MSPQC Career Toolkit

The MSPQC Career Toolkit is designed to be used by current students throughout the one year intensive master’s program. While you take coursework and explore research opportunities at UW-Madison, it will be important to prioritize your  career development along the way.

The resources below take you through things such as identifying your values, priorities, and interests, the transferable skills you will learn in the MSPQC program, along with skills that are highly sought after by employers. The toolkit provides resources related to the job search process ranging from finding position openings to writing your resume and cover letter to preparing for the interview and negotiating the job offer. Additionally, the job board contains current postings for jobs in the field of quantum computing. For additional help and resources, please contact Jackson Kennedy (jckennedy3@wisc.edu).

Employment Opportunities, Networks, and Events

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The Quantum Technology Industry

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Jobs and Internships

Job Boards

Professional Organizations and Networks

Events and Professional Development

Chicago Quantum Exchange Summer Workshop Series

Date: July 8, July 22, August 19; 12 – 1 PM CT

The Chicago Quantum Exchange, NSF QLCI on Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks (HQAN), and Q-NEXT are pleased to invite our members and partners to our joint Summer Workshop Series: a virtual series on different perspectives on quantum technology commercialization and career pathways. The workshops will be held on Thursdays July 8, July 22, and August 19 at 12pm CST, with optional networking afterward. Please click here to register.

Quantum Marketplace Webinar: Cryogenic Technologies

Date: July 27; 12-1 CT

The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) will host a presentation on the following companies in the quantum technology supply chain who focus on cryogenic technologies: Cryomech, FormFactor, Janis ULT, Lakeshore, and Montana Instruments. To register click here.

Quantum Creators Prize Symposium

Date: September 29-30, 2021

The University of Chicago is hosting the first annual Quantum Creators Prize Symposium which aims to promote the achievements of early-career researchers working in exciting new directions of quantum science and increase the diversity of researchers in the field. Researchers who are selected will receive an honorarium and a prize certificate for their participation in the symposium.  Graduate students from any institution are encouraged to apply. Applications for the Quantum Creators Prize Symposium are due August 15, 2021. To learn more about the symposium and how to apply, click here.

Recorded Events and Presentations

MSPQC Quantum Technology Industry Panel – June 25, 2021

UW-Madison Program Coordinator Jackson Kennedy and MSPQC Program Director Bob Joynt hosted a panel with UW-Madison alumni about the quantum technology sector. The panelists were Sam Neyens-Intel, Matt Beck-IBM, and John Gamble-Microsoft.

QED-C Workforce Webinar HR Manager Panel – July 20, 2021

The Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) hosted a panel of HR hiring managers in the quantum industry representing the U.S. Department of Energy, IBM, StrategicQC, and Montana Instruments.

Job Search Tips

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Assess Yourself: Values, Priorities, Interests, and Skills

  • When entering a job search, it is essential to understand your own values and priorities as they relate to the workplace. By making sure you understand yourself, it will be easier to identify companies that align with your values, assuring that you fit in with the company culture. You can then focus your time tailoring applications to workplaces in which you could see yourself being successful.
  • Be sure to identify all of your priorities before starting your search.
    • Is location important? If so, where do you want to be?
    • Do you prefer-
      • lab work?
      • software?
      • administration?
    • Are you looking for job security or quick advancement?
    • Do you prefer a small company or a large one?
    • Do you want the atmosphere of a start up company or a more established enterprise?
  • As a master’s student, your skills are not limited to just the quantum physics knowledge you have learned through your classes. Along the way in your graduate study, you have also learned what employers like to call “soft skills.” Soft skills are those which will allow you to be a successful employee in any field. Transferable soft skills can include competency in time management, problem solving, interpersonal communication, organization, adaptability, leadership, technology literacy, work ethic, etc.
  • Take the time to list out your previous work experience and your duties at those positions. Detail soft skills you used during your time in that role, how they have helped you develop professional, and how you expect to use them in roles moving forward

Quantum Physics: Key Words to Use During a Job Search

  • Quantum computing and networking
  • Quantum sensing
  • Quantum materials

Sample Job Titles

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Networking Strategies

  • Networking is a strategy used to connect with people in your field. Widening your network of contacts means that more people will be able to keep their eyes open for positions for you, recommend you for jobs, or give you tips on how to break into their company. Networks are intended to be mutually beneficial. Networking for the sake of growing a network will not always yield results—make sure you are connecting with others who are able to attest to your abilities and who are willing to help you, or if you can offer them something.
  • Networking tips resources
    1. Prepare your pitch or ‘elevator speech’
    2. Contact people you already know
    3. Informational interviews
    4. Attend career fairs
    5. Be active
    6. Join professional organizations
      1. American Physical Society (APS)
      2. Wisconsin Quantum Institute
      3. Chicago Quantum Exchange
    7. Research!
    8. Build relationships
    9. Send thank you’s
    10. Maintain your network
  • Build meaningful networking relationships

Online Resources

  • Handshake—Available to all degree-seeking students at UW-Madison, including graduate students. Handshake allows you to set up a profile, explore job and internship postings, develop and track your goals, and find events or workshops to attend near you.
    1. Handshake how-to’s:
      1. Search for jobs/internships
      2. Set saved searches
      3. Set up your profile
      4. Make your profile searchable
    2. LinkedIn—a social networking website built with business professionals in mind. Share your work-related information with others in your network and find job opportunities, and other professionals to connect with.
      1. Free accounts are available, with opportunities to upgrade your account for a monthly fee.
      2. UW-Madison offers a free LinkedIn Learning subscription with your NetID
      3. Create the best LinkedIn profile possible to attract others to your profile and expand your network
      4. Tips on writing job descriptions on your LinkedIn profile
    3. UW CareerLocker thru My UW—a living, online resource for job seekers. User options include self-assessments, job postings, career assessments, learning plans, interactive resume and budget builder.
    4. Glassdoor—a website dedicated to providing job-seekers information about companies, including salary examples, reviews, interview questions the company favors, and employee testimony. You can either create a profile or utilize anonymously.

Writing a Cover Letter & Resume

Interview Prep

Negotiating an Offer