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As a leading global supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry, Lam Research develops innovative solutions that help our customers build smaller, faster, and more power-efficient devices.

We are a company comprised of people who work hard, deliver outstanding results and maintain a sense of humor during even the most challenging times. Our success results from our employees' diverse technical and business expertise, which fuels close collaboration and ongoing innovation. We know that our dynamic, global team of exceptional employees is essential to our continued growth.

Join the Lam Research team, where you can play a vital role in the future of electronics and write your own success story.

Product Engineer 6: ESC

Date:  Nov 11, 2023

Fremont, CA, US, 94538

Req ID:  179255

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages new product introduction and production support engineering for a specific product or group of products from inception of ideas to in-house qualification to supporting at the customer. Participates in design, process, test, reliability and manufacturing engineering to solve product issues and production problems. Develops and sustains process improvements to reduce production costs and increase yields.
  • Develops new or modified hardware designs for electrostatic chucks (ESC’s) and supporting hardware in Lam plasma etchers.  ESC’s are a highly multidisciplinary technology and offers opportunity to innovate on the intersection of physics, materials, and software algorithms to provide our customers differentiated solutions.  Reviews process and customer requirements to define engineering specifications for ESC’s and ESC subsystems.  Defines testing requirements for production-readiness qualification, reviews and defines process of record (POR) at parts suppliers, assesses suitability of materials used in production, and supports field issues related to this hardware. Part of an innovation process to develop novel solutions to one of the most challenging areas of an etch chamber.  Handles full ESC life cycle from development, through product release and field support. Coordinates design reviews, risk assessments, and POR reviews with Lam engineering personnel to ensure successful product release and follow Lam product design business processes. Compiles and evaluates test data to determine appropriate hardware limitations and assesses risk of field failure according to customer process conditions.
  • Lam etch customers continue to tighten requirements on defectivity, process window, and uniformity, to meet the needs of ever shrinking device dimensions. Electrostatic chucks are at the forefront of these needs, as thermal uniformity, voltage process window, and to a large extent, defectivity limits are defined by this piece of hardware. Lam is continually improving ESC performance in all of these areas to meet customer needs. Understanding performance of this particular part of Lam plasma etchers requires a multidisciplinary background, incorporating elements of materials science, physics, mechanical and electrical engineering, to fully understand the implications of design changes on customer processing.
  • Senior engineers in this role are leading a small team of engineers and lab personnel to coordinate multiple subsystems to deliver the wafer requirements required of the next generation of hardware.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Applied Physics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering or a related field plus 8 years of experience, or a Masters degree in same fields and 12 years of experience.
  • Semiconductor or product design experience
  • Strong sense of ownership and accountability
  • Effective communicator with the desire to understand all aspects of a problem at a fundamental level.
  • Experience designing, specifying, building, operating and maintaining capital equipment test apparatus.
  • Proficient in Python, MATLAB or other similar scientific computing language
  • Fundamental understanding of heat transfer, mass transfer, vacuum pressure and flow, thermodynamics and basic mechanics of materials

Our Commitment


We believe it is important for every person to feel valued, included, and empowered to achieve their full potential. By bringing unique individuals and viewpoints together, we achieve extraordinary results.

Lam Research ("Lam" or the "Company") is an equal opportunity employer. Lam is committed to and reaffirms support of equal opportunity in employment and non-discrimination in employment policies, practices and procedures on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. It is the Company's intention to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees.

We Look Forward to Your Application

 Salary and Benefits

CA San Francisco Bay Area Salary Range for this position: $132,000.00 -  $285,000.00

The above salary range for this position is relevant to applicants that reside or work onsite in the California, San Francisco Bay Area only. Salary offers will depend on factors that include the location you work from, your level, education, training, specific skills, years of experience and comparison to other employees already in this role. Actual salary may vary from salary offered due to numerous factors including but not limited to unpaid time off, unpaid leave, company mandated shutdown, and other relevant factors.

In addition, the successful candidate for this position will become eligible for a comprehensive set of outstanding benefits.  Click here to learn more about the benefits Lam offers for this position






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