KLA Careers

Scientist, Research 3

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 Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) plays a critical role in developing advanced long-range technology in collaboration with product divisions and strategic marketing, working on future technology like light sources, lasers, and sensors. We are engaged in the research and development process, and once the technology is mature, we partner with product engineering groups who then build products based on the technology we’ve developed.

The Office of the CTO also provides technical input into KLA’s strategic planning process, program reviews and Product Life Cycle (PLC) phases. We provide our broad technology expertise and cross-division experience to ensure we leverage the collective knowledge within our company.



This is a R&D position within a dynamic and innovative technology development team, focusing on developing novel, low-noise, high-speed UV image sensors for next generations of wafer inspection and metrology equipment. As a member of the cutting-edge sensor R&D team, the ideal candidate will design, bring up and validate the high-speed circuit boards to characterize TDI CCD/CMOS image sensor.

  • Work closely with scientists in CTO US to gain deep understanding of technology and engineering challenges of PCB circuit used for low-noise, high-speed UV image sensor systems.
  • Propose and develop new test boards, low noise analog circuits to meet with the requirements of advanced image sensor for metrology application, including schematic capture, PCB design, electronic circuits for FPGA from power integrity to gigabits SerDes transceiver interface.
  • Simulate and optimize developed electrical system to meet low noise, signal integrity requirements.
  • Design and execute the test plan to verify the developed electrical system/PCBA to make sure it meets the design specifications.
  • Collaborate with research scientist, firmware engineer, sensor designer and characterization expert to develop the sensor characterization solution and ensure flawless integration test at the subsystem and/or system level.
  • Hold design reviews with peers/management to show the proposed design can meet spec targets and requirements.
  • Work closely with and manage suppliers to ensure all design requirements are specified and achieved. 


  • Master's level degree in electrical engineering or related with at least 8 years of experience or
  • Doctorate (Academic) in electrical engineering or related with at least 5 years of experience
  • Proven track record in high speed hardware design including low noise, signal Integrity, power Integrity, power circuit design, PCB layout, system debug and validation.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in large scale FPGA circuit design (Xilinx UltraScale+ or Intel Stratix 10).
  • Experience with high-speed memory and communication interfaces such as 10-100G Ethernet, DDR and PCIe is preferred.
  • Proficient in schematic capture and PCB layout tools, such as AutoCAD, Altium Designer.
  • Experience in RTL development with HDL including coding of interfaces to external sensors, memories, communication interfaces etc. is a plus.
  • Hands on experience with lab equipment like logic analyzer, oscilloscope, power supply etc.
  • Team player with good communication skills.

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