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Staff Electrical Engineer - Technology Development
In a nutshell
San Diego - CA, US
Introduction to the job
ASML US, LP brings together the most creative minds in science and technology to develop lithography machines that are key to producing faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient microchips. We design, develop, integrate, market and service these advanced machines, which enable our customers - the world’s leading chipmakers - to reduce the size and increase the functionality of their microchips, which in turn leads to smaller, more powerful consumer electronics. Our headquarters are in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, and we have 18 office locations around the United States including main offices in Wilton, CT, Chandler, AZ, San Jose, CA and San Diego, CA.
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 ASM0L to proceed with applicants who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.
Role and responsibilities
We are looking for a driven, hands-on and experienced Staff Electrical Engineer with a strong and diverse background in analog electrical design to join our extreme ultraviolet (EUV) Source Research and Development team. This position will be a key contributor in designing modules as well as providing architecture configuration for our EUV light sources.
A key ingredient in the EUV generation process is a stable source of molten tin droplets. These droplets provide the fuel for the laser-produced plasma and serve as the heart-beat for synchronizing the EUV source. The challenge is to reliably produce nearly perfect droplets of molten tin at a rate of tens of thousands of times per second with speeds of 10’s of m/s and position stability within a fraction of a droplet diameter. If these dimensions were scaled up to the game of golf, this would be equivalent to continuously scoring hole-in-ones in a hole that’s 25 km away in swirling gas flows and a plasma that’s hotter than the surface of the sun. The successful candidate will be comfortable operating in this diverse mix of physics, engineering and materials science, in order to define the droplet generator architecture for next generations of the EUV source. The successful candidate will also have a passion for innovation, be driven by curiosity, and have deep technical understanding, in order to excel in a Research environment operating at the fuzzy front end of product development. A key part of our success is the ability to quickly translate ideas for functional electronics hardware, metrology, and test apparatus, into prototypes for testing. The successful candidate will use their skills in electrical design and analysis to work with scientists and engineers to rapidly convert ideas into breadboard hardware for Research product development.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Contributes as Staff Electrical Engineer in a research environment; engages scientists and engineers in early-phase product development with a focus on designing and building prototype hardware and sensors; maximizes rate of learning via rapid prototyping and testing of component level and breadboard-module-level hardware and sensors.
- Contributes as Electrical domain expert to apply a broad range of fundamental electrical engineering knowledge in the pursuit of driving the actuation system of a high pressure droplet generator system. This requires a focus on analog design, including: development of piezo drives and related amplification and transmission of drive signals; noise mitigation; high bandwidth applications; low noise and low power circuits; and, cabling and wiring methodologies to preserve signal integrity.
- Works closely with cross-functional groups to understand the current product issues, develop integrated solutions and develop next generation systems. Engages engineers, scientists, manufacturing, and upper management to gain alignment and drive the implementation of the Droplet Generator function.
- Capable of pulling requirements from multiple functions and multiple disciplines to understand and balance their impacts on design constraints.
- Assists in generating module or system concepts to meet product requirements.
- Assists in performing detailed design and component layout for new or improved subsystems.
- Supports project plan including key deliverables, timeline, and budget.
- Works with other Engineers and CAD Designers for prototype and pilot detailed design.
- Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Education and experience
- Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Physics, or Material Science and a minimum of (7) years of relevant experience.
- Master’s Degree or PhD preferred.
- Proficient in LTPSICE or Simetrix (or similar) to lead the detailed design of complex electrical devices. Familiarity with Mentor Capital and Xpedition for CAD tooling also recommended.
- Requires knowledge/relevant experience in a wide range of analog design in noisy environments
- Experience in design, fabrication, and test of electrical, electro-mechanical and/or electro-optical modules, and related system interfaces.
- Experience with sensor technologies such as thermal, optical and electrical sensors and associated infrastructure.
- Direct experience in the particular field of droplet generation is unlikely; however, analogous experience with high bandwidth analog system design in the areas of audio amplification, wireless and RF engineering, and/or antenna design, would be a plus
- Experience with root-cause analysis of failure modes, or interpretation of unexpected test results, or puzzling data, to quickly drive to hypothesis bucketing and root-cause understanding
- Hands on experience in electrical design, build and test of complex components and sub-assemblies.
- Experience with phased new product development process from concept to full release.
- Experience with Product Development tasks desired: bills of material, interfacing with vendors, procurement of material for prototyping, change management (ECNs/ECR/ECO).
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 English written and verbal communication skills.
- Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and electronic e-mail systems.
- Leading the design of a complex mechanical assembly, from initial concept through to deployment (including Design Review process), prototyping, resolving issues with functionality and with manufacturability.
- Guide development of high-level architecture as well as specific techniques to improve the EUV generation process.
- Ability to translate, statistically analyze data, and effectively report problems through written and/or graphical formats.
- Excellent customer service skills, with an advanced understanding of customer relationship building.
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.
EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability
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