Zapata Research Intern

PD-Research · Boston, Massachusetts
Department PD-Research
Employment Type Intern
Minimum Experience Mid-level

About Zapata:

Zapata computing is a software, services, and applications company making quantum computing possible for our Fortune 100 clients. We are pioneering commercial quantum algorithms, as well as the software platform and algorithms necessary to solve diverse enterprise-level problems such as complex global logistics optimization or groundbreaking chemical simulation and analysis.

We are committed to creating an environment that accelerates our researchers’ growth and positive impact in the world. Research here is fast-paced, highly collaborative, and cross-disciplinary. Our world-class quantum scientists, researchers, and programmers are creative, curious, and resourceful problem solvers with a revolutionary mindset.


About the job:

We are seeking creative, curious, and inventive problem solvers wishing to push forward their academic careers alongside our premier team of quantum scientists, researchers, and software engineers for a three to four-month summer internship. At Zapata Computing, we are breaking ground in the emerging area of practical quantum algorithms. Interns at Zapata drive research projects at the cutting edge of applied quantum computing. Some of our most exciting discoveries have been led by interns. As a research intern, you will contribute to our dynamic, highly collaborative, and cross-disciplinary research environment. We ensure our team has hands-on access to quantum hardware from both academic and commercial partners. We also support our team with ample classical computing resources from a high-end laptop to near unlimited cloud compute access.


  • You will help design and carry out a research project with a focus on publishing in leading academic journals.
  • Design, develop, test, maintain, and improve our implementations of quantum and classical algorithms. 

While we believe your research will ultimately generate commercial value, you will not be assigned to commercial projects or be expected to participate directly in commercial activities. Day to day, Zapata seeks to enable large tracts of uninterrupted time with high focus. We believe that this, combined with opportunities for rich discussion and chalkboard time, is key for breakthrough science.

  Example research areas include:

  • quantum algorithms for machine learning
  • quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry
  • quantum algorithms for combinatorial optimization
  • Hamiltonian simulation
  • quantum error correction
  • quantum hardware
  • quantum software

Team values:

  • Cooperation in prioritization of work, science, and engineering decisions
  • Team success as a shared accomplishment with diversity in thought and experience
  • Open communication and willingness to respectfully engage with others

 Minimum qualifications:

  • BA or BS degree in related field
  • Familiarity with quantum computing
  • Some experience using software such as Python, C++, Julia, or related languages

Preferred qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in PhD program in related field
  • Record of creative, high-quality work​ represented by peer reviewed publications, code repositories, or scientific presentations

Location:  Remote

Please submit your information and upload your resume and cover letter introducing yourself, explaining why you believe working at Zapata would enhance your research, and briefly describing a research topic of interest to you.

Zapata is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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