Pre development Design Engineer

Research & development


Optical engineering


In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & development

Work Experience

3-7 years

Job Category

Physics, Optical engineering, Mathematics

Published: 30+ days ago Job ID: J-00262560-833

Introduction to the job

Do you have a creative way of thinking, and do you like to be challenged in solving complex problems? If so, then you will enjoy working in our EUV Source Laser department! It’s a great opportunity for professional development and personal growth. Especially when you are a true self-starter who likes to understand and improve a complex high-power laser and optical system.

Role and responsibilities

As a Pre-Development Design Engineer, you are part of a multidisciplinary team (optical, thermal, mechanical, electrical, software) that performs feasibility studies in order to secure the next generation EUV source Laser and strengthen the ASML EUV source laser IP portfolio.

You achieve your goals by building knowledge of the product design, functionality and fundamental working principle. You do this by coming up with creative solutions, creating optical models and translating the outcome into practical designs, including experimental verification.

In this team, you will create solutions to optical problems, will participate in writing software tools, which allow predicting the behavior of optical systems in the source laser, and will develop tools to use large data from metrology systems. You will be able to verify your ideas and the performance of your tools using our test systems. You transfer the results to the product development teams for industrialization of the solution.

Your daily activities are:
- Generate new ideas / proposals to address challenges in future generation products.
- Use modelling, optics, large data tools to come to design choices.
- Align your designs with team members from different disciplines and external partners / suppliers.
- Proof of concept including designing experimental feasibility studies.
- Documentation and communication of the design concepts.

Education and experience

- PhD (Technical Physics, Experimental Physics).
- 2-5 year in a research and development environment (or a PhD Position providing relevant experience).


Working at the cutting edge of tech, you’ll always have new challenges and new problems to solve – and working together is the only way to do that. You won’t work in a silo. Instead, you’ll be part of a creative, dynamic work environment where you’ll collaborate with supportive colleagues. There is always space for creative and unique points of view. You’ll have the flexibility and trust to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems.
To thrive in this job, you’ll need the following skills:

- Ability to overview and understand the physical operation principal of complex optical system and generate detailed modeling and simulation to predict its performance.
- Creative mind.
- Demonstrated proficiency in at least one programming language (preferably Python, Matlab).
- Define and build-up optical tests setups.
- Good (English) communication skills in technical and cross-project interactions.
- Team player.
- Ability to handle multiple stakeholders or customers.
- Strong self-propelling behavior.
- Express a ‘can-do’ and problem-solving mentality.
- Eager to develop yourself personally and technically.
- Experience with a revision control system (GIT).
- Experience with high power systems or large data are a plus.

Diversity & 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.

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