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Research Scientist – Experimental Plasma Physics

Research & development


Other technical job categories

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development


3-7 years



Job Category

Physics, Other technical job categories



Introduction to the job

At ASML Research, everyone is part of a multidisciplinary team. Physicists, data scientists, chemical engineers, metrology experts and more – all working together in different teams to take on a particular challenge. Each team member brings a different set of skills to attack technical challenges from different angles. The result? Incredibly imaginative breakthroughs at the cutting edge of engineering.

ASML Research is now looking for an expert in plasma physics to strengthen our team of research scientists investigating plasma and its effects on Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) scanner performance.

Role and responsibilities

You will be part of a team that investigates the plasma generated by interaction between EUV light and gas present inside the scanners. There are complex interactions between different plasma species, surfaces and contaminants that need to be understood in order to more accurately predict the performance of EUV scanners.

Your responsibility will be to perform and interpret experiments on EUV and plasma generating tools. You will become the expert for understanding interactions in the plasma and between plasma and surfaces of different materials and compositions and translate this knowledge to operational scanner conditions.

Focus area will be EUV induced plasma in a low pressure hydrogen environment in combination with material interfaces.

· Perform experiments in complex plasma and EUV setups.
· Interpret results using existing theory and develop new theory where needed.
· Work closely with other scientists on theory, experiments and numerical models to understand the plasma in EUV scanners and predict performance related to this plasma.
· Come up with means and methods to improve performance.
· Share your knowledge effectively with the members of the program and department.
· Work with experts from Development & Engineering and System Engineering to define and maintain scanner lifetime and contamination roadmaps.

Education and experience

· A PhD in Physics, Applied Physics or related field.
· Expert knowledge on Plasma Physics and/or surface science.

Minimum of 5 years experience in experimental plasma physics or related discipline.


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:

· Ability to work independently in a dynamic explorative environment.
· Ability to effectively assess a complex problem on the different physical scale levels from meters to nanometers .
· Resilient and firm in challenging situations.
· Strong analytical ability with a pragmatic attitude.
· Critical attitude.
· Good communicational skills and good knowledge of English.
· Able to work in a multidisciplinary team and effectively transfer knowledge to others.

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 holder of the position reports to the group lead Light Sources & Plasma Physics in the Research Department. Operational activities are within multidisciplinary research projects related to Pellicle and Scanner Lifetime.

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