Applied Physics Internship: Electrostatic validation of thin film membranes

Interns and Trainees

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Interns and Trainees

Work Experience

0-1 year, N/A

Educational Background

Physics, Materials Science, Other technical backgrounds



Remote Work

No (not at all)

Time Type

Full time

Job ID: J-00280580


Are you a Master student in the direction of applied physics, material science or a related discipline? Do you have affinity with electrostatics? Then this internship might be interesting for you!

Background information

One of the products ASML develops is the EUV Pellicle. This is an extremely thin membrane used in the ASML scanners to protect the reticle mask from particles. It is of outmost importance that the pellicle is produced cleanly, and that the product itself does not become a source of particle contamination of the reticle. In order to reduce the reflected DUV light from the pellicle there is a second membrane needed close to the wafer (Dynamic Gas Lock (DGL) membrane). It is a challenge to make these very thin membranes reliable inside the scanner conditions. Electrostatic charging or discharge to membranes is considered as one of the potential root cause for failure. Increasing our understanding on this topic is one of the goals within the department.

Your assignment

As an intern you will have a chance to develop a test procedure for electrostatic testing. This includes:

  • Modifying and/or development of test equipment for electrostatic testing on DGL membranes;
  • Developing a simple theoretical model for charging DGL membranes;
  • Planning and executing experiments on DGL membrane charging;
  • Reporting the results.

You will work closely with multiple engineers and experts which will guide you through the startup period, and you will also work closely with different engineers who will serve as your internal customers.

Your profile

To be a perfect match with this internship, you:

  • Are a Master student in the direction of applied physics, material science or a related discipline;
  • Have demonstrable programming experience (preferably MATLAB and/or Python);
  • Are comfortable doing experimental lab work and possess confidence and dexterity required for handling delicate components;
  • Are proactive and capable of maintaining overviews in a dynamic environment;
  • Are hands-on and pragmatic, with good communication skills.

This is Master internship, suitable for a graduation project, with the duration of 9 or more months, 5 days per week, starting in October 2023.

Please note that we can only consider students who are enrolled at a university for the entire 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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