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Who wants my old job?

When I left IBM in November 2016 to join ASML a month later, I thought I had found a job (managing a Linux server infrastructure) that would keep me busy for years. At ASML things are not always what they seem, and instead my actual scope turned out to be a lot bigger, so I became the Technical Application Manager within the IT team responsible for the Electrical Engineering Infrastructure (EEI) which is used by the Electrical Development group within Development & Engineering. A challenging and fun job, working with a terrific team, and I can confidently say (our IT director confirmed) that we are the most socially coherent group within IT.

Not even two years later, and a restructuring of the IT department causes me to say farewell to this job…

No, I was not fired. In fact, I did so well that I got a new job. ASML D&E is growing insanely fast, last month the company hired more than 500 new employees in Veldhoven (our HQ) alone. The IT department has a challenge there, as we need to keep up with the pace, in terms of capacity and also the force of innovation. The real challenge? You  can hire a lot of highly intelligent motivated people but as a company you need to stay coherent and keep focus on the business priorities. I.e. you need team and group leads who are able to inspire and guide their teams. Ideally these TL’s and GL’s should not be hired, they should mature within the organization so that they actually know what is needed to get the job done. ASML is not a run-of-the-mill company in that regard.

And that is why I was tagged as Solution Team Manager of a team which will focus on virtual product development (providing services to our data analysts and simulation engineers). I will also manage our group’s “general services” meaning architects, project managers, infra coordinators and the technical application manager. And there he is! I left my old job and started a new job, and now I have a vacancy in my team.

Who is interested to work for and with me? Read the job vacancy here: and let me know if you are interested. This will not be exactly the job I had for the past two years – I have some other plans for the TAM that I was never able to execute myself,

If you want to know more about the company, ASML, click the video at the top of this blog post and get inspired.

The work location will be Veldhoven, The Netherlands. It’s a permanent pool position (i.e. no flex job, you’ll be on the ASML payroll with all the perks that that includes). Please only respond if you actually think you are qualified – our HR department is very strict in their initial pruning and filters out more than 80% of applicants before their resumes can land on our desks and I want to avoid any disappointment.



  1. Aleksandar

    I’m very glad to see that you are doing well! Best, Aleksandar

  2. KG Hammarlund

    Great news, congratulations! :thumbup:

  3. Jen

    Wow, congrats! I saw your tweet and thought, “Oh shiiiiiii…” But glad it’s good news!

  4. Wael Hammoudeh

    Glad for you, congratulations

  5. fabio

    congratulations sir.

  6. chrisretusn

    Awesome! To bad I’m not a bachelor, happily married.

    Just in case… that is a joke.

  7. cwizardone

    Congratulations on the promotion!
    (And, thanks for the icu4c-compat package!)

  8. Keith

    Congratulations! I have worked on I-line and DUV steppers and scanners. ASML has a solid reputation of being the best. I am glad to hear you are with them. BTW new to Linux and enjoying Slackware 14.2 with your ktown version of KDE 5. Keep up the great work!

  9. Antony


  10. Niki Kovacs

    Hi Eric,

    I sent you two emails in response to your question earlier this week, but I think they didn\’t get to you. I used your old mail address a l i e n@slac kware. com. (I set up an account for you on one of my Dedibox servers for testing purposes.) If there is a different mail address that I can write to, please let me know. Sorry to hijack this thread, you can delete this message after receiving it. Cheers. Niki

  11. alienbob

    Hi Niki, The email address you used is correct but I received none of your emails. There’s nothing in the spam folder either. I did receive emails from you in the past, and I have no idea about what’s causing this.
    Let me write the email from my gmail address, responding to there should go without issues hopefully.

  12. Niki Kovacs


    I sent an email to your Google mail adress, though you might want to check your spam folder. Lately Gmail has decided to flag me as a spammer, for mysterious reasons. It looks like the whole world of emails is going down the drain, with legitimate folks like myself being blacklisted (hosting my stuff myself on Postfix and Dovecot) while Gmail,, Hotmail and the likes are everywhere.

  13. Nille

    I’m glad to hear your doing well Eric.
    Your work does sound time consuming something you might bring home.
    With all that work and all your work for slackware you need to remember to also take some time of so you don’t burn yourself out.
    Best of luck to you.

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