Sr. Applications Development Engineer

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  • United States, Ann Arbor, MI View on Map
  • Post Date : July 20, 2020
  • Apply Before : August 19, 2020
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Job Description

Job Opening ID: 123290
Ann Arbor, MI, United States

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 ideal candidate will have patterning etch process and/or application experience with intimate familiarity in leading edge semiconductor process tools, etch tooling and process development.

The selected Applications Engineer will have the following responsibilities –

  • Solve customer high value problems using etch patterning processing. This may include familiarizing oneself with commercial etch process S/W.
  • Work with our customers to develop applications for computational patterning and identify new applications to support both R&D and fab use-cases. Potential applications include rigorous OPC (optical proximity correction), optimizing patterning processes, and control of new patterning schemes.
  • Leverage etch process knowledge to develop customized etch patterning surface chemistry data by calibrating the data for various applications and validate the same including image-based metrology such as SEM images.
  • Guide product development of computational patterning and process control SW solutions for advanced semiconductor fabrication processes involving etch and deposition.


Semiconductor fabrication process background including developing etch and deposition processes for patterning applications.

Familiarity with processing hardware and typical process windows to optimize process performance is preferred.

Must be able to travel (up to 50%) for training and for support of customers worldwide.
Nice to have are the below experiences/skills:
  • Ability to invent, develop and implement new algorithms and ideas
  • Comfortable with working on Linux platform
  • Hands-on experience with products such as Python, TensorFlow
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) with at least 2 years of experience. OR Master’s Level Degree with at least 4 years of experience. OR Bachelor’s Level Degree with at least 6 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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