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Product Development Engineer

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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.

Central Engineering is KLA's largest engineering organization comprised of 9 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. Talent includes over 500 engineers across global centers in Israel, China, India, and the US. Each CoE contributes not just talent and deliverables per discipline toward product programs, but also subject matter expertise, best practices, roadmaps, specialized facilities, apparatus, models, and analytics. These differentiate KLA not only in WHAT we do, but also in HOW we do it.



Job description:

  1. The candidate will have a high level of ownership during the development of critical subsystems, from the concept design phase through product design, release and sustaining. The candidate will be expected to champion his/her technical solutions. This includes the potential of creating ECO and documentation as needed.
  2. Take lead role on many projects to define, scope, and provide input that results in rapid project completion or problem solution. Develop product specifications using the appropriate statistical methods and modeling.
  3. Provide feedback on design changes by working closely with development engineering teams (M.E., E.E., and S/W Eng.) to influence design concepts/changes for improvements to existing or new products.  
  4. Solve complex system interaction issues (e.g., optical and mechanical interactions on tool performance) with little or no guidance.
  5. Provide fly and fix support on field escalations for analysis/resolution on any issue requiring in-depth design know-how on the product.  Travel time is expected to be up to 25%, both domestically and internationally.
  6. Support beta testing at customer sites.
  7. Support product manufacture, such as assembling, installation, final test, shipment.






Preferred qualification:

  1. MS or PhD in optical, physics, electrical engineering, applied physics
  2. >3 years industry experience in design and characterization of optical inspection or optical/electrical metrology instruments. 
  3. Deep knowledge of semiconductor device, physics and optics; strong technical skills to design prototype system/subsystem from theoretical modeling independently.
  4. Industry experience in R&D project management and team work skills
  5. Well experienced programming skills (C-programming, labview, matlab, FEA tools etc.) to do simulating, modeling and testing  for system development
  6. Very strong English written and verbal communications skills.
  7. Self-motivated, self-directed and well time controlled.


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