Senior Optical Engineer | KLA-Tencor Corp.

Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Position Location: 
Milpitas, California
Job Description: 

Company Overview
Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA-Tencor, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we? We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us. The future is calling. Will you answer?

Business Unit
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 position will be responsible for conducting product concept, design, development, prototype and qualification of complex DUV to NIR optical subsystems. The position will be responsible for leading optical system design and engineering activities in one or more programs to ensure best in class optical solutions meeting product performance, cost and time to market requirements. This position will be expected to enable designs that ventures into new product areas and retire risks in existing product lines.

This is a hands-on, hardware oriented position requiring expertise in the areas of: Geometrical and diffraction theory, optical systems design, analysis and tolerances, coatings, radiometry, stray light, polarization optics, sources and detectors, opto-mechanics, opto-electronics, optical alignment, optical testing and metrology, design to manufacture and assessment from the component level through completed system over product life cycle.

Preferred Qualifications
Masters or PhD degree in Optics, Electro-Optics, Physics or similar technical degree and 5+ years related experience.

Required Skills:
5+ years of relevant experience in hands-on optical systems design & development.
5+ years optical test and alignment experience including Interferometric metrology.
Expertise in the concept, design, development, prototype and test of complex optical systems for DUV to NIR semiconductor metrology applications.
Expertise in geometrical and diffraction theory, radiometry & stray light analysis.
Skilled in other engineering disciplines such as mechanical, thermal, structural and electrical and their interaction with optical systems
Proven track record of driving complex optical design & engineering projects which contain technical and time to market challenges
Expertise in working with the vendor base to ensure requirements is met on time and within cost.
Skilled in design for production with successful products to market.
Expertise in optical design using Zemax
Expertise in rapid prototyping and qualification of complex optical systems.
Knowledge of MatLab and other modeling software.

Minimum Qualifications
Doctorate (Academic) with at least 5 years of experience. OR Master's Level Degree with at least 6 years of experience. OR Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 7 years of experience.

KLA-Tencor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.


Interested applicants should contact Niki Baccam at