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Product Development Engineer

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?

Group/Division

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 Broadband Plasma Division (BBP) provides market-leading patterned wafer optical inspection systems for leading-edge IC manufacturing. Logic, foundry, and memory customers depend on BBP products to detect yield-critical defects for process debug and excursion monitoring at advanced process nodes.   

BBP flagship products include the 29xx and 39xx series which leverage Broadband Plasma technology to capture a wide range of defects with ultimate sensitivity at the optical inspection speeds needed for inline defect monitoring.

Responsibilities

The selected Product Development Engineer will work on Broadband Plasma products. This role will involve requirements analysis, systems design and testing of complex inspection systems and subsystems using expertise from multiple technical disciplines. The selected candidate will:

  • Work with marketing and engineering to develop detailed requirement specifications and test plans for new products and features - 30%
  • Work with functional groups to define and review designs. Create and execute test plans and perform analysis to validate system performance. Will trouble shoot system and subsystem issues and work with various subsystem teams to find and implement solutions - 40%
  • Support internal and external customers in implementing processes to build and use the tool effectively and optimize tool performance. Lead troubleshooting efforts in manufacturing and in the field. - 30%
  • Occasional travel will be required.

Qualifications

  • Must have a strong background in engineering or the physical sciences and demonstrated analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Must have a good understanding of Optical, Electromechanical and Software systems and their interactions in the context of complex industrial equipment.
  • Strong diagnostic and trouble shooting skills in optics, opto-mechanics, and motion control systems
  • Experience with lasers and illumination systems, CCD/CMOS cameras is a plus.
  • Should be familiar with scientific and statistical analysis tools and SW tools such as Matlab, JMP, Zemax, and LabView. Familiarity with Python or other scripting language is highly desirable.
  • Experience in developing a subsystem in one or more of the above areas are highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of semiconductor manufacturing processes and image analysis is desirable.
  • Should have the ability to influence functional groups to drive system level decisions.
  • Agility and ability to thrive on a fast paced program and respond quickly to field and internal escalations.
  • Ability to define objectives clearly, create and track schedules effectively, and drive the team to a solution.
  • Must be an effective communicator able to share technical information with functional groups and provide executive level reports to management and customers.
  • May be required to lead small cross functional teams.
  • MS or PhD in applied optics, mechanical/electrical engineering, physics or related disciplines desired

Minimum Qualifications

Masters degree in engineering or physical sciences with 3 years experience required.OR a PhD in engineering or physical sciences.

 

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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