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Posted: 2019-10-26 18:52
I have spent my entire adult life in a university setting in various roles - teaching classes, writing grants, managing lab/students, doing research and getting a PhD in CS, publishing papers etc. I am now realizing that I need to move on, and take up a job in the industry - primarily because my financial situation has been rendered precarious because of a personal emergency (and exacerbated in no small part due to PhD student/postdoc level wages for ~1.5 decades).

I interviewed and landed 2 Scientist roles recently (including one at FAANG). I passed both since the compensation felt rather low (base ~$130-150k), and more so because the subsequent salary bumps did not seem significant either. I am obviously looking to fast track my career, and am after something with significantly higher upside.

Could a career in Quant Research/Trading be the answer? Which companies might be interested in hiring me given my background and age (I will be 40 next summer!), and what kind of compensation and career progression can I expect?
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