Introduction to the job

Every day, you make use of technology that contains microchips. From smartphones and laptops to cars and airplanes. Technologies such as AI, robotic process automation and 5G will fuel the growth of the semiconductor industry even more. Since ASML is worldwide leader in high-end lithography systems for the semi-conductor industry, there’s a huge demand for our machines.

Are you eager to shape the future of ASML and create innovative new ideas? Do you have a Master or PhD in Physics with a strong optics background ? Are you eager to shape the future of ASML and create innovative new ideas? Would you like to work together in multi-disciplinary teams to improve our products and to enable our clients to create the world’s most advanced chips? Then we might have multiple positions that might be interesting for you!

We are currentlylooking for multiple Design Engineers with an optical engineering background for our R&D department at ASML!
Your application can be discussed with multiple hiring managers from different groups.

When we think there could be a potential match.


Role and responsibilities

ASML builds lithography systems that can place multiple layers on a chip with very high precision.
You will contribute to the development of leading edge light sources for optical systems and more by designing, creating, integrating and testing within the restrictions imposed by system specifications and planning considerations, enabling Moore’s Law.

Please find the descriptions of the covered groups and the roles below.

Optical Sensing

As Design Engineer in our Sensors department you will be a key player in a multidisciplinary environment that further develops the current and next generation optical image and level sensors. You will need to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in several of the following activities: Analysis, Modelling, optical sensors systems, specification definitions, optical solutions, sensor performance, opto-mechanical tooling, integration, calibration, test, experimental verification and supporting production. Keywords: Zemax, high-power laser optics / controls or image processing, sensors, MATLAB, Simulink.

Research Scientist

As Researcher you will be responsibleto execute high-level researchon different challenging topics the company is facing.
The jobwill consist in generatingnew ideas and solutions for current and future ASML products and performingsimulations and/or setup experiments to test new technologies and analyze data.
You will need to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in several of the following activities: Your initial responsibilities will be adapted to your experience level. What are we looking for? Preferably 5 years of research experience, excellent communication & collaboration skills, great at novel and inventive approaches, stakeholder management.

Metrology Design

The mission for the Metrology Design Engineer is to design and industrialize the next generation of measurement, controls and corrections. Increased optical power and better, more stable performance is a constant demand for our systems. This requires mastering the full chain from requirement specification, (model based) design, and integration into the Source Laser platforms. It is the task of the design engineer to develop new solutions or improve existing ones, and present those to the relevant stakeholders and Apply broad knowledge in optics, sensors, actuators, image processing as well as in modeling and data analysis.

In which role would you like to develop yourself?

Education and experience

Technical University, MSc or PhD in physics or engineering with a strong focus on optics.

Multiple years of industry experience in an optics field can be a big plus!


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 do that. As an Optical Design engineer, 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. Additionally you’ll need the following skills to be able to excel in the role:

  • Take initiative, creativity and willing to learn and adapt quickly.
  • Flexible and committed team player .
  • Pragmatic attitude, result orientation with an analytical view.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Strong communication skills, knowhow to convey complex topics.
  • Helicopter view.
  • Proactive and self-propelling.

Our departments

Optics is at the heart of everything we do at ASML. We have multiple opportunities for design engineers with an optical background. Within optics there are multiple specializations or departments that you could be selected for:

Research: Research department is responsible for bringingcreative ideas / concepts to technical solutions, ready for product development, enabling extension of Moore’s law and driving ASML’s long-term growth in semiconductor industry .
The Optical groups are responsible for all new optical sensor concepts,new designs and optical (measurement) systems that will become future ASML products.

EUV: The optical column is the heart of the EUV system, a technological miracle. Optical column comprises of many optical modules which are needed to guide the light to print the right image at the wafer which results into a chip. The department DE EUV Optical Column is responsible for delivery of the projection, illumination, dose control, and EUV light collection functions for the EUV machines. The department develops technical solutions, means and methods and competences to ensure these deliveries in all the different product phases.

Sensors / light department: Within the BM Sensors department, the Light Sources and Image Sensors group’s mission is to deliver high quality light and sensors. The group is responsible for the physical and optical design of these light sources and sensors for EUV and DUV machines.

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

If you are interested in this vacancy as Design Engineer – Optics, please apply . Our Talent Acquisition Advisors are going to take a lookat which department is the best fit for you and your background.
Do you need to know moreinformation about applying for a job at ASML? Please read our frequently asked questions.

Nu solliciteren