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Optical Engineer - RAPID

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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.

The RAPID division is the world leading provider of reticle inspection solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company provides inspection solutions to both the mask shops and the semiconductor fabs to ensure that lithography yields are consistently high thus enabling cost-effective manufacturing.


The candidate will be responsible for the design and development of a high power beam delivery system for use in our next generation of photomask inspection tools. 

Working in close collaboration with the source and systems group, the candidate will create and validate the specifications and subsystem requirements. 

In addition to the design, the candidate will own the alignment, test processes, and documentation for use in a manufacturing environment.

When the optical design is complete, the candidate will work with suppliers to deliver a production assembly and will also design metrology and define control mechanisms for beam delivery to meet precision beam steering and positioning requirements.


The candidate should have a firm understanding of optics design including:

  • Hiph power laser optics
  • Gaussian beam propagation
  • IR optical design
  • Understanding of optical design, tolerancing, and alignment theory.
  • Proficiency in optical design/analysis software.
  • Understanding of optical fabrication

The candidate should have excellent communication and organizational skills. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate (Academic) with at least 3 years of experience OR
  • Master's Level Degree with at least 6 years of experience OR
  • Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 8 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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