Surface Interaction Specialist with interest in tribology

Research & development

Chemistry & materials science

Mechanical engineering

Other technical job categories

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development


3-7 years



Job Category

Chemistry & materials science, Mechanical engineering, Other technical job categories

Published: 29 days ago Job ID: J-00256003-504

Introduction to the job

Are you challenged by demanding projects in a multidisciplinary context? Do you have the technical capabilities to provide innovative solutions? Does contributing to the world’s most advanced lithography machines makes you feel responsible and proud? Then this might be the right opportunity for you

Role and responsibilities

ASML Research is looking for a surface scientist/engineer with expertise in surface interaction to strengthen the Tribology and Electrostatics group. The E&T group focusses on contamination and tribological challenges for the next generation Lithography Tools.
Within the group, tribology is a key expertise to understand and influence interactions between surfaces. In order to control the surface friction and wear behavior a detailed understanding of roughness and contact area changes and their relation to friction needs to be developed. The expert will work in a multidisciplinary team and will be responsible for surface interaction aspects in the project.

Your responsibilities and daily activities will be:

  • Investigating and establishing the effects of roughness, contact area and surface properties on friction, enabling key understanding of the relevant interactions between surfaces.
  • Further development of existing software tools through implementing new insights and/or functionalities. (e.g. BEM) and perform validation experiments.
  • Compare model results with practical use case data & formulate improvement directions.

Education and experience

Technical University PhD/Master (with 2-5 years of experience) in Physics, Chemistry or Mechanical/Materials Engineering with expertise in tribology and surface interactions.

Preferred experience

  • Broad knowledge and experience in nano-scale surface interactions.
  • Metrics characterizing surface roughness and friction.
  • Optical, SEM based and/or AFM based analysis tools.
  • Experience with Matlab.
  • Affinity with surface chemistry is a pre.


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:

  • Open to learning techniques outside of the above mentioned fields in the future.
  • Autonomous, whilst having a drive to work and cooperate within a highly skilled team of experts towards a common goal.
  • Inquisitive and strong personality.
  • Pragmatic attitude with an analytical view.
  • Able to communicate effectively across disciplines and at all organizational levels.
  • Fluency in English.

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

Context of the Position:

The Research Tribology and electrostatics group is part of the Research department of ASML. Its task is to identify and fill in the technological gaps in the future roadmap of lithography and the lithography market. Our focus is on surface interaction control including the mechanical and material aspects of modules used in lithography tools. We work in small teams and deliver proof of concept solutions that can be transferred to Development and Engineering. We intensively work together with external research institutes and universities.

This position may require 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 ASML to proceed with candidates who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.

Industrial research, tribology, friction, wear, mechanical, materials, adhesion, AFM, surface, interaction

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