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Graduation assignment: Design diagnostic tooling for system interfaces

Internship in Veldhoven, the Netherlands

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Required languages

English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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0 to 1 years

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are you a Bachelor graduate or a Master student in Computer Science or Software engineering with an interest in stakeholder management and Artificial Intelligence? Then this assignment could be interesting for you. 

Job Mission

One of ASML’s system interfaces is named SECS, SEMI  Equipment Communications Standard; this is a TCP/IP based protocol used by customers. In an automated chip fabrication plant, this interface is used to start and stop processing, collect measurement data, change variables and select recipes of machines for chip manufacturing. The SECS/GEM (Generic Equipment Model) standards do all this in a defined way. Developed by the SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International) organization, the standards define a common set of equipment behavior and communications capabilities.

For analysis of SECS related issues, often diagnostic data from different sources have to be combined. Currently, this is a manual process. It requires expert skills to put the diagnostic data together, analyze it and draw the correct conclusion(s). A tool that collects the diagnostic data and guides the user in the analysis based on the expert knowledge brought in to the tool would be very helpful.

Job Description

For this assignment you are expected to work with the SECS interface owners and customer support representatives. Your challenge is to design and implement a tool that collects relevant diagnostic data from different sources or provides guidance therein. Your assignment  provides directions for analysis of SECS related issues based on brought-in expert knowledge.


You are a Master or Bachelor graduate student in Computer Science, Embedded Software or Software Engineering. You are creative, curious, goal oriented and capable of working independently. In addition, your stakeholder management skills are excellent and you are fluent in English, both verbally and in writing. Prior experience in expert systems, user interfaces, Artificial Intelligence and tool development is preferred. Furthermore you are skilled in C++ and/or Java. 

This is an Master apprentice/graduation or a Bachelor graduation internship for 5 days a week with a minimum duration of 4 months. The preferred start date will be January 2020.  

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. 

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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. 

About ASML
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We make machines that make chips; the hearts of the devices that keep us informed, entertained and safe. Our key technology is the lithography system, which brings together high-tech hardware and advanced software to control the chip manufacturing process. All of the world’s top chipmakers like Samsung, Intel and TSMC use our technology, enabling the waves of...

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