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Jr. Physics Engineer

Are you triggered by production engineering and physics? Do you want to challenge yourself by working on cutting-edge, patented technology that enables quantitative surface particle measurements? Are you available directly or very soon? Then we are looking for you!

You will get the opportunity to be working with real customer cases, close to the market in a global market with major international players. Our customers are always high end and high tech.

This is your perfect job if you:

  • Are fascinated by working on cutting-edge technology in the field of software, optics, and mechanics for particle detection
  • Want to contribute to reduced global footprint by waste reduction and cost of non-quality
  • Want to work in an environment where your contribution is valued and directly implemented where possible
  • Enjoy working on a commercial product, directly offered to the market
  • Like working in a scale-up team, where we combine improvisation with professionalism
  • Like to vary scientific with hands-on work in the Fastmicro in-house cleanroom and testing facilities
  • Prefer short communication lines to management

Job Description

As a junior physics engineer, you will be working directly with our Sr System Architect and multi-disciplinary team of engineers on technical innovations. These innovations are related to optical metrology, mechatronics, and data processing, both R&D and hands-on. It is important that you can work in a team and have a practical mindset about engineering.

Some of the main tasks include:

  • Creating concepts for the different bottlenecks in the design based on customer feedback
  • Creating test plans and carrying out the tests
  • Performing literature studies and writing scientific publications for supporting science and technology
  • Supporting design choices based on test results

The products that you will be working on include:

  1. Sample Scanner à Detecting particles on surfaces by using samplers
  2. Product Scanner à Detecting particles on full wafers, reticles and pellicles
  3. Particle Fall-Out Scanner à For continuous particle measurement

What we expect from you

  • 0-5 years’ experience
  • A Bachelor or Master in Engineering or Physics.
  • Fluent in English (oral and written)
  • To be independent, pro-active yet structured, showing responsibility and ownership working closely together in a scale-up team
  • Living and working (permit) in The Netherlands
  • Eager to learn about microtechnology and technical cleanliness

It’s a plus if you have:

  • Experience in the Semicon or Display industry, especially in contamination control
  • Experience in industrial metrology, or analytical instruments. In the lab and in manufacturing.
  • You have statistical skills
  • Dutch language or culture knowledge
  • You are interested in image processing, software development and/or machine vision

What makes working at Fastmicro worth it?

We offer you the opportunity to work on cutting edge technologies in an inspiring and dynamic, high-tech scale-up in the Brainport Eindhoven region, where you can grow with the company and develop your skills to the fullest. You get to work on cutting edge technologies in optics, scatterometry, software development and mechatronics and to utilize your skills on tomorrow’s products, both industrial and consumer. Finally, you will have impact on the market and global footprint by reducing waste (chemicals, non-quality, etc.) while being part of a small entrepreneurial scale-up company in a start-up hub.

You will also get:

  • A monthly salary of €2700-€3500, depending on your experience and profile
  • Secondary conditions like 25 vacation days and holiday allowance of 8%
  • The option to participate in our pension arrangements
  • A permanent contract

What our coworkers say about Fastmicro

Fastmicro is a great place to work with good work/life balance and the flexibility to partly work from home and travel. You will be welcomed by an enthusiastic team of ambitious colleagues, with Friday afternoon drinks, and you can join our voluntary weekly bootcamp on Thursdays. For personal development there is coaching and training available, and technical training and support with internal and external partners.

Interested? Send your application to Mr. Bart Dirkx, including your CV and motivation to apply@fast-micro.com.

Response to this vacancy by employment agencies and similar is not appreciated.

Our internship possibilities

[Internship] Can you improve our sampler alignment?

At Fastmicro, we measure, count and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are unique in this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds. We use so-called samplers to pick up the particles from the product surface, bring them to our scanner and then measure. This enables/allows our high-tech customers to reduce waste and improve their production?

During this measurement, it is important that the sampler is positioned well because misalignment could lead to a faulty or inaccurate measurement of the sample. If you are a mechanical engineer and are challenged by a positioning and alignment problem and not afraid to experiment e.g. adding a sensor here or there, this might be the perfect internship for you.

