Over the past decades, the continued drive for increasing computing power has fueled the growth and evolution of the mainstream CMOS technology. Physical device scaling, which stood at the basis of this growth, is eventually approaching its limits, as fundamental physical barriers are expected to be soon reached. While a large effort remains in place for researching novel devices, alternative computing paradigms that can overcome the computational limits as projected today start taking shape. In this context, quantum computing emerges rapidly as a research field that has the potential to bring to practice technologies exploiting massive parallelism, which will be able to push the computational power way beyond the contemporary realm.
Imec started recently research on two key qubit concepts, that hold promise for making the jump from exploratory research towards advanced technology in a foreseeable future: spin-qubits, implementation of which relies on quantum dots defined electrostatically and lithographically in semiconductor materials; and superconducting qubits, that exploit the nonlinearity of the Josephson junction with the negligible dissipation of superconducting resonators, to implement qubit states. Along with the continuous push for identifying and demonstrating new device concepts, a key goal of the project is to improve the technological abilities to fabricate reproducible, high yield structures, in CMOS-compatible integrated processes, thus opening paths for systematic research to improve and advance the understanding in the field.
In this context, we are open to hosting students for carrying out internships with topics in the area of electrical characterization, software development for testing platforms implementation and/or data analysis, device design, simulations, etc. The concrete content of these assignments will consider the project needs at the time of application, availability of the admitted applicant and the duration of the internship, as well as the affinity of the applicant towards certain topics. The selected applicant will be assigned to an imec scientist from the QC project team, for daily supervision and guidance. These internships are not supported financially by imec. The applicant will benefit from an early exposure to the field, interaction with imec's experts in a cross-disciplinary and highly skilled environment and will acquire relevant hands-on expertise.
Specific familiarity of the applicant with quantum computing is not required, however it is an asset. Good knowledge of basic semiconductor physics/CMOS technology is expected. Familiarity with programming languages is a plus. Considering the strongly international character of imec, good knowledge of English as a working language, is mandatory.
Type of project: Internship
Duration: 3-6 months
Required degree: Master of Engineering Technology, Master of Science, Master of Engineering Science
Required background: Electrotechnics/Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Physics
Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Bogdan Govoreanu (Bogdan.Govoreanu@imec.be)
Only for self-supporting students.