30+ days ago - req10210

Graduation assignment: Study the surface energy of coatings for contact mechanics applications

Research & Development

Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineering

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Research & Development, Mechanical Engineering


No experience (Student)



Job Category

Physics, Mechanical engineering


This is a graduation assignment for a bachelor or master's student with a technical background, preferably in Physics.

Job Mission

This assignment will take place in the Construction materials corrosion & bonding department, in collaboration with other groups. For this internship, we will investigate the role of surface energy in contact mechanics between non-metallic thin films and wafer surfaces.

Experimental work will consist of performing measurements of surface energy and adhesion forces on thin film surfaces, using a drop shape analyser and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).Theoretical interpretation of the results will be based on existing models describing interaction forces between the surfaces of interest.

Job Description

Your tasks will include:
•A literature study regarding the performance of similar materials.
•Planning the parametric study together with the supervisor.
•Conducting systematic measurements and estimating specific errors.
•Analyzing data and verifying the existent models according to literature.
•Writing an internal report.


You are a bachelor or master’s student with a technical background, preferably in Physics. You are organized and enthusiastic, and you’re an innovative thinker with excellent communication skills. You know how to program, and you preferably have some experience with Matlab.

This is a graduation assignment for 5 days a week with a minimum duration of 6 months.

Please keep in mind that we can only consider students (who are enrolled at a school during the whole internship period) for our internships and graduation assignments.

Other information

What ASML offers
Your internship will be in one of the leading Dutch corporations, gaining valuable experience in a highly dynamic environment. You will receive a monthly internship allowance of 500 euro (maximum), plus a possible housing or travel allowance. In addition, you’ll get expert, practical guidance and the chance to work in and experience a dynamic, innovative team environment.

ASML: Be part of progress
We make machines that make chips – the hearts of the devices that keep us informed, entertained and safe; that improve our quality of life and help to tackle the world’s toughest problems.

We build some of the most amazing machines that you will ever see, and the software to run them. Never satisfied, we measure our performance in units that begin with pico or nano.

We believe we can always do better. We believe the winning idea can come from anyone. We love what we do – not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.

Students: Getting ready for real-world R&D
Pushing technology further is teamwork, and our R&D team is more than 5,500 people strong, with major sites on three continents. Dozens of diverse, interdisciplinary teams work in parallel to meet a challenging development schedule.

In such an environment, your colleagues may be sitting next door, or they could be thousands of kilometers away in a different country, or even working for a different company.

An internship at ASML is your opportunity to get to know this world of industrial-strength R&D and get a feel for that excites you most. Will you design a part of the machine, or make sure it gets built to the tightest possible specifications? Will you write software that drives the system to its best performance, or work side-by-side with the engineers of our customers in a fab, optimizing a system to the requirements of the customer?

How will you be part of progress?