Monday, December 21, 2015

Principal system design engineer (optics | metrology | high speed imaging)(#111354)

Job Title: Principal system design engineer
Location: Milpitas, CA
Duration: Fulltime

Business Unit:
The Candela ANPI team has a charter to find new customers and new markets opportunities for KT.  We are a small and dynamically evolving team that started from within the Candela division in 2014. Our goal is to identify and help KT grow outside its core semi market.   To validate a business idea we follow the Lean startup model - a Business Model Canvas is drafted, and updated as we learn more.  After the initial screening we need a team that is able to rapidly develop shippable “product probes” to help validate customer use case and economic value.  These projects can vary in scale from hand held device to larger systems with multiple imaging sensors and big data path with complex algorithms.   Some examples if these projects are:  With a start-up partner, a surface metrology solution was developed, leveraging offshore development team, for a large CE device manufacturer.  Another project we are conducting a technical feasibility study for ultrafast in-situ monitoring.   We are developing a core cross functional project team to collaborate on these growth opportunities.   We also routinely leverage KT talent across the company, in a “pick-up game” for who has a good match in skills, passion and availability to come help our core team execute stronger and quicker.

This new position will involve the development of products outside core SEMI conductor space. The job requires significant experience in a number of the following: electronics, vacuum, robotics, complex electromechanical systems, photon optics, spectroscopy, inspection technology. Experience with the definition and implementation of complex systems within a systems engineering design process will be expected. It is an individual contributor position with significant technical leadership expectations. The successful individual will be expected to join a small group of highly analytical engineers, lead next generation product definition, development, system integration and characterization. The position will include project management work on new and existing products.  This will require an ability to solve complex technical problems and sound technical decision-making during product development.

Other duties include:
Help create, manage and communicate top-level system error budgets by integrating and performing trade-off analysis of contributions from various subsystems. Create and test performance models (e.g. throughput, noise, sensitivity, location accuracy). Set and own various system level specifications. Characterize aspects of system and subsystem performance using existing and prototype equipment. Collaborate with external vendors to develop designs. Drive design review activities and development of associated engineering documentation. Manage system integration plans and testing plans. Troubleshoot issues using data driven techniques. Contribute know-how and manage engineering activities. Collaboration - In the course of the above duties, interact and work with other groups: marketing; applications, hardware and software engineering; manufacturing and field support.

Preferred Qualifications:
The individual should have demonstrated past success in design and implementing systems in one or more of the following:
  • High speed imaging systems for the laboratory or industrial work place.
  • Robotics, complex electromechanical systems.
  • Systems based around one or more of: electron optics or spectroscopy techniques.
  • Product Architecture of inspection or metrology systems.

The candidate should have demonstrated strong skills debugging complex system problems involving optics, mechanics, electronics, and software. Past experience closely collaborating with outside consultants and vendors to solve development problems is also desired.

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

Please send your resume to Vinod at

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