KLA Careers

Senior Optical Engineer - Imaging System Design and Metrology

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 desired candidate in this position designs, develops, and tests the next generation of KLA+ optical systems.
  • He/she interacts with hardware and software design teams to assist in overall development of the optical systems and develop new technologies for the inspection systems.
  • Tasks include specifying, selecting, and qualifying optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures, and evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation.
  • As a senior design engineer, the applicant will work closely with the systems group to develop the fundamental specifications that will determine final system performance


The successful candidate will have experience in the following areas:

  • Optical Design and Analysis
    • Specifications
    • Imaging System Design
    • Modeling
    • Tolerance Analysis
    • Stray Light Analysis
  • Optical Metrology
  • Optical Testing
  • System Build (hands-on)
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

Desirable additional experience includes:

  • Design of diagnostic/inspection equipment
  • Precision opto-mechanical assemblies
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Semiconductor industry equipment 

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) with at least 5 years of experience. OR Master's Level Degree with at least 6 years of experience. OR Bachelor'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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