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Software Engineer, Technical Lead/Manager

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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 Instruments Group is focused on development of advanced inspection and metrology equipment used in high-volume production and research and development environments. Organization is globally located in US, China, and Singapore. The Instruments Group provides mission-critical cost-effective solutions for power electronics, LED, communications, automotive, data storage, and other related nanoelectronics and materials science applications. We partner with our customers to provide advanced hardware and software solutions to enhance yield and lower overall production costs by supplying world-leading inspection, metrology and review systems. In addition to developing valuable product solutions, the Instruments Group provides support to customers to achieve performance entitlement through sharing and implementation of application BKMs (Best Known Methods).



  • Establish operational objectives and assignments, and delegates assignments to subordinates
  • 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.
  • Lead and take responsibility for all planning and development activities (e.g., driving software team to milestones, mitigating risks) for software product excellence in quality, reliability, user experience and functionality.
  • Communicate and share information, learning, and methods with cross-functional team members to achieve organizational/program goals


  • Desired educational background: MS/Ph D in CS or EE and at least 4+ years experience from low level programming to high level architectural concepts
  • Expertise in Software architecture, Visual Studio, .NET Framework, WPF,C#, C++, COM, MFC, OOD/OOA design
  • Experience with Agile Software Development Life Cycle and Process Workflow, or other software life cycles
  • Requirement definition, configuration management, quality control, design, development, effective reuse, debugging and usability
  • Experience in Software development life cycle – Requirements, Planning, Development, Integration, Validation, Release
  • Able to work in a cross-functional environment with Software, Algorithms, Systems Engineers and Applications and Marketing located globally
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making skill
  • A self-motivated individual who takes the initiative in a constantly-changing working environment
  • Education or experience in Semiconductor industry and semiconductor equipment - both software and hardware is desirable

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 10  years of experience OR
  • Master's Level Degree with at least 7 years of experience OR
  • Doctorate (Academic) with at least 4 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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