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Quantitative Associate Programme

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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 into one of the Systematic Investment teams where, from day one, you’ll actively contribute to the development of our quantitative strategies.

 

Applications are now closed. Register your interest for the 2025 programme here.

About the programme

You will be working in a position designed for high-calibre, highly numerate individuals within our quantitative teams. 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 and participants tend to be one of the top students at their university. Previous associates are now involved in creating and optimising our signature systematic trading models. 

 As a member of our Quantitative Associate Programme you will be part of a select cohort receiving on the job training from experienced colleagues who have a matchless record of helping high performing individuals reach their true potential. 

About the programme

You will be working in a position designed for high-calibre, highly numerate individuals within our quantitative teams. 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 and participants tend to be one of the top students at their university. Previous associates are now involved in creating and optimising our signature systematic trading models. 

 As a member of our Quantitative Associate Programme you will be part of a select cohort receiving on the job training from experienced colleagues who have a matchless record of helping high performing individuals reach their true potential. 

Programme Benefits

Alongside Marshall Wace’s employee benefits programme, Quantitative Associates will experience:

  • A collaborative and open working environment, with a significant common codebase shared across Quant teams 
  • The opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and problems, and to develop your own research interests and ideas 
  • Extensive in-house knowledge sharing, including a fortnightly internal talk series, and support for additional learning opportunities if desired. Every member of the team also has an allowance to spend on external courses and training 
  • A highly-regarded personal development programme throughout your first 18 months 
  • Access to cutting-edge technology and highly skilled support teams providing an extensive toolkit to help you focus on your work, whether it be alpha research, portfolio construction, etc. 

Candidate Qualities

  • Academic achievement: For the Quantitative Associate role, we require applicants to have achieved a PhD or master’s degree as a minimum. We also encourage applications from candidates with 2-3 years of relevant industry experience. 
  • Strong numeracy: While we are flexible on your degree discipline, we do expect candidates to be highly numerate. 
  • Create value: Our associates need to think critically about a range of strategic issues impacting our business. 
  • “Shoot for the moon” ambition: We want people who think differently, love devising strategies and are focussed on optimal outcomes. 
  • Lead the way: You need to bring innovation at all levels, be tenacious and never settle for the status quo. 
  • Agile minds: You need to show proven ability to move seamlessly between projects, often working on multiple and diverse tasks at the same time. 
  • Team player: You must also be able to work effectively in a team, helping the group to deliver efficient and superior solutions. 

Candidate Qualities

  • Academic achievement: For the Quantitative Associate role, we require applicants to have achieved a PhD or master’s degree as a minimum. We also encourage applications from candidates with 2-3 years of relevant industry experience. 
  • Strong numeracy: While we are flexible on your degree discipline, we do expect candidates to be highly numerate. 
  • Create value: Our associates need to think critically about a range of strategic issues impacting our business. 
  • “Shoot for the moon” ambition: We want people who think differently, love devising strategies and are focussed on optimal outcomes. 
  • Lead the way: You need to bring innovation at all levels, be tenacious and never settle for the status quo. 
  • Agile minds: You need to show proven ability to move seamlessly between projects, often working on multiple and diverse tasks at the same time. 
  • Team player: You must also be able to work effectively in a team, helping the group to deliver efficient and superior solutions. 

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