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Applied Mathematics | Physics Internship: Evolutionary algorithms for optimal lens design

Research & development


Electrical engineering


In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development


No experience (Student)



Job Category

Physics, Electrical engineering, Mathematics


Are you a master student in Applied Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science? Do you have proven theoretical and applied knowledge of optimization strategies based on heuristics? Do you want to learn how to benchmark optimization strategies based on heuristics? Then this internship could be interesting to you!

Background Information

ASML produces scanners performing with nanometer accuracy at a very high speed. This is achieved thanks to several elements: a good design, very accurate sensors, clever algorithms and others. We constantly seek improvements in all these elements to enhance scanner performance. Being part of ASML, your task is to push this boundary of accuracy and speed beyond the current status using advanced optimization techniques.

Your Assignment

The primary goal of your assignment is to assess how Evolutionary Algorithms (Genetic Algorithms, Niching Evolutionary Algorithms, CMA-ES, …) can help in optimizing the design of lenses present in Scanning Electron Microscopes, a metrology tool essential in the fabrication of semiconductor devices. In this assignment you will work in a multi-disciplinary team and you will learn how to benchmark optimization strategies based on heuristics.

Your Profile

  • Youmust be close to complete a MSc in either Applied Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.
  • You have proven theoretical and applied knowledge of optimization strategies based on heuristics (like Evolutionary Algorithms).
  • You must have a working knowledge of Matlab.
  • You are naturally curious, self-motivated, and good at working both independently and in a team. You should be comfortable presenting progress on your work on a weekly basis and actively participate in group meeting discussions.
  • You are available to start as soon as possible.
  • You are looking for a master graduation project, for minimum 6 months and for 5 days per week.

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 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?