Optics Research Scientist | KLA

Oct. 31, 2022

Milpitas, CA

Full Time

Posted 27 Days Ago

Job Requisition: 2215422

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 we invest 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

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) plays a critical role in developing advanced long-range technology in collaboration with product divisions and strategic marketing, working on future technology like light sources, lasers, and sensors. We are engaged in the research and development process, and once the technology is mature, we partner with product engineering groups who then build products based on the technology we’ve developed. The Office of the CTO also provides technical input into KLA’s strategic planning process, program reviews and Product Life Cycle (PLC) phases. We provide our broad technology expertise and cross-division experience to ensure we leverage the collective knowledge within our company.

Group/Division

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) plays a critical role in developing advanced long-range technology in collaboration with product divisions and strategic marketing, working in areas such as light sources, lasers, sensors and optics. We are engaged at the front end of the research and development process, and once the technology is proven, we partner with product engineering groups who then build products based on the technology we’ve developed. The Office of the CTO also provides technical input into KLA’s strategic planning process, program reviews and Product Life Cycle (PLC) phases. We provide our broad technology expertise and cross-division experience to ensure we take full advantage of the collective knowledge within our company.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with KLA’s system experts to analyze critical system performance requirements and determine key specifications for the optics
  • Design complex, high-precision optical systems including proposing innovative approaches to minimizing aberrations while streamlining the manufacturing process
  • Assemble, align and characterize the optical systems that you have designed
  • Work with KLA’s manufacturing partners to address key fabrication and metrology issues
  • Work with KLA’s product divisions to implement your optics designs into their inspection and metrology systems

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • Ph.D. in optics or involving optical design
  • Proficiency in at least one optical design tool such as OSLO or Zemax OpticStudio
  • Deep understanding of optical aberration theory and its application in optical design
  • Good analytical skills
  • Familiarity with numerical programming using languages such as Matlab, Python, etc.
  • Familiarity with optical fabrication processes and optical metrology technologies
  • Effective presentation and communication skills
  • Good team player

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) in Optics or Physics

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:  Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required where permitted by law.  KLA will consider reasonable accommodation as provided by applicable law.  Please note that accommodation may not be possible where vaccination is required for an essential function of the position, including for international travel or customer site access.

The company offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to the following:  medical, dental, vision, life, and other voluntary benefits,  401(K) including company matching, employee stock purchase program (ESPP), student debt assistance, tuition reimbursement program, financial planning benefits, employee assistance program (EAP), paid time off and paid company holidays, family care and bonding leave.

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 talent.acquisition@kla.com to request accommodation.

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