You could be a Master of Quantum Technology
The University of Queensland (UQ) is launching a new quantum technology program that is set to prepare students for highly skilled, highly paid positions with companies such as Microsoft, Google, IBM and more.
Professor Tom Stace, from UQ’s School of Mathematics and Physics, said the newly introduced Master of Quantum Technology coincides with the growth of quantum physics from an almost exclusively university-based field to a booming commercial industry.
“It’s exploding, with global investment creating openings for an estimated 20,000 specialists in the quantum field, with a shortage of talent not only in Australia, but worldwide,” Prof Stace said.
“Quantum technologies are finding applications in cryptography, chemistry simulation in medical and industrial processes, and the development of more accurate sensors for detection and measurement.
“The field is deeply fascinating, and understanding in this area will be increasingly important as a technological foundation for new professionals.”
The 18-month program will combine lecture-based theory with research projects in leading experimental labs, with an emphasis on high-tech experiments with cryogenics, superconductors, quantum gases, quantum optics and quantum optomechanics.
“The Master of Quantum Technology is ideal for people who have trained in engineering, IT or other technical disciplines looking to utilise their skills in a new industry,” Prof Stace said.
“Graduating students will be attractive to an international market, including both Fortune 100 companies and quantum technology start-ups.
“And governments are also supporting quantum technology in a big way, with the US White House recently announcing its National Strategic Overview for Quantum Information Science.”
Professor Stace said UQ is internationally recognised for quantum science research, having played a key role in important quantum discoveries.
“The first ‘quantum gate’ was proposed here in the late 1980s,” he said.
“We’ve attracted huge investment over the past 25 years, and have completed great research with it.
“The amount of funding UQ has received for quantum science, including through the Australian Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS), is approaching $100 million.
“It just shows that UQ is the perfect place to learn about our quantum future, and we’re busy preparing our students with these highly sought after skills.”
The course will commence in Semester 2 (July) this year. For more information and to apply, visit the UQ website.
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