Laser Engineer – Advanced Light Sources in Erlangen (Germany)

Research & development


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Dresden, Germany


Research & development


3-7 years



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Published: 30+ days ago Job ID: J-00251529-451

Introduction to the job

Our Light Sources are critical to secure the performance of our lithography machines. We are looking for an R&D Laser Engineer/Physicist who can help us to improve the performance of novel types of ultra-bright, fiber-based light-sources for our metrology systems and state of the art scanners.

Role and responsibilities

Contribute to the development of leading edge Light Sources for optical sensor systems by R&D activities, designing, creating, integrating and testing within the restrictions imposed by system specifications.

• Help us understand and expand the performance of our light sources: You will investigate, both in experiment and theory, fundamental performance drivers such as brightness, spectrum, stability, lifetime or root causes of failure mechanisms
• Identify optimal design and configuration to secure light source performance
• We are looking for an ‘all-rounder’: Most of what we do requires a mix of laser optics, electronics, mechanics and software. You should be excellent in laser- optics and be at least comfortable in one of the others fields of engineering.
• Work in advanced optical laboratories, with class 4 optical testbeds and high power lasers
• Collaborate with academic partners and suppliers

Education and experience

• M.Sc. or Ph.D. in physics, laser engineering and/or optics/photonics
• 3-5 years of relevant work experience in a research or development environment (Ph.D. is acknowledged)*
• Strong background in lasers and fiber-based optics & photonics
• Demonstrable, practical experience in the following fields would be a big plus:
• Narrow Linewidth & Ultrafast Lasers
• Nonlinear and fiber optics
• Laser system design & interferometry
• Coding (e.g. Matlab, LabView, Python)
• Optical simulation tools


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:

• You are motivated to find solutions to hard scientific and engineering challenges
• You are hypothesis-driven, systematic and thorough in your approach, but also understand that getting to an 80% answer in 20% of the time is often what moves things forward
• You will be part of a (small) team. You need to be able to structure and execute your own work and make sure it interfaces with the bigger picture.
• Bring a just-do it attitude and have a hands-on approach
• Are confident to defend your work towards stakeholders and dare to challenge

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 principal location of work is in Erlangen, Germany.
Occasional business trips to ASML’s Headquarters in The Netherlands may be required.

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