Material Science Graduation Internship: Is Ultra-High Cycle Fatigue a Risk for ASML?

Research & development

Chemistry & materials science

Mechanical engineering

Other technical job categories

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development

Job Category

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

Job ID: J-00264973-587


Are you a Master student in material science & engineering? Do you have knowledge about manufacturing technologies and fatigue? Then this internship might be interesting for you!

Background information

ASML machines designs are driven for more accurate, precise and faster requirements. The production of our machines, also called throughput, is measured by the amount of silicon wafers per hour processed. Faster machines also means more cycles and increased load, increasing the risk for fatigue failure.
Austenitic steels are commonly used in ASML machines due to their mechanical properties, from which one of them is the high fatigue strength. However, they are also known to show a decrease of the fatigue strength in the ultra-high cycle fatigue regime. Ultra-high cycle fatigue (UHCF) understood as more than 10e7 cycles.
You will be working within the Testing and Measurement Facilities department of ASML, where a group of experts in testing investigates and tests fatigue properties of metallic materials. The internship will be the first one in a series initiated by the Elastic Element Competence.

Your assignment

Understanding of failure mechanisms of ultra-high cycle fatigue, you will gather knowledge on the impact of microstructural inhomogeneities for austenitic steels. Additionally, you will create improvements through Electro slag remelting (ESR) and Vacuum arc remelting (VAR). You will also:

  • Perform a literature study, assess the current material and manufacturing process;
  • Develop a design of experiment, analysis of fatigue testing data, microstructural analysis and tensile testing;
  • Document design guidelines for components aimed for ultra-high cycle fatigue.

Your profile

To be the perfect match for this internship you:

  • Are a Master student in Material Science and Engineering;
  • Are able to filter the relevant parameters in the multi factored world of fatigue failure;
  • Have knowledge about material characterization, fracture mechanics, and manufacturing technologies;
  • Are a curious, pragmatic person, with good communication skills.

This is a Master graduation internship with a duration of 6-9 months for 4-5 days a week starting in early 2023.

Please note that we can only consider students who are enrolled at a school for the entire duration of the internship.

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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