Go looking for change

Quantitative Associate Scheme

Go looking for change

We are looking for driven and avidly inquisitive individuals with a research scientist mindset, ready to challenge ideas and push through new solutions.

You’ll be embedded as a researcher within one of the Systematic Investment teams where, from day one, you’ll actively contribute to the development of our quantitative strategies.

Applications Open Sept 2021

Marshall Wace Quantitative Graduate Scheme.

About the programme

Based in our London office, you will be working in a research position designed for high-calibre, highly numerate individuals. We value free thinkers, and we have created a fast-paced and meritocratic environment where you will be encouraged to apply your own initiative and challenge conventional wisdom. You will be delivering on the research agenda, in addition to back testing/researching forecasts of asset returns on horizons of hours to years.

We all share a tireless drive for innovation. Participants in the scheme tend to be one of the top students at their university, and exceptional individuals have gone to be become involved in creating and optimising our signature systematic trading models.

About the programme

Based in our London office, you will be working in a research position designed for high-calibre, highly numerate individuals. We value free thinkers, and we have created a fast-paced and meritocratic environment where you will be encouraged to apply your own initiative and challenge conventional wisdom. You will be delivering on the research agenda, in addition to back testing/researching forecasts of asset returns on horizons of hours to years.

We all share a tireless drive for innovation. Participants in the scheme tend to be one of the top students at their university, and exceptional individuals have gone to be become involved in creating and optimising our signature systematic trading models.

Programme structure

This is 16-month scheme of structured learning where you will be part of a select cohort of graduates specialising in quantitative research.

  • The non-rotational nature of the scheme allows you to focus and deepen your knowledge through immediate responsibility.
  • You receive daily mentoring from senior members of the Marshall Wace team, who have a matchless record of helping high performing individuals reach their true potential.
  • The role also offers the opportunity for secondments and the possibility to work overseas in one of our satellite offices.

The scheme is designed expressly to offer the right blend of breadth, challenge and support to enable ambitious and exceptional graduates to develop their careers with us.

Candidate Qualities

Academic achievement

Academic achievement

For the Quantitative Researcher role, we require applicants to have achieved a master’s degree as a minimum. PhD graduates are also welcome.

Strong numeracy

Strong numeracy

While we are flexible on your degree discipline, we do expect candidates to be highly numerate.

Create value

Create value

Our graduates need to think critically about a range of strategic issues impacting our business.

“Shoot for the moon” ambition

“Shoot for the moon” ambition

We want people who think differently, love devising strategies and are focussed on optimal outcomes.

Lead the way

Lead the way

You need to bring innovation at all levels, be tenacious and never settle for the status quo.

Agile minds

Agile minds

You need to show proven ability to move seamlessly between projects, often working on multiple and diverse tasks at the same time.

It’s easy to make a business case for not sharing code within the teams for fear of it creeping out the door. But here we definitely benefit from the fact that people don’t have to continuously reinvent the wheel. If you want to do some specific technical analysis, you don’t have to write all of that code yourself.

Competitors of Marshall Wace have a different working style, with little collaboration and smaller teams working in silos. This means that projects can take much longer to get off the ground.

There are open channels of communication with people throughout the business, whether that be here in the UK or overseas - collaboration is a huge part of our working style.

Apply Now

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If your CV passes the initial screening stage, we may contact you for a telephone interview, lasting around 30 minutes.

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Candidates who are successful at screening stage will be invited to complete a written test as well as a networking event with Marshall Wace employees.

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If successful, you will be invited back to attend an assessment centre. This will include a data exam and interviews with members of the Marshall Wace quantitative research team.

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We appreciate the time and effort you will have put into your application and, whatever the result, we like to give you feedback quickly.