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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Jobs and Internships

Physicists and Engineers in Sensors Division, Systems & Technology Research

Systems & Technology Research (STR), in particular the Sensors Division, is actively recruiting physicists and engineers. Interested students (undergrad or graduate) or postdocs in physics, engineering, applied math, or related fields who are considering industrial positions in research and development are encouraged to review the website and reach out to Nicholas Schade. US citizenship is required.

Honeywell: Quantum Computer Operator

In this position you will work closely with a team of research scientists to operate, maintain, and upgrade a commercial quantum computer, analyze performance and reliability of the system and work with scientific team to plan upgrades and add features, and provide technical support to customers and support teams on sophisticated technical problems. Apply here.

Amazon: Quantum Software Engineer

In this position you will write software to automate manual work when designing quantum devices, build dashboard to display the progress of simulations, and parallelize numerical simulation codes. Apply here.

IBM: Quantum Computational Scientist

In this position you will work with the IBM Q Start team on active exploratory research engagements to prepare for future use case commercialization within specific industry, interact with client data science teams to explore promising areas for quantum, implement quantum approaches, which includes data pre-/post-processing, running numerics and visualizing data, and collaborate with industry and solution-ing experts to design and shape experiments to demonstrate quantum-enabled advantage. Apply here.

Job Boards

Professional Organizations and Networks

Events and Professional Development

QED-C – DOE Event on Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Networks

Date: April 14, 2021: 1:00 – 4:00 PM EST
QED-C, in collaboration with DOE, is sponsoring an workshop focusing on quantum entanglement and quantum networks. The 3-hour event aims to raise awareness and connect researchers among the national laboratories and QED-C members who are working on quantum network technologies. For more information, contact Rima Ouied.

Workshop: Quantum Feature Maps for the NISQ Era

Date: April 16, 2021: 10:55 AM – 3:00 PM CST
The Chicago Quantum Exchange will be hosting a workshop with the goal of providing an overview of current challenges in constructing applicable feature maps and an understanding of the state-of-the-art, as well as start conversations about how these challenges can be addressed under the constraints imposed by NISQ hardware. This workshop will be hosted virtually on April 16, 2021 and you can register here.

2021 CQE Member and Partner Workshop

Date: April 19-20, 2021
Chicago Quantum Exchange Members, Partners, and Trainees are welcome to join a CQE-wide workshop on April 19 and 20, 2021. The workshop will provide opportunities to hear from CQE Partners; engage in technical discussions spanning quantum communication, sensors and detectors, and quantum computing and algorithms; and hear trainees from across the CQE present their work. You can register to attend here and register to present here.

QED-C Student E-Poster Session

Date: April 20, 2021: 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST
Join QED-C for short presentations from rising stars in quantum science and technology. Select students will present their research results.  This is a chance to hear about leading edge research and to meet students who will be part of the quantum workforce. For an invitation, please contact Mary Scott.

Chicago Quantum Exchange Recruiting Forum

Date: April 23, 2021: 12:00 – 4:00 PM CST
The Chicago Quantum Exchange will be hosting a recruitment forum for trainees interested in exploring quantum career opportunities and CQE partners to share workforce opportunities and access attendee resumes. This event will bring together current quantum experts in industry and academia with undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs from across the CQE. The program will include a panel of experts from various quantum industries, including JPMChase, Microsoft, TOPTICA Photonics, and Verizon. You can learn more about the event and register here.

Spring School on Quantum Correction

Date: April 26-30, 2021
The Challenge Institute for Quantum Computation (CIQC), in collaboration with the UCLA CQSE and UCLA IPAM, will be hosting its first annual Spring School in QIS from April 26-30, 2021. The focus of this year’s weeklong school will be Quantum Error Correction (QEC). The school will be aimed at experimentalists and new theory students working in quantum information science and related fields. Graduate students, as well as postdoctoral and faculty researchers who desire an introduction to quantum error correction, are encouraged to apply here.

QED-C Workshop: Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Networks

Date: April 29, 2021 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM EST
QED-C, in collaboration with DOE, is sponsoring a workshop on quantum entanglement and quantum networks. The 3-hour event aims to raise awareness and connect researchers among the national laboratories and QED-C members who are working on quantum network technologies. For an invitation, contact Rima Ouied.

Discount: Inside Quantum Technology New York Meeting

Date: May 17-20, 2021
QED-C is pleased to partner again with Inside Quantum Technology (IQT) to offer a discount on registration to the upcoming online IQT New York meeting on May 17 -20. The conference brings together industry leaders from around the world—from suppliers to system developers to end users. Use the promo code QEDC20 to get a $20 discount on the regular price.

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