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Joined: Feb 2017
Posted: 2017-02-08 17:31
Dear NuclearPhynacists! Great forum, great community!

I have finished my PhD in quantitative finance with a thesis on derivatives pricing and hedging and exchange traded products, featuring analytical, numerical and empirical methods. It comprises 4 papers, 3 of which have been published in peer-reviewed international journals.

I also hold a MSc in theoretical physics having done a thesis on lattice QCD.

And last but not least, I am a skilled programmer with many years experience (both paid, for my research and as hobby) with C++, Haskell, full-stack web, databases, Mathematica and have several high quality projects published (on

I am looking for a quantitative position (systematic trading, quant analyst, quant researcher, financial engineer), ideally front office of a major quant hedge fund, trading firms or investment banks, world-wide, though US/UK is preferred.

I would be happy to hear from others that started from a similar background and to get tips on how to proceed.

Do headhunters make sense for such entry level positions, given that most shops have permanent job openings on their sites and seem very responsive (e.g. Jane Street, G-Research)?

Would you be willing to recommend good headhunters?


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Joined: Apr 2005
Posted: 2017-02-15 18:08
Put an address in your profile - or reach out to mine please.

That's the personal message - onto the generic side of things - recruiters do work at the early / post PhD stage of the market, but the problem is that this is an emerging space - previously many hedge funds didn't look at fresh grads; but many are starting to now (we have a small programme).
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