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The ASML PhD Master Class will be held November 19–20, 2021.
This year, the event will be an online experience. We’ll showcase some of the complex challenges we’re currently working to solve, allowing PhD students and graduates to discover what it’s really like to work with the unbelievable technology found only at ASML.
Applications for the ASML PhD Master Class closed on September 1, 2021.
PhD students and graduates will join a two-day online program, where they will 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. Afterwards, a virtual tour shows our headquarters in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Participants will also get the opportunity to tell us more about themselves with a personal pitch as well as ask all any career-related questions.
The second day is hands-on. Each team receives a case – participants will work together to solve a complex puzzle and experience one of our unique challenges firsthand.
We encourage you to apply if you are enrolled in a European university and graduated less than a year ago or are in your final year of your PhD program in one of the fields below.
Note: The event is only available to PhD students and graduates located within Europe due to IP restrictions. For United States-based PhD students, check out the PhD Symposium.
Show fields of study
(Applied) Physics or astronomy
(Physical) Chemistry or chemical engineering
Computer science/software engineering, including embedded systems, artificial intelligence, data science, information technology, computational science, or machine learning
Mechatronics or systems and control
Nanotechnology, nanoscience, or nanomaterials
PhD Master Class application process
Applications for the PhD Master Class closed on September 1, 2021. When applications open, you’ll need to submit your resume and cover letter. You may also include your GPA information and publications.
2. First selection round
We’ll let you know by September 14 if your resume has been selected. If you’re selected to proceed to the second 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 resume and video. We’ll let you know whether you’ve been selected to join the PhD Master Class by October 19.
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.
What’s different about this year’s PhD Master Class, especially compared to the in-person event?
Due to COVID-19, safety is of utmost importance and therefore, the event is entirely online. The 2020 edition of the PhD Master Class was also online, and candidates scored the event a 9 (out of 10). Even though the event is online, it’s no less valuable than the in-person experience.
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.
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 before the end of 2021 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.