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Experimental Research Scientist

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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-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 KLA-Tencor Global Products Group is the world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced inspection and metrology tools for inline monitoring of process defects in advanced semiconductor factories.


The sucessful candidate will be working with a team of scientists and engineers developing future  generations of wafer inspections systems.  Key responsibilities include:

  • Designing experiments to test novel components
  • Design/build of test systems
  • Modeling, analyzing test results
  • Working with team to improve designs

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS, MS or Ph.d  in Physics, Material Science  Electrical Engineering or related discipline.
  • Hands-on experience with semiconductor manufacturing equipment, including but not limited to analytical tools (optical microscopy, SEM, TEM, AFM, thin-film measurement tools)
  • Experience in design/build of imaging tools (optical or ebeam)
  • Experience with software analysis tools (e.g. Matlab, IMAGEJ, etc.)
  • Experience with instrument control software (NI Labview, C#,etc.)
  • Demonstrated hardware debugging skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communictaion skills (documents and Powerpoint presentations)


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-Tencor 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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