Research Science Intern


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Your Role and Responsibilities

Join us for a unique 12-week paid Research Science Intern program at the IBM Research – Africa lab in Nairobi, that offers personal and professional development including mentorship from leading technology researchers and engineers. This program will allow you to work on meaningful technology solutions, develop scalable software systems, and interact and collaborate with top research scientists and engineers in climate and sustainability – this requires research, asking the right questions, curiosity, and thinking outside the box.

As a Research Science Intern, you will work on research questions that are of interest to IBM and have access to a vast number of tools and resources within the global IBM community to help you succeed.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Enrolled in a 4th-year bachelor’s degree program or final year of master’s program in Computer Science or related technical field.
  • Strong understanding of fundamental computer science concepts such as algorithms and data structures, …
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, including but not limited to Java, JavaScript, NodeJS or Python.
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • C++, Network programming (sockets, polling, completion queues), Boost, basic understanding of zero-copy/memory copy, serialization, RPCs. Additional programming skills are a plus.

Preferred Technical And Professional Expertise

  • Experience in delivering software development project(s)
  • Experience in cloud native technologies and platforms
  • Understanding machine learning concepts and familiarity with a framework e.g. sci-kit-learn or TensorFlow or PyTorch
  • Knowledge of the many tools in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data mining.
  • Strong data structures and algorithm design skills

IBM Research – Africa encourages applications from all genders and minority groups. We strongly encourage students who meet the qualifications from Universities across Kenya to apply for this opportunity.

About Business Unit

IBM Research is the organic growth engine of IBM and an innovation engine for our customers and partners. As part of this mission, IBM Research anticipates and examines ‘What’s Next in Computing’ to ultimately create and integrate the technologies the world relies upon to solve big challenges and unlock new opportunities. We create and pioneer new markets for IBM, our partners and our customers as exemplified in our ongoing quest to reach practical and large-scale quantum computing. Across IBM Research, we realize the power and potential to accelerate discovery with our partners and clients by combining the power of high-performance computing, AI, and Quantum, all integrated through the hybrid cloud.

Your Life @ IBM

In a world where technology never stands still, we understand that dedication to our client’s success, innovation that matters, and trust and personal responsibility in all our relationships, lives in what we do as IBMers as we strive to be the catalyst that makes the world work better.

Being an IBMer means you’ll be able to learn and develop yourself and your career, you’ll be encouraged to be courageous and experiment every day, all whilst having continuous trust and support in an environment where everyone can thrive whatever their personal or professional background.

Our IBMers are growth-minded, always staying curious, open to feedback and learning new information and skills to constantly transform themselves and our company. They are trusted to provide ongoing feedback to help other IBMers grow, as well as collaborate with colleagues keeping in mind a team-focused approach to include different perspectives to drive exceptional outcomes for our customers. The courage our IBMers have to make critical decisions every day is essential to IBM becoming the catalyst for progress, always embracing challenges with resources they have to hand, a can-do attitude and always striving for an outcome-focused approach within everything that they do.

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About IBM

IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, but we’re also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business. At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, caste, genetics, pregnancy, disability, neurodivergence, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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