Role: Quantitative Researcher

Location: Chicago

At Aquatic, we are actively recruiting for a Quant Researcher in our Chicago office. In this role, you will work with a team to develop a variety of signals, models, and strategies for trading financial markets. As part of the role, you will be responsible for the design and implementation of various components of our research system, and you will evaluate their effectiveness by using rigorous statistical methods. As part of a small team with exposure to multiple areas of research, you will have the opportunity to rapidly grow your knowledge of quantitative finance.

Candidate requirements:

  • Undergrad in mathematics, statistics, machine learning, physics, computer science, or other scientific discipline
  • Exceptional mathematical, analytical, and problem-solving ability
  • Programming proficiency in python or C++
  • Experience in solving data-intensive problems a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to complete statistical or applied mathematical research a plus
  • Prior experience in a quantitative role within a trading environment a plus

Desired qualities: 

  • Intellectually curious, creative, and rigorous
  • Willingness to challenge assumptions and revise opinions in the face of compelling evidence
  • Self-motivated and highly productive, with a strong sense of urgency and accountability
  • Willing to take ownership of one’s work, working both independently and within a small team
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple threads of work
  • Able to work across disciplines
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Comfortable providing and receiving actionable feedback in a collaborative team setting

Aquatic Capital Management

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.  

At Aquatic, we are building a world class quantitative trading company with a collaborative team of highly capable researchers and engineers. The firm’s culture is shaped by collaboration, meritocracy, ambition, and calm determination. This role represents a unique opportunity to join a distinguished and hugely successful quantitative investment manager in the early stages of building a world class operation from scratch.

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