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Congratulations to Mary Scott for Receiving Tenure at University of California Berkeley

Professor Mary Scott received tenure at University of California Berkeley in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. Congratulations, Mary!

Prof. Mary Scott received her Ph. D in Physics from UCLA in 2015. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Berkeley from 2015-2017 and has been a faculty scientist at Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2017.

Postdoctoral Researcher for a new quantum imaging project: “Squeezed-Light Multimodal Nonlinear Optical Imaging of Microbe”

Squeezed-Light Multimodal Nonlinear Optical Imaging of Microbes

A new postdoctoral research opportunity is now available in the Jimenez group in JILA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The overarching goal of this DOE-funded project, which is a collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is to explore multimodal quantum nonlinear optical (NLO)imaging with squeezed-light for co-registered steady-state two-photon-excited fluorescence, two-photon-excited fluorescence lifetime and second-harmonic generation microscopies. The research will involve development and application of squeezed-light sources and frequency-domain fluorescence lifetime characterization techniques to imaging of bacteria, along with methods for measuring molecular cross-sections and accurately assessing the advantage of quantum imaging modalities over their corresponding classical equivalents. The Jimenez group is very interdisciplinary and our labs are well-equipped for quantum spectroscopy and molecular biophysics research. For more information contact Ralph Jimenez (

Congratulations to Margaret Murnane for Receiving the 2022 Isaac Newton Medal and Prize

Professor Margaret Murnane has received the 2022 Isaac Newton Medal and Prize for pioneering and sustained contributions to the development of ultrafast lasers and coherent X-ray sources and the use of such sources to understand the quantum nature of materials.

The discoveries of Professor Margaret Murnane in ultrafast laser and X-ray science have transformed the field, making it possible to capture and manipulate quantum dynamics on the fastest timescales relevant to atoms, molecules and materials. Her research is distinguished by its breadth and impact in developing new understanding in optical physics.

Murnane has demonstrated that it is possible to generate coherent, laser-like X-ray beams by upconverting laser light from the infrared directly into the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and soft X-ray regions of the spectrum. Over more than 20 years, she uncovered how to harness the unique high-order harmonic generation process to create new quantum light sources. This work represents one of the most significant new fundamental developments in optical science in past decades, with a host of practical applications in understanding and imaging materials.

Congratulations to Franklin Dollar for Being Named a Fellow of the American Physical Society

Professor Franklin Dollar has been named Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dollar works to further research into high-intensity laser physics, as well as to make his field more inclusive, diverse and equitable. The honor recognizes not only Dollar’s research into high-intensity laser physics, but also his committed efforts to change the culture of his field in the realms of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). “The main impacts of my work are in short pulse laser interactions with matter, and their uses as radiation sources,” said Dollar. “I led a lot of early work in ion acceleration, but also have been involved with electron acceleration, positron beams, and directed neutron beams.”

Algorithm Engineer in Image Processing

KLA is seeking a motivated individual for an engineer position in world-class algorithm group within the reticle product division (RAPID).

  • This individual will utilize his/her skills in Deep learning/Machine learning, Image processing, mathematics, and software to develop algorithms to be integrated into KLA’s state of the art inspection platforms.
  • Responsibilities of this position include explore Convolution Neural Network application or Machine learning of novel database modeling and improve accuracy and computation efficiency; develop defect detection algorithms, apply image proc technique to maximize signal to noise ratio. This requires abstracting specific tasks into generic mathematic problem and finding customized algorithm solutions; balancing between rigor and practicality through comprehensive data analysis.
  • This person is expected to bring forward creative ideas, develop production code and provide support as needed. This candidate shall be able to work independently and with a project team; provide input to hardware group on image quality and error budget base on Algorithm design and performance; engage constructively with marketing on product requirements and provide training to application team.
  • This person shall possess bolts and nuts knowledge of various Deep Learning and bridge with conventional computer vision and image processing techniques. Significant experiences in C++ production software development and Deep Learning deployment on GPU platform is essential.
  • The candidate is expected to possess good oral and written communications skills to interact with other development and applications engineers daily.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or MS in Applied Math, EE, Computer Science or related discipline
  • PhD (with no work experience) or a MS degree + 3 years of work experience.
  • Deep Learning/Machine learning techniques for imaging applications
  • Image and signal processing
  • Linear and non-linear optimizations
  • Algorithm development with C++ & Python in Unix/Linux environment
  • Capability to formulate creative solutions through analyzing complex data
  • Good communication skills

Company Overview

KLA is a global leader in diversified electronics for the semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. Virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using our technologies. No laptop, smartphone, wearable device, voice-controlled gadget, flexible screen, VR device or smart car would have made it into your hands without us. KLA invents systems and solutions for the manufacturing of wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards and flat panel displays. The innovative ideas and devices that are advancing humanity all begin with inspiration, research and development. KLA focuses more than average on innovation and we invest 15% of sales back into R&D. Our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists and problem-solvers work together with the world’s leading technology providers to accelerate the delivery of tomorrow’s electronic devices. Life here is exciting and our teams thrive on tackling really hard problems. There is never a dull moment with us.


With over 40 years of semiconductor process control experience, chipmakers around the globe rely on KLA to ensure that their fabs ramp next-generation devices to volume production quickly and cost-effectively. Enabling the movement towards advanced chip design, KLA’s Global Products Group (GPG), which is responsible for creating all of KLA’s metrology and inspection products, is looking for the best and the brightest research scientist, software engineers, application development engineers, and senior product technology process engineers. The RAPID division is the world leading provider of reticle inspection solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company provides inspection solutions to both the mask shops and the semiconductor fabs to ensure that lithography yields are consistently high thus enabling cost-effective manufacturing.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:  Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required where permitted by law.  KLA will consider reasonable accommodation as provided by applicable law.  Please note that accommodation may not be possible where vaccination is required for an essential function of the position, including for international travel or customer site access.

The company offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to the following:  medical, dental, vision, life, and other voluntary benefits,  401(K) including company matching, employee stock purchase program (ESPP), student debt assistance, tuition reimbursement program, financial planning benefits, employee assistance program (EAP), paid time off and paid company holidays, family care and bonding leave.

KLA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other status protected by applicable law. We will ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at to request accommodation.

Congratulations to Laura Waller for Receiving the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Award

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Program, open to faculty from Stanford University, UC San Francisco, and UC Berkeley, funds innovative, visionary research with the goal of building engaged, collaborative scientific communities to help solve critical challenges in biomedicine.

The 86 awardees in our new cohort, who were chosen from nearly 700 applicants through a competitive process judged by nationally recognized external reviewers and a blue-ribbon Selection Advisory Committee, represent a diverse range of disciplines, including basic biological sciences, clinical biomedical sciences, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer and data sciences, statistics, and public health.

Congratulations to Laura Waller for Being Named the Charles A Desoer Endowed Chair in Engineering

Charles A. Desoer was a professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. An endowed chair in Desoer’s name has been established in the College of Engineering. Laura Waller has been named the Charles A Desoer Endowed Chair in Engineering as of July 2022.

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