KLA Careers

Application Engineering Manager

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.


In this role successful candidates will be responsible for:

  • Develop and implement product applications for various products to provide maximum value to the customer.
  • Supervise a small team of applications engineers working on different products.
  • Guide and mentor less experienced applications development engineers.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate with different product groups to understand their current and future needs from the group.
  • Ensure requests for tool characterization, demos and testing are met.
  • Support development of a system at customer’s sites, perform product diagnosis and problem resolution and interface with software and systems engineering to verify that hardware and software problems have been resolved.
  • Conduct and support customer product demonstrations and technical training including on-site training of field applications engineers and end users, generate best known method documents, application notes and other training material, and transfer product knowledge to field applications teams. 
  • Support local teams with customer communication and remote analysis.
  • Generate demo and test reports for internal and customer review, help drive customer adoption and strategic penetrations.
  • Provide schedules and drive towards deadlines.
  • Develop understanding of cost, schedule, scope and impact of possible tradeoffs.


  • Understanding of semiconductor processing and yield management
  • Ability to lead a small team of applications development engineers
  • Analytical problem-solving skills
  • Be able to work in a multi-discipline and multi-culture global organization
  • Be flexible and adaptive to adjust project focus based on priority changes
  • Excellent presentation, writing and verbal communication skills
  • Must be self-driven and a strong team player 

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (academic) level degree 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.