If this triggers your enthusiasm, don’t hesitate to apply.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Compensation possible

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

[Internship] Statistics on particle measurement

At Fastmicro we measure, count and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are unique at this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

Although we are pushing the boundaries of our measurement accuracy, our current lower detection limit ends at the several hundred nanometer range. In order to make estimates on the numbers of particles in the range below that, we  rely on knowledge on particle size distributions.

This is where you come in. In this assignment, you will start with a literature study on particle distributions, continuing with practical tests and verification of the assumptions and conditions on these distributions. Using the Fastmicro scanner in combination with other techniques you will verify these distributions so we can make estimates beyond the physical measurement capabilities of our scanner. You will have the opportunity to do these tests and post processing yourself in our cleanroom in Geldrop.

If you are looking for an assignment where you can apply your theoretical knowledge in practice with real statistics and meaningful contribution in a start-up environment, this might be the perfect internship for you and an opportunity to make your first steps towards becoming a Greenbelt.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Compensation possible

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

[Internship] Correlation between surface particles and airborne particles

At Fastmicro we measure, count, and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. We do this by picking up the particles from the surface using a sticky pad and then count the particles in our scanner using scatterometry. And we are unique at this, because our solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

Other companies perform airborne particle count to determine the air quality in a clean room. Dirty cleanrooms lead to more particles on the surface, but there is little information on the relationship between the number and size of particles in the air versus the particles on the surface.

This assignment gives you the opportunity to discover more about the correlation between surface particles and airborne particles . First you will conduct a literature study. Second you will setup a test plan and then perform these tests in our cleanroom in Geldrop and perhaps other locations.

If you are challenged by physics in combination with statistics, testing and measurement, this could be the perfect internship for you.

If this triggers your enthusiasm, don’t hesitate to apply.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

Compensation possible

Possibility to extend to final assignment.

[Internship] Distinguishing metallic from non-metallic particles

Are you fascinated by things that are so small they cannot be seen by the human eye?
So are we!

At Fastmicro we measure, count and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are unique at this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

One of the things we want to be able to do to bring our technology to the next level, is distinguish between metallic and non-metalic particles. This requires both research and testing. If you are interested in optics, UV light, polarized light and data processing this will be an excellent internship for you.

If this triggers your enthusiasm, don’t hesitate to apply.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

Compensation possible

Possibility to extend to final assignment.

[Internship] Distinguishing organic from non-organic particles

Are you fascinated by things that are so small they cannot be seen by the human eye?
So are we!

At Fastmicro we measure, count and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are unique at this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

One of the things we want to be able to do to bring our technology to the next level, is distinguish between organic and non-organic particles. This requires both research and testing. If you are interested in optics, UV light, fluorescence and data processing this will be an excellent internship for you.

If this triggers your enthusiasm, don’t hesitate to apply.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

Compensation possible

Possibility to extend to final assignment.

[Internship] Faster computer chips by measuring smaller particles

Do you want the fastest and most powerful computer chips in your phone, PC and gaming console? So do we!
If you are into tech, you should know these circuits need to be smaller to make them faster. Yet, the smaller the circuits, the more susceptive they become to particle contamination.

Thus, particle cleanliness becomes more and more important in various high-tech industries like chip production, optical sensors and displays. Fastmicro offers multiple type of particle scanners based on scatterometry to detect, count and localize particles down to 0.5 µm as well as determining their size.

As even the smallest particles could lead to defects in the newest chips, our customers have requested us to increase our measurement range to smaller than 0.5 µm. This is an excellent opportunity for you to support our development by investigating our design parameters, both physical, optical and computer science. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the development of the newest generation chips enabling more powerful and energy-efficient performance.

If this triggers your enthusiasm, don’t hesitate to apply.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

Compensation possible

Possibility to extend to final assignment.

[Internship] How well do correlation particles represent real particles?

At Fastmicro we measure, count and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are unique at this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

Our sample scanner makes it easy for anyone execute surface particle measurements. Reliability and repeatability of our measurements is key for us. To prove and quantify our reliability and reproducibility, we offer you the opportunity to perform a Gage R&R.

During this assignment you will organize the whole process, from making a plan to carrying out the tests and doing post processing in software e.g. Minitab or SPSS. You will be supported by our system architect.

