Internship | Laser-Assisted High-throughput Microcomponent Assembly

About this position

One of the key expertise areas of TNO/Holst Centre is Laser-Assisted High-throughput Microcomponent Assembly. With the growing demand for ever-smaller devices, such as mini- and microLED displays with higher resolution rates, there is an unstoppable trend towards miniaturisation of components. High-speed, mass-production of these electronics is getting more and more difficult, because the handling and accurate placement of these tiny components is very challenging. Each component needs to be carefully selected, transferred and then accurately placed and assembled with interconnects – all at lightning speeds. As conventional industrial equipment fail to deposit ultrafine pattens of die attach material and handle such tiny components at required high rates, this calls for development of alternative high-throughput assembly technologies.

What will be your role?

As you can imagine, a lot of things need to fall into place in order to make this happen. One important piece of this puzzle is the placement of the die attach material, which will make both a physical and electrical connection of the component to the substrate. At Holst Centre we developed a laser based technology which is capable of printing ultra-fine dots of die-attach material. For this technology an embossed transparent carrier mask (see figure below) is filled with the die attach material, which is then transferred using a single laser pulse. A crucial part of this is the correct and reproducible filling of the carrier mask. In order to optimize this filling process, an automatic coating setup has been designed and built. The goal of this internship is to use the automatic coating setup to optimize the filling parameters and then based on the findings to oversee the design and building of a dedicated filling tool for further development of the process.

What we expect from you

As a team member your tasks will be:

  • Knowledge acquisition through literature survey and discussion with other team members;

  • Performing experiments in clean-room labs;

  • Analysis of the experimental data and presentation thereof;

  • Documenting results in a technical report and taking part in technical meetings, internal seminars/colloquiums.

You are an ambitious hands-on student from mechanical engineering, materials science or (applied) physics. You have good communication skills in English and you are independent, but also a team player. This student projects will be an internship with a preferable total duration of 9 months (with the least period of 6 months). If you are looking forward to work in a challenging atmosphere with highly skilled co-workers, then please apply for this vacancy now.

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter here.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Merijn Giesbers

Tel. 040 4020449