Campus: Data Scientist (2020 Start)

| Chicago

Optiver is looking for entry level Data Scientists in our Chicago office. At Optiver you will leverage statistical analysis and data mining to assist in developing new trading strategies as well as refine existing ones. You will be responsible for quantitative analysis, research, and tool development. As members of the Trading Team, Data Scientists collaborate with Traders to creatively solve complex problems.

What you’ll do:

  • Quantitatively analyze trade and market data
  • Use a multitude of mathematical techniques to identify patterns in financial markets
  • Collaborate with Senior Traders and Data Scientists to develop strategies based on identified patterns
  • Rigorously back-test prototyped trading strategies

What you’ll need:

  • 0-1 year of internship or research experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics or STEM related field
  • Proficiency with a programming language, preferably Python
  • Solid understanding of statistics
  • Experience with large data sets
  • The ability to think independently and work collaboratively with Traders and Developers
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening.

Who we are:

Optiver’s story began over 30 years ago, when we started business as a single trader on the floor of Amsterdam’s options exchange. Today, we are at the forefront of trading and technology as a leading global electronic market maker, focused on pricing, execution and risk management. With over 1,000 employees globally and 200 in our Chicago office, our mission to improve the market unites us.

*We accept one application per role per year. If you have previously applied to the Data Scientist position during this season and have been unsuccessful, you can reapply once the next recruitment season begins in 2020.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages

Location

130 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

An Insider's view of Optiver

What projects are you most excited about?

I’ve really come to appreciate what “proprietary” in “prop trading” means for our development culture. It enables a quick feedback and iteration loop where improvements are sometimes identified, designed, & implemented in a matter of hours. It also promotes a close-knit team culture where ideas come from all levels.

Owen

Software Engineer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

One of my favorite aspects of Optiver is the openness of our company culture. We’re always encouraged to learn from each other and share ideas across teams, and this spirit of collaboration really permeates every interaction you’ll have.

Xiaoyu

Quantitative Trader

What are Optiver Perks + Benefits

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fully paid health insurance premiums for employees • Generous 401(k) Plan • 25 days of paid vacation • Free catered breakfast and lunch daily • Weekly in-house chair massages • Complimentary in-house barista

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