Internship | Automated characterization of spin-qubit devices
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About this position
Spin qubits in Silicon are a promising candidate for quantum computing due to their similarity in fabrication to classical transistors and thus compatibility with current large-scale semiconductor device manufacturing. We aim to scale the number of qubits to stimulate the formation of the quantum computing supply chain by working on almost the entire quantum computing stack: from the in-house fabrication of qubit devices, to calibrating the qubits and providing public access to it online on our quantum computing demonstrator Quantum Inspire.
What will be your role?
After a quantum device is fabricated in the cleanroom, it needs to be tuned up, where suitable parameters need to be identified for the operation of the qubits. For this, a series of experiments is conducted and the results are analysed. However, as we scale the number of qubits in our devices, manual tune up of these devices becomes more complex, making it impractical. One way to combat this is to automate parts of the screening process to gather statistics on device performance, and provide input in the quality of device fabrication.
The aim of the project is to write software to automate the initial screening process of our 6-qubit devices. You will write code in Python which automatically analyses electrical measurements, makes a decision whether the device is up to specifications and decides what action to take based on the latter. Involved in the project will be several aspects of physics and engineering, from semiconductor physics to automated device control and data readout/processing.
This student project will be an internship with a duration of 3-4 months.
What we expect from you
You are a Masters student in the last phase of your study in a relevant field, preferably with some knowledge of one of the following:
- Quantum systems, quantum computing or semiconductor research.
- Programming (Python or a similar language is preferred)
- Experience in developing and conducting scientific research
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.
Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.
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