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Senior Systems 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.

Central Engineering is KLA's largest engineering organization comprised of 9 Centers-of-Excellence (CoE) in various disciplines applied across all product groups in the company. These CoE include Handling & Automation, Precision Motion Control, Sensors & Image Acquisition, Platform Design, and Packaging Engineering, among others. Talent includes over 500 engineers across global centers in Israel, China, India, and the US. Each CoE contributes not just talent and deliverables per discipline toward product programs, but also subject matter expertise, best practices, roadmaps, specialized facilities, apparatus, models, and analytics. These differentiate KLA not only in WHAT we do, but also in HOW we do it.


  • Develop requirement specifications from performance requirements using systems engineering methodology
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams to develop and implement design improvements to currently released products as well as assist in development of next generation products.
  • Lead the development and testing of systems design improvements, spec validation, and implementation of solutions.
  • Design and perform tests characterizing performance and lifetime of optical components.
  • Write technical reports including test results, issues, analysis, technical assessments, system status, best-known-methods, and engineering recommendations.
  • Coordinate and perform root cause analysis to solve problems.
  • Interface closely with service, manufacturing, engineering and marketing team to define and optimize system performance and resolve performance issues.
  • Coordinate with outside vendors to specify, design and deliver sub-system products.
  • Hands-on troubleshooting and maintenance of engineering prototype systems and lab equipment.



  • Must have a degree in Engineering, Physics, Material Science or related fields.
  • Have a working knowledge of precision instruments, opto-mechanical systems and control systems.
  • Proficient with data analysis tools such as JMP, Matlab, Microsoft Excel.
  • Programming skills in Matlab and scripting languages, such as Python.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Previous experience with yield and process control instrument systems for semiconductor industry is a plus.
  • Be able to clearly communicate with cross functional internal teams, division management, as well as external customers.
  • Experience with semiconductor capital equipment desired.
  • Experience with optical multilayer coating metrology and deposition technology for optical thin films is a plus.
  • The candidate should be self-driven and a strong team player.


Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate degree in physics, or mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering with at least 2 years of experience, OR
Master's level degree with at least 4 years of experience, OR
Bachelor's level degree 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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