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Quantum Computing Internship for masters and PhD Students

Cambridge, UK | Full-time | Fixed-term

About us

Riverlane's mission is to make quantum computing useful far sooner than previously imaginable, starting an era of human progress as significant as the industrial and digital revolutions. Large and reliable quantum computers have the potential to turn fields like clean energy, drug design and aerospace upside down. We're building the Operating System for these pioneering new machines, leading the world to tackle quantum computing's defining challenge: error correction. We're growing fast and making remarkable progress.

About our internships

Our full-time summer internships are designed to enable current students in a technical field to translate their skills and expertise into an industrial setting. You will join us at our office in Cambridge, UK, for 10 to 12 weeks, where you will have the opportunity to work alongside our team of software and hardware engineers, mathematicians, quantum information theorists, computational chemists and physicists - all experts in their field s. Every intern will have a dedicated supervisor and will work on a project designed to make the best use of their background and skills whilst developing their knowledge of quantum computing. We will support all interns to try and produce a concrete output by the end of the internship such as a paper, product, or software tool.


What you will do

  • Develop, devise and research algorithms and software to enhance Riverlane's capabilities, contributing to one or more projects that are core to Riverlane's goals
  • Discuss ideas with colleagues and communicate work in the form of presentations and reports
  • Develop an understanding of quantum computers and their industrial applications


  • A current student studying for a master's degree (including the final year of an integrated undergraduate and master's degree) or PhD in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, electronic engineering, or a related technical field
  • Proven ability in computational and/or theoretical work
  • Experience with at least one programming language
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving ability
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to take initiative and to work well as part of a team
  • An interest in quantum computing (extensive knowledge or experience is not required)

Important notes

  • We only accept applications from (i) current university students who are UK / Irish nationals or who have UK / Irish settled status. We would consider MSc students on a Tier 4 visa only.
  • We do not provide letters of sponsorship or letters of support for sponsorship applications for your internship scheme.
  • You must be available full-time for 10 to 12 weeks over the summer, preferably between late June and late September 2023.
  • We require a signed agreement from you assigning the ownership of any IP produced during your internship to Riverlane.
  • Internships are based at our office in Cambridge, UK.

How to apply

Please upload a CV and covering letter here. Your CV should include the grades that you have so far received in your degree(s). The covering letter should explain why you are applying for the internship and what skills and experience you can bring to the role .

Our summer internship start and end dates are relatively flexible between late June and late September 2023 - please let us know your preferred dates when you apply.


Please submit your application by 17 February 2023. Interviews will be held in Cambridge or via Zoom during March 2023.



Interns receive a competitive stipend. The stipend is £27,000 (pro rata) for master's students and £32,000 (pro rata) for PhD students. We will also pay for any expenses incurred as part of your role e.g. travel to meetings or conferences etc. We do not pay for travel to Cambridge or accommodation in Cambridge.

Quantum Computing Internship for masters and PhD Students

Cambridge, UK
Full time

Published on 30 Jan 2023

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