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Applied Materials Software Engineer in Gloucester, Massachusetts

Applied Materials – Varian Semiconductor Equipment

Software Support / Quality Assurance Engineering Position

Degree Preference: Computer Science

Varian Semiconductor Equipment is a division of Applied Materials. We specialize in ion implanters, a type of machine that is used as part of the chip manufacturing process. Ion implanters are large, complex machines that consist of a particle accelerator combined with a high speed robotic motion system. The machines we make enable the technology we use.

The Engineering organization at Applied Materials - VSE consists of engineers of varying backgrounds: mechanical, industrial, chemical, software and electrical engineering along with physicists, material scientists and computer science. In order to deliver the product our customers expect the team focuses on design integrity, research & development, supplier & product quality, installed system validation, and new product introduction standards. As a member of the engineering team, you will work closely with Applied Materials - VSE's manufacturing, quality, supply chain and R&D departments to ensure a world class product.

Typical Duties:

  • Team member for the Applied Materials – Software Support and Software Quality Assurance Department

  • Troubleshoots a variety of difficult software problems and interface with engineering teams to improve product quality.

  • Performs customer specific software testing and analysis on bugs and enhancements.

  • Field & Floor SW Support

  • Troubleshoot, diagnose, and resolve system/software issues and field escalations

  • Interface with customers, field/product support engineers

  • SW installs, upgrades, configuration management

  • SW Release regression testing

  • Perform software testing – code reviews, simulator testing, machine testing

  • Document and track test deficiencies – verify code fixes

  • Maintain test plans

  • Factory Automation

  • Review customer FA specifications – new tool purchase

  • Troubleshoot & test Factory Automation Software – verify meets customer & SEMI specs

  • Control System Upgrade Support

  • Control system qualification for computer obsolescence

  • Test stand (computer) setup, imaging and support

  • SW License generation

  • Develop & publish training material for the Applied Materials – VSE engineering community

Skills Required:

  • Good communication skills … very responsive

  • Strong computer, software troubleshooting skills

  • Strong experience installing, configuring, imaging and testing computer systems & software

  • Creative, innovative with resolving issues … thinks outside the box

  • Enthusiasm with what he/she wants to learn and do (Science & Engineering passion)

  • Self-initiator, willing to seek answers and find paths to resources and solutions.

  • Ability to take direction and to collaborate within and across functional organizations (Team Player).

  • Implanter experience a plus

Resources Provided to Support Student:

  • Company training – safety, ion implantation, design BKMs

  • Manager/Supervisor

  • Engineering Mentor or Lead

  • Laptop & phone

Applied Materials – Varian Semiconductor Equipment

Proven Market Leadership

Applied Materials – Varian Semiconductor Equipment designs, manufactures, and services semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. We are dedicated to meeting the exacting demands of IC production and satisfying the ion implantation needs of IC manufacturers worldwide. With over 3,300 state of the art high current, medium current, and high energy implanters installed throughout the world, Varian Semiconductor systems implant more than 5 million wafers each and every day -- more than all of our competitors combined.

Proven Customer Satisfaction Leadership

Varian Semiconductor provides customers with world-class support, training, after-market products and services that ensure higher utilization and productivity, reduced operating costs, and extended capital productivity of their investment. Varian Semiconductor is ISO 9001:2000 certified. We have celebrated nine years on the prestigious VLSI Research Inc 10 BEST list, having won first place for eight of the last nine years.

Proven Technology Leadership

Varian Semiconductor is focused on customers and their unrelenting drive for improving cost of ownership. We are the leaders in technology development, productivity optimization, and production support -- the three areas that matter most to IC manufacturers. Recently, we have introduced the next generation VIISta™ product line. This leading-edge technology leverages the single wafer processing pioneered on the successful E200 and E500 line of medium current implanters, to the entire spectrum of energies and implant applications. Our single wafer VIISta products are highly differentiated by their unique processing capabilities, higher throughput, and improved process yields.



Bachelor's Degree




Years of Experience:

2 - 4 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Yes, 10% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:


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

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 enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible the technology shaping the future.