Applications Development Engineer at KLA in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Posted in Other 22 days ago.

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.


The Customer Engagement (CE) team is our field based, customer facing organization consisting of Technical Engagement Managers and Application Engineers. The team partners closely with our customers to provide a comprehensive portfolio of products, software, and expertise, to help customers manage yield throughout their fabrication process-from research and development to final volume production. Responsibilities of this group include maintaining strategic client relationships, partnering with our sales team in identifying and closing sales opportunities, ensuring our products meet performance capabilities & expectations, providing critical solutions for improved yield performance, and collecting requirements for future products by understanding customer processes and technology trends. Partnering with our sales organization and factory divisions, this diverse and dynamic team helps ensure alignment between customer needs and product offerings to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction.


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.

  • Use 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 the 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.

Adaptability, Collaborates, Communication, Customer Focus, Decision Quality, Drives Results, Innovation, KLA Values, Problem Solving, Work Processes

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.