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Applications Development 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?


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.


Responsible for providing high level applications support of overlay and litho critical dimension metrology systems.

Job responsibilities include:

Work closely with many organizations including engineering, sales and marketing within K-T and with customer engineers outside K-T.

Conduct new product introduction projects, e.g. product characterization, alpha testing, beta testing and pilot tool support in the ramp phase.

Provide escalation support to onsite field service engineer; leading and coordinating remote/local troubleshooting;

Perform experiments to characterize tool/subcomponent performance and develop recipes to model complex optical applications;

Provide application support and training to customers. Applications engineer is also responsible for generating best known method (BKM) documents and other training materials and transferring product knowledge to K-T's worldwide Field Applications team.

In addition, applications engineer will manage in-house customer demonstrations and head-to-head (H2H) activities at customer facilities.

Worldwide travel (more than 50%) is required to support products.



Candidate must have MS, or PHD in Physics, or related engineering fields, such as optics, materials science, and microelectronics. Previous experience in IC processing/Semiconductor equipment is a plus. Good project management, leadership, and interpersonal communication skills needed. Candidate must be self-driven and independent working capable, meanwhile a strong team player.