Base Pay Range: $91,200.00 - $155,000.00 Annually

Primary Location: USA-MI-Ann Arbor-KLA

KLA’s total rewards package for employees may also include participation in performance incentive programs and eligibility for additional benefits identified below. Interns are eligible for some of the benefits identified below. Our pay ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed above reflects the minimum and maximum pay for this position in the primary location identified in this posting. Actual pay depends on several factors, including location, job-related skills, experience, and relevant education level or training. If applicable, your recruiter can share more about the specific pay range for your preferred location during the hiring process.

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. Central Engineering is KLA's largest engineering organization comprised of 9 Centers-of-Excellence (CoE) in various disciplines applied across all product groups in the company. These CoE include Handling & Automation, Precision Motion Control, Sensors & Image Acquisition, Platform Design, and Packaging Engineering, among others. Talent includes over 500 engineers across global centers in Israel, China, India, and the US. Each CoE contributes not just talent and deliverables per discipline toward product programs, but also subject matter expertise, best practices, roadmaps, specialized facilities, apparatus, models, and analytics. These differentiate KLA not only in WHAT we do, but also in HOW we do it.

Job Description/Preferred Qualifications


KLA is seeking a motivated individual to join our world-class AI and Modeling Center of Excellence in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. This individual will utilize his or her skills in Image Processing, Numerical Methods, Computational Physics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and/or Artificial Intelligence to develop modeling algorithms to be integrated into KLA’s state of the art inspection or metrology platforms. Responsibilities of this position include a combination of:

  • Design, develop and implement groundbreaking computer vision and image processing algorithms. 
  • Rapid prototype and validate new machine learning, deep learning, and image processing algorithms. 
  • Develop end-to-end solutions that holistically account for the system, imaging/measurement pipeline, the user experience, and the end application requirements. 
  • Work in a highly multi-functional organization to drive systems integration of algorithms. 
  • Write robust production quality code. 
  • Bring forward and drive creative ideas, develop production code, and provide support as needed.
  • Own prototype to production of algorithms.


  • Doctorate (Academic) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or related field
  • Strong background in one or more of the following areas: Machine Learning, deep learning, computer vision, image processing
  • Proficiency in C/C++, Python, and object-oriented programming and design
  • Knowledge of common deep learning frameworks like TensorFlow, Keras, etc.
  • Ability to formulate problems into mathematical equations.
  • Great teammate with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel worldwide to support demos and projects at customer sites.

What will differentiate you:

  • Strong understanding of image-processing-related or computer-vision-related deep learning work such as generative models, semantic segmentation, vision transformers
  • Hands on experience solving computer vision challenges
  • Strong fundamentals in low-level and classical image processing algorithms
  • Appreciation of complex image acquisition systems

New college grads (NCG) with 1+ years of professional or academic research experience in one or more of the following fields: Machine learning, Deep learning, image processing, or computer vision are welcome to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Mathematics, or Physics or related field preferred OR
  • Master's Level Degree with 3+ years of work experience OR
  • Bachelor's Level Degree with 5+ years of work experience

The company offers a total rewards package that is competitive and comprehensive 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, development and career growth opportunities and programs, financial planning benefits, wellness benefits including an employee assistance program (EAP), paid time off and paid company holidays, and 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.