KLA Careers

Manager, SEMI Physics Modeling

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.


The Ann Arbor R&D Facility will be home to the AI and Physics Modeling Center of Excellence.  In this role, the candidate will be expected to manage a team of scientists working on physics modeling challenges in semiconductor domain, and also work with partner teams outside of Ann Arbor to realize the KLA vision for this area.

Successful candidate will have the following attributes:

First and foremost, a widely respected technical leader.  Functional, hands on experience working in one or more of the following areas:

1. Plasma Etch Modeling.

2. Optics or Lithography Modeling.

3. Plasma Light Source modeling.

Deep experience in other physics modeling domain (such as CFD) may also be be applicable.

Accelerate collaboration between A2 and remote team members.  He should also promote collaboration across team boundaries in A2.

Force multiplier for the remote product leads who may be in locations outside Ann Arbor.  She should be a respected peer whom the stakeholder can depend on to scale their own bandwidth, both technically and for people management.

Manager should develop a product independent technology and platform roadmap that accelerates future model development.


  • Plasma Etch Modeling
  • Optics or Lithography Modeling
  • Plasma Light Source modeling
  • Deep experience in other physics modeling domain (such as CFD) may also be be applicable.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's Level Degree with at least 4 years of experience.ORDoctorate (Academic) with at least 3 years of experience.ORBachelor'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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