Summer research program 2020–21

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EQUS' summer research program is a funded opportunity for current and recent undergraduate students to get a taste of scientific research and learn new skills.  Successful applicants will undertake a defined research project at one of our nodes and have the opportunity to participate in professional development activities.

The main objectives of this program are to:

  • Provide participants with direct scientific experience
  • Support the development of skills and knowledge necessary for a career in quantum science and technology
  • Facilitate engagement with the field through professional development and mentoring opportunities
  • Foster diversity in STEM by helping to train and engage students with an interest in quantum early in the pipeline

We particularly encourage applications from people from underrepresented groups within STEM, in line with our goal of broadening participation of such groups by creating pathways that ensure a more diverse supply of interested and prepared future higher-degree research candidates, and promoting the sustainability of pathways through inclusive recruitment practices and collaborative, cross-institutional networking.


To be eligible for the program, applicants should:

  • Be undertaking, or have recently completed, an undergraduate degree
  • Have completed at least one full semester of an undergraduate degree
  • Have an interest in academic research and/or quantum physics
  • Be willing to participate in professional development activities
  • Demonstrate capacity for self-directed work towards open-ended goals

Applications will be assessed against these eligibility criteria.  The following will also be taken into account when assessing applications:

  • Adademic performance
  • Suitability for the chosen project (see project descriptions)
  • Communications skills (as demonstrated by your cover letter)

Project details

Projects are available at all our nodes, and on a range of topics.  Applicants may either choose from the list of advertised projects or propose a new one.  If you would like to propose a new project, please reach out to the relevant CI(s) to discuss before applying.

A project typically runs for 4–10 weeks, between November 2020 and March 2021.  The exact dates and length will vary by project, and may be flexible.

Students will receive a stipend of $400 per week for the duration of their project.  Additional support for accommodation and airfares may be available for students travelling interstate.

How to apply

To apply, please complete and submit the application form.  As part of the application, you will need to provide your CV, a cover letter, and a copy of your current studies report or academic transcript.  The same form is used for all projects; you will be able to indicate your project preference as part of the application.

Note that, in addition to data necessary to assess the applications, we are collecting demographic information such as gender, cultural, disability and LGBTQIA+ identity to allow us to assess the diversity of the applicant pool, in line with our goal of increasing participation rates for members of underrepresented groups in STEM.  Providing this information is optional and will be treated as confidential.  We encourage all those eligible to apply, regardless of background.

Applications close at midnight (AEST) on 8 November 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact

About EQUS

EQUS' mission is to engineer the quantum future by building quantum machines that harness the quantum world for practical applications.  We are solving the most challenging research problems at the interface of basic quantum physics and engineering, working with partners in industry to translate these discoveries into practical applications and devices, and training a new generation of scientists in cutting-edge research, innovation and entrepreneurialism.

We are committed to improving equity, diversity and inclusion within our Centre, at our partner institutions and in the wider quantum physics community.  Our goal is to provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment which allows all our members to achieve success, and to feel respected and supported.

Meet some of our researchers and find out what it's like to work at EQUS:

Last updated 21 October 2020
Last reviewed 15 October 2020

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.