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Algorithm 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.



The algorithm engineer’s responsibilities:

  • Investigate/develop/improve advanced image processing and machine learning algorithms for defect inspection. Tasks include: define a problem statement, research academic papers, or based on current algorithms/ investigations to propose potential solutions, prototype the idea (may or may not require working with other team members), conclude feasibility and performance, design product approach, develop and implement the code, test/debug/integrate into product software.
  • The candidate is eventually responsible to deliver throughput by working with optimization expert. The candidate should be familiar with performance optimization techniques in algorithm flow level.
  • The candidate is responsible to support escalations in house or at customer sites, provide quick turnaround solutions.
  • The candidate is responsible to acquire knowledge or of key use cases, or discover new usecases for defect inspection tool from apps, marketing, sometime through customer engagement.
  • The candidate will work in a global environment to interact with multi-site (China, USA, India), multi-discipline (SW, Image Computer, system/HW, apps and marketing) team members in various stage of product life cycle for feasibility study, requirement analysis, design, coding, integration and testing.
  • The candidate is responsible to follow KT defined software development processes



Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or Master Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or Physics
  • Strong background in at least one of the following areas: image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition, computational geometry and machine learning
  • Excellent mathematical and analytical skills
  • Proficient in C/C++ and object oriented programming. Experience with Matlab or Python script is a plus
  • Team player with good written and verbal communication skills, to interact with members of a multi-disciplinary global team
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently, and with curiosity to learn on the job
  • Knowledge in optics and semiconductor process is a plus

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