Quantitative Researcher (PhD) - Algorithmic Trading

  • Competitive + Share Options
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • BMLL Technologies
  • 19 Feb 18 2018-02-19

A west-end algo trading fintech is looking for a researcher with experience in alpha generation, signal design and handing market data. Exposure to market microstructure is particularly sought after. This role will suit a candidate with a world-class academic pedigree looking for a change in direction, perhaps at a mid-way point in their career.

The role is highly varied. The following activities give a flavour of the tasks:

  • Writing Python Jupyter notebooks with customers, showing off best practice in signal generation, machine learning and market microstructure. 
  • Intra-day communication with existing customer scientists (at tier 1 banks/ hedge funds/prop funds).
  • Quickly and efficiently understanding end user needs and pain points.
  • Attending customer sales meetings when customer scientists will be present. 
  • Speaking at conferences, both in the UK and internationally

Your time will be split roughly on 50% on R&D related activities, 50% on customer facing activities. You will be coding 85% of your time.

You will report to the CTO.


  • At least two years in a tier 1 algorithmic trading research role
  • Post-doc, PhD degree in a scientific or technical discipline
  • Strong Python programming skills
  • Strong communication skills


  • Experience working with limit order book data
  • Apache Spark
  • Machine learning
  • Matlab, R, C++

We believe the ideal profile for the role may have the following features:

- You will have a background in a hard science from a world-leading university. This experience will have given you the ability and confidence to present to audiences at conferences, design presentations on technical matters for both technical peers and non-technical parties. You will have the authority to debate issues relating to systematic trading with experienced scientists from customer organizations.

- You may then have moved into the world of systematic/algorithmic trading as a quantitative researcher at a Tier 1 hedge fund or prop shop. In this role you will have levered your scientific background to design predictors, portfolios and risk-profiles. You will have gained experience of how data, computing power and mathematics are used to game the global financial markets. You will have gained a deep understanding of the exchanges you worked with and the products you traded. You will have spent at least 2 years in such a role.

- You have changed direction and are now looking for the next opportunity.

- You are charismatic and can communicate confidently and effectively with a range of senior technical and non-technical customers both within the office environment and in the wider business community.