If you are looking for a practical assignment with real statistics in a start-up environment, this might be the perfect internship for you and an opportunity to make your first steps towards becoming a Greenbelt.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 months

Compensation possible

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

[Internship] Measuring particles on moving substrates (Computer Science)

At Fastmicro we measure, count and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are really good at this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

After creating cutting-edge products for surface particle measurements by mastering the technology for static substrates, we are ready for the next challenge: to measure particles on moving substrates as well. To do this in software, some serious tinkering with image acquisition and registers is needed during or after image acquisition. Ideally you would develop and test your model on our system. If you are a computer science engineer and are challenged by a real time positioning and alignment problem and like tinkering with sensors and cameras, this might be the perfect internship for you.

If this triggers your enthusiasm, don’t hesitate to apply.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Compensation possible

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

[Internship] Measuring particles on moving substrates (Mechatronics)

At Fastmicro we measure, count and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are unique at this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

We normally do this on static substrates. One of our technological challenges is to be able to measure these particles on moving substrates as well. This requires a mechatronic solution that enables the sensor and the substrate to move together at the same speed during image acquisition. Ideally you would make a test setup on which you will verify your model. If you are a mechatronics engineer and are challenged by a real time positioning and alignment problem and not afraid of adding a sensor here or there, this might be the perfect internship for you.

If this triggers your enthusiasm, don’t hesitate to apply.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

Compensation possible

Possibility to extend to final assignment.

[Internship] Refractive index of substrates

At Fastmicro we measure, count, and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are unique at this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

Fastmicro scanners typically measure the scattered intensity of particles. This intensity depends on both the optical properties of the particles (size, shape, material,..) and the substrate (refractive index, optional layer thickness/refractive index, texture/roughness). The Fastmicro scanners are currently calibrated by making use of silicon wafer samples with PSL spheres. Measurements with substrates other than a silicon wafer, would require an extra calibration. Ideally, we want the applicability of the Fastmicro scanners to be independent from this extra calibration. A general calibration of the Fastmicro scanners could be based on a combination of a measurement database and optical models.

In this assignment you will investigate what is needed to have the Fastmicro scanners calibrated for different types of substrates and possibly execute and implement found solutions.

If you are a physics/optical engineer and are challenged by a combination of fundamental physics of sub-micron particles and practical testing and measurement, this could be the perfect internship for you.

If this triggers your enthusiasm, don’t hesitate to apply.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Compensation possible

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

[Internship] Statistics on particle measurement

At Fastmicro we measure, count, and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are unique at this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

Fastmicro scanners measure particles on a surface using a sampler. Before the sampler is measured on the scanner,  it needs to be handled. Handling actions include picking up the sample, placing the sample in a box, storing the sample for a certain amount of time, transport of the sample, placing the sample in the scanner (upside down for the Fastmicro scample scanner). These actions should have a limited effect on the measurement result. Insight of the effect of these actions is required to control reproducibility of measurements. We would like you to investigate which forces apply to particles on a surface, get insight in when particles are expected to be released from the surface based on external forces and determine which particles (size) on the samples are expected to be significantly impacted by typical handling actions of the samples. 

If you are looking for a practical assignment with real statistics in a start-up environment, this might be the perfect internship for you and an opportunity to make your first steps towards becoming a Greenbelt.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 months

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

Compensation possible

[Internship] What makes small particles move?

Particles are an increasing problem in different high-tech industries e.g. Semicon because they can lead to defects. First these particles need to be transported to the part where they are unwanted. As long as the particles stay put, they cause no harm. Small particles tend to stick to surfaces because of vanderWaals forces, but what makes them release? We would like to find out.

At Fastmicro we measure, count, and localize particles on ultra clean products to make sure they are really clean. And we are unique at this, because our scatterometry solution allows us to do this down to 0,5µm particle size in only a few seconds.

In this assignment you will investigate what forces are needed to release the particles from the surface e.g. G-forces, gravity or forces from our sticky pads. You will also investigate what the contribution of size and material type is.

If you are a physics engineer and are challenged by a combination of fundamental physics of small particles and practical testing and measurement, this could be the perfect internship for you.

If this triggers your enthusiasm, don’t hesitate to apply.

Level: Bachelor / Master internship

Internship duration: 3 – 6 months

Compensation possible

Location: on-site in Geldrop (Eindhoven region)

Interested? Apply now

apply@fast-micro.com