Analog Board Design Engineer (Image Sensor)


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Milpitas, CA

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Job Overview:

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 in 2019 we invested 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 LS-SWIFT Division of KLA’s Global Products Group provides patterned wafer inspection systems for high-volume semiconductor manufacturing. Its mission is to deliver market-leading cost of ownership in defect detection for a broad range of applications in the production of semiconductors. Customers from the foundry, logic, memory, automotive, MEMS, advanced packaging and other markets rely upon high-sample wafer inspection information generated by LS-SWIFT products. LS (Laser Scanning) systems enable cost-effective patterned wafer defect detection for the industry’s most sophisticated process technologies deployed in leading-edge foundry, logic, DRAM, and NAND fabs. SWIFT (Simultaneous Wafer Inspection at Fast Throughput) systems deliver all-wafer-surface (frontside, backside, and edge) macro inspection that is critical for automotive IC, MEMS, and advanced packaging processes as well as foundry/logic and memory fabs. LS-SWIFT operates from a global footprint that includes the US, Singapore, India and Germany, and serves a worldwide customer base across Asia, Europe and North America.

Responsibilities for this exciting role will include:

  • Understand and drive system, subsystem and interface requirements
  • Perform feasibility studies and proof of concepts
  • Translate product level requirements into circuit board designs
  • Work with system/opto-mechanical/firmware/software engineers to define design requirements and develop electronics subsystem or board-level circuit design
  • Solve challenging engineering problems by characterizing components, designing/prototyping analog circuits, gathering schematics, directing layout, and debugging the PCBAs in the labs.
  • Define test criteria and execute those test plans on functional prototypes in the lab to prove the reliability/safety of the designed subsystem.
  • Deliver full engineering package to manufacturing to support a smooth product transition into mass production, and assist with product sustaining efforts.
  • Collaborate with multi-functional teams, including Optical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems engineering, supply chain organizations, etc.


  • 5+ years of relevant industry experience designing board-level analog and optoelectronics circuits
  • Strong Electrical Engineering fundamentals (analog/RF design, Optoelectronics design, signal/power integrity, etc.)
  • Proficiency in lab environments such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, etc.
  • Proficiency in Spice and EM(electromagnetic) simulation and lab correlation in both frequency and time domain.
  • Expertise in schematic capture, and board layout tools including Orcad & Cadence Allegro
  • Experience with data analysis through Matlab and/or Python would be a bonus
  • Knowledge of applicable industry standards

Key attributes needed:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Ability to work well with others in multi-functional/multi-discipline teams, and multi-cultural global organizations.
  • Self-motivated, yet an active team member.

Travel one time yearly will be required.

Minimum Qualifications

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

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.