Summer Research Assistant/Associate


The Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ) seeks seasonal, full-time paid research interns interested in developing and implementing the concepts, algorithms and codes needed to understand the quantum mechanical behavior of many-particle systems, and to translate this understanding into useful predictions of the behavior of molecules and materials.

Under the mentorship of one or more CCQ scientists during the summer, Research Assistants/Associates will contribute to CCQ research by joining an ongoing research project. For more information about CCQ research, please visit:


Prior experience with computational methods, condensed matter physics and /or quantum chemistry is desirable.


Reporting to a designated CCQ staff scientist, the candidate will apply skills of analytical calculation, algorithm development and implementation, testing and running computer codes, and data analysis to topics of relevance to CCQ’s mission.

Other responsibilities including reporting on research, writing documentation and performing other CCQ mission-related tasks or duties as required.



Candidates will normally have completed an undergraduate degree and be enrolled in or accepted to a graduate program in physics or a related field, although in exceptional cases advanced undergraduate students may be considered.


Experience with condensed matter physics, quantum chemistry and large-scale computations strongly preferred.

Related Skills & Other Requirements:

The successful applicant should have experience with programming in one or more of the following: Matlab, Python, Julia, Fortran or C/C++ under Windows, OS-X or Linux operating systems.

Period of Internship:

Summer 2021: June 3 – August 13

Deadline to Apply:

February 24, 2021

Required Application Materials

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcript indicating completed courses
  • Cover letter or research statement mentioning fields or projects within CCQ's range of activities of specific interest to you, and naming the CCQ research staff and/or mentors that have possible connections to these fields/projects.
  • Names of two scientists who can be contacted for references.

The Simons Foundation continues to monitor information and guidance from relevant authorities regarding the COVID-19 situation. This evolving guidance will determine whether this position will be virtual or in-person, a determination we expect to be made in the coming months. If this position is determined to be in-person, applicable travel assistance and a supported temporary housing option while in New York City will be made available.

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