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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.

Congratulations to Daniel Durham for Receiving the Microscopy & Microanalysis Student Scholar Award

Congratulations to Dan for receiving an M&M Student Scholar Award! These awards are a joint effort with MSA’s sister society, the Microanalysis Society (MAS), and are judged on the quality of the two-page proceeding papers submitted to the M&M meeting. Between the two societies, approximately 30 of 200 annual student submissions are given the award. The award package provides complimentary registration to the M&M meeting, travel and lodging reimbursement up to $1,000, and an invitation to the Presidents’ reception. Awardees are recognized during the awards portion of the opening plenary session.

Congratulations to Ethan Anderson at Fort Lewis College for Receiving a Diversity Supplement from NIGMS and for Receiving the Best Poster Prize at the FLC Undergraduate Research Symposium

Ethan Anderson won the best poster award for “Fabrication of a physiologically relevant novel lung on a chip device to quantify extracellular matrix deposition” in Spring 2022 at Fort Lewis College. Ethan also received a Diversity Supplement from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for “Utilizing biodegradable porous silicon membranes as a novel design for lung-on-a-chip microfluidic devices to investigate extracellular matrix interactions.” Congratulations, Ethan!

Postdoctoral Researcher position in the field of nanoscale thermal transport

Job Description
An experimental Postdoctoral position is now available in the Department of Physics of the

University of Basel, Switzerland. This project will use time- and frequency-resolved

spectroscopies, such as thermoreflectance or transient thermal grating experiments, in synergy

to further the understanding of nanoscale thermal transport and elastic properties of advanced

materials. This research will be focused on phononic crystals, which are highly nanostructured

artificial materials that are ideal candidates for smart heat management or/and energy

harvesting applications. In this exciting role, you will work under the direction of Dr. Begoña

Abad, within the Nanophononics group, led by Prof. Ilaria Zardo, at the Department of Physics

of the University of Basel (Switzerland). This position is funded by the PRIMA grant of Dr.

Begoña Abad from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

Required qualifications:
Ph.D. in Physics, material science, or related field.

Proven track record in thermal characterization of materials.

Hands-on experience with lasers and optical instrumentation.

Experience with data analysis using tools such as Matlab, Python, etc.

Excellence in research and strong communication skills.

High degree of independence together with the ability to work in a collaborative group


Good knowledge of written and spoken English.

Preferred qualifications:
Experience with pump-probe experimental setups.

Experience with finite element analysis (COMSOL).

Experience using software to automate control of experiments.

Your role:
Thermal conductivity characterization of phononic crystals by time-domain

thermoreflectance and transient thermal grating.

Measurements of thermal transport deviations from macroscopic models by laser-based


Develop thermal and elastic models for new techniques and materials.

Draft manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

What we offer:
Interdisciplinary, collaborative, and diverse team.

Highly competitive salary.

Cutting-edge experiments using state-of-the-art ultrafast, and modulated laser sources.

The postdoctoral appointment is initially for one year with the possibility of renewal for two
more depending on mutual agreement. Interested postdoctoral candidates should send their CV

(including completed degrees and list of publications), two reference letters or contacts, and a

motivation letter (briefly summarizing qualifications and interest in the position) to Dr. Begoña

Abad ( The starting date is flexible.

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