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Senior Researcher: Optical Research Project Architect



10d ago

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Introduction to the job

ASML US 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 Chandler, Arizona, San Jose and San Diego, California, Wilton, Connecticut, and Hillsboro, Oregon.

The Senior Researcher drives technical analysis on the latest the customer technology. Understands, anticipates, develops and provides context for lithography advancements in order to provide the insights to ASML technology roadmap. Performs feasibility studies, supports the development of product road maps and advises on future product and technology definitions. Contributes to the design and construction of new tools, methods, procedures and processes in the lab. Makes sure that instructions and safety measures are in place

Role and responsibilities

Identifies gaps in lithography solutions and technology roadmaps. Demonstrates technology solutions through feasibility studies and proof of concepts to extend ASML's roadmaps. Supports the development of technology solutions where applicable in the lab. Leads (plays a principal or guiding role in) the development of new technology competences, creation of inventions, transfer of results to development operation after building proof of concept. Understands and contributes (is partly instrumental or responsible for) to the creation of the vision and business/value proposition of the research topic.

Key components of this position are:

  • Technically leads a (multidisciplinary) project, work package or technical competence on function level (FC) or comparable level of complexity. Creates technical budgets and definitions.
  • Using Physics, Mathematics, Electronics, Mechanics, and Software knowledge and an understanding of the sensor system as well as its function in the lithography tool or metrology tool to model, design and de-bug new and existing sensors in complex evolving environments.
  • Shapes new technology by defining critical problems and proposing solutions paths for new problems at ASML requiring technology and/or competences unknown inside ASML but known outside of ASML.
  • Manages technical uncertainties at function level (FC) or comparable level of complexity. Most technical components have a considerable level of uncertainty.
  • Independently realizes cross disciplinary Research (in relation to adjacent areas and disciplines) at function level (FC) or comparable level of complexity. Performs feasibility studies, supports the development of product road maps and advises on future product and technology definitions. Determines the work via clearly scoped work packages driven by a technical risk assessment.
  • Ensures that the competence level is maintained and improved leading into Invention Disclosures.
  • Responsible for organizing and maintaining academic collaborations related to competence development.

Education and experience

Master or PhD degree in Optics, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or other Engineering Discipline, with an emphasis on a subset of the following: optical systems, photonics, lasers, integrated optics, optical simulation, or equivalent experience.

PhD Degree– 5 years, will consider post doctoral research toward experience

Master Degree – 8 years experience

  • PhD research work related to optics, optical systems, physics, optical modeling and/or integrated optics.
  • Hands on Optical system assembly, optical alignment, testing and qualification. Breadboard setups and experiment design and analysis experience.
  • Expertise with design, optical tolerancing and modeling.
  • Working knowledge with diverse optical devices and sensors: objectives, collimation and relay optics, fibers, cameras and detectors.


  • The candidate must have the capacity to work alongside engineers, leaders and technicians to execute activities related to complex tests, hardware related simulations and designs and builds including testing and data gathering. Effective communication of findings, ideas and results to peers and managers.
  • Autonomously interacts with (advises, challenges, educates) Senior Researchers, Research Portfolio Managers and Management. Next to that interacts with entities outside of Research e.g. System Engineering, (strategic) Sourcing, Intellectual Property and D&E Function or Competence owners.

Problem Solving:

  • The candidate must have expertise in troubleshooting complex problems on complex systems. Develop and debug algorithms and software in Labview and MATLAB.
  • Identifies and understands problems related to the task. Looks at the problems from different (multidisciplinary) angles and proposes several (out-of-the-box) solutions. Drives the proposed solutions or approaches into results. Does this pro-actively on function level (FC) or comparable level of complexity.


  • The candidate must have the capability to clearly communicate progress and status of ongoing investigations to managers and to customers; Candidate will be required to write reports documenting investigations carried out.
  • Willing to speak up and challenge project leadership appropriately


  • Operates in a changing environment where processes and ways of working require adaptation to enable effective and efficient innovation.


  • Leads the development of Research solutions. Has impact on the work of several colleagues, by being a technical/content lead, or by being a mentor/coach towards juniors.


Desired technical skills in the candidate are:

  • Optical modeling and data analysis and evaluation.
  • Wave propagation and diffraction modeling.
  • Polarization optics and polarization modeling.
  • Image processing and pattern recognition.
  • Optical and physics Simulation in Matlab and other suitable languages and design tools.
  • Data processing and visualization with Matlab.
  • Building and aligning complex sensors using techniques like collimation and interferometry.
  • Test stand design and build: concept, error budget, realization.

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:

  • Can observe and respond to people and situations and interact with others encountered in the course of work.
  • Can learn and apply new information or skills.
  • Must be able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.
  • Strong customer focus and commitment to customer satisfaction through prioritization, quality, efficiency and professionalism.
  • Ability to complete assignments with attention to detail and high degree of accuracy.
  • Proven ability to perform effectively in a demanding environment with changing workloads and deadlines.
  • Result driven-demonstrate ownership and accountability.
  • Identifies bottlenecks and drives improvements.
  • Work independently or as part of a team and follow through on assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrate open, clear, concise and professional communication.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with manager, co-workers and customer.
  • Work according to a strict set of procedures within the provided timelines.

Other information

Role within Office


  • Routinely required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch. Occasionally required to move around the campus.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • May require travel dependent on business needs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Role within the Factory

  • Must be willing to work in a clean room environment, wearing coveralls, hoods, booties, safety glasses and gloves for entire duration of shift.
  • 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 may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Can work under deadlines.
  • The environment generally is moderate in temperature with moderate to high noise level.
  • Must be willing to work a compressed work week schedule- twelve-hour long shift and rotating from three to four days a week.
  • This must include references to day and night shifts for accommodation purposes.

Additional Responsibilities (as needed in the cleanroom and/or labs):
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.

  • Must be willing to work in a clean room environment, wearing coveralls, hoods, booties, safety glasses and gloves. Working under ISO 9000/14000 standards.
  • The environment in the cleanroom is moderate in temperature with moderate to high noise level.
  • Safely working around lasers; on ladders; on platforms; around chemicals; near strong magnetic fields; around high voltage and currents.
  • The employee is occasionally required to move around the campus.

EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability

This position requires 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 ASML to proceed with candidates who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.

Diversity and 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.

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Mission & Purpose

Who are we? ASML is an innovation leader in the global semiconductor industry. We make machines that chipmakers use to mass produce microchips. Founded in 1984 in the Netherlands with just a handful of employees, we’ve now grown to over 40,000 employees, 143 nationalities and more than 60 locations around the world. What do we do? We provide chipmakers with hardware, software and services to mass produce patterns on silicon through lithography. Our lithography systems use ultraviolet light to create billions of tiny structures on silicon that together make up a microchip. We push our technology to new limits to enable our customers to create smaller, faster and more powerful chips. Who are our people? While you may think that only engineers and mathematicians work at ASML, you'll be surprised to find out that our people come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Across ASML, we have dedicated teams that manage customer support, communications and media, IT, software development and more. Every team in the company is essential for pushing our technology and the industry forward. If you love to tackle challenges and innovate in a collaborative, supportive and inclusive environment with all the flexibility and freedom to unleash your full potential, ASML is the place to be.