Kick-start your software engineering career at ASML with our Software Graduate Program

The ASML Software Graduate Program is a fantastic opportunity to kick-start your software career. Join us as a graduate and your first job will be in one of the most advanced software companies in the world, preparing you for a bright future!

Our offer

Do you know how to program? Have you recently graduated or will you graduate in the upcoming months? Do you want to know and learn what working as a software engineer in a professional company is like?

We have an offer you can’t refuse:

  • Start your ASML job with our Software Graduate Program, a 6.5 week training to prepare you for the first professional job in your career
  • ASML will invest in your ‘hard’ skills and ‘soft’ skills. Skills that will prove to be valuable for the rest of your life
  • You will work within a highly complex environment alongside with some of the world’s smartest engineers
  • The training will contain a combination of class room lectures and hands-on work in some of our projects
  • The projects will enable you to experiment with the lessons learnt in a safe environment
  • You will be part of a class of 12 graduates from all over the world. You will collaborate closely together and who knows, maybe you’ll become friends for life!

What will you learn?

You’ll join a class of 12 graduates to be trained in all aspects of the software development process. From requirements to delivery to the customer. Step by step you will be taken through the processes, templates and examples, to prepare you for your first project deliverable at ASML. Six and half weeks of full-time training, workshops and assignments.

Next to this, you will be trained in Agile development methods, presentation techniques, cultural awareness, and personal effectiveness.

Classes will start every 2 months.

Application deadline for the next class is April 16, 2018


Software at ASML

ASML, headquartered in Veldhoven, The Netherlands (Google Maps), is the world's leading provider of lithography systems for the semiconductor industry, manufacturing complex machines that are critical to the production of integrated circuits or chips.

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.

A Software Developer at ASML is responsible for translating system requirements into software solutions. Your challenge is to deliver with high quality, within specification and in time, so that we can enable new system features for our customers.

At ASML, software engineers work in three different software expertise fields. Next to the embedded software that controls our machines, we also build pure software products – based on sophisticated simulations of our lithography systems – that help our customers to optimize chip designs for manufacturability. A third type of software is the glue between different machines: taking in measurements, calculating the necessary corrections and feeding them back to the lithography system to keep its performance stable.

“I am confident with the theoretical knowledge I gained in university. But the technical knowledge and soft skills I learnt in this program will really help me with my goal to become an excellent software engineer.” Kangqi Li, ASML Software Graduate Program participant

Proud to be part of progress

We believe that technology is a force for good. It connects us, whoever and wherever we are in the world, and it changes how we live, work and play. At the heart of it all is the semiconductor chip. Delivering new functionalities, better performance and lower cost with each generation, advances in chips have spawned new products and transformed industries. We are proud of the impact our achievements have on the world around us. We are proud to be part of progress.

Be part of progress and apply now

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Congratulations to the first group that completed our ASML Software Graduate Program! After 6.5 weeks of weeks of full-time training, workshops and assignments they are more than ready for their first job at ASML.
About ASML - how we are part of progress

Which Requirements Do You Need?


  • have just graduated or are in your final year of study for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (BSc/MSc)
  • have a technical field of study (such as Computer Science, Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics or similar)
  • have a passion for programming. In ASML, we use traditional languages to build very complex software scripts: C, C++ or Python
  • If you have some knowledge of the following, that would be a nice plus:
    Operating systems:  Unix or Linux

    Version control systems: ClearCase or SVN
    Tools : MATLAB,  Valgrind, Wireshark, Jenkins, Eclipse
    Protocols: TCP/IP
    Project management: Agile, Scrum
What is the ASML Software Graduate Program?

Facts ASML

Create solutions today for the technology of tomorrow

Contribute in our multidisciplinary teams and projects

Work with 17,000+ colleagues from across the world

105 nationalities

Solve complex technical problems

All of the world’s top chip makers are our customers


ASML Culture

At ASML you’ll get the freedom to explore, develop and share your thoughts. You will be working with a global network of peers. Our multicultural environment brings the whole world together in one place. We care about tolerance and diversity. A lot of attention is paid to vitality and working environment. You can assert your talent in one of the ASML sporting teams. Or be part of our communities like Young ASML, Woman@ASML or Pink ASML.

Our benefits package

High quality people are a key asset to our company. To recognize that, we offer highly competitive compensation and benefits packages to attract and retain the very best people and let them share in the success that they build:

  • 13th month payment
  • 8% holiday allowance
  • Profit sharing
  • Share and option purchase, with 20% premium
  • Reimbursement of external study
  • Collective health insurance plan
  • Pension scheme
  • Commuting allowance
  • Relocation expense reimbursement 
  • 40 days off: 27 vacation days and 13 ADV days (reduction of working hours)

The mentioned benefits are applicable in the Netherlands. ASML will make a tailor made compensation & benefit package based on your individual situation.

Apply directly online – send us your resume and motivation letter.

Classes will start every 2 months.

Application deadline for the next class is April 16, 2018