For engineers who think ahead
ASML is a successful high-tech company headquartered in the Netherlands, which manufactures complex lithography machines that chip manufacturers use to produce integrated circuits. Every year, chips become faster, smaller, smarter and more energy-efficient, and breakthroughs in ASML’s research activities have played an important part in making it possible.
Behind ASML’s technological breakthroughs are engineers who think ahead. The people who work at ASML include some of the most creative minds in physics, mathematics, chemistry, mechatronics, optics, mechanical engineering, software engineering, and computer science. And, because ASML spends more than 1 billion Euros per year on R&D, our people have the freedom and the resources to push the boundaries of known technology. They work in close-knit, multidisciplinary teams and each day they listen to, learn from and exchange ideas with each other.
ASML is a relatively young company, which has developed into one of the world’s leading providers of lithography systems at unprecedented speed. In the space of over 30 years we have grown from nothing into a multinational company with 70 locations in 16 countries and annual sales of 6.3 billion Euros in 2015. To retain and expand that leading position we employ thousands of engineers and scientists exploring the frontiers of (nano)technology every day. It requires people who also constantly explore their own limits and try to push them further: people who consciously opt for the steepest learning curve.
ASML works with an almost impossibly short time-to-market, driven by our customers’ competitive market conditions. It is precisely this technological race against the clock that makes working here so utterly fascinating. Cutting-edge precision engineering, dynamics, optics, electronics and information technology all come together in our company to develop systems which are more reliable, faster and more accurate than their predecessors in the shortest possible time.
It is only our unusual development method, where a large number of development processes run in parallel that enables us to constantly meet the very ambitious demands set by the market and ourselves.
The ideal environment for growth
With such a diverse technology culture, generous R&D budget, and a collective determination to create, develop and perfect entirely new technologies ASML represents the ideal environment for professional development and personal growth. On top of all that, ASML encourages and also invests intensively in its employees’ academic advancements – either via recognized professional study programs and/or via joint research initiatives with the region’s leading technical universities.
If you have an unbridled passion for technology and want to be part of a team that each day tries out new ideas and constantly searches for better, more accurate, and faster ways of doing things, then visit www.asml.com/careers and send us your application.
By: Marijn Wouters
‘ASML is the other side of the spectrum’
“I have always been fascinated by a large variety of problems, and never been someone capable of working on a single phenomenon for years. At ASML I got to know the other side of the spectrum. Here, development goes super-fast. I’d never thought to end up in this industry, but there are clear issues here in my field.” This is what Marijn Wouters says, former Master Student Aerospace Engineering subject Aerodynamics.
At ASML, Marijn is working on the optimisation of the ‘immersion hood’. This is a ring holding a small amount of water trapped between the lens column and the fast moving wafer (base material for chips) underneath. ASML uses water to get a more favourable refractive index of the light, which enables the company to project even smaller lines and components on chips. For a process taking place on a few nanometres, it is of vital importance that the water is as homogeneous as possible. Marijn: “The immersion hood has many tiny supply and drainage canals. Now it has been found that the removal of the water produces small pressure fluctuations. My research is focussed on this phenomenon. I visualise the fluctuations and try to determine the kind of interference they generate. Ideally, I may soon be able to provide a number of well-founded design recommendations for the next generation of ASML immersion hoods, with which ASML can further optimise the machine.”
To stay ahead in this industry you have to constantly innovate, take the next step. Marijn: “So here too development is done on the basis of assumptions. A scientist may well think that premature decisions are being made that can’t be substantiated well enough with calculations, models or experiments. Still, I think there is no other way for ASML. And it is also what makes the work interesting. In my temporary role as a researcher, I’m a little outside the whirlwind of deadlines. I have the time and freedom to map out and substantiate things well. ASML has an open culture in which people also listen to and think along with trainees. The subject Aerospace Engineering doesn’t immediately bring to mind the semiconductor industry, but I am very happy to have learned more about this world.”