Quantum Workforce Development in DOE

QIS (Quantum Information Science) developments have underpinned significant parts of the national economic and defense infrastructure. Future scientific discovery and technological advancement in QIS will transform R&D enterprise and have profound impact on U.S. economy and national security. The DOE Office of Science (SC) efforts in QIS (https://science.osti.gov/initiatives/QIS), informed by community input, target DOE-mission-focused applications by leveraging SC’s unique strengths. So far, SC has invested to establish 5 National QIS Research Centers (https://science.osti.gov/Initiatives/QIS/QIS-Centers/). Workforce Development has been widely recognized by the community as a critical element in the ongoing QIS effort. In March 2021, SC established a working group consisting of representatives from DOE national laboratories, universities, industrial companies, and the Office of Science to develop a plan that will be used to establish the knowledge base and skill set/competences requirements needed for developing a curriculum in QIS for educating future scientists in the area. The working group report can be found here.