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Director, Optical Engineering

Company: KLA-Belgium
Location: Milpitas
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Job Description:

Company Overview 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. Group/Division 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 RAPID division is the world leading provider of reticle inspection solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company provides inspection solutions to both the mask shops and the semiconductor fabs to ensure that lithography yields are consistently high thus enabling cost-effective manufacturing.ResponsibilitiesKLA is looking for an Optical Engineering (OE) Director in our RAPID Engineering Group. The Optics Director will lead a group of optics design professionals responsible for proposing, detailing, and testing new optical designs and technologies for the next generation photomask inspection systems. This roll often receives assignments in the form of high level business and product objectives. The manager should lead the team to map these objectives into optical subsystem requirements and create a detailed development plan under budget and schedule constraints. It is also the OE manager's responsibility to closely track the execution of the development plan and take necessary actions when actual progress deviates from the plan.This person will set a vision, own or actively participate in all critical optical system design reviews, interface with other groups (systems, ME, EE, and others) and will coach his/her group members in their professional growth. He/ she will provide leadership by investigating different design options and finding the best option by evaluating tolerances, light budgets, costs, schedule, and other trade-offs.As the leader of our RAPID Optical Design Engineering team and lead optical domain expert, the OE manager is responsible for,

  • Owns the optical architecture and design of all optical based products within the RAPID division.
  • Investigating different design concepts and finding the best option by evaluating tolerances, light budgets, costs, schedule, and other trade-offs.
  • Developing and updating the optics roadmap based on market trend and emerging technologies.
  • Building and maintain a world class optical engineering team through mentoring, cross training and recruiting. Experiences in developing teams by coaching and cross-training.
  • Experiences in collaborating with strategic vendors to bring design into production
  • Tracking the execution of the development plan and taking necessary actions when actual progress deviates from the plan.
  • Setting a vision, owning or actively participating in all critical optical system design reviews, interface with other groups (systems, ME, EE, and others)
  • 4+ years experiences in leading optical engineering team and leading by example with technical excellency, engineering rigor and timely delivery.
  • Expert knowledge and successful track record in leading the development of highly complex and high precision optical systems from design, tolerancing, alignment & metrology, as well as manufacturability.
  • Ability to manage priorities, schedules, development cost and to develop and communicate vision and specific plans to implement that vision.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.--
    QualificationsThe preferred candidate will have experience in the following areas:
    • Proven track record of managing a high performance optical engineering design team
    • Solid project and vender management experience is a must.
    • Ability to manage priorities, schedules, and to develop and communicate vision and specific plan to implement that vision
    • Participated in several complete design cycles from initial concept through product release and sustaining.
    • Strong fundamental optical engineering skills
    • Expert knowledge in designing complex optical systems
    • Tolerance Analysis of Complex Optical Systems.
    • Lens Design
    • Optical metrology
    • Optical alignment
    • Specification of precision opto-mechanical assemblies
    • Design for manufacturing
    • Proficiency in CodeV or Zemax
    • Effective written and verbal communication skillsAdditional consideration will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following area;
      • EUV or UV system/lens design
      • Design of optical inspection equipment
      • IP development
      • Understanding of semiconductor industry specifics, preferably by having prior experience with optical tools (metrology, inspection, scanners)
      • Being a technical expert in at least one relevant optics area (ellipsometry, reflectometry, UV imaging systems, etc.) 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. Minimum QualificationsDoctorate (Academic) or work experience of 3 years , Master's Level Degree or work experience of 4 years , Bachelor's Level Degree or work experience of 5 yearsWe 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 to request accommodation.

Keywords: KLA-Belgium, Milpitas , Director, Optical Engineering, Executive , Milpitas, California

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