Quantum information science and technology is an emerging interdisciplinary academic discipline concerned with the study of the new possibilities quantum mechanics offers for the acquisition, transmission, and processing of information.

  • Quantum computers are predicted to solve classically intractable tasks such as breaking cryptographic codes, efficiently search large databases, and efficiently simulate quantum dynamics.
  • Quantum cryptography offers unconditional security.
  • And quantum information theory has revolutionized our understanding of the capacity of communication channels.

Our Mission

The mission of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology (CQIST) is to advance fundamental experimental and theoretical knowledge in relevant areas of Engineering and Physical Science. We mentor graduate and postdoctoral research, sponsor a vigorous visiting scholars program, develop and teach novel QIST-based courses, organize international conferences and workshops, and hold regular seminar series.

The Center

CQIST is a truly interdisciplinary Center, spanning the USC College of Letters, Arts & Science, and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Our faculty members represent wide-ranging expertise in theoretical, experimental, and technological aspects of quantum information processing.


We welcome applications from graduate students and postdocs. We sponsor an annual international competition for the CQIST Postdoctoral Fellowship, a lucrative fellowship that allows its recipient to work with any of our faculty members. Interested candidates should contact Miriam Snyder at miriamsn@usc.edu, to apply or with any questions. The application deadline is December 31 for a position starting the following year.

CQIST Welcome Video