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Senior Distributed Data Modeling Software Architect

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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.



KLA Wafer Inspections tools process hundreds of terabytes of data every day. This data is used to power our Machine Learning systems, analytics and data visualization used to provide actionable information to our customers. We are looking for a talented leader that can help us design the next generation data architecture for the data powering the Broad Band Plasma wafer inspection systems. We are looking for individuals who can bring in rigor and software engineering best practices into building business critical data pipelines.

 As part of KLA's data services team your mission will be to:

  •  Develop solutions to manage, move, load, save, cache, share data.
  • Manage the performance, compression, lifecycle, reliability and availability of data systems

You will be responsible for:

  • Data architecture at massive scale and high performance.
  • Develop and automate large scale, high-performance data processing systems.
  • Design the architecture and schemas for the tables and be the technical lead for architecting it to be extendable, testable, maintainable and diagnosable.
  • Design data models for optimal storage and retrieval, and optimize the data architecture to meet critical product and business requirements.
  • Understand logging and how it impacts rest of our data flow, architect logging best practices where needed.



  • Working with data at the petabyte scale.
  • Experience designing, building and operating robust distributed systems.
  • Experience designing and deploying high performance systems with reliable monitoring and logging practices.
  • Effectively work across team boundaries to establish overarching data architecture, and provide guidance to individual teams.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases and query authoring (SQL).
  • Deep knowledge of Apache open source stack like Spark, Ignite, HBase, Cassandra, Arrow is ideal.
  • Experience with logical and physical data modeling, and performance tuning of RDBMS like PostgreSQL is a plus.
  • Experience with Java/Scala is preferred,
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • 5+ years of relevant industry experience.


Minimum Qualifications

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