Physics | Optical Engineering Internship: New Imaging Techniques for Metrology

Research & development


Optical engineering

Other technical job categories

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development

Work Experience

No experience (Student)

Job Category

Physics, Optical engineering, Other technical job categories

Published: 13 days ago Job ID: J-00265278-803


Are you a Physics or Optical Engineering student? Do you have affinity with working in optical labs? Then this internship might be interesting for you!

Background information

The ASML Research Department leads research projects to address the gaps in today's engineering problems and explores future technologies to enable the future of the semiconductor industry.

Your assignment

The trend in miniaturization of devices leads to new challenges for metrology in the semiconductor industry. The metrology requirements needed to fabricate next generation devices are incredibly stringent. These devices are characterized by complex structures (Gate-all-around, Forksheet and CFET) and dimensions that are shrinking (4nm, 3nm and 1.8nm).

The new challenges can be overcome by changing the wavelength of the light used by the metrology tool, but the complexity of the latter increases with the wavelength shortening. Other characteristics of light can be used to retrieve more information for the same measurement, like light polarization and light-matter interaction, but at the cost of increasing the measuring time.

At ASML Research, we are investigating a new imaging technique based on interferometry and multiple wavelengths to exploit exotic behaviors of light. We are building a proof-of-concept setup, to investigate the challenges behind these light behaviors.

In this internship, we are looking for an eager-to-learn physics or engineer student, who likes to work in an optics lab and will help us in building and measuring with the setup. Some experience in a laser optics lab is highly appreciated.

Your profile

To be the perfect match for this internship you:

  • Are a student in Physics or Optical Engineering;
  • Have affinity for working in an optics lab;
  • Are eager to learn and have great communication skills.

This is a masters apprentice or graduation internship for 3-5 months, 5 days a week starting March 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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