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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, 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 Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) plays a critical role in developing advanced long-range technology in collaboration with product divisions and strategic marketing, working on future technology like light sources, lasers, and sensors. We are engaged in the research and development process, and once the technology is mature, we partner with product engineering groups who then build products based on the technology we’ve developed.

The Office of the CTO also provides technical input into KLA’s strategic planning process, program reviews and Product Life Cycle (PLC) phases. We provide our broad technology expertise and cross-division experience to ensure we leverage the collective knowledge within our company.



As a research scientist within KLA, your responsibilities will include:

  • Analyzing design rules for advanced nodes and determining the requirements for measuring and inspecting semiconductor devices manufactured at those nodes.
  • Developing detailed, rigorous models of the interaction of light or electron beams with structures on semiconductor wafers and the propagation of light through optical systems.
  • Designing and systematically executing experiments.
  • Analyzing experimental data and comparing with model.
  • Working with KLA’s product divisions to develop and implement metrology and inspection system architectures that meet the future requirements for semiconductor measurement and inspection.



  • Ph.D. in Physics, Optics or Electronics.
  • Postdoc experience preferred but not required.
  • Must be experienced in electromagnetic simulations using programs such as MATLAB and COMSOL.
  • Must be familiar with numerical techniques commonly used in physical simulations.
  • Experienced designing and executing experiments, and analyzing experimental data.
  • Must be a team player with good written and verbal communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) in Pysics, Optics or Electronics.

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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