New York University’s Center for Quantum Information Physics and IBM Quantum, a research arm of the technology corporation, have established a partnership to train NYU undergraduates and graduates in quantum information physics.
IBM Quantum will hire undergraduate and graduate student researchers at the NYU Center for Quantum Information Physics as paid interns in the company’s summer internship program. Students who participate in the program will spend the summer conducting joint research in quantum information physics at both IBM and NYU.
“Quantum computing has the potential to solve valuable problems that are intractable to classical computation,” says IBM Quantum researcher and North America education lead Olivia Lanes. “And the field is much, much closer to realizing that potential than I think most people understand. When you have a technology that’s maturing as quickly as quantum is, then you need these kinds of industry-academic partnerships to build a workforce that is capable of wielding that technology effectively. NYU has long been an enormous contributor to quantum information science. Now, following the launch of its Center for Quantum Information Physics, we’re thrilled to do our part to take their student researchers to the next level.”
The immersive summer program will provide students with hands-on lab experience that will encompass quantum information theory, quantum hardware, and quantum software.
In addition to gaining hands-on lab experience in areas of quantum information science, students who participate in the program will work closely with mentors from both IBM Quantum and NYU’s Center for Quantum Information Physics. Mentors will oversee students’ work on joint IBM Quantum and NYU projects while also providing essential training on both the academic and professional skills they’ll need to build a successful career in quantum information science, the organizers say.
Work on these joint projects will also serve to strengthen research collaborations between IBM Quantum and the university’s physics faculty and students, they add.
“The Center for Quantum Information Physics is more than just a research program,” says Javad Shabani, an associate professor of physics at NYU and director of the center, which launched on Sept. 1. “A big part of our mission is to provide the best possible learning opportunities to our students so they can become true leaders in the quantum workforce—to be a hub in New York City that connects academia with both industry and the broader scientific community. Partnerships, like the work we’re doing now with IBM Quantum, are a vital part of that mission, and our team looks forward to collaborating with such an important innovator and thought leader in the field of quantum information science.”
“To bring quantum computing from theory to reality, the community needs students trained in the unique and missing union of quantum theory, hardware, and software,” adds Zlatko Minev, an IBM research scientist. “The IBM Quantum and NYU partnership will begin to bridge this gap to help train the future leaders and pioneers of quantum computing.”
IBM Quantum is an industry-first initiative from IBM that aims to develop universal quantum systems for business and science applications. In 2016, the company became the first to put a quantum computer in the cloud, making quantum hardware more widely accessible and kickstarting an exciting new era in quantum computing research. Now, the company works with its clients and academic partners to continue advancing quantum computing technology and exploring its practical benefits.
Founded in 2022 and led by Professor Javad Shabani, the NYU Center for Quantum Information Physics (CQIP) was created to explore fundamental questions at the intersection of quantum physics, condensed matter, engineering, and materials science—all in an effort to advance quantum information science and its applications. The CQIP mission is to develop multifaceted quantum technologies, pursue partnerships, and serve as a hub in New York City to connect quantum start-ups and industries, academics, and the broader community in technology and science.