Scientist, Research Principal
KLA-Tencor - Milpitas, CA

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Company Overview

KLA-Tencor Corporation, a leading provider of process control and yield management solutions, partners with customers around the world to develop state-of-the-art inspection and metrology technologies. These technologies serve the semiconductor, data storage, LED, and other related nanoelectronics industries. With a portfolio of industry-standard products and a team of world-class engineers and scientists, the company has created superior solutions for its customers for more than 35 years. Headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., KLA-Tencor has dedicated customer operations and service centers around the world. Additional information may be found at .

Business Unit

The Wafer Inspection Division (WIN) of KLA-Tencor designs and manufactures systems that are used for capturing yield-impacting defects at the front-end-of-line (FEOL) and the back-end-of-line (BEOL). A successful candidate will be joining a world leader in wafer inspection products and technologies designing and manufacturing the next generation of products.

The Wafer Inspection Division (WIN) is seeking a Research Principal Scientist in our Milpitas, California campus.


The Research Scientist will be responsible for developing, implementing and employing models of high brightness plasma light sources to provide valuable guidance for KLA-Tencor's roadmap in optical wafer inspection. The Research Scientist will work within the technology and engineering teams to develop promising new concepts, methods and subsystems that will be used to meet these challenges. Collaborating with other scientists and engineers, the Scientist will develop, validate and employ models of the thermal, hydrodynamic and plasma characteristics of the light sources.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience modeling and understanding complex multi-physics problems that result from coupling of different physical phenomena.
  • Ability to determine the source of deviations between models and experiments and to define experiments to validate models.
  • strong background in FEA modeling with ANSYS or COMSOL
  • Experience modeling and correctly predicting complex hydrodynamic and radiation phenomena.
  • Experience with optical ray tracing, plasma physics and light/matter interaction.
  • Familiarity with adding custom algorithms to standard software packages.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work on multiple projects with different time horizons and different teams.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctorate (Academic) with at least 7 years of experience. OR Master's Level Degree with at least 8 years of experience. OR Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 10 years of experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA-Tencor is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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KLA-Tencor is hard-core when it comes to hunting down chip flaws. One of the world's largest makers of process control equipment for...