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Research Intern - Quantum Computing


Location: Redmond, Washington

Job Type: Full time

Last updated

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- Amelia Earhart

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 solving the world’s intractable problems and forever changing our economic, industrial, academic, and societal landscape. In just hours or days, a quantum computer can solve complex problems that would otherwise take billions of years for today’s computers to solve! This has massive implications for research in healthcare, energy, environmental systems, smart materials, and more. Our latest thrust Azure Quantum brings scalable quantum system to the broadest set of customers, empowering every person and organization on the planet to experience quantum computing. For more information about our team, visit, for more information about Azure Quantum, explore

Do you want to be part of the quantum revolution in computing? Put curiosity and theory into practice and join our vibrant Microsoft Quantum team as an intern! During the 12-week internship, you will work alongside some of the world’s best researchers and software developers. You will learn new skills, make exciting discoveries, and will have opportunities to network and make connections


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

We are looking for exceptional candidates for internships in research areas such as quantum algorithms and quantum fault-tolerance.

Positions are available beginning in spring/summer/fall of 2021.

  • Areas that might be considered for internship projects include quantum machine learning, quantum optimization, fault-tolerant codes and their decoding algorithms, quantum circuit synthesis and optimization, quantum computational complexity, etc.
  • Responsibilities includeproblem identification, formulation, identifying and falsifying/validating hypotheses, publishing results, and collaboration.
  • Background in programming is helpful but not required.


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

  • The candidate must be accepted or currently enrolled in a university program in Computer Science or related STEM field.
  • Must have at least 1 year of experience in quantum computation, quantum algorithms, machine learning, optimization (classical and/or quantum), quantum error-correction, fault-tolerance, or physics device modeling
  • Current CV

Preferred Qualifications

  • Coding skills, e.g., in Python, C#, C/C++, TensorFlow, R, etc.
  • Familiarity with git.


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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