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Sr. Application Engineer, Semiconductor

Company: Picarro
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

Senior Application Engineer, Semiconductors

Location: Santa Clara, CA (On-site)

Job Term: Full-Time

The Opportunity:

Picarro's semiconductor family of products delivers real-time measurements of critical inorganic and organic compounds in a semiconductor fab environment, at parts-per-billion and parts-per-trillion levels. Picarro is looking for an experienced Sr. Application Engineer to become a key member of our semiconductor Application Engineering team. The Sr. Application Engineer will play a critical role in developing a rich understanding of our customer's chemical measurement challenges, and this person will help drive the development of Picarro's CRDS technology to provide high value solutions to our customers. This individual will have a strong technical background in experimental chemical analysis of air samples, preferably using multiple technologies. The ideal candidate will be able to understand the customer application at a deep technical level and communicate this understanding to Picarro's technical teams. Similarly, the Application Engineer must possess a command of Picarro's CRDS technology and communicate our value to Picarro's customers.

The primary responsibility of the Application Engineer is to drive product development and adoption efforts in the semiconductor vertical. The position reports to the director of product management and will be instrumental in driving new product adoption activities at Picarro's key customer sites.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Become an expert in our customer applications and use cases, especially understanding the customer requirements and the chemistries involved
  • Guide the engineering team in adapting our existing products, and developing new products, to meet and exceed our customer expectations.
  • Become an expert user of Picarro's semiconductor product, developing an intuitive and deep understanding of Picarro's technology, especially the CRDS instruments at the heart of our semiconductor product line.
  • Drive continuous improvement in Picarro's product offerings by optimizing the implementation of our technology in each application.
  • Create technical product collateral material for marketing, including application white papers and publications.
  • Be proactive as a customer advocate, looking for and solving problems before they surface.
  • Travel to customer sites all over the world to help drive adoption into new and existing applications

    Desired Skills and Experience:

    • 6+ years of experience in the measurement and interpretation of gas phase concentration measurements using multiple measurement technologies, including strong experimental skills in the preparation and sampling of gas samples and the calibration of analytical instrumentation.
    • Proven ability to understand new technologies and new applications.
    • Expertise in the analysis and interpretation of time-series data is required.
    • Fluent in python, Matlab, R, or similar data analysis language desirable.
    • Knowledge of organic chemistry, especially the chemistries of semiconductor manufacturing, is a plus.
    • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills.
    • Ability to comprehend and digest complex technical and application information and distill it into simple, easy-to-understand information for sales, management, and non-expert end users.


      • MS required, PhD preferred in Chemistry, Physics, Atmospheric Science, or similar field.
      • Ability to travel to customer sites all over the world.
      • Ability to commute to the Picarro headquarters daily to conduct experimental work.

        Salary & Benefits:

        The base salary range for this full-time position is $124,000 - $155,000. Your base salary and title will be determined based on the location, experience, qualification, skills, knowledge, level, and pay of employees in similar positions.

        We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

        • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
        • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) plans
        • Life, Short-Term Disability, and Long-Term Disability insurance
        • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
        • Employee Referral program
        • 401K
        • Social events (summer picnic, holiday party, team lunches, etc.)
        • On-site Health & Wellness programs (fitness challenges, outdoor bootcamp, flu-shots, etc.)

          About Picarro:

          Picarro is pioneering a unique confluence of hardware, software and cloud-based computing unlike anything being done today. By manufacturing the precision instruments at the core of this technology as well as developing the algorithms that enable cogent information to be derived from the data, we are transforming how world-class scientific, industrial and regulatory compliance measurements are made, and more importantly, who makes them.

          Infrared optical spectroscopy is a proven technology for delivering precise, real-time measurement of the constituents in a gas stream with high sensitivity and selectivity. Recent developments in laser technology allow for a very significant increase in the number of species that can be measured simultaneously, leading to an unprecedented increase in the amount of information that can be collected and to corresponding challenges in extracting information from the results.

          All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, gender identity, social orientation, nor on the basis of disability.

          Posted positions are not open to third party recruiters/agencies and unsolicited resume submissions will be considered free referrals.

          If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact Picarro, Inc. at for assistance.

          Posted positions are not open to third party recruiters/agencies and unsolicited resume submissions will be considered free referrals.

Keywords: Picarro, Santa Clara , Sr. Application Engineer, Semiconductor, Engineering , Santa Clara, California

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