KLA-Tencor Careers

Applications Development Engineer

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-Tencor, 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?


The Surfscan Product Group develops unpatterned wafer surface inspection tools that provide the sensitivity and throughput required for qualification of current and next-generation semiconductor wafer substrates, as well as qualification and monitoring of process tools.  Semiconductor device yields begin with bare wafers, and our leading technology provides early insight into surface defect, shape, flatness and nanotopography of the advanced 300mm substrates. 

Our optical inspection and metrology tools will support the next several generations of wafer and IC manufacturing. We incorporate UV laser technology, darkfield optics and advanced algorithms to finds defects down to 20nm in size and enables consistent, high sensitivity detection on engineered substrates.  Surfscan tools are the recognized market-leader in the unpatterned wafer inspection business. 


  • Following standard procedures, provide applications development support to Surfscan SPx products.
  • Develop test cases; characterize customers defects, new products and/or features.
  • Provide technical support in the development and implementation of customer applications dealing with SPx products and features.
  • Provide specific product demonstrations on all aspects of highly complex products to customers and assess potential applications to meet customer needs; prepare detailed product specifications.
  • The ideal candidate will possess strong technical skills, be current in the customer use case domain, have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently.
  • The candidate will also be required to work towards characterization of the tool/algorithm performance and for providing clear feedback to the Engineering teams for product improvement, especially during Alpha/Beta tests.
  • Strong technical skills are required to understand the functionality and capabilities of these tools and for providing root cause analysis and potential solutions for customers.
  • Such skills include (but are not limited to) techniques for data analysis/processing, statistical analysis as well as the ability to quickly pick up and understand customer requirements and processes.
  • Occasional travel will be required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidate must have Master’s or bachelor's degree in Engineering, Physics, Material Science, or related fields. 
  • The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of semiconductor manufacturing. 
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Candidate must be self-driven, yet a strong team player. 
  • Programming and scripting skills in MATLAB or Python are a plus.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 3 years of experience. OR

Master's Level Degree with at least 2 years of experience. OR

Doctorate (Academic)

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA-Tencor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to 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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