KLA Careers

Senior Software 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?


The Global Products Group (GPG) is the world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced optical inspection and metrology tools for inline monitoring of process defects in advanced semiconductor factories.

We are seeking a Software Engineer to join a world class team of engineers and scientists working on a leading optical inspection tool for the semiconductor industry.



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.

You will be a key member of our highly integrated multi-disciplinary team of software, systems, applications and algorithm engineers.  

  • Develop software prototype solutions to explore and guide product and technology roadmap.
  • Perform trade-off analysis and exercise sound judgement to recommend system-wide changes.
  • Demonstrate systematic problem-solving to resolve problems and standardize solutions.
  • Interact directly with cross-functional teams to influence system design changes for manufacturability, serviceability, and testability.
  • Enable successful technical integration of hardware and software system solutions.
  • Drive adoption of best industry practices in code health, testing, and maintainability.
  • Contribute to automated continuous integration pipeline to build, test, and release.
  • Develop creative solutions to increase engineering productivity and velocity.
  • Drive design of experiments, analyze results, and recommend data-driven decisions.



  • Ability to analyze, experiment, observe, and refine solutions for multifaceted technical problems.
  • Ability to decompose complex interrelated software systems to develop solutions that are easier to conceive, understand, program, and maintain in the long-run.
  • Ability to simultaneously balance big picture and details to meet product goals.
  • Experience in technical leadership and exposure to many software development methodologies such as Waterfall, Agile, Iterative.
  • Strong communication skills and sense of ownership to drive change.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple conflicting assignments while driving pragmatic decisions.
  • Experience in driving cross-functional initiatives, issues resolution, and corrective actions.
  • Exposure to test driven development and continuous integration.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Computer Science or related field with at least 6 years practical experience
  • Masters’ Degree in Computer Science or related field with at least 3 years practical experience
  • Experience with algorithms, data structures, and software design.
  • Experience in one or more of the following programming languages: Java, C++, C#, Python.

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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