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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?


With over 40 years of semiconductor process control experience, chipmakers around the globe rely on KLA to ensure that their fabs ramp next-generation devices to volume production quickly and cost-effectively. Enabling the movement towards advanced chip design, KLA's Global Products Group (GPG), which is responsible for creating all of KLA’s metrology and inspection products, is looking for the best and the brightest research scientist, software engineers, application development engineers, and senior product technology process engineers.

Central Engineering is KLA's largest engineering organization comprised of 9 Centers-of-Excellence (CoE) in various disciplines applied across all product groups in the company. These CoE include Handling & Automation, Precision Motion Control, Sensors & Image Acquisition, Platform Design, and Packaging Engineering, among others. Talent includes over 500 engineers across global centers in Israel, China, India, and the US. Each CoE contributes not just talent and deliverables per discipline toward product programs, but also subject matter expertise, best practices, roadmaps, specialized facilities, apparatus, models, and analytics. These differentiate KLA not only in WHAT we do, but also in HOW we do it.


We are looking for a passionate, high performance and experienced leader, to head the software organization at our new Ann Arbor campus. The Head of Software will:  

  • Build a fast-growing team that is working on innovative product at the cutting edge of semi-conductor wafer inspection and metrology
  • Promote innovative and elegant software design while actively driving the team towards better practices and solutions with a focus on quality, security, reliability, testability and maintainability
  • Lead and manage all phases of software project planning and execution in a cross-function (Marketing, Engineering, Manufacturing, Service) program team or matrix environment in semiconductor capital equipment
  • Be responsible for project execution, schedule and milestone/commitment delivery.
  • Be hands-on and be able to solve complex problems – with a team or individually when require
  • Participate in developing strategies and roadmaps
  • Collaborate with an amazing group of globally located cross-functional team members
  • Guide, coach and mentor software and algorithm engineers
  • Communicate and share information, learning, and methods with cross-functional team members to achieve organizational/program goals


The ideal candidate has solid expertise in designing and developing enterprise software and building high performing teams that delivers quality products.  Education or experience should include: 

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in developing and shipping complex software systems
  • Great design and problem-solving skills. Strong passion for performance analysis, quality and engineering excellence at scale.
  • OOD/OOA and one or more of the following - .NET Framework, C#, C++, COM, MFC, Java
  • Requirement definition, configuration management, quality control, design, development, effective reuse, debugging and usability;
  • Managed cross-functional groups involved in the design, development, test, verification, manufacture, application, and service of complex systems.
  • Experience with Agile Software Development Life Cycle and Process Workflow, or other software life cycles
  • Energy, empathy for customers, curiosity and willingness to challenge anything
  • Deep desire to work collaboratively and strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience in developing software for semi-conductor or complex opto-mechanical instruments a plus
  • Experience developing microservices, DevOps, test automation, and CI/CD a plus

Minimum Qualifications

Master's Level Degree with at least 4 years of experience. OR Doctorate (Academic) with at least 3 years of experience. OR Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 5 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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