Physics Internship: Experimental Investigation of Optical Systems

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Veldhoven, Netherlands


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0-1 year, N/A

Educational Background




Remote Work


Job ID: J-00277833

Introduction to the job

Are you a master student in physics, with an interest in experimental physics, optical experiments and hardware control? Do you have knowledge of experiment control softwares like Matlab, Python or Labview? If so, this internship opportunity may be interesting for you!

Background information

ASML is an innovation leader in the semiconductor industry. We provide chipmakers with sophisticated hardware to achieve lithographic patterning of several nm-size microchip features. The unprecedented precision and accuracy of our tools would not be possible without highly advanced optical measurement systems. Furthermore it is vital for us to stay ahead of competition. This is why ASML Research continuously explores novel methods to generate, manipulate, illuminate, and measure light at wavelengths across the electromagnetic spectrum.

Your Assignment

In this assignment you will be doing an experimental investigation into an optical system concept relevant for the future of ASML. You will be working in a creative and stimulating environment at our Research department where you will have a chance to interact with various experts in Optics and Metrology.

As part of this assignment you will be expected to work on one or more of the topics below:

  • Design and build a state-of-the-art optical setups;
  • Investigate novel light sources and detectors;
  • Provide setup automation to achieve fast and effective measurements;
  • Design and perform experiments, analyze results and draw conclusions.

In the process of this assignment you may come up with improvements and new ideas for ASML metrology sensors and applications.


To be the perfect match for this internship you:

  • Are a master student in physics, with an interest in experimental physics, optical experiments and hardware control;
  • Have experience with experiment control software, such as Matlab, Python or Labview;
  • Are driven, a critical thinker and have good communication skills;
  • Speak and write English on an advanced level.

This is a master level apprentice or graduation (thesis) internship, full-time for a minimum duration of 5 months. The exact content as well as the start date of the internship assignment may be discussed and/or adjusted to the interests and needs of the student.

Please note that we may only consider students who remain enrolled at their university for the whole duration of the internship.

This position requires 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.

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

What ASML offers
Your internship will be in one of the leading Dutch corporations, gaining valuable experience in a highly dynamic environment. You will receive a monthly internship allowance of 600 euro (maximum), plus a possible housing and/or travel allowance. In addition, you’ll get expert, practical guidance and the chance to work in and experience a dynamic, innovative team environment.

ASML: Be part of progress
We make machines that make chips – the hearts of the devices that keep us informed, entertained and safe; that improve our quality of life and help to tackle the world’s toughest problems.

We build some of the most amazing machines that you will ever see, and the software to run them. Never satisfied, we measure our performance in units that begin with pico or nano.

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
Pushing technology further is teamwork, and our R&D team is more than 5,500 people strong, with major sites on three continents. Dozens of diverse, interdisciplinary teams work in parallel to meet a challenging development schedule.

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 your opportunity to get to know this world of industrial-strength R&D and get a feel for that 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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