Sr. Control Systems Engineer
Cymer, Inc - San Diego, CA

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Cymer is growing rapidly and this is a new role within the organization.

Envision your future at Cymer the leader in developing light sources used by chipmakers worldwide to pattern advanced semiconductor chips. Cymer is at the forefront of technology innovation because of the extraordinary efforts and ingenuity of our employees.

One Company, One Goal, Limitless Innovation. It's our people that make the difference.


Performs a variety of engineering work including designing, developing, testing, analyzing, troubleshooting and implementing. Provides technical skills during research and/or product development.

Serves as a seasoned professional who applies, analyzes, and interprets a variety of standard theories, concepts, methods, and techniques to a wide range of issues within a single technical area using imaginative as well as practical solutions.

Works from broadly defined systems specifications to determine appropriate top-down controls architecture.

Analyzes system performance against requirements, and documents results.

Audits fully the designs and analyses of other team members.

Leads the development of basic design parameters and architecture, and will carry a design from the conceptual stage through implementation and deployment.

Works closely with cross-functional groups (engineers and scientists, worldwide customer support personnel, manufacturing personnel, upper management, marketing, external customers). Crosses functional boundaries and builds constructive and effective relationships throughout the whole organization.

Documents resultant designs with written theory of operation descriptions, procedures, and training materials.

Analyzes and communicates customer needs and reconciles these with management needs.

Oversees transition of new designs to Software Development, including assessment of technical risk and feedback on qualification testing plan.

Acquires test data according to a loosely defined test protocol. Modifies protocol in cooperation with scientists as necessary to ensure success of tests, and creates detailed test plans.

Interacts with customers as primary technical spokesperson on relevant technical issues

Participates in development of patent applications.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Performs the design, development, and implementation of complex algorithms involving controller design, system identification, signal processing and stochastic signal analysis for excimer lasers & other equipment used in the semiconductor industry.

Generates software requirements specifications for control algorithm designs.

Mentors lower level algorithm engineers through technical guidance and assistance.

Investigates the feasibility of applying scientific and mathematical control design principles and concepts to potential inventions and products. Plans and executes laboratory research pertaining to algorithm design and validation.

Designs and builds tools that allow debugging, analysis and performance evaluation of algorithms. Determines the root cause for algorithm failure in products in the manufacturing factory and in fielded units in high-level escalations.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to translate, statistically analyze data, and effectively report problems through written and/or graphical formats.

Excellent customer service skills, with an advanced understanding of customer relationship building.

Ability to use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and electronic e-mail systems.

Has led a successfully completed project.

Ability to carry a product design from conception into production.

Project Engineering experience including leading small technical teams.

Ability to design and analyze feedback control systems using classical, modern or nonlinear techniques and theories.

Ability to cross functional boundaries to build relationships with all areas in the company, to understand and reconcile higher level company and customer needs.

Experience designing practical feedback control systems of significant complexity

Knowledge of modern control theory, stochastics, and some nonlinear control theory.

Excellent knowledge of and experience with Matlab.

Good knowledge of Power Spectral Density (PSD) analysis.

Some experience with System Identification.

Working knowledge of C/C++ desirable.

Understanding of embedded software systems desirable.

Strong competence with the various tools, procedures, programming languages used to accomplish the job. Minimum of six (6) years of experience is required.

Requires a Master's Degree in Mechanical, Control, Electrical Enginnering or Physics and a minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education; advanced degree a plus.

Experience with project planning and execution.

Experience with Excimer Lasers desired.

Experience with any Lithographic systems a plus.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.

The employee is occasionally required to move around the campus.

The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

May require travel dependent on business needs.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Can work under deadlines.

The environment generally is moderate in temperature and noise level.

Must be able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.

Can observe and respond to people and situations and interact with others encountered in the course of work.

Can learn and apply new information or skills.

Requires working with a firing laser (which is noisy) on a frequent basis.

Requires working in a manufacturing clean room environment occasionally.

Requires working with Excimer lasers in noisy environments (requiring ear protection) and potential radiation hazards (requiring eye and skin protection).



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