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Application Development Engineer (Semiconductor)

INFICON is a leading provider of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and Smart Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 software solutions that enhance productivity and quality of tools, processes, and complete factories. These analysis, measurement and control products are essential for gas leak detection in air conditioning/refrigeration and automotive manufacturing. They are vital to equipment manufacturers and end-users in the complex fabrication of semiconductors and thin film coatings for optics, flat panel displays, solar cells and industrial vacuum coating applications. Other users of our vacuum-based processes include the life sciences, research, aerospace, packaging, heat treatment, laser cutting and many other industrial processes. We also leverage our expertise in vacuum technology to provide unique, toxic chemical analysis products for emergency response, security, and environmental health and safety.

United States, NY, East Syracuse
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Job Description

Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) is a division of INFICON that makes industry-leading scheduling and visualization software to optimize semiconductor manufacturing. Our client engagements leverage our extensive industry knowledge and our software products to improve the performance of each factory. Our division is experiencing exciting growth and we are looking for talented candidates to build on our leadership and help us deploy our products to manufacturing sites around the world.



The successful candidate will work closely with major Semiconductor and Display customers to develop product applications using INFICON Sensors. As a member of our team, you will also act as a technical consultant, advise field Engineers and customers on application BKM's, and work closely with internal R&D groups to investigate and verify new sensor concepts.


  • Develop product Applications on various semiconductor and display manufacturing equipment tools. Interpret sensor data to characterize, optimize and trouble shoot semiconductor equipment and processes
  • Work with field applications to create custom integration solutions for new and existing INFICON solutions. Act as a technical consultant and advise field Engineer or customers on application BKMs.
  • Interact cross-functionally with local Sales & Support team, factory engineering and product management to ensure alignment with customer's needs.
  • Trouble shoot critical product performance issues at the hardware level and monitor health of equipment installed base via periodic audits
  • Participate in customer meetings, escalations and new opportunity discussions
  • Interface internally with Product and Account Management to communicate technical requirements and recommendations as parts of the solution development process where off-the-shelf solutions may not be an ideal fit
  • Routinely interface with counterparts in other locations to leverage new opportunities
  • Collect, analyze and present data and findings, perform Design of Experiments (DOE’s) based on Return of Investment (ROI) for customers
  • Document laboratory work and equipment evaluations of INFICON and competitor instruments
  • Develop and present presentations to customers regarding products and applications
  • Write application bulletins and technical articles to be published in conjunction with the Corporate Communications Department 


  • Master degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Physics with 5 or more years of experience in the area of commercial semiconductor manufacturing process or equipment engineering. Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or Physics is desirable.
  • Experience in semiconductor fabs is desired
  • Ability and drive to develop a strong understanding of semiconductor processes and tools, yield improvements and have the ability to think outside the box
  • Excellent listening, communication and problem solving skills including verbal, written and presentation
  • Must possess Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Computer networking, Residual Gas Analysis, optical emission spectrometers, and/or RF experience is preferred
  • Ability to adapt to various field situations and to foster strong relationships with internal and external customers
  • Self-motivated so able to execute remotely while remaining part of a close-knit team. Strong priority on time management skills


  • Occasionally required to work outside normal office hours
  • Travel is required up to 30% or as needed. (Domestic and International) 

Additional Information

For New York, the expected salary range for this position is between $60k and $120k per year. The actual compensation will be determined based on experience, location, and other factors permitted by law.

INFICON provides a dynamic work environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our employees experience on going green initiatives, flexible work hours, and a variety of health and wellness programs.

INFICON’s forward thinking approach offers countless opportunities to design, support, and manufacture a diverse product portfolio that expands globally. Our Lean and Agile work environment offers a competitive compensation, relocation assistance, a discretionary bonus and generous employee benefits; major medical, dental, health, vision, 401K, vacation and sick time, tuition reimbursement and more!

INFICON, is committed to ensuring that our online application process provides an equal opportunity to all job seekers that apply without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, gender, age, protected veteran status, disability status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic. A notice describing Federal equal employment opportunity laws is available here and here to reaffirm this commitment. 

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