Quantitative Trading Intern, Summer 2020/2021

Job Description

About Akuna:

Akuna Capital is a young and booming trading firm with a strong focus on collaboration, cutting-edge technology, data driven solutions and automation. We specialize in providing liquidity as an options market-maker – meaning we are committed to providing competitive quotes that we are willing to both buy and sell. To do this successfully we design and implement our own low latency technologies, trading strategies and mathematical models.

Our Founding Partners, including Akuna's CEO Andrew Killion, first conceptualized Akuna in their hometown of Sydney. They opened the firm’s first office in 2011 in the heart of the derivatives industry and the options capital of the world – Chicago. Today, Akuna is proud to operate from additional offices in Sydney, Shanghai, and Boston.

Akuna Sydney opened in early 2018 and is at the center of Akuna’s Asian trading operations. Akuna’s focus in Asia is currently trading HK, cryptocurrencies and US night markets and is looking to expand to trading on all major Asian exchanges. Employees will work together towards achieving Akuna’s goals across all areas of the business, including trading and desk buildout, cutting-edge research and data analysis, strategy creation, and building ultra-low-latency trading systems that are tailored to local market conditions.

What you’ll do as a Quantitative Trading Intern at Akuna:

We are seeking motivated Quantitative Trading Interns to join our dynamic team at Akuna Capital for our 10 week Akunacademy internship - which will run from early January 2021, taking place in our Sydney office. Quant Trading Interns will work with our strong team of Quant Developers and Quant Traders on part of our automated options trading desk. You’re a fit for this role if you have enthusiasm for problem solving, financial mathematics, and will bring strong initiatives in generating trading ideas to developing and testing strategies. In this role you will:

  • Manage trading strategies and improve profitability by converting ideas into quantitative models
  • Implement trading signals that contribute to portfolio construction
  • Develop a deep understanding of derivatives theory and financial markets
  • Generate ideas on trading opportunities, product insights, risk management and trading system

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • Pursuing a Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. in technical field – Engineering, Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Actuarial Science or a related/equivalent field
  • Python or C++ programming experience required
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter, ready to work in a fast paced, team environment
  • Understanding of option theory
  • Demonstrated experience with research or data analysis projects, either a personal or school project
  • Passionate about problem-solving and finding creative solutions in an ever changing market
  • Graduation date of June 2022 or prior
  • Must currently be authorized to work in Australia. Akuna does not offer sponsorship for this position