Sr. Product Development Engineer
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 Film and Scatterometry Technology Division develops and markets products used for thin film, composition, and optical critical dimension (OCD) metrology. The portfolio of products includes unique solution packages which are based on hardware and software systems to enhance yield and effectiveness. As a world leader in its field of expertise, the division's products are the most advanced in performance, reliability, and ease of use.


The Product Development Engineer plays a central role throughout the different phases of the product life cycle. This position is part of a team responsible for developing and supporting next generation optical critical dimension metrology systems as well as supporting and improving current systems. The candidate will initially take on responsibility for improvement projects and support of field and manufacturing issues for the current generation product line. This role will lead to responsibility for next generation product development, from technology evaluation and selection, specifications development, product validation, verification, transfer to manufacturing, and support of customer ramp. The ideal candidate will demonstrate leadership attributes and be able to lead high performing teams to achieve program objectives in a timely manner.
The engineer must be able to complete the initial diagnosis of any system issue, uncover root cause and devise or drive a team to define solutions for complex problems. Must be able to support the detailed analysis and tradeoffs for the various solutions, develop plan of action, and effectively communicate plan to colleagues to execute. Must have the knowledge and experience to effectively work with experts in optics, electronics, mechanics, software, and algorithms as required to resolve issues. Some travel may be required for complex cases that require on-site support.

Additional details regarding responsibilities:
Drive team to resolve system issues at customer site or in manufacturing. This will require the candidate to learn alignment and calibration procedures, critically analyze these procedures and recommend improvements to solve issues in manufacturing or the field. Work with engineers at locations around the globe to solve issues escalated to engineering: establish root cause, develop plan of action (POA), guide local teams in execution of POA, and document issues and solutions to improve design and/or procedures so that they may be implemented across the fleet in a standard manner. Support of escalations may require travel to customer sites to efficiently and effectively resolve technical issues (< 25%). Develop concepts and designs for the next generation system. Investigate next generation opto-mechanical technology and analysis. Resolve inconsistencies between subsystems, conduct trade-off studies, identify high-risk areas, and develop risk mitigation strategies. Ownership of creation and execution of prototype test plans for complex subsystems. This will involve integration of subsystems, testing against design tolerances and marketing specifications, analyzing test data, and generation of reports. Drive product or feature introduction. This includes preparation of first draft of system alignment, calibration and troubleshooting diagnostics for existing and new products, training of operations and field personnel, and solving technical issues that may impact production introduction. Train operations and service and manufacturing employees.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or related technical field. Strong background in engineering or the physical sciences with demonstrated analysis and problem solving skills. Hands-on experience constructing and aligning opto-mechanical system is highly desirable. Experience diagnosing and driving solutions to complex problems across whole systems by applying appropriate problem solving techniques. Ability to communicate effectively to all levels of the division, customers, vendors and across cultures. Experience in the semiconductor capital equipment or manufacturing industry. Familiarity with Matlab and JMP. Project management skills (scoping, budgeting, and scheduling).

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 5 years of experience. OR Master's Level Degree with at least 3 years of experience. OR Doctorate

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA-Tencor is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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