Semiconductor Process Development Engineer (Physical Vapor Deposition)

Date:  Jan 24, 2023
Country:  United States
State / Province:  California
City:  Santa Rosa
Job Type:  Regular
Job ID:  47824

Keysight is on the forefront of technology innovation, delivering breakthroughs and trusted insights to the world’s visionaries and innovators in electronic design, simulation, prototyping, test, manufacturing, and optimization. Our ~15,000 employees create world-class solutions in communications, 5G, automotive, energy, quantum, aerospace, defense, and semiconductor markets for customers in over 100 countries. Our technical solutions – and our methods for creating them – help connect and secure the world. Learn more about what we do and how we do it.


Our powerful culture has led to us being independently recognized on Fortune 100’s Best Companies List and we are “Great Place to Work” Certified.  We’re driven, collaborative, ethical, and curious, and we value all ideas, especially bold ones. And our culture extends far beyond our own walls. Our corporate social responsibility efforts support our communities, nurture the next generation of engineers, and promote environmental sustainability. 


At Keysight, Inclusion, Equity & Diversity is an integral part of our core values.  We believe that when people feel a sense of belonging, they can be more creative, innovative, and thrive at all points in their careers. We believe everyone should be respected in the workplace and in their communities regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, religion, disability, veteran status, national origin, or any protected class.  We continuously challenge ourselves to grow in our understanding of inclusion by engaging in a wide variety of diversity programs, initiatives, employee network groups and mentoring/development. This is Keysight – People and Culture - YouTube

Job Description


Keysight Technologies, the world's premier measurement company, has an opening for an R&D Process Integration and Development Engineer. This position is within the High Frequency Technology Center at our headquarters in Santa Rosa, California. Live in beautiful Sonoma County amongst vineyards, redwood forests, rivers, lakes and coastline while working on state-of-the-art ICs and devices.


HFTC is part of Keysight Labs, the core R&D organization that enables Keysight’s Centers of Excellence, Industry Solutions Teams and Technology Manufacturing Centers to provide RF, microwave, mmWave, 5G and 6G Test and Measurement solutions to customers in the communications, aerospace & defense, automotive & energy, general electronics, manufacturing, and semiconductor industries. 

Process Development Engineers at HFTC are responsible for process development and sustaining of custom, cutting-edge, micro and nano-fabrication technologies for high performance microwave and millimeter-wave applications. The technologies include InP and GaAs-based HBTs, HEMTs and other electronic components which enable key competitive differentiation of Keysight’s industry-leading RF, microwave and high bit rate instruments.

The focus of this position is manufacturing sustainability and R&D support for semiconductor device process engineering with specialization in thin film physical vapor deposition. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:


  • Working closely with other process, integration, product, and circuit design engineers to define process and device performance targets.
  • Defining process flows, develop new processes and drive continuous process improvement (CPI) efforts to maximize product yield.
  • Ensuring successful transfer and maintenance of new technologies in manufacturing. Project objectives will encompass performance, reliability and manufacturing goals.
  • Working with Operations Group to implement robust process control and support production processes; diagnose and resolve process problems.
  • Leading capital equipment acquisition projects that include tool evaluation, characterization, process development, and qualification.



Job Qualifications


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with development and/or maintaining semiconductor processes and equipment.
  •   3+ years of experience with physical vapor deposition process development and maintenance 
  • Experience with statistical process control (SPC) and design of experiments (DOE) is desired
  • Experience with advanced semiconductor processes and devices is advantageous and specific skills in III-V semiconductor processing is preferred.
  • Candidates must have strong problem-solving and analytical skills as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills for successful inter and intra-group interactions. 
  • Strong accountability, self-initiative and proactive attitude are required
  • US Citizenship/Permanent Resident status is recommended, but applications from highly qualified candidates requiring work sponsorship will also be considered. 
  • Candidates requiring work sponsorship must be eligible for access to export-controlled electronics technology.

Job Function




KTO - Keysight Labs

Employment Program:


Duration (temp position only):

Not Applicable

Relocation Benefits:



Day Job


Full Time (F)

Travel Required:

< 25%

Staffing Recruiter:


Hiring Manager:



Candidates can be considered to work from the following locations:


Americas : United States : California : Santa Rosa

California Pay Range: $134,950.00 - 224,920.00

Based on experience, education and skills, most offers will be between the minimum and the midpoint of the Salary Range listed above.
Note: For other locations, pay ranges will vary by region


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Nearest Major Market: Santa Rosa
Nearest Secondary Market: Petaluma

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