KLA Careers

Algorithm Engineer (RAPID)

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.


We are seeking a highly talented individual for an algorithm engineer position in reticle and photomask inspection division (RAPID). The successful candidate will join a world-class team of algorithm and software engineers to design advanced image processing algorithms used in next-generation photomask/reticle inspection.  One key qualification of the candidate is the ability to invent new ideas, analyze the complex system, and formulate a mathematical solution that is practical for use in production.  The candidate is expected to possess good oral and written communications skills to interact with other engineers and applications, locally or internationally, on a daily basis.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Master Degree in EE/CS or related fields
  • Strong background in at least one of the following areas: image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, and machine learning
  • Excellent mathematical and analytical skills
  • Proficient in C/C++ and object oriented programming
  • Good oral and written communications skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge in optics, computer architecture, or numerical methods
  • Strong linear system optimization, linear algebra background
  • Programming experiences in Linux/Unix environments
  • Experiences in Matlab or other algorithm prototyping languages
  • Experiences in source code control software, C++ code optimization
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize work accordingly

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