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Reseach Engineer/Process Development

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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.


Process Development Engineer responsible for investigating, defining, and qualifying solder joint integrity on leading edge technology related to next generation ebeam inspection platform.  Responsible for analysis of solder joint failure mechanisms through combination of destructive and non-destructive techniques using various forms of microscopy and x-ray spectroscopy.  Understanding of the root cause of various types of failed solder interconnects with respect to solderable surface finishes and intermetallic interfaces. Responsible for design of experiments utilizing materials research to analyze process changes with respect to established success criteria. Work to develop analysis and tests methods necessary to define solutions related to first prototype development with follow-through to production development. Work alongside a team of other scientists and engineers to optimize process development towards robust long-term production solutions


Required skills:

  • Expert-level knowledge of solder metallurgy, failure mechanisms, destructive and non-destructive metrology, and characterization technologies such as SEM, EDS, X-Ray Microtomography, CSAM
  • Experience with range of solder technologies, fluxes, and temp variations; such as Lead Alloys, Lead free alloys, Silver allows, Indium alloys, Ag Sinter, S-Bond and associated application tradeoffs.

Desired skills

  • Knowledge of metrology and characterization techniques for critical dimensions, bond adhesion vs cohesion, and composition.
  • Understanding of challenges in semiconductor solder system metrology

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) OR Master's Level Degree with at least 2 years of experience. OR Bachelor's Level Degree 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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