30+ days ago - J-00241186-669

Senior Plasma and Laser Physics Engineer


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San Diego - CA, US



Job Category

Physics, Other technical job categories

Introduction to the job

The EUV Source team in San Diego operates in a fast-paced, uniquely innovative, and challenging environment to deliver new-to-industry products supporting the commercialization of EUV technology by ASML.The Performance Integration Team is an inter-disciplinary group responsible for securing performance of EUV light source products at system level. The complexity of the EUV source puts exciting and challenging demands on Source Performance Engineer, who will be engaged in operation of the source, defining and providing solutions to systematically drive the performance of existing and future EUV source products.

Typical responsibilities for this role include defining and validating requirements, identifying areas of technical improvement required to meet the development roadmap, experimenting and performing troubleshooting of the system level performance issues, and supporting the teams at customer sites to ensure the highest performance and availability of EUV sources for the customers.

The role requires a willingness to develop a mastery of complex experimentation of significant technical depth. To be successful, the candidate must combine strong numerical analysis skills, using Matlab and Python to process large sets of data, with hands-on lab skills such as operating optical and electrical metrology instruments. In addition, to be effective in the role candidates must possess interpersonal skills to cross functional boundaries and to build constructive and effective relationships across the organization.

This position requires access to controlled technology, as defined in the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. § 730, et seq.). Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to access such controlled technology prior to beginning work. Business demands may require ASML to proceed with applicants who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.

Role and responsibilities

  • Serve as an expert in System Level performance related to laser light generation and amplification, laser-plasma interaction, debris mitigation, and controls. Be willing to apply theoretical models, concepts, methods, and novel experimental techniques to quantitatively interpret performance of EUV source systems across a wide range of issues and multiple technical disciplines.
  • Directly evaluate complex hardware and software prototype designs using sophisticated experimental protocols, to validate, maximize, document and communicate the performance of EUV source products.
  • Work closely with and lead cross-functional groups (systems engineering, development engineering, scientists, global customer support personnel, manufacturing personnel, senior management, marketing, external customers) to set clear technical direction.
  • Work with global customer support organization in response to escalations from customer sites, by providing technical support; including remote and on-site troubleshooting and data analysis, developing action plans, and performing system recovery actions.
  • Prepare and/or review system and sub-system functional test plans and create traceability from system functional requirements.
  • Utilize test data to assess performance capabilities and assist in the documentation of procedures and the validation of system, operations and service.
  • Use company technical documentation, provide feedback for improvement, and assist in creating technical documents.
  • Provide feedback to the design engineers on performance, serviceability, and reliability improvements.
  • Produce clear, concise documentation in defined company formats.
  • Use sophisticated computer programs and diagnostic equipment to test and characterize source performance.
  • Collect and analyze data, summarize results, and prepare presentation of results for review.
  • Travel as required for the purposes of performing troubleshooting and system performance recovery.
  • Provide technical training to engineers in the factory and at customer sites.
  • Complete service, expense reports, and other administrative responsibilities in accordance with ASML’s procedures and with supervisor’s approval.
  • Responsible for safe operation in factory and customer sites.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and experience

  • PhD in Plasma Physics, Engineering Physics, Applied Physics, or other related fields.
  • Knowledge and experiences in optics, laser-induced plasma, optical metrology, and/or controls of such devices preferred.
  • Experiences in semiconductor equipment development a plus.
  • Understanding of the concept of large complex system integration and practices.
  • Understanding of the concepts of optics and lasers, plasma generation, and control systems.
  • Proficiency in use of data analysis tools such as Matlab and/or Python.
  • Ability to setup and use the test and analytical equipment commonly used for the optics, laser and plasma research.
  • Ability to translate the design and test requirements into comprehensive test plan documents and procedures.
  • Ability to reduce large amounts of data, create a concise summary, and effectively report results through written and/or graphical formats.
  • Ability to translate the knowledge and hand-on experiences into technical instructions and procedures.


Working at the cutting edge of tech, you’ll always have new challenges and new problems to solve – and working together is the only way to do that. You won’t work in a silo. Instead, you’ll be part of a creative, dynamic work environment where you’ll collaborate with supportive colleagues. There is always space for creative and unique points of view. You’ll have the flexibility and trust to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems.
To thrive in this job, you’ll need the following skills:

  • Excellent analytical skills and troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent inter-personal and customer service skills, with an advanced understanding of customer relationship building.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to setup and use the test and analytical equipment commonly used for the optics, laser and plasma research.
  • Ability to define and execute tasks based on project descriptions with minimum or no supervision.

Diversity & Inclusion

ASML is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

Other information

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.
  • The employee is occasionally required to move around the campus.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Will require travel dependent on business needs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Can work under deadlines.
  • Travel to overseas and domestic customer sites for > 30 % of time may be required.
  • May be required to climb or balance.
  • Work schedule may vary and include evenings and weekends as well as long hours based on business needs.
  • May be assigned an “on call” type work schedule and may be required to respond to customers with little or no advance notice.

EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability

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