Material Science Internship: Development of automatic measurement & analysis software

Research & development

Chemistry & materials science

Mechanical engineering

Computer science & software engineering

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development



Job Category

Chemistry & materials science, Mechanical engineering, Computer science & software engineering

Published: 30+ days ago Job ID: J-00230568-064


Are you a master student with background in Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Tribology, or Computer Science? Do you have good knoweldge of Matlab or other coding languange? Then this internship could be interesting to you.

Background information

In the NXE wafer defectivity project of ASML we are trying to minimize the number of particles that fall onto the wafer within our scanner. All particles >25 nm landing on a wafer could result in a non-functional chip and thus yield loss for our customers. One of the most critical areas is the so-called load lock, where the wafer transfers from atmospheric pressure to vacuum. The polymer seals of the valves closing the loadlock are a notorious issue for wafer defectivity as they generate nanoparticles that land onto the wafer when it is passing through. The seal failure mode is a complex mechanism of the high mechanical load of special elastomers in combination with microscopic tribological effects. The lifetime under the current parameters of the current seal is 10X lower than required, resulting in significant defectivity and maintenance costs. To understand the failure mechanisms, our go-to method is confocal microscopy, which will also be the focus of this internship.

Your assignment

The confocal microscope provides a height map of the contact area of the seal on micrometer scale. This measurement is currently done manually but needs to be automated to measure a full seal contact area. Next to that, we want to develop image processing software to quantify the seal damage. We are especially interested in determining the total volume lost, since this would be proportion to the number of particles formed. The assignment involves performing measurements with the confocal microscope on tested seals in our cleanroom, automating the measurement and developing the software that processes the data. Preferably, the software is written such that it can be easily expanded towards other applications for which we could use confocal microscope. Finally, this should lead to insights into the extend of failure and the failure mode of the seal.

Your profile

To be eligible for this internship you:

  • Are master student with background in Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, Tribology, or Computer Science;
  • Have good knoweldge of Matlab or other coding languange;
  • Have a proactive and progressive mindset;
  • Are able to work well within a team environment.

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

Diversity and 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

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 €600 (plus a possible housing and/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 28,000 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?