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Process Engineer (Doctorate Level) - Early in Career Opportunity!

Applied Materials is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale helps our customers – who make smartphones, supercomputers, virtual reality headsets, autonomous vehicles and more – transform their ideas into reality. Our innovations Make Possible® a Better Future.

Inside our company, we apply the idea of make possible as we work together. We value our people and teams who turn possibilities into reality by advancing our strategy, accomplishing great things and empowering others. We are deeply committed to fostering a Culture of Inclusion where every person knows they belong, feels empowered to bring their whole self to work, and is inspired to grow.

If you’re looking for a great place to grow your career, consider Applied Materials. With the data explosion and new investment in semiconductors, it’s an exciting place to be.


Process Engineers work across technologies such as: Chemical Vapor Deposition, Atomic Layer Deposition, Plasma Reactive Ion Etch, Physical Vapor Deposition, Anneal and Implant. Responsibilities include:

  • Develop cutting-edge processes used to manufacture the most-advanced semiconductor chips, many of which are inside everyday electronic devices
  • Design both hypothesis experiments and design of experiments (DOE), analyze data with statistics and compile reports with high level conclusions on technically challenging process engineering experiments
  • Perform hardware characterization on a variety of advanced systems and provide guidance to design engineering authority, within safety guidelines
  • Troubleshoot a variety of complex problems, perform multiple root cause analysis and resolve a variety of difficult process engineering and customer product issues
  • Generate internal and external documentation for products, presentations and technical reports
  • Interact with customers to resolve a variety of difficult process engineering issues, up to including oral presentations to customers
  • Execute problem-solving learning cycle: define problem statement, devise experimental plan and select characterization techniques with which data will be collected, perform experiments, perform measurements, process and analyze data, draw conclusions based on data, execute if necessary a follow-up learning cycle based on conclusions
  • Measure film properties and interpret data to drive concise conclusions
  • Identify, select and work with vendors and suppliers
  • Implement new technology, products and analytical instrumentation


  • Graduating with a Doctorate or Postdoc in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Nanotechnologies or related field
  • Demonstrable breadth of expertise in semiconductor technologies
  • Able to solve complex problems and take a new perspective on existing solutions
  • Ability to exercise judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information
  • Communicates complex ideas, anticipates potential objections and persuades others to adopt a different point of view
  • Multi-disciplinary team collaboration
  • Flexible and adaptable mindset
  • Thrive in a results-driven culture
  • Has an appetite to grow a career in the semiconductor industry


  • Previous internship or related experience in field
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Thesis and relevant coursework
  • Patents and publications

Applied Materials is committed to diversity in its workforce including Equal Employment Opportunity for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.