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Scientist, Research - Modeling and Algorithm for Metrology

Company: Kla-tencor
Location: Milpitas
Posted on: June 2, 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.


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.

A successful candidate shall have demonstrated ability in scientific programming with strong working knowledge in nonlinear optimization, machine learning, or computational electromagnetics. Knowledge of optical modeling, scatterometry and metrology is not necessary but a big plus.

This position works on complex problems that impact the success of current and future products in modeling and algorithm for metrology. Tasks include: identifying and addressing the long-term needs of our customers and users, research and development of novel solutions, implementing these solutions in hardware and code, and test prototypes; design, code, and test/integrate into tool product software.

The candidate will be responsible for developing and improving algorithms, measurement capabilities, system optical models, calibrations development, analysis tools for optical metrology applications, and customer interaction with algorithmic aspects.


Experience and innovation in the related fields of algorithmic development, computational physics, and machine learning.

Background in computational physics or applied mathematics solving problems in areas such as fluid mechanics, imaging science, Maxwell equations, plasma chemistry and dynamics, surface evolution, and inverse problems.

With the following experiences/Skills:

  • Designing, developing, modifying and diagnosing complex algorithms
  • Ability to invent, develop and implement new algorithms and ideas
  • Hands-on experience in object-oriented and functional programming
  • Hands-on experience with products such as Matlab, Python/TensorFlow is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) or work experience of 0 years , Master's Level Degree or work experience of 2 years , Bachelor's Level Degree or work experience of 3 years

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 to request accommodation.

Keywords: Kla-tencor, Milpitas , Scientist, Research - Modeling and Algorithm for Metrology, Other , Milpitas, California

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