The PhD Master Class is organized twice a year: in spring and in autumn. The next edition of the ASML PhD Master Class will be held online on November 17 & 18, 2023.
Applications for the ASML PhD Master Class are currently closed.
Take a peek inside a previous PhD Master Class
The PhD Master Class showcases some of the complex challenges we’re currently working to solve. It also allows PhD students and graduates to discover what it’s like to work with the cutting-edge technology found only at ASML.
Get an idea of what the PhD Master Class has to offer based on our previous event.
PhD students and graduates will join a two-day, event where they'll get to know ASML and meet peers from all over the world.
The first day kicks off with a presentation about optical lithography and patterning, followed by content-driven pitches from different departments at ASML. Afterward, you get to roll up your sleeves and dig in: each team receives a case study and participants work together to solve a complex puzzle and experience one of our unique challenges firsthand.
The second day has plenty of room for more personal interaction. Participants will get the opportunity to tell us more about themselves with a personal pitch as well as ask all their career-related questions. We’ll also show you around our headquarters through a campus tour and lab tour.
We encourage you to apply if you’re in your final year or are a recent graduate of a PhD program at a European university in one of the fields below.
Note: Due to IP-related restrictions, this event is only available to PhD students and graduates located within Europe. US-based PhD students are invited to check out our PhD Symposium.
Show fields of study
(Applied) physics or astronomy
(Physical) chemistry and chemical engineering
Computer science/software engineering, including embedded systems, artificial intelligence, data science, information technology, computational science and machine learning
Mechatronics and systems & control
Nanotechnology, nanoscience and nanomaterials
PhD Master Class application process
Applications for the PhD Master Class closed on September 3, 2023 (23:59 CET).
When applications open, you’ll need to submit your CV when you apply. You may also include your GPA information and publications. A cover letter is not required.
2. First selection round
We’ll let you know within a week's time after applications close if your CV has been selected.
If you’re selected to proceed to the next round, we’ll ask you to record and submit a video cover letter (motivation video).
3. Second selection round
The technical selection board will review your CV and video.
We’ll let you know whether you’ve been selected to attend the event by mid-October.
Frequently asked questions about the PhD Master Class
Whom is the PhD Master Class for?
The PhD Master Class in the Netherlands is aimed at PhD students who are European residents enrolled at European universities. Students should currently be in their final year or have graduated less than a year before the event.
PhD students enrolled at a university in the US may attend a similar event, the PhD Symposium in the US.
Will I hear back from ASML after the PhD Master Class?
In the week after the event, we process all feedback we have collected from candidates and colleagues. You will receive a phone call after the event to discuss feedback and/or to discuss if you’d like to continue exploring your career options at ASML.
What is the status of my application?
If you created a profile, log in to see the status of your application. We will inform you at the end of each phase of the application process about the status of your application.
Who will review my application?
Your resume is screened by an advisor of HR Talent Programs. Your video cover letter (motivation video) is reviewed by colleagues within Research, Customer Support and Development & Engineering.
How is the PhD Master Class different than a normal job application?
Instead of applying for one job vacancy, you apply for any number of positions – and you get to know the company while receiving a thorough orientation to multiple aspects of ASML. It’s an opportunity for potential candidates to see if the challenges and culture of ASML fit in with their ambitions and personality. The PhD Master Class not only allows us to assess the candidate, but allows the candidate to assess us as a future employer.
Can I apply both for the PhD Master Class and for a job on the website at the same time?
Yes! Applying for a single job at ASML, however, does not offer the thorough orientation that the PhD Master Class offers. If you find a job within ASML for which you would like to apply, we will review and discuss the added value of participating in the PhD Master Class with you.
Will there be a recording of this event available after this event?
No. Due to the sensitive nature of the event’s content and to guarantee everyone’s privacy, we cannot make a recording available.