Physics Internship: Theoretical Investigation of Projection Optical Systems

Research & development

Optical engineering


In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development



Job Category

Optical engineering, Physics

Published: 30+ days ago Job ID: J-00252079-789


Are you a bachelor or master student in Physics or Optics? Are you challenged by demanding projects in a multidisciplinary context? Do you have an affinity with Fourier optics? Does contributing to the world’s most advanced lithography machines together with a highly motivated team make you feel responsible and proud? Then this project might be interesting for you!

Background information

The DUV projection competence is in charge of the development and life cycle management of all the projection optics for the DUV business line. A cornerstone of optical development is a detailed understanding of advanced physical processes, such as non-linear white-light generation, XUV generation, coherence control, scatterometry, and interferometry.

Your assignment

In this internship, you will:

  • develop analytical and/or numerical physical models to understand the behavior of DUV projection optics;
  • use your theoretical knowledge to optimize properties of optical systems;

The assignment may be more analytically or numerically oriented, depending on your preference. You will work in a multidisciplinary team that has access to experimental setups, where theoretical insights can be explored in practice. Advanced simulations are enabled through ASML's high-performance computational cluster.

Your profile

To be the perfect match for this internship, you:

  • are a student with a background in Physics or Optics;
  • are familiar with Fourier optics;
  • have an affinity with coding skills;
  • have an affinity with coaching multidisciplinary teams through the AGILE/Scrum/SAFe way of working;
  • have a critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • have good communication skills in English, both written and verbally.

This is a bachelor graduation project and master apprentice internship, with a minimum duration of 3 months, 5 days per week. The start date is flexible.

Please note that we may only consider applicants who are enrolled as a student to a university for the whole duration of the internship.

This position requires access to U.S. controlled technology, as defined in the United States Export Administration Regulations. Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to access such U.S. controlled technology prior to beginning work. Business demands may require ASML to proceed with applicants who are immediately eligible to access U.S. controlled technology.

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 29,000 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?

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