11 days ago - req31572

Physics | Material Science Internship: Provide repeatable measurements using AFM


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In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


No experience (Student)



Job Category

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Are you a bachelor or master student with a background in Physics or Material Science? Are you experienced with MATLAB and have knowledge of AFM systems? Then this internship could be interesting for you!

Background information

Contamination control is essential in the semiconductor industry and the presence of particles during the production process must therefore be minimized. ASML Research has a whole team focusing on particle contamination and specifically, on the mechanisms which particle release out of a surface may occur. For a thorough physics assessment of particle release during the production process, we need as accurate as possible measurements of the adhesion force of representative particle-substrate material pairs. This is valid for both in vacuum and under atmospheric conditions.

Your assignment

The goal of the assignment provides one or more repeatable measurements of average and statistical distribution of the adhesion force. This is for a chosen particle material (typically a metal) on a smooth surface (crystalline silicon, silica or alumina) using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). You need to follow a statistical technique, e.g. described in Geiger et al. (2017): “Measurement of nano particle adhesion by atomic force microscopy using probability theory based analysis” or similar papers. For this purpose the two available AFM systems at ASML, a vacuum and an atmospheric one can be used

Your profile

  • You are a bachelor or master student with an educational background in Physics, Material Science or Mathematics;
  • You are bachelor or master student who is looking to do their graduation project or a 3rd year bachelor student interested in gaining working experience;
  • You have knowledge of AFM systems or tribology;
  • You have above average mathematical skills;
  • Knowledge of MATLAB is necessary;
  • You are motivated and have hand on mentality;
  • Independency is appreciated;
  • You are available to do an internship with a duration of minimum 4 months for minimum 3-4 days per week.
  • Specific training for material handling and safety will be given by the supervisor, colleagues and the ASML training center.

Please note that we can only consider students who are enrolled at a school for the entire duration of the internship.

Other information

Change the world – one nanometer at a time
Become an intern at a Dutch company that’s a global industry leader. You’ll gain valuable experience in a highly innovative environment – one that sparks your imagination and creativity. In addition to a monthly internship allowance of maximum €500 (plus a possible housing or travel allowance), you’ll get practical guidance from experts in the field and the chance to work in and experience a dynamic team environment.

ASML: be part of progress
ASML is a high-tech company headquartered in the Netherlands. We manufacture the complex lithography machines that chipmakers use to produce integrated circuits, or computer chips. What we do is at the heart of all the electronic devices that keep us informed, entertained and connected. Every day, you use electronics that simply wouldn’t exist without our machines.

Behind ASML’s innovations are engineers who think ahead. The people who work at our company include some of the most creative minds in physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, mechatronics, optics, mechanical engineering, and computer science and software engineering.

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
We’re a global team of about 29,000 people of 120 different nationalities and counting. Headquartered in Europe’s top tech hub, the Brainport Eindhoven region in the Netherlands, our operations are spread across Europe, Asia and the US.

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 the opportunity to get to know not only the world of industrial-strength R&D, but yourself – you’ll discover just what 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?

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