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Exploratory Physical Sciences Sr Research Intern

Science and Research

Biological Research


Yorktown Heights, New York, United States

Start and end dates for this Internship are during Summer 2024 (3 months) at IBM Research. At IBM Research, we invent things that matter to the world. Today, we are pioneering the most promising and disruptive technologies that will transform industries and society, including the future of Hybrid Cloud, AI, and Quantum Computing. And looking to the horizon, we are placing big bets on a pipeline of ambitious exploratory science breakthroughs which will be foundational for the future of computing. We are driven to discover. With more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents, IBM Research is one of the world’s largest and most influential corporate research labs.

Your Role and Responsibilities
This is for a 2024 summer internship with the following start dates: May - August or June - September for quarter system schools.
The Exploratory Physical Sciences program at IBM Research is seeking candidates who will contribute to foundational research topics in Applied Physics and Material Science. Currently, positions are open to 2 distinct areas: New Materials for Information Technology and AI for Physics and Materials.
Candidates should have basic knowledge in one or more of the following skills:
• A background in Physics, Material Sciences, Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering
• Track record of co-authoring technical reports and publications
• Programming experience in scientific computing
• Experience in several of the following:
o Solid state physics
o Topological materials, preferably topological semimetals
o Transport physics
o First-principles calculation
o Density functional theory
o Quantum transport
o AI/ML assisted materials screening
o Device testing and analysis
o Thin-film growth and optimization
o Materials characterization
o Automation of high-throughput data acquisition and analysis
o Semiconductor devices
o Electrical engineering
o Instrument building

Candidates must be willing to work in any of the following locations:
At this time, an in-person program is planned, and candidates would need to work in the IBM Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.
The World is Our Laboratory: No matter where discovery takes place, IBM researchers push the boundaries of science, technology, and business to make the world work better. IBM Research is a global community of forward-thinkers working towards a common goal: progress.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise
• Candidates should possess an undergraduate degree in Physics, Material Sciences, Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering, and be pursuing a graduate degree in same
• Candidates should be pursuing their Ph.D. degree
• Track record of co-authoring technical reports and publications
• Experience in one or more of the following:
o solid state physics
o transport measurements and/or cryogenic/variable-temperature experiments
o Knowledge about device fabrication and layout design
o First principles calculations
o Thin-Film Growth
o Material Characterization
o Programming experience in scientific computing (Python, C, C++, Matlab)
o Experience with applying AI models for various tasks
o Experience in validation of AI models against sample data

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise
• Knowledge in topological materials, quantum transport physics, or semiconductor physics
• Knowledge of Density functional theory, Quantum transport, or AI/ML assisted materials screening

About Business Unit
IBM Research is the organic growth engine of IBM and an innovation engine for our customers and partners. As part of this mission, IBM Research anticipates and examines 'What's Next in Computing' to ultimately create and integrate the technologies the world relies upon to solve big challenges and unlock new opportunities. We create and pioneer new markets for IBM, our partners and customers as exemplified in our ongoing quest to reach practical and large-scale quantum computing. Across IBM Research, we realize the power and potential to accelerate discovery with our partners and clients by combining the power of high performance computing, AI, and Quantum, all integrated through the hybrid cloud.

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.

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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.

Location Statement
Supplemental 1 employees may be eligible for up to 8 paid holidays, minimum of 56 hours paid sick time and the IBM Employee Stock Purchase Plan. IBM offers paid family medical leave and disability benefits to eligible employees where required by applicable law. The compensation range and benefits for this position are based on a full-time schedule for a full calendar year. The salary will vary depending on your job-related skills, experience and location. Pay increment and frequency of pay will be in accordance with employment classification and applicable laws. For part time roles, your compensation and benefits will be adjusted to reflect your hours. Benefits may be pro-rated for those who start working during the calendar year. This position was posted on the date cited in the key job details section and is anticipated to remain posted for 21 days from this date or less if not needed to fill the role. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

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, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, caste, genetics, pregnancy, disability, neurodivergence, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.