At Aquatic, we are actively recruiting for a Research Engineer in our Chicago office. In this role, you will partner with the Quantitative Research team to define priorities and deliver custom software solutions. 

Role Details

  • Collaborate with senior researchers and technologists to investigate novel research ideas, evaluate them with large-scale experiments, and develop scientific libraries to share these findings and processes
  • Build the tools and engines that bring our platforms and models to live trading
  • Over time independently originate, test, develop, and own research projects and processes

Technical Experience 

  • Expertise in Python and C++
  • Comfort with large parallel computational problems 
  • Numeracy skills that can be applied toward developing software for researchers
  • Experience building software in quantitative trading environments is beneficial 
  • A strong orientation towards iterative software development and development hygiene 

Candidate Qualities  

  • Strong bias for action
  • Driven by accountability and internal urgency
  • Desire to independently seek best solutions
  • Preference for working in a team that focuses on delivering results aligned with Research goals
  • Comfortable providing and receiving actionable feedback in a collaborative team setting
  • Motivated by an ambitious environment and driven colleagues 

Aquatic Capital 

Aquatic is a quantitative trading and investment company recently launched by Jon Graham. Prior to founding Aquatic, Jon was a Partner and Senior Managing Director at Citadel, where he worked for more than 13 years. At Citadel, Jon held numerous senior positions over the years, including Head of Statistical Arbitrage and Equity High Frequency, culminating in leading the highly successful Global Quantitative Strategies business.  

Uncluttered by legacy platforms and processes, Aquatic develops systematic investment strategies, enabled by a leading-edge research and development platform. The vision is simple: to build a world class, quantitative investment manager with a collaborative team of highly capable researchers and engineers.

This role represents a unique opportunity to join a distinguished and hugely successful quantitative investment manager at the foundational level of building a world class operation from scratch. The firm’s culture will be shaped by collaboration, meritocracy, ambition, and calm determination. 

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