Internship Project

Quantum-Computer Algorithms

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 
Department of Physics
Subject Area
Theoretical Physics
06 May - 26 July
20 May - 09 August
03 June - 23 August
01 July - 20 September
Internship Modality:
On-site internship in Berlin

The application is closed, and all positions have been filled.
Applications for 2025 will open in October 2024.
Project Supervisor(s)
Prof. Dr. Alejandro Saenz (
Academic Level
Advanced undergraduate students (from second year) 
Master's students 
Ph.D. students 
Further Information
Project Type
Academic Research
Project Content
Quantum computers are supposed to lead to a boost in computational power, although it remains still unclear whether stable (fault-tolerant) quantum-computer hardware with large numbers of qubits can be realized. However, even in this case a second challenge is the need for quantum-computer software, since a quantum computer per se does not necessarily mean that it is more efficient than a classical computer, especially in view of the enormous classical computational power available nowadays. A key ingredient in making use of quantum computer hardware is thus the development of quantum-computer algorithms.
Within this project experience should be gained with some quantum-computer algorithm, especially its performance on a faulty quantum-computer hardware, a so-called noisy intermediate-scale quantum device. 
Tasks for Interns
The student will be introduced into the underlying physics and the use of computer codes developed in our research group that they will learn to apply within an on-going research project. Depending on qualification and interest, the student may also write a small new code or extend an existing code.
Academic Level
Advanced undergraduate students (from second year) 
Master's students 
Ph.D. students 
The student should 
  • be highly motivated,
  • be interested in theoretical physics,
  • possess a solid background in quantum physics, minimally on the level that is usually achieved within a study curriculum of a bachelor of physics.

Some previous experience in computer coding is helpful, but not required.
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