Principal FEA Engineer/Architect

Research & development

Mechanical engineering

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development


8+ years



Job Category

Mechanical engineering

Published: 9 days ago Job ID: J-00249211-140

Introduction to the job

Do you want to work as a principal FEA Engineer? Then this is an exciting opportunity for you – a chance to demonstrate how your conceptual thinking and analysis skills can contribute to truly innovative mechanical designs.

Role and responsibilities

As an ASML Principal FEA Engineer your activities will focus on the deployment of FEM analysis, but within a world-leading organization this position offers much more scope to express and develop your talents.At ASML, FEM analysis is being used to contribute more than just mathematical predictions – your expertise combined with a flair for creative problem solving will generate ideas for use at the very forefront of the design process.

Also, from your role, you will share your vision and inspire others to develop creative design solutions. You will influence the design of modules and their performance levels from specification to mechanical design, as well as the analysis process itself.

This vision of FEM analysis is prompted by the ever shortening lifecycles of technologies, the limits of which are increasingly being reached faster than ever. By combining FEM analysis and creative thinking, ASML is approaching innovation from a new and exciting direction, one that promises fresh thinking on how to reach next-generation technologies. You will use your experience and to make ASML take the next step towards Simulation Driven Design.

As a Principal FEA Engineer you will ensure that competences and processes are in place to enable right-first-time solutions of mechanical designs by mathematically predicting their performance levels. Moreover, you will help ensure maximized performance of the mechanical design by motivating your colleagues to develop innovative improvements through creative and conceptual thinking.

Mainresponsibilities (from approximate highest to lowest effort):

  • Createand execute simulation plans and assure that analyses and recommendations arerobust, clear and delivered on time.
  • Definition,documentation and continuous improvement of robust FEM analysis processes
  • Obtainrequired fidelity of models by defining and follow up of V&V(Verification & Validation) plan.
  • Definitionand supervising outsourcing to local and off-shore engineering partners
  • Advisedesign engineers and product architects
  • Keepupdated about the state of the art within the field of FEA
  • Coachingof junior FEA engineers and Designers in project setting
  • Definitionof internships and coaching of students
  • Personallyperform (conceptual) FEM analysis.

Education and experience

TechnicalUniversity, Master’s or PhD with specialization solid mechanics;biomechanics; mechanics of materials, or mechatronics (with mechanicalbackground).

  • Relevantworking experience (> 5 years, but > 8 preferred) on tasks mentionedunder “Main responsibilities”
  • Solidexpertise in structural mechanics, including Dynamics.
  • Extensiveexperience with Finite Element Analysis software , preferably Ansys, NXSimcenter or Hyperworks
  • Operatingminimal at PSE “Standard” , but preferably at “Advanced” level. (
  • Knowledge/experiencein one or more of the topics below is preferred
  • Theoretical and experimentalknowledge/experience in the field of precision engineering
  • Verification & Validation(V&V)
  • Leading a (small) group of engineers
  • Experience with SPDM systems
  • Experience on system modelling usingFMI/FMU


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:

  • Strong analytical ability with a pragmatic attitude.
  • Creative thinking capability.
  • Clear communication (both verbal and in writing) on several levels within organization.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Proactive

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

  • A challenging opportunity to expand your knowledge in a wide variety of physics application areas and to work on problems spanning all engineering fields.
  • Highly creative and qualified teams with a diversity of experience.
  • A competitive compensation and benefits package
  • Great career opportunities at a quickly growing high-tech company.
  • Open, multicultural atmosphere, with world class technical problems to solve

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