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Algorithms Engineer (Data analytics, Python or R, Statistics, Data Structures)

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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?


The Global Service Support Organization (GSS) team headquartered in Milpitas, CA is our service organization that consists of Service Sales and Marketing, Spares Supply Chain management, Field Operations, Engineering, Product Training, and Technical Support.  The GSS organization partners with our field teams and customers in all business sectors to maintain the high performance and productivity of our products through a flexible portfolio of services. Our comprehensive services include: proactive management of tools to identify and improve performance; expertise in optics, image processing and motion control with worldwide service engineers, 24/7 technical support teams and knowledge management systems; and an extensive parts network to ensure worldwide availability of parts.



Develop the next generation of algorithms for improved equipment diagnostics and predictive maintenance. The position requires a proven innovative track record in one or more of the related fields of algorithm development, statistical data analysis, signal processing, and machine learning. The candidate should have a background in computational science/engineering/math/physics/statistics and be comfortable with and conversant in outlier analysis, data cleaning techniques, statistical analysis, data analytics algorithms and machine learning algorithms.

The Algorithms Scientist will work with engineering domain experts to understand problems and success criteria.  The scientist will perform statistical data analysis, develop algorithms and machine learning models using Python/R, or Matlab.  This includes selecting appropriate candidate analysis techniques/frameworks/algorithms and perform necessary tests and tuning.  The scientist will work with engineering domain experts to evaluate the algorithm results and select the final solution. The role will closely interface with other members of Engineering, Algorithm and Application teams. The candidate should demonstrate ability to develop complex data analysis algorithms, software code that can be used for a full stack data analytics system in production, understanding of experimental data analysis, and ability to guide others in statistical data analytics/machine learning.

The scientist will be required to:

  • Interact with multi-site team members (Michigan, California, India, and Israel) during software product life cycle for requirement analysis, design, coding, integration and testing. 
  • Work with software, hardware, service, applications, and marketing groups as needed
  • Travel to California for training and collaboration, and to US and international customer sites on an as-needed basis for deployment, research, or troubleshooting; travel not greater than 25% time on average







Basic Qualifications:

  • Designing, developing, modifying and diagnosing complex algorithms, utilizing Python, R, Matlab or other tools and languages;
  • Ability to invent, develop and implement new algorithms and ideas
  • Strong knowledge of Statistical analysis and data analysis algorithms
  • Technical expertise in Python or R or Matlab
  • Experience developing data analytic scripts using Python/R, or Matlab
  • Basic understanding of machine learning
  • Excellent software design/implementation capabilities
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Motivated to learn new skills independently
  • Creative thinker with good problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Proven record of having developed a software application that has shipped to a customer
  • Strong understanding of machine learning algorithms and libraries (scikit-learn/Keras/Tensorflow/etc.)
  • Hands-on experience in object-oriented and/or functional programming in a language such as C#/Java/Scala/C++/Python
  • Good understanding of Signal and image processing algorithms
  • Experience with the following technical areas
    • Big data frameworks (Apache Spark, Hadoop)
    • Web development (HTTP, REST, JavaScript, HTML, CSS)
    • Database systems (SQL/NoSQL)
    • Working with a source control system
    • Building or troubleshooting scientific instruments or other mechanical, electrical, and/or optical systems


Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in computer science, statistics, or a related technical field.

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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