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Physics | Material Science Internship: Understanding coating failure using FEA and nano-indentation


Chemistry & materials science

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


No experience (Student)



Job Category

Physics, Chemistry & materials science


Are you a Master student in Physics or Material Science? Do you have knowledge of FEA modeling? Are you eager to learn tribology aspects at nano- / micro-scale, while carrying out experimental work? Then this internship could be interesting for you!

Job Mission

This internship assignment will take place in tribology and surface science group in the department of Development and Engineering, Within this department, we are investigating failure mechanisms of tribological coatings that could be introduced in future generation ASML products. As ASML scanners produce thousands of wafers per day, reliability and durability of coatings is crucial to ensure smooth production on critical engineering modules. Therefore understanding failure and predictive coating design is important.

Job Description

You will be investigating the fracture behavior of a few tribological coatings under different loading conditions using FEA. A framework of FEA with cohesive zone model (CZM) incorporated is available within ASML. You need further develop the code to better predict the coating deformation and fracture behavior. Meanwhile, you will also use advanced nano-indentation to validate model outcome. On regular basis, you will be asked to present your findings to our team.In addition to this,you are encouraged to explore new trends and developments in the field of coating failure both computational and experimental.


You are a Master student in Physics, Material Science, or a related field.

  • You have knowledge of FEA modeling.
  • You are eager to learn tribology aspects at nano- / micro-scale.
  • You are enthusiastic about hands-on experimental work.
  • You have good knowledge of English, both written and verbal, since ASML is multi-cultural.

This is a master apprentice or graduation internship for 5 days per week with a duration of a minimum of 6 months. However, an availability of 12 is strongly preferred.

Please note that we can only consider students for this internship who are enrolled at an university during the whole internship period.

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 based on your educational level and number of days per week, plus a possible housing or travel allowance. More information on the allowances can be found on our website. In addition you will 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 applications 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. At ASML we are always pushing technology further.

Students: Getting ready for the real-world
Teamwork is key within ASML. Our R&D team is more than 5,500 people strong and worldwide we form one big team with over 25,000 employees. These colleagues have 123 different nationalities and work at our major sites on three continents.

Dozens of diverse, interdisciplinary teams work in parallel to meet a challenging development schedule. In this inspiring 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 and get a feel for that excites you most. Use your education, gain real-life working experience and explore the world of high-tech – all at the same time.

How will you be part of progress?