Quantitative Researcher

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  • 31 August 2022

About the Job

What you’ll do as a Graduate Quantitative Researcher at Akuna:

Our Quantitative Team are a mixture of mathematicians, statisticians and technologists that find solutions to problems. We create trading models and strategies scientifically by combining our quantitative expertise with an understanding of derivatives and financial markets. We are seeking graduates to join the team to apply their quantitative skills to exciting problem. You don’t need a background in finance or trading, instead we look for maths and coding skills.

Our Quantitative Researchers work closely with our developers and traders to analyse and predict all facets of derivative pricing and develop trading strategies using statistical and machine learning algorithms. They create, conduct, and analyse experiments to develop a deep understanding of derivatives and financial markets, test solutions using historical parameters and market data, and perform extensive data analysis to directly improve our trading strategies, design and implement optimisation algorithms for portfolio construction, and advances existing initiatives to explore opportunities for new research topics.

If this sounds interesting to you, apply now! We are looking for people who have innovative ideas, think analytically, and have an entrepreneurial mindset and want to make an immediate impact in our growing company and contribute to Akuna’s strategy portfolio.

Location: We offer the option for you to work fully remote or to be based in our London office

Start dates: 2022 or 2023

Requirements for this role:

European citizenship or working rights
University Degree: graduated anytime in the last 3 years or finished your studies by mid 2023
An understanding of statistics and machine learning
Basic programming skills in Python or C++
Strong maths skills: able to apply concepts of probability, calculus and linear algebra
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to run a project in a fast paced, team environment
Financial experience or studies are NOT a requirement
Qualities that make great candidates:

Bachelor, Honours, Masters or PhDs in Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, or related degrees
Strong academics & grades
Awards, prizes, medals, competitions, & scholarships
Experience in research within an academic or professional environment
Achievements outside of studies through your hobbies & interests
About Akuna:

Akuna Capital is an innovative trading firm with a strong focus on collaboration, cutting-edge technology, data driven solutions and automation. We specialise in providing liquidity as an options market maker – meaning we are committed to providing competitive quotes that we are willing to both buy and sell. To do this successfully we design and implement our own low latency technologies, trading strategies and mathematical models. At Akuna we have a flat structure, where the best idea wins.

Our Founding Partners, including our CEO Andrew Killion, first conceptualised Akuna in their hometown of Sydney, Australia. They opened our first office in 2011 in Chicago, the heart of the derivatives & options industry. Akuna then expanded to Shanghai in 2016, Sydney in 2018 and we opened our new London office in 2022!

At Akuna, we believe that the people are the centre of everything we do. Our London office is in a wework space and has a start-up feel with about 10 people, which means you really get to know the team! We offer great training with our online Akuna University & the option to visit our Chicago or Sydney office in your first few months. We are expanding rapidly and looking for the best talent to join us on this journey. If you enjoy being part of smart, driven teams with real challenges to solve- this could

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