Research Engineer

Research & development

Mechanical engineering


Optical engineering

In a nutshell


San Diego - CA, US


Research & development


3-7 years



Job Category

Mechanical engineering, Physics, Optical engineering



Published: 30+ days ago Job ID: J-00254496-700

Introduction to the job

ASML US, LP brings together the most creative minds in science and technology to develop lithography machines that are key to producing faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient microchips. We design, develop, integrate, market and service these advanced machines, which enable our customers - the world’s leading chipmakers - to reduce the size and increase the functionality of their microchips, which in turn leads to smaller, more powerful consumer electronics. Our headquarters are in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, and we have 18 office locations around the United States including main offices in Wilton, CT, Chandler, AZ, San Jose, CA and San Diego, CA.

This position may require 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 the Company to proceed with candidates who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.

Role and responsibilities

The Research Engineer will be responsible for performing numerous activities during the preparation and demonstration of developed technology on a Research proto machine. You will possess intimate knowledge of Research/Tech Dev proto machines and provide technical support for all sub-systems of the machine and work with scientists to understand, prepare and execute the research learning activities. To be effective in the role, candidates must possess interpersonal skills to cross functional and department boundaries and to build constructive and effective relationships across the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Gain full understanding of the technology, integration and functioning of new modules by reading documentation, and participating in knowledge transfer sessions.
  • Develop procedures, troubleshooting activities, and action plans.
  • Ownership of the fishbones for system issues and follow a closed loop issue management system for the proto machines.
  • Contribute to the PERT for upgrade/integration activities of new modules.
  • Be a critical TPS (test plan specification) reviewer for content criticality toward research objectives and readiness for execution on proto machines.
  • Hold projects accountable on translation of test and learning objectives into TPS’s, from a qualification perspective and a data collection perspective.
  • Spend time with scientist to translate TPS’s into sequence of execution during test campaigns.
  • Execute the test sequence on the proto machines.
  • Support data collection, analysis and clear test conclusions.
  • Follow a thorough but flexible process best suited for an organizational ethos that allows idea generation, concept development and demonstration in a fast fail manner.
  • Personally conduct and work to prepare all activities in a way that ensure a strong safety culture.
  • Deliver technical and progress reports and presentations to upper management and internal / external customers.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and experience

  • Requires a MS in Optics, Opto-Mechanics, Electrical/Photonics Engineering or Physics or Mechanical Engineering, or other related science discipline.
  • Minimum of 2 years in technical engineering roles (some experience in a technical or project leadership a plus).
  • Familiar with the engineering development process from requirements to design to assembly to testing of mechanical and/or opto-mechanical assemblies.


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:

  • Result driven, ability to plan and prioritize.
  • The drive, energy and initiative to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Must be comfortable with a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Must be a person of high integrity with strong engineering skills
  • Ability to build effective relationships. Possess an open, honest and collaborative style.
  • Must possess a detail-oriented, hands-on approach individually and within an engineering team.
  • Ability to translate, statistically analyze data, and effectively report problems through written and/or graphical formats.
  • Strong negotiation skills for interacting with other sectors.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

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.

Other information


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.
  • The employee is occasionally required to move around the campus including working while fully gowned in a clean room environment.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • The employee may be required to travel based on business needs.
  • Ability to work onsite in first, second or third shift, as needed.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • The environment generally is moderate in temperature and noise level.
  • Extended periods of time in a clean room environment should be expected. Requires gowning in Class 10K gowning protocol
  • May need to work in labs with equipment that emit high-pitched noise.
  • May spend extended periods of time at a computer workstation.

EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability

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