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Staff Laser Systems Engineer



Software Engineering
San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 6, 2024
NewJob ID: J-00299024


ASML is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lithography systems that help enable Moore’s Law and the creation of increasingly powerful and capable electronic devices. Our San Diego-based light source division, Cymer, is renowned for developing both deep ultraviolet (DUV) lithography light sources and next generation extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light sources. We are a multinational company with over 70 locations in 16 countries, headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands.

As the world’s leading semiconductor lithography machine (the machine that makes computer chips) manufacturer, ASML enables chip manufacturers to make cheaper, faster, chips, thereby enabling all the technology you use today. The machines we make require high speed, magnetically levitated stages with sub-nanometer accuracy, robotic mask delivery systems, mechatronic devices to shape and correct the laser illumination source, and optical modules that can detect sub-nanometer alignment errors and pattern distortions. Temperature controlled to milli-kelvins, particulate free, and operating in complete vacuum, the technical challenges are endless. Solving these requires expertise in servo controls, mechatronics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, embedded software engineering, optics, physics, manufacturing, industrialization, and more. If you like extreme challenges and want to help bring the next generation of technology to the world, then come join ASML.

If you have a passion for technology and innovation you’ll want to check us out. Be a part of ASML. Be a part of progress.

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The Sr Systems Engineer (Laser) is the technical owner for the architecture of Cymer DUV laser products: responsible for assessing, developing, validating and reviewing the system-level architecture to enable first-time customer functionality. The Systems Engineer works in a cross-functional team with Program/Project Managers, Technical Marketing, and Module Engineers to develop and productize new technologies and laser systems.

Roles and responsibilities

Activities will include:

  • Translates technical roadmaps into laser system specifications to meet scanner manufacturer requirements and enable chipmaker applications.
  • Decompose high level requirements into performance budgets and to create and communicate subassembly/module requirements.
  • Drive development of next generation laser systems from concept through manufacturing transfer and integration into chipmaker applications by providing technical leadership within the product development team.
  • Validates fundamental technology concepts through breadboard builds and experimental analysis.
  • Performs technology assessments and develops trade studies to optimize system performance for laser systems.
  • Conduct risk assessments and advise the organization on the likelihood and severity of identified risks.
  • Partner with program managers to scope development efforts, identify technical direction, project timelines and development costs.
  • Collaborate and guide a project team of inter-disciplinary engineers to drive prototype to pilot to production development of hardware and software solutions.
  • Develops, validates and communicates product configurations, system architecture and reviews and approves product and subsystem requirements and specifications.
  • Designs and supports the execution of system verification testing. Presents performance results relative to field and factory margins to specifications.
  • Manages development activities using the ASML’s Product Generation Process including concept reviews, design reviews, proto builds, pilot builds, verification testing, etc., with records and completion of all open action items.
  • Analyzes problems in existing systems, plan and conduct investigations, and develop solution proposals.
  • Coordinates all phases in the development process, from inception through to product release.
  • Develops test plans, creates test procedures, performs tests and data reduction and evaluates test data. Modifies designs based upon test results.
  • Support field support engineers to drive troubleshooting and root cause investigation to resolve escalations on laser at chipmaker fabs.
  • Interfaces with manufacturing engineering to develop and implement designs that improve manufacturability.
  • Interfaces with manufacturing personnel to coordinate the build of modified or new prototype assemblies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and experience

  • Minimum requirement – Bachelor’s Degree (Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Optics or related field). Master's Degree or PhD. is desired. Minimum 3 years of relevant, work related experience with a Master’s or PhD. At least 7 years of relevant, work related experience with a Bachelors’ degree.
  • Product Industry experience working with project / group teams – customer focused (needs, requirements, expectations, etc.)
  • Extensive experimental experience and skills in laboratory environment is required (i.e. safety, exposure to pressurized gases, loud machinery, lasers, etc.)
  • Has successfully led and completed a technical project.
  • Extensive experience with MATLAB or Python.
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire and analyze data from a variety of sources, and use this data to drive risk analysis and design changes.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform test and/or validation design.
  • Experience troubleshooting electronics, mechanical parts, optics, opto-electronics, etc.
  • Experience with excimer lasers is desired.
  • Practical experience with laser systems, either in manufacturing or laboratory environments is highly desirable.


  • Self-motivated, with an ability to work in a fast-moving, high-tech environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in cross-disciplinary teams, and provide technical leadership.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to effectively communicate technical results and report problems through written and/or graphical formats.
  • Excellent customer service skills, with an advanced understanding of customer relationship building.
  • 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 50 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.
  • 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.
  • Responsibilities include periodic travel to regional and overseas sites for product technical support and special support projects.
  • Work may include onsite technical support involving heavy lifting of equipment & modules.
  • Position will require technical work activity in a clean-room production environment and/or laboratory setting.
  • The environment generally is moderate in temperature and noise level.
  • Occasionally may be exposed to loud noise bursts and may be exposed to toxic gases (fluorine).
  • Must be able to work in small, confined spaces.

Other information

  • We offer competitive salaries and benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401(K), and FSAs.
  • We are committed to leveraging the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of our workforce to create opportunities for our people and the business.
  • Occasional travel, both domestic and international, required (<1/qtr)

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.”

The current base annual salary range for this role is currently:

Pay scales are determined by role, level, location and alignment with market data. Individual pay is determined through interviews and an assessment of several factors that that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to job-related skills, relevant education and experience, certifications, abilities of the candidate and pay relative to other team members.

The Company offers employees and their families, medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. Employees are able to participate in the Company’s 401k plan. Employees will also receive eight (8) hours of vacation leave every month and (13) paid holidays throughout the calendar year. For more information, please contact the Recruiter or click on this link Compensation & Benefits in the US.

All new ASML jobs have a minimum application deadline of 10 days.

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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