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Staff Optical Engineer at ASML

Staff Optical Engineer

ASML San Diego, CA Full-Time
In a nutshell


San Diego - CA, US


Research & development


3-7 years


Optical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Physics



JOB ID: J-00249974-913
Introduction to the job

ASML US, LP 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 Wilton, CT, Chandler, AZ, San Jose, CA and San Diego, CA.

This position may require 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 the Company to proceed with candidates who are immediately eligible to access controlled technology.

Role and responsibilities

We have an exciting opportunity for a Staff Optical Engineer in San Diego, Ca. This role will support the design of next-generation optical and mechanical sub-systems for the creation and control of EUV radiation and supports the development & integration of innovative core technology elements and/or system concepts into engineering solutions. Requirement is to perform a variety of engineering tasks including designing, developing, testing, analyzing, troubleshooting and implementation of optical subassemblies and modules. Subsequent design activities may include detailed tolerance analysis, mounting stress and thermal analysis. Researches and works with sourcing and supply chain engineering to select future key suppliers for consideration as turn-key providers of sub-systems. Coordinates purchasing activities with engineering and manufacturing departments to source critical component supply and drive supplier capability roadmaps.


Assumes optical engineering responsibility for component, module or subsystem design from concept design through manufacturing transfer ramp.
Works with system architects in compiling and verifying photon budgets.
Coordinates with the Opto-Mechanical engineer to develop mounted solutions for optical metrology systems, including interactive tolerancing reviews.
Performs detailed design and component layout for optical systems including: component specification, tolerancing and procedures for new or improved subsystems and validates concepts through breadboard builds and analysis.
Hands-on opto-mechanical systems build and qualification, including assembly procedure development, alignment and process improvement.
Interacts closely with development engineers, scientists, suppliers, and QA to resolve quality issues.
Leads and/or participates in preliminary and critical design reviews.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, capable of clearly explain technical issues and ideas to peers and management.
Up to 15% of time may be required to travel to customer sites, ASML locations, supplier visits, etc. (both domestic and international).
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Education and experience
Requires minimum of a Master’s degree in Optics, Opto-mechanics or relevant engineering discipline, plus 4 years industrial experience.
Expert in optical design, tolerancing and analysis software (e.g. Zemax).
Familiar with non-sequential optical analysis software (e.g. FRED).
Familiarity with mechanical 3D solid modeling design software (e.g. SolidWorks or NX) an advantage.

Familiar with aspects of optical engineering including (but not limited to):

Radiometry theory and optical system design.
Aberration theory and optical design basics.
Optical thin film coatings.
Polarization theory and management.
Methods of mechanically mounting optical components.
Familiar with the requirements for design and analysis of complex, tight tolerance mechanical and/or opto-mechanical assemblies.
Familiar with specification and development of active optical components e.g. EOM, AOM, CW and pulsed visible and NIR lasers.
Experience with definition of and design for alignment strategies for laser systems (hands-on laser system alignment experience strongly preferred).

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.

Diversity & 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.

Other information


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 including working while fully gowned in a clean room environment.
The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
The employee may be required to travel based 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.
Extended periods of time in a clean room environment should be expected. Requires gowning in Class 10K gowning protocol
May need to work in labs with equipment that emit high-pitched noise.
May spend extended periods of time at a computer workstation.

The California base annual salary/hourly range for this role is currently $140,250.00-$233,750.00. 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. Our recruiters can share more information about our bonus program, benefits and equity during the hiring process.

EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability

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