30+ days ago - req9126

Surface Chemist for reactive plasma – surface interactions

Research & Development

Chemistry & Material science

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & Development


0-2 years



Job Category

Chemistry & Material science




ASML is a leading manufacturer of lithography equipment. In the latest systems, light, plasma and materials interact at surfaces. Optimizing processes requires a profound understanding of surface chemistry, plasma-material interactions and of photon induced processes. Since ASML works at cutting edge technology, a lot of phenomena are very unique and have a first-of-a-kind character.

Job Mission

To strengthen the chemistry competence, ASML Researchis looking for a Surface Chemist or Surface Scientist, who can add value to the understanding of reactive plasma-surface interactions.

Job Description

You will work in a multidisciplinary team with Chemists, Physicists, Electrical and Mechanical engineers.

You have a profound understanding of the reactions and processes occurring at and below surfaces exposed to a plasma.

Based on high-level problem descriptions you can define hypotheses on underlying mechanisms and relevant experimental tests.

Subsequently you are able to perform these tests and translate the results into kinetic equations, models, and design rules to improve product performance.

Next to this, the job involves experiments in a laboratory with UHV equipment and low-pressure discharges.


(Technical) University PhD in Chemistry, Heterogeneous catalysis with experience in experimental approaches,Surface science with a focus on molecular interactions. Relevant 2-5 years of experience is appreciated.


- Knowledge of reactive processes on surfaces and with materials at low pressures involving gas phase species, including radicals and ions.
- (Basic) knowledge of plasma physics.
-Familiarity with concepts of heterogenic catalysis like adsorption processes, Langmuir-Hinshelwood, Eley- Redeal mechanisms, lattice structures of adsorbates, surface and sub-surface diffusion.
- Understanding of the thermomechanical stability of thin films on materials against external stress factors such as temperature, chemical reactions etc.
- Experience with chemical modeling, i.e. with DFTand/or MD would give you a head-start.
- Experience with surface analysis methods (XPS,Raman, IR, AFM,).

Personal skills

- Open to learning techniquesoutside of the above mentioned fields in the future.
- Combining both an interestand capability in modeling of surface processes, whilst also beingexperimentally capable.
- Autonomouswhile driving to success in a highly skilled team of experts towards acommon goal.
- Pragmaticattitude with an analytical view.

Context of the position

The Research Materials Science andChemistry group is part of the Research department of ASML. This group identifies and fills in technological gaps in the future roadmap of lithography and the lithography market. Our focus is on advanced material research and on the interaction of light (13.5 nm) with the gaseous background in our tools and on solid materials. We work in small teams and deliver solutions that can be transferred to Development and Engineering. We work together with external research institutes and universities.

Other information

Keywords:Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Surface Chemistry, Plasma Physics , Material science, Heterogenic Catalysis, DFT