30+ days ago - req12492

Internship assignment: Investigate data to diagnose performance issues in ASML machines

Data science

Computer science & software engineering

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


No experience (Student)



Job Category

Data science, Computer science & software engineering


Are you a Master student in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or Data Science? And do you have good communication and analytical skills? Than this internship assignment could be interesting for you.

Job Mission

ASML has thousands of lithography machines operating 24/7 at chip factories throughout the world. Due to their extreme accuracy, problems with lithography machines occur quite regularly. Downtime in a high-end chip factory is extremely costly. However, performance problems on these machines are manually diagnosed. Mainly by constantly measuring (at sample intervals of minutes/hours/days) thousands of signals generated inside the machine. These signals are collected daily for all ASML machines in the field. In the past, this kind of data has mainly been used by human experts.
The ambition is to transits to structural automated monitoring whereby software helps to capture the knowledge of the experts to allow generalists to deal with common failure modes.

Job Description

Starting from already proven technologies employing neural networks, you will investigate ways to preprocess signals (time series data) collected from a large population of ASML machines. In such a way that understood abnormal behavior (symptoms lead to a problem via known mechanism) are recognized and made explicit. This helps disseminate knowledge, check “known” assumptions and, where possible, the system should makes unexpected behavior (strangely enough X leads to Y) explicit, with the goal of improving the quality of the analysis and/or broadening the applicability of the technology. This helps empirically investigate complex system behavior and discover forgotten or unknown dependencies. We would prefer actual working examples of the techniques, ideas and approaches discussed.


You are a Master student in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or Data Science. You have good communication and analytical skills, a hands-on attitude, you can deal well with uncertainties and have good experience with data analytics, in particular with neural networks. For this assignment it is preferred that you have experience with Python.

This is a Master apprentice or graduation internship for 4 or 5 days a week with a duration of minimum 6 months. The start date of this internship is as soon as possible.

Please keep in mind that we can only consider students (who are enrolled at a school during the whole internship period) for our internships and graduation assignments.

Other information

What ASML offers
Your internship will be in one of the leading Dutch corporations, gaining valuable experience in a highly dynamic environment. You will receive a monthly internship allowance of 500 euro (maximum), plus a possible housing or travel allowance. In addition, you’ll get expert, practical guidance and the chance to work in and experience a dynamic, innovative team environment.

ASML: Be part of progress
We make machines that make chips – the hearts of the devices that keep us informed, entertained and safe; that improve our quality of life and help to tackle the world’s toughest problems.

We build some of the most amazing machines that you will ever see, and the software to run them. Never satisfied, we measure our performance in units that begin with Pico or Nano.

We believe we can always do better. We believe the winning idea can come from anyone. We love what we do – not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.

Students: Getting ready for real-world R&D
Pushing technology further is teamwork, and our R&D team is more than 5,500 people strong, with major sites on three continents. Dozens of diverse, interdisciplinary teams work in parallel to meet a challenging development schedule.

In such an environment, your colleagues may be sitting next door, or they could be thousands of kilometers away in a different country, or even working for a different company.

An internship at ASML is your opportunity to get to know this world of industrial-strength R&D and get a feel for that excites you most. Will you design a part of the machine, or make sure it gets built to the tightest possible specifications? Will you write software that drives the system to its best performance, or work side-by-side with the engineers of our customers in a fab, optimizing a system to the requirements of the customer?

How will you be part of progress?