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.

We are actively recruiting for a Computational Plasma Physicist to join our Modeling and Simulation group here in Santa Clara, CA. This role leverages plasma physics and electromagnetics knowledge to develop computational models for design and fundamental understanding of semiconductor processing equipment.

Key Responsibilities

Perform plasma and/or electromagnetics (EM) modeling of plasma chambers to provide better understanding of plasma/EM behavior during concept & feasibility, design and development of the plasma chamber. Develop, modify and test internal plasma, EM, and related codes as needed. Perform engineering analysis. Recommend design modifications to improve Plasma/EM behavior to address technical/business needs. Apply internal and/or external codes to address plasma/EM related problems as needed. Work in a team environment. Present modeling results and recommendations to product development team. Provide technical expertise in plasma physics and/or EM as valuable resource.

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrates conceptual and practical expertise in computational plasma physics, computational electromagnetics or related areas. Knowledge of plasma materials processing and computational methods is a plus.  

Business Expertise

  • Has basic knowledge of semiconductor equipment industry.


  • Acts as a plasma physics and/or EM resource for colleagues with less experience.

Problem Solving

  • Solves complex plasma physics and/or EM problems; judiciously interprets results; provides recommendation based on analysis.


  • Impacts modeling team, product development team, customers, and other related teams; works within broad guidelines and policies.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Explains difficult information; works in a team environment.

Education: Masters or PhD

0 – 3 Years of relevant experience

Expertise in computational plasma physics, computational electromagnetics or related areas

Knowledge in plasma materials processing and computational methods is a plus



Master's Degree (Required)




Years of Experience:

7 - 10 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information



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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