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Internship: ) FPGA Designer – Quantum Computing (m,w,x)


Introduction IBM Quantum is an industry first initiative to build universal quantum computers for business, engineering and science. This effort includes advancing the entire quantum computing te


IBM Quantum is an industry first initiative to build universal quantum computers for business, engineering and science. This effort includes advancing the entire quantum computing technology stack and exploring applications to make quantum broadly usable and accessible. With a worldwide network of Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, researchers, educators, and enthusiasts, we are committed to driving innovation for our clients in the IBM Quantum Network and the Qiskit Community.

Your Role and Responsibilities

Today’s quantum computers incorporate several hundred qubits. According to the IBM Quantum roadmap, this number will grow to more than 4000 qubits by 2025. Apart from the challenges in implementing thousands of qubits in one or more chips, there are additional challenges within the Real-Time Architecture (RTA) — the “classical computing” hardware and firmware managing and processing the qubits.

The goal of this internship will be to continue improving existing implementations of controller gateware to allow for more efficient processing and communication among controller CPUs implemented as custom logic in FPGAs.

The tasks will align with one of several focus areas:

  • Implement the latest open source microwatt processor generation into our controllers
  • Implement custom inter-controller messaging to allow for highly efficient problem decomposition

The task includes:

  • evaluating capabilities of the latest microwatt processor,
  • integrating microwatt VHDL into controller source,
  • testing VHDL in the existing system,
  • synthesis and timing closure using the Xilinx Vivado toolset,
  • writing low-level firmware to offer the new functionality to consuming software,
  • implementing custom communication protocols

If you’re interested please get

in contact with us and include in your response all relevant documents (preferably all in one single pdf file):

1) Cover Letter incl. your availability (earliest start and latest end date)

2) CV incl. your level of German

3) university enrollment document to prove that you are still studying

4) current transcript of records and other relevant certificates / references

5.1) Non-EU citizen studying in Germany: copy of passport, residence and work permit

5.2) Non-EU citizen studying elsewhere: prove of identity incl. place of birth

Thank you.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • VHDL, Logic Design
  • C/C++, Software Development
  • English (B1 level)

This internship is best suited for student of electrical engineering or hardware oriented computer science, ideally with some first VHDL, Verilog and/or FPGA experience. Students of other technical/scientific fields like physics or mathematics with some of the aforementioned experiences are highly welcome as well.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Version control: Git
  • CI/CD experience: Jenkins
  • Programming languages: C, Makefile
  • Verilog for implementing logic on FPGAs
  • Xilinx Vivado toolset

About Business Unit

IBM Systems helps IT leaders think differently about their infrastructure. IBM servers and storage are no longer inanimate – they can understand, reason, and learn so our clients can innovate while avoiding IT issues. Our systems power the world’s most important industries and our clients are the architects of the future. Join us to help build our leading-edge technology portfolio designed for cognitive business and optimized for cloud computing.

Your Life @ IBM

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Being an IBMer means you’ll be able to learn and develop yourself and your career, you’ll be encouraged to be courageous and experiment everyday, all whilst having continuous trust and support in an environment where everyone can thrive whatever their personal or professional background.

Our IBMers are growth minded, always staying curious, open to feedback and learning new information and skills to constantly transform themselves and our company. They are trusted to provide on-going feedback to help other IBMers grow, as well as collaborate with colleagues keeping in mind a team focused approach to include different perspectives to drive exceptional outcomes for our customers. The courage our IBMers have to make critical decisions everyday is essential to IBM becoming the catalyst for progress, always embracing challenges with resources they have to hand, a can-do attitude and always striving for an outcome focused approach within everything that they do.

Are you ready to be an IBMer?

This job requires you to provide your COVID-19 vaccination status with supporting documentation, where legally permissible.

About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.

Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we’re also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business.

At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

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Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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