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PVD Graduate Process Engineer

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?


SPTS wafer processing solutions include market-leading silicon etch, dielectric etch, dry-release etch, PVD, PECVD and molecular vapor deposition (MVD®), available with a range of wafer-handling options applicable to R&D, pilot production, or volume production environments. SPTS is headquartered and has its main manufacturing facility in Newport, UK, with additional manufacturing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. SPTS operates across 19 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and offers comprehensive service and spare parts support through a worldwide network of service centers and qualified local agents.


Title:  Graduate Process Engineer /Process Engineer - Deposition

Reports to: Process Manager

Direct Reports: None                     

Location: Newport, South Wales (with significant international travel)

Primary Purpose of Role and key Responsibilities

  • Process demonstrations.
  • Demonstrate SPTS processes to meet the agreed specification
  • Assess results using analytical equipment and appropriate software packages (Excel etc)
  • Undertake problem solving and trouble-shooting
  • Provide regular updates to product marketing on progress of sample/demonstration work
  • Develop good relationships with customers
  • Summarise results in a written report or presentation
  • Process development
  • Develop Deposition processes (applicable to SPTS` product)
  • Plan work and execute plans in a safe, sensible and timely manner
  • Contribute constructively to the work of project teams for new products and processes.
  • Research into published work relevant to SPTS’ process development
  • Summarise results in a written report or presentation
  • Write technical reports for patent applications
  • Write technical papers for publication at conferences, seminars etc
  • Field Support – to involve frequent international travel and longer term international secondments
    • Develop  SPTS processes to meet the agreed specification at customer sites
    • Develop good relationships with customers
    • Communicate results and ideas to relevant co-workers


  • A good degree (min 2.1) in relevant discipline (Physics, Chemistry, Material Sciences)
    • Desirable - A Masters/PhD degree, basic knowledge/experience of thin film deposition technologies
    • Good IT Skills (including as a minimum MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

·      It is not necessary for the successful candidate to already have the skills and knowledge to perform the roles/responsibilities listed above.  Full on-the-job training will be given and the candidate will learn by experience in the course of carrying out his or her duties.  The job spec is merely illustrative of the types of activities to be learned/undertaken.

Key Behavioural Competencies

  •  Has the ability and personal characteristics to work effectively and cooperatively in a team
  • Takes responsibility for own learning and development and unprompted, seeks out learning opportunities
  • Structured, logical with attention to detail
  • Has the foresight and ability to collect, filter and analyze data to solve complex problems
  • Creativity and innovation is expected together with an ability to think of novel but practical solutions to problems
  • Good oral and written communication skills