KLA Careers

Lead Research Scientist (AI/Algo)

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?


  • Build a Software, Algorithm, Deep Learning team for KLA/RAPID in Ann Arbor,. MI.
  • Work with HQ and local teams to deliver requirements for each program phase
  • Drive the development execution and track progress against project plans and commitments
  • Lead design and program reviews with cross-functional teams and facilitate necessary approvals
  • Track action items and manage their timely closure
  • Create communications and presentations to drive the decision-making process with the leadership team
  • Identify and resolve conflicts, interdependencies, and project issues quickly and efficiently
  • Proactively communicate issues and manage solutions



  • M.S. or PhD Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, Physics or similar discipline
  • 6 or more years of experience with software or algorithm engineering of complex systems such as Semiconductor, Medical, Advanced Industrial, or similar fields; prefer 10+ years of experience
  • 2 or more years in management or leadership role; prefer 4+ years
  • Management skills: should be able to work in a cross-functional group, work with Software, Algorithms, Systems Engineers and Applications and Marketing located globally. Ideally should also be comfortable working with external research groups and academia
  • Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making skill
  • Hands-on experience with Software and/or Algorithm development
  • Software engineering background including requirements, design, development, integration and testing
  • Experience with Algorithms utilizing Deep Learning and/or Image/Signal Processing


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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