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Research Intern - Quantum Programming


Location: Redmond, Washington

Job Type: Full time

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Research Internships at Microsoft provide a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally-recognized scientists and engineers. Our researchers and engineers pursue innovation in a range of scientific and technical disciplines to help solve complex challenges in diverse fields, including computing, healthcare, economics, and the environment.

Microsoft Quantum is dedicated to solving the world’s intractable problems and forever altering our economic, industrial, academic, and societal landscape. Where current computers would require billions of years to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems, a scaled quantum computer may find a solution in weeks, days, or hours. This has massive implications for research in healthcare, energy, environmental systems, smart materials, and more. We are focused on ground-breaking innovation at every layer of the quantum stack, from applications and solutions to cryogenic control and qubits. Our unique approach pushes the boundaries of computing to create unprecedented possibilities for our world. For more information about our team, visit #Quantum

Do you want to be part of the quantum revolution in computing? During the 12-week internship, you will learn new skills, make exciting discoveries, develop production software, and will have opportunities to network and make connections for life. Exceptional candidates for this position are self-motivated learners who love software development and are passionate about quantum computing. Positions are available beginning in spring/summer/fall of 2021.

Learning Opportunities

The Microsoft Quantum team has a strong culture of learning that extends to internships. On the team you will have opportunities to learn about topics in Quantum Computing and Optimization from leading experts and your peers within the team, and the ability to get hands-on with these exciting new technologies.


Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community. Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.

In collaboration with your mentor and a diverse team of developers, researchers, program managers, and fellow interns, you will contribute to one of the following areas: quantum developer tools, Q# language, compiler and runtime optimizations, quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms, quantum computing education, and Azure Quantum services. You will experience agile software development lifecycle that includes planning, design, development, validation, and release. We value passion, inclusion, creativity, agility, accountability, collaboration, and a desire to learn a new exciting technical area.


In addition to the qualifications below, you’ll need to submit a minimum of two reference letters for this position. After you submit your application, a request for letters may be sent to your list of references on your behalf. Note that reference letters cannot be requested until after you have submitted your application, and furthermore, that they might not be automatically requested for all candidates. You may wish to alert your letter writers in advance, so they will be ready to submit your letter.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be accepted or currently enrolled in a university program in Computer Science or related STEM field
  • At least one year of academic or industry experience programming with C#, C/C++, Python, or other programming languages

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Detail oriented design, coding, debugging and problem-solving skills
  • Passion for quality with customer empathy
  • Experience with Open Source Software development
  • Background in mathematics and quantum physics is helpful but not required

Internship Application deadline: January 8, 2021

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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