Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Den Haag
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Quantum Algorithms | Distributed Quantum Computing

About this position

Contribute to tomorrow’s information security. Envision it. Join us for your research internship at the department Applied Cryptography & Quantum Algorithms at TNO The Hague or Groningen. Most quantum algorithms require many more qubits than today’s hardware offers. When using quantum networks, we can link various quantum devices and thereby solve larger problems than single quantum computers can. Furthermore, these linked quantum computers open the way to completely new applications, such as secure cooperation between various parties. Both are examples of distributed quantum computing.

What will be your role?

Within this internship you will work on distributed quantum computing and develop new distributed quantum algorithms and validate them by means of simulations. We are specifically interested in distributed quantum computing algorithms that allow multiple parties to collaborate securely. In the analysis we will also consider the effect of noise and losses on the quality of the output of the algorithm. This is important, as noise plays a prominent role in near-term quantum devices.

You do this in the (digital) company of your inspiring colleagues and fellow interns at the Applied Cryptography & Quantum Algorithms department. As an intern you are really part of the team, and you can hop into anyone’s office for a chat about your project, to make use of their expertise, but also for personal feedback or just a cup of coffee. That way you can learn all about the interesting work we do.

What we expect from you

For this internship we are looking for a motivated student in mathematics, physics or computer science who thrives in a multi-disciplinary environment and the fast-moving field of quantum. The expected duration of the internship is nine months, and we aim for at least one scientific paper to be published in a relevant conference or journal.

In addition, you have:

  • Academic level: you are in the final phase of your master's.
  • A background in, or affinity with, quantum computing is an advantage – you have the motivation and ability to master the topic within the first few months of your internship.
  • Programming experience with Python is an advantage.
  • Academic proficiency of English.

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.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an 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 using the ‘apply now’ button.