IC manufacturers as they provide critical metrology capabilities for the development and implementation of their advanced IC processes.  The FaST division is committed to support our customers to achieve performance entitlement of our solution and we effectively partner with our customers from their early research and development phase to the high volume in-line manufacturing implementation specific for their process needs.  The division consists of a global team located in US, Israel, China, and India.



  • Research and innovate next-generation electromagnetic solvers and algorithms for semiconductor device and thin film metrology
  • Develop numerical models and algorithms using Matlab
  • Understand when the models and algorithms break down and develop testing procedures to validate assumptions in the models
  • Work with Advanced Development and Applications teams to confirm the feasibility of the new algorithms
  • Productize the new algorithms in C++/CUDA and integrate it into a C#-based software solution
  • Document the theory and implementation of the new algorithms, and give presentations both internally and externally regarding the work
  • Provide technical support during alpha and beta testing
  • Maintain new and existing algorithms and software solutions throughout the life-cycle of our tools


Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate (Academic) in the physical sciences or engineering with at least 2 years of experience
  • Strong background in numerical simulations, especially in computational electromagnetics
  • Strong background in applied mathematics, especially in inverse problems, optimization algorithms, computational geometry, linear algebra, partial differential equations, and statistics
  • Strong background in computer programming, especially in performance profiling, memory optimization, and parallel computing
  • Proficient in machine learning algorithms, especially in the theoretical background of different ML models
  • Proficient in C++, especially in writing production-quality, object-oriented code
  • Experience in CUDA is a plus
  • Experience in semiconductors (electrical properties, manufacturing, and metrology) is a plus
  • Ability and willingness to travel worldwide to support projects at customer sites is a plus

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate (Academic) OR
  • Master’s Level Degree with at least 3 years of experience


Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA 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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