Sr. Algorithm Engineering Manager
KLA-Tencor Corporation
Chupei-City, Hsinchu County 

Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling.

At KLA-Tencor, we're making technology advancements that are bigger and tinier than the world has ever seen.

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. The future is calling. Will you answer?

Group / Division

The Wafer Inspection Division (WIN) is the world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced optical inspection tools for inline monitoring of process defects in advanced semiconductor factories.


This Principal Algorithm Engineer position belongs to tsmc home team, part of HQ engineering organization for Broad-band Plasma wafer inspection in the Global Product Group (GPG) of KLA-

Tencor Corporation. The charter of the engineering organization is to develop and provide inline monitoring solutions to the semiconductor fabrication industry for detecting and understanding yield limiting defects that impact their cutting-

  • edge devices. TSMC home team will focus on solving / addressing tsmc specific challenges. This position offers a unique opportunity to those who are seeking technical challenges in the following domains : advanced microscopy technology;
  • broadband DUV optical system characterization; high speed high precision motion control; high speed high precision autofocus system;
  • high power broadband DUV light source; light / material interaction; image processing and machine learning algorithms.

    Job responsibilities of this position include :

  • Lead a team with algorithm, SW and system engineers to address TSMC specific challenges.
  • Provide technical support for escalations in various of product life cycle phases onsite.
  • Interacting with TSMC business unit, GSS (Global Service Support) and customers to investigate solutions.
  • Analyzing the signal and noise characteristics of yield limiting defects on cutting edge IC devices through collaboration with the customer
  • Formulating system solutions with optical and / or algorithm and / or SW innovations / improvements that enable reliable detection of challenging defects
  • Validating the solution concept via simulation and prototyping.
  • Working with various subsystem / functional teams in HQ to translate the solution concept into actual product design specifications.
  • Create and execute test plans and perform analysis to validate system performance against the specifications.

  • Working with subsystem / functional teams on the design and execution of the product / feature evaluation plan to demonstrate the entitlement of the product / feature inside customer’s fab
  • Qualifications :

  • Must have a strong background in engineering or the physical sciences and demonstrated analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Have a good understanding of Optical / Algorithms / Software systems and their interactions in the context of complex industrial equipment.
  • Strong diagnostic and trouble shooting skills in subsystem level including optics, opto-mechanics, motion control systems and algorithm.
  • Experience in developing a subsystem in one or more of the above areas are highly desirable.
  • Capability of perform scientific and algorithmic analysis with script language such as Matlab / Python is a must.
  • Prototyping skill with C / C++ is a plus.
  • Knowledge of semiconductor manufacturing processes and image analysis is desirable.
  • Should have the ability to influence functional groups to drive system level decisions.
  • Agility and ability to thrive on a fast-paced program and respond quickly to customer escalations.
  • Ability to define objectives clearly, create and track schedules effectively, and drive the team to a solution.
  • Must be an effective communicator able to share technical information with functional groups and provide executive level reports to management and customers.
  • Experience to lead small cross functional teams.
  • PhD with 7+ years of experience or MS with 10+ years of experience in applied optics, electrical engineering, physics, computer sciences, physics and mathematics or related disciplines is desired.
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