Product Development Engineer
Company: KLA Corporation
Posted on: November 14, 2020
KLA is a global leader in diversified electronics for the
semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. Virtually every electronic
device in the world is produced using our technologies. No laptop,
smartphone, wearable device, voice-controlled gadget, flexible
screen, VR device or smart car would have made it into your hands
without us. KLA invents systems and solutions for the manufacturing
of wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed
circuit boards and flat panel displays. The innovative ideas and
devices that are advancing humanity all begin with inspiration,
research and development. KLA focuses more than average on
innovation and in 2019 we invested 15% of sales back into R&D.
Our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists and
problem-solvers work together with the world s leading technology
providers to accelerate the delivery of tomorrow s electronic
devices. Life here is exciting and our teams thrive on tackling
really hard problems. There is never a dull moment with us.
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. The Film and Scatterometry Technology
(FaST) Division provides industry leading metrology solutions for
worldwide semiconductor IC manufacturers. The FaST Division
portfolio of metrology products includes hardware and software
solutions for optical film thickness, optical critical dimension
(CD), composition, and resistivity measurement systems. These
products are essential for the IC manufacturers as they provide
critical metrology capabilities for the development and
implementation of their advanced IC processes. The FaST division is
committed to support our customers to achieve performance
entitlement of our solution and we effectively partner with our
customers from their early research and development phase to the
high volume in-line manufacturing implementation specific for their
process needs. The division consists of a global team located in
US, Israel, China, and India.
The Product Development Engineer plays a central role throughout
the different phases of the product life cycle. This position is
part of a team responsible for developing and supporting next
generation Critical Dimension (CD) metrology systems. The candidate
will play a key role in next generation product development, from
technology evaluation and selection, specifications development,
product validation, verification, transfer to manufacturing, and
support of customer ramp. The candidate will maintain ownership of
the product through the life cycle and be responsibility for
improvement projects and support of field and manufacturing issues.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate leadership attributes and be
able to lead high performing teams to achieve program objectives in
a timely manner.
The engineer must be able to complete the initial diagnosis of any
system issue, uncover root cause and devise or drive a team to
define solutions for complex problems. Must be able to support the
detailed analysis and tradeoffs for the various solutions, develop
plan of action, and effectively communicate plan to colleagues to
execute. Must have the knowledge and experience to effectively work
with experts in X-ray technology, optics, electronics, mechanics,
software, and algorithms as required to resolve issues. Some travel
may be required to support product transition to manufacturing,
beta support at customer sites, and for complex cases that require
Additional details regarding responsibilities:
* Leading prototype test and Beta tool activities including regular
health checks, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair, system
calibrations, SW/HW upgrades, revision control, testing, debugging
and data analysis of measurement performance.
* Contribute to error budget analysis and requirements definition
through modeling of interaction with specimens under test
* Develop concepts and designs for the next generation system and
* Resolve inconsistencies between subsystems, conduct trade-off
studies, identify high-risk areas, and develop risk mitigation
* Ownership of creation and execution of prototype test plans for
complex subsystems. This will involve integration of subsystems,
testing against design tolerances and marketing specifications,
analyzing test data, and generation of reports.
* Drive product or feature introduction. This includes development
of first drafts of system alignment and calibration procedures,
training of operations and field personnel, and solving technical
issues that may impact product introduction and ramp.
* Drive team to resolve system issues at customer site or in
manufacturing. Work with engineers at locations around the globe to
solve issues escalated to engineering: establish root cause,
develop plan of action (POA), guide local teams in execution of
POA, and document issues and solutions to improve design and/or
procedures so that they may be implemented across the fleet in a
* Support of Beta tool install at customer sites
* Will require some travel ( 25%).
* PhD in Physics, Optics, Electrical Engineering, Systems
Engineering, or related technical field.
* Knowledge of scattering/diffraction theory
* Strong programming and scripting skills in Python is highly
* Strong background in engineering or the physical sciences with
demonstrated analysis and problem solving skills.
* Hands-on experience constructing and aligning opto-mechanical
and/or x-ray systems is highly desirable.
* Experience working with vacuum systems and ultra-fast lasers
* Experience in the semiconductor capital equipment or
manufacturing industry is desirable.
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.
We offer a competitive, family friendly total rewards package. We
design our programs to reflect our commitment to an inclusive
environment, while ensuring we provide benefits that meet the
diverse needs of our employees.
KLA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not
discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national
origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual
orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status
or any other status protected by applicable law. We will ensure
that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided
reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or
interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to
receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request accommodation.
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