Graduate Quantitative Researcher – 2025 at Optiver

Sydney, Australia
· 3 months ago
Full time
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Ready to accelerate your career in a global tech-driven trading firm? Want to work alongside talented peers to solve complex and challenging problems every day?

Optiver's Quantitative Researcher Graduate program will empower you with the skills needed to excel in our fast-paced environment.

Kickstart the program with four weeks of training in the Optiver Academy, our global training program in Amsterdam.

Then, once you’ve got the basics covered, you'll continue the rest of your learning in Sydney, where you'll join one of our research teams and put your knowledge into practice. You'll get to work on entrepreneurial projects that create immediate impact.

With our support, mentorship and world-class training, there’s no limit to how quickly you can accelerate your career at Optiver. Apply today.

Who we are

Optiver is a global tech-driven trading firm, with offices in Amsterdam, Sydney, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Chicago and Austin. Founded in 1986, today we are a leading liquidity provider, with close to 2,000 employees in offices around the world, united in our commitment to improve the market through competitive pricing, execution and risk management. By providing liquidity on multiple exchanges across the world in various financial instruments we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets. We provide liquidity to financial markets using our own capital, at our own risk, trading a wide range of products: listed derivatives, cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign currencies.

Optiver’s Sydney office is one of the primary players within Asian markets, trading a range of products. Established in 1996, we're an active participant on the Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan exchanges, and act as Optiver’s APAC head office. 

What you’ll do

No previous experience in trading or financial markets? You bring the passion and we'll have the training to support you along the way.

As our Graduate Quantitative Researcher, you'll work on critical projects that help improve global financial markets. You’ll be constantly applying your strong analytical abilities to create insights and proposals that drive impactful and innovative trading strategies.

Every day will present you with new and interesting challenges to solve. And it’s up to you and your team to drive our success by ensuring that our quantitative models remain at the cutting-edge of constantly evolving capital markets.

Who you are

You’re an inquisitive, critical thinker who is creative in innovating new solutions. You're constantly keen to understand the “why” and you're a strong believer in the power of collaborