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Quantitative Researcher – PhD: Summer 2024

  • Job
    Entry Level
  • Research & Development
  • Philadelphia

AI generated summary

  • You need a PhD in a quantitative field, exceptional problem-solving skills, strong communication abilities, practical computing expertise, and research project experience. Finance background not required.
  • You will explore market data, develop trading signals, collaborate with technologists, optimize strategies, and brainstorm new ideas for quantitative research projects.


  • PhD in a quantitative field such as Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Operations Research, or Economics
  • Exceptional mathematical problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication skills in a fast-paced and/or highly collaborative environment are essential
  • Strong, practical computing skills; a specific language proficiency is less important than your ability to get computers to accomplish tasks efficiently and reliably
  • Experience working on in-depth research projects
  • Finance experience is not a requirement


  • This idea can come from anyone: you, the mentor who sits beside you, or someone you meet in the cafeteria.
  • As a Quantitative Researcher, you will investigate that idea by immersing yourself in market data, leveraging tools in mathematics, statistics, and programming.
  • Through your research, you may discover a new pattern that can transform into a trading signal.
  • You will work side-by-side with technologists in order to backtest your results and put that trading signal into production.
  • Once that signal is embedded in our electronic trading strategies, you will continue to do research on that strategy in order to optimize its performance.
  • As your trading strategy evolves, you will discuss with other researchers, strategists, and traders to collect feedback and brainstorm new ideas.
  • Some of those ideas will turn into new quant projects, and the life cycle starts all over again.


What level of education is required for this role?

A PhD in a related field is required for this position.

What kind of problems will I be working on as a Quantitative Researcher at SIG?

You will be working on complex problems in the field of quantitative finance that require a high level of attention to detail and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.

Can I apply for this role if I do not have a PhD?

No, a PhD is a requirement for this position as it is a highly specialized role that requires advanced education.

What are some qualities that successful candidates in this role possess?

Successful candidates in this role possess a relentless pursuit of understanding, exceptional attention to detail, and a strong background in quantitative research.

Is this a summer internship or a full-time position?

This is a full-time position for Quantitative Researchers with a PhD, starting in the summer of 2024.

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Mission & Purpose

SIG is a global quantitative trading firm founded with a growth mindset and an analytical approach to decision making. As one of the largest proprietary trading firms in the world, we benefit the financial markets by providing liquidity and ensuring competitive prices for buyers and sellers. We bring together the brightest minds, the best technology, and the most expansive library of data in the industry to design and implement quantitative trading strategies that make us leaders in the financial markets. Beyond trading, SIG is active in global private equity, structured capital and institutional brokerage.


  • Medical, Vision, and Dental

    You have a choice of medical plans, including a Health Savings Account plan.

  • Paid Vacation and Time Off

    We offer a generous vacation package so that you can enjoy paid time off away from the office. We observe the New York Stock Exchange holiday schedule, which generally includes nine paid holidays per year. We also offer paid maternity/paternity leave.

  • Gym + Fitness Classes*

    We have an on-site gym, on-site fitness classes, and wellness tools to help you track your personal health achievements.

  • On-site Wellness Center + Pharmacy*

    We support your everyday health with an on-site Wellness Center, and make it easy for you to drop off your prescription for same-day delivery to the office.

  • Discounts + Deals

    You can make the most of our great deals on movie tickets, event tickets, and discounts with some of the best restaurants in town.