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Software Engineer

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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 RAPID division is the world leading provider of reticle inspection solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company provides inspection solutions to both the mask shops and the semiconductor fabs to ensure that lithography yields are consistently high thus enabling cost-effective manufacturing.


  • This individual will utilize his/her skills in systems, hardware, algorithms, and software to develop, improve, document, and support system diagnostics and calibration software to be integrated into our state-of-the-art inspection platforms.

  • Develop cutting-edge algorithms for direct interaction with complex electronics PCB’ utilizing FPGA as bridge to ADC/DAC, transducers, actuators and other peripheral hardware

  • Develop software transferring and processing high speed image data
  • Design and develop software for RAPID machines in C++, C#, Python, LabView, Linux, embedded and real time OS coding
  • Drive and contribute to feature development from requirements to delivery
  • Perform root cause analysis for failures and implement solutions
  • Support cross functional development teams to come up with novel solutions to highly challenging tasks
  • Occasional global travel to customer sites to support installations
  • May be required to work in clean-room environments, typically expected <10% of time


Required skills

  • 4+ years of programming in C++/C# at senior level
  • Strong OOD and design pattern skills
  • Strong multitasking and multithreading programming skills
  • Excellent software design, analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-motivated to excel in assigned tasks and responsibilities
  • Track record of completed projects
  • Possess high curiosity, be a fast learner, and have the drive to turn prototype ideas into quality production code used in mission critical applications

Preferred but not required

  • Hands on development in semi capex business segment
  • Experience with software IDE

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 8 years of experience OR
  • Master's Level Degree with at least 6 years of experience OR
  • Doctorate (Academic) with at least 3 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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