30+ days ago - req10465

Materials Engineer - Surface Chemistry

Research & Development

Chemistry & Material science



In a nutshell


Wilton - CT, US


Research & Development


3-7 years



Job Category

Chemistry & Material science, Physics, Optics


ASML 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 main headquarters are located in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, and we also have 18 office locations around the United States- including main offices in Wilton, CT, Chandler, AZ, San Jose, CA and San Diego, CA.

Job Mission

ASML is seeking an experienced material scientist / engineer with expertise in tribology and knowledge in Ion Beam Figuring (IBF) or similar technology to produce ultra-high precision optics to join the Optical Sensor and Metrology Department in Wilton, Connecticut. The main job function is to understand/ improve friction properties and wear behavior of materials used in the current system. Understand the source of particle & molecular contaminants in the product, test equipment & manufacturing process and device ways to identify, clean & control them to solve challenging engineering problems associated with achieving nanometer scale precision.

ASML is a world leader in the manufacture of advanced technology systems for the semiconductor industry.ASML’s corporate headquarters is in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. Manufacturing sites and research and development facilities are located in Connecticut, California and the Netherlands. Technology development centers and training facilities are located in the United States, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. Additionally, ASML provides optimal service to its customers via over 50 sales and service organizations in 16 countries. Founded in the Netherlands in 1984, the company is publicly traded on Euronext Amsterdam and NASDAQ under the symbol ASML.

Job Description

-Understand/improve friction properties and wear behavior of materials used in the current system with appropriate diagnostics techniques and equipment.
-Develop/ improve friction & wear testing methods tools and process and transfer to manufacturing.
-Understand particle & molecularcontaminantstransport mechanism in product and test equipment.
-Characterize type and amount of contamination by collecting contamination samples and performing relevant tests.
-Develop/identify cleaning methods by using proper materials, equipment, and processes without sacrificing product performance.
-Develop methods to determine the degree of cleanliness, and validate cleaning efficacy.
-Implement contamination budgeting and monitoring throughout the process.
-Write contamination control procedure and train technicians to efficiently implement the procedure in manufacturing.
-Create and maintain a roadmap of surface figuring technology to support ASML products by investigating possible candidate techniques and evaluating their capabilities and limitations.


Minimum: MS in Material Sciences, Physics or other engineering disciplines with at least 3 years’ work related experience in tribology.

Preferred: PhD in Material Sciences, Physics or other engineering disciplines with more than 5 years’ industry experience specializing in tribology andoptical polishing systems including IBF.


-Expert knowledge in material and material interaction (especially glass, ceramics, thin film materials, gases, etc); with deep understanding of the fundamentals of friction and wear processes of metallic, ceramic, and polymeric materials.
-Expert knowledge in testing techniques & equipment to evaluate friction and wear behavior of materials.
-Working knowledge in thin film deposition / evaporation technology.
-Expert knowledge in manufacturing process optimization.
-Expert knowledge of MATLAB and/or Labview for data collection and analysis to drive solutions; Working knowledge of PID controllers.
-Extensive experience in system integration and troubleshooting.
-Extensive experience in verification and material characterization techniqueslike interferometer, microscope, SEM/TEM, AFM, White light interferometer etc.
-General understanding of optics and optics manufacturing methods.
-Excellent analytical and experimental skills.

Personal skills

-Have excellent written and oral communication skills and a commitment to achieving results on time while under time constraints;High energy, high ownership, high level of dedication.
-Be willing to jump in on new issues, get to the bottom of the causes and propose practical solutions.
-Be able to break down complex problems with limited data to come to solutions – strong critical thinking capability.
-Have demonstrated “team player” with a quality orientation and interpersonal skills.
-Be able to interface with multidisciplinary groups and work effectively in a team and be willing to take on responsibility.
-Be able to quickly acquire technical knowledge from documentation and on-the-job training and be capable of thoroughly investigating technical issues (analytically and hands-on in a lab).

Context of the position

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.
-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 is occasionally required to move around the campus.
-The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
-May require travel dependent on company needs.
-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 and noise level.
-Must be able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.
-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.

Other information

EEO/AA (W/M/Vets/Disability) Employer.

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 applicants who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.