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  • Company:
    KLA - Tencor
  • Location:
    Milpitas, CA 95035
  • Status:
    Full Time, Employee
  • Job Category:
  • Occupation:
    Systems/Process Engineering
  • Industry:
    Manufacturing - Other
  • Work Experience:
    7+ to 10 Years
  • Career Level:
    Experienced (Non-Manager)
  • Education Level:


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.

We’re a global team of 6,000 people in 17 countries, united by a culture that rewards innovation and recognizes the power of collaboration to deliver breakthroughs. We’re a thriving company that earned $2.8 billion in our last fiscal year and we’re dedicated to keep our customers successful by consistently delivering industry-leading technologies.

Why join us?

KLA-Tencor is a smart place to work because we’re big enough to make an impact on the world and small enough to care about your career. We give you lots of opportunities for personal and professional development through leadership classes around the globe and advanced degree and certification programs from major universities. Our award-winning Corporate Learning Center is one of the best in the industry. And we’re not the only ones who think so—Training magazine inducted us into its Top 10 Hall of Fame after we made their list of top 10 training companies for four consecutive years.

Our CEO started as an engineer here. That’s pretty good proof that we’re a company of opportunity.

We offer a great working environment, with competitive salaries and healthcare benefits, long-term incentives, profit-sharing to eligible employees, 401(k) and stock purchase programs, health and wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, and a competitive time-off policy.

We also take our role in the communities where we do business very seriously. Through the KLA-Tencor Foundation, we work with local organizations to donate our time, talent, and resources through programs in education, health, and social services. We believe in giving back.

If you’re looking to solve problems and improve how the world works, you’ll have the opportunity to do it at KLA-Tencor.


Systems Architect for optical design and metrology

The Film and Scatterometry Technology (FaST) Division of KLA-Tencor 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 mission of Advanced Development group is to identify and develop new generation technologies for future device and film semiconductor metrology challenges. The group consists of scientists and engineers with diverse background in optics, advanced algorithms, X-ray metrology, and other engineering disciplines. 

The Systems Architect will take on broad responsibilities leading experimental and system design activities for future metrology tools. He/She will work with the members of Advanced Development and Engineering teams and will be able to assume a technical lead role on one or more Advanced Development programs. Responsibilities of directly managing a group of experimental scientists and systems engineers may also be considered: candidate's ability and desire to play this role will be a plus.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Proven expertise in designing complex UV optical, e-beam, or X-ray based systems for semiconductor industry (at least one of these fields, more than one is advantageous)

•Track record in generating IP and understanding patent generation process

•Leadership skills, technical program management (required) and people management (a plus)

•Demonstrated presentation and planning skills

•Understanding of metrology challenges in semiconductor industry and ability to forecast customer demands based on limited information and
convert these into engineering specifications.

•Hands-on experience with design and test of complex optical setups, light sources, detectors, stages - i.e, architect-level systems skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 7 years of experience.


Master's Level Degree with at least 6 years of experience.


Doctorate (Academic) with at least 5 years of experience.

Kindly send your resumes to vinod.sanker@kla-tencor.com

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.