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Senior System Design Engineer (Laser|Optical|Motion control|Machine learning|DUV|Image Processing)

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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 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.



This Senior System Design Engineer position is offered by the Engineering group of the BBP Division. The charter of the group is to develop and provide inline monitoring solutions to the semiconductor fabrication industry for detecting and understanding yield limiting defects that impact cutting edge devices. This position offers a unique opportunity to those who are seeking technical challenges in the following domains: advanced microscopy technology; broadband DUV optical system characterization; high speed high precision motion control; high speed high precision auto-focus system; high power broadband DUV light source; light/material interaction; image processing and machine learning algorithms.

Major job responsibilities of this position include:

  1. Analyzing the signal and noise characteristics of yield limiting defects on cutting edge IC devices through collaboration with the customer
  2. Formulating optical and/or algorithmic solutions that enable reliable detection of these defects.
  3. Validating the solution concept via simulation and prototyping.
  4. Working with various engineering functional teams to translate the above solution concept into actual product design specifications. Create and execute test plans and perform analysis to validate system performance against the specifications.
  5. Working with engineering functional teams on the design and execution of the product/feature evaluation plan to demonstrate the entitlement of the product/feature inside customer’s fab
  6. Working with the manufacturing arm of the company to establish solid manufacturing process and procedures to ensure the new product developed by the engineering team can be manufactured in volume and meet cycle time and out-of-box quality target.
  7. Light travel (<=15%) to customer and vender sites is expected


  1. Must have a strong background in engineering or physical sciences field. Solid analytical and problem solving skill is a must-have.
  2. Must have a good understanding of Optical, Electromechanical and Software systems and their interactions in the context of complex industrial equipment.
  3. Strong diagnostic and troubleshooting skills in optics, opto-mechanics, and motion control systems. Able to define a DOE to validate a hypothesis
  4. Experience with lasers and illumination systems, CCD/CMOS cameras is a plus.
  5. Should be familiar with scientific and statistical analysis tools and SW tools such as Matlab, JMP, Zemax, and LabView. Jpython scripting capability is a plus.
  6. Experience in developing a subsystem in one or more of the above areas are highly desirable.
  7. Good knowledge of semiconductor manufacturing process.
  8. Should have the ability to influence functional groups to drive system level design decisions.
  9. Agility and ability to thrive on a fast-paced program and respond quickly to customer escalations.
  10. Ability to define objectives clearly, create and track schedules effectively, and lead a cross-function team to a solution.
  11. Must be an effective communicator able to share technical information with functional groups and provide executive level reports to management and customers.
  12. PhD or MS in applied optics, mechanical/electrical engineering, physics or related disciplines desired

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) with at least 5 years of experience.ORMaster's Level Degree with at least 6 years of experience.ORBachelor's Level Degree with at least 7 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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