Controls Engineer @ ASML/Cymer at ASML

San Diego - CA, US
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. We are 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.
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As a Controls Engineer, you will be responsible for developing and improving critical controllers and other algorithms for the lasers used in the manufacture of microchips, to enhance performance, increase reliability, and increase automation (lower cost). You will work on systems involving excimer lasers and their optical features (such as energy, wavelength, and spectral bandwidth), high-speed mechatronics, gas properties and handling, and ultra-precise signal timing. You will need to consider system modeling and physics, signal properties (noise, filtering, frequency content), actuator and sensor behaviors and limitations, nonlinear coupled and time-varying plant dynamics, and very large data sets. You will use a range of techniques and methodologies starting with classical and modern feedback control methods, and including advanced controls, signal processing, estimation, optimization, frequency-domain analysis, stochastics, and clear logical thinking.
You will collaborate with systems engineers, software and firmware developers, electrical engineers, hardware designers, Marketing, and project management to develop concepts, perform engineering analysis and design, build and test prototypes, generate detailed requirements, and guide the final algorithms through final implementation, into testing, and out to field production.
  • Serve as a technical expert for one or more control subsystems or features, capable of independent decision making for critical technical issues.
  • Applies broad knowledge in sensors, actuators, control algorithms, automation, software, and data analysis methods and tools to drive control system improvements to enable improved laser light properties and higher system availability.
  • Leads the design and building of tools that allow debugging, analysis, and evaluation of control system performance.Leads the root cause analysis for control system failures in products for integration and fielded units during escalations.
  • Leads and performs integration activates including troubleshooting the control system, designing and executing test plans and test automation, to ensure the algorithms functions as designed.
  • Documents work results with requirements, design specifications, procedures, and training materials.
  • Leads and mentors junior controls engineers, leads the development and integration of innovative control system solutions to enable stable and efficient production of UV light.

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.

  • Requires a degree in Engineering or Physics. Type of degree - Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D., will be dependent on the level of the position.
  • Years of experience required for a position, will vary depending on the level of the role. Multiple positions are open across ASML California (San Diego & San Jose locations).
  • Specialization in control systems strongly preferred.
  • Linear systems, feedback control, discrete-time control, signal processing, filtering and estimation, system identification, and non-linear systems postgraduate courses and experience will be highly regarded.
  • Strong MATLAB skills and experience
  • Experience designing practical discrete-time feedback control systems of significant complexity
  • Ability to design and analyze feedback control and estimation systems using classical, modern or nonlinear techniques and theories.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to translate, statistically analyze data, and effectively report problems through written and/or graphical formats.
  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and electronic e-mail systems.
  • Has led a successfully completed project.
  • Ability to carry a product design from conception into production.
  • Project Engineering experience including leading small technical teams.
  • Ability to cross functional boundaries to build relationships with all areas in the company, to understand and reconcile higher level company and customer needs.
  • Ability to cross functional boundaries to build relationships with all areas in the company, to understand and reconcile higher level company and customer needs.
  • Working knowledge of C/C++ desirable.
  • Understanding of embedded software systems desirable.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Being flexible, and adaptable to change.
  • Ability to interact with customers as a technical expert, understand customer needs, and incorporate these into your work.
  • Ability to solve problems and implement solutions to complex problems with available resources.
  • Excellent organizational, reasoning, planning and motivational skills.
  • Self-starter, self-motivator; willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills with the ability to influence, motivate, mentor and lead team resources.

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. EOE

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