Santa Clara, California

Applied Materials is the leader in materials engineering solutions 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. Our innovations make possible™ the technology shaping the future. To achieve this, we employ some of the best, brightest, and most talented people in the world who work together as part of a winning team.  

While virtually every nationality, culture, and background are currently represented within Applied Materials, we strive for a more robust Culture of Inclusion (COI) and diversity. Leveraging our COI vision helps drive innovation, build organizational capabilities, create equal opportunities for everyone, and achieve our company’s Definition of Winning.

Applied Materials’ Mechatronics Team is looking for a Controls Engineer to develop advanced control solutions for high-performance wafer handling robots. You will design and code real-time control algorithms. We have an established legacy and an experienced team of multi-disciplinary, world-class professionals working in a highly collaborative atmosphere. You will play a key role in the development of Applied Materials’ next-generation control solutions to enable higher precision, throughput, and coordination.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and implement real-time control algorithms for high-rate, fast motion systems
  • Create dynamic models of mechanical systems
  • Conduct experiments to evaluate control performance and robustness
  • Debug embedded hardware and software problems
  • Create highly reliable, maintainable, and testable codebases
  • Collaborate with mechanical, electrical, software, and process engineers to execute design objectives


  • Passion for coding and hands-on development
  • Proficiency with linear and non-linear feedback control implementation on real-world systems
  • Proficiency with modeling and simulating control systems
  • Proficiency with Matlab, Python, or another scripting language
  • Collaborates well in cross-functional teams
  • MS or PhD in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, or related discipline

Bonus skills

  • Experience with SCARA, 4, 5 & 6 axis robot arm kinematics, dynamics, and control
  • Experience with CANopen and EtherCAT
  • Experience with C++ or other object-oriented languages
  • Experience in the semiconductor industry
  • 3+ years of experience shipping new product to a demanding customer base

Company Facts:

  • Ticker: Nasdaq: AMAT
  • Fiscal 2019 Revenue: $14.6 billion
  • Fiscal 2019 R&D: $2 billion
  • Founded: November 10, 1967
  • Headquarters: Santa Clara, California
  • Global Presence: 93 locations in 17 countries
  • Manufacturing: China, Germany, Israel, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, United States
  • Employees: ~25,000 worldwide
  • Patents: ~13,300 issued




Bachelor's Degree




Years of Experience:

7 - 10 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.

Santa Clara, California

A global leader in the nanomanufacturing technology solutions for the electronics industry, Applied Materials is built on the strength of talented people. We offer a wide variety of job opportunities for experienced professionals and recent college students/graduates that will capitalize on your current skills while broadening your experience and engaging you in a dynamic, fast-changing industry.

Here, you will work in community to achieve a common goal and encounter exciting new challenges every day. Our company is continually evolving: implementing innovations to make semiconductors more portable, powerful, and affordable than ever before.

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