Algorithmic optimization for optical sensor bij ASML


Graduation assignment: Algorithmic optimization for optical sensor

Location Veldhoven, Netherlands
Degree Master
Experience No experience (Student)
Team Research & Development
Job Category Computer Science & Software Engineering Mathematics Physics


Are you a Master student in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics or Applied Physics with a good knowledge of optimization techniques? Then this graduation assignment could be interesting for you!

Job Mission

ASML produces scanners performing with nanometer accuracy at a very high speed. This is achieved thanks to several elements: a good design, very accurate sensors, clever algorithms, etc. We constantly seek improvements in all these elements to improve scanner performance. In being part of ASML, your task is to push this boundary of accuracy and speed beyond the current status using optimization techniques.

Job Description

The primary goal of your assignment is to optimize the algorithm used to sample data from an optical sensor present in ASML scanners. This improvement aims to reduce the number of sampling points of this sensor without reducing accuracy. At the same time this improves the operational speed of the scanners. In this assignment you will learn about optical sensors and the way they are used in scanners. You will use real-world data and work in a multi-disciplinary team.


You are a Master student in Computer Science, Applied mathematics or Applied Physics. A good knowledge of optimization techniques (like Evolutionary Algorithms or Evolution Strategies) and Matlab is preferred. You should have good communication skills and willing to work in a team and independently. Thereby, the English language is required, both written and verbally. 

This is a Graduation Internship for 5 days a week with duration of a minimum 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?