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Research Scientist (Vacuum Systems Design/Contamination Control)

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.



In this role successful candidates will be responsible for:

  • Development of the soft X-ray and EUV material characterization and testing facilities.
  • Establishing methods for characterization and protocols for testing of the optical elements and thin-film coatings.
  • Interface with simulations based on multiple physical models and build correlations with experimental data.
  • Design, setup and qualify metrology and mechatronics schemes.
  • Qualification of contamination levels of systems and components.
  • Execution of multi-disciplinary experiments.
  • Preparation of detailed test plans and summary reports.
  • Coordination and performing root cause analysis to solve problems.
  • Interfacing closely with engineering and the physics modeling team.



Required Skills:
  • Degree in Physics, Material Science or related fields.
  • Experience with high vacuum systems design.
  • Expertise in atomic spectroscopy and radiation sources.
  • Working knowledge of surface and thin-film characterization methods and data analysis
  • Knowledge of vacuum contamination control

Desired Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of surface science.
  • Experience with characterization techniques such as XPS, TOF SIMS and SEM/EDX 
  • Working knowledge of pulsed-power discharge plasmas.
  • Proficient in statistical data analysis and data analysis tools such as Python or Matlab

Have excellent oral and written communication, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills. The sucessful candidate should be self-driven and a strong team player.Previous experience with instruments for semiconductor industry is desired.  Be able to clearly communicate with cross functional teams, as well as external vendors and customers. 

Must be able to travel for training and to support development teams in different locations.


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 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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