KLA Careers

Software Engineer - Hardware Control

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. KLA's Global Products Group (GPG), which is responsible for creating all of KLA’s metrology and inspection products, is looking for forward-thinking research scientists, software engineers, application development engineers, and senior product technology process engineers to join our team and enable the movement towards advanced chip design. 

Central Engineering is KLA's largest engineering organization comprised of several 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. Our group includes over 700 engineers across global centers in Israel, China, India, and the US. Each CoE contributes not just talent and deliverables toward product programs, but also domain expertise, 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:

  • Design and develop real-time software control applications for robotic wafer handling and instrument control system.
  • Develop C# or C/C++ code integrating robotics, motion control and data acquisition.
  • Use EtherCAT architecture to develop real-time automation platform with distributed controls.
  • Work closely with the software development team, mechatronics engineers and system engineers.
  • Maintain source control and guide build process. 


  • Proficiency in C#, C/C++, Visual Studio
  • Experience with writing SW that communicates with variety of different HW devices using Ethernet, Serial protocols, etc.
  • Knowledge in WCF, .Net remoting, WPF desired
  • Knowledge in Java is a plus.
  • Ability to work in a cross functional team with system engineers, mechatronics/control engineers across multiple geographic locations.
  • Prior experience with system automation and hardware integration desired.
  • Prior experience with semiconductor equipment or semiconductor fabrication a plus.
  • Must be able to travel for training and support of customers worldwide


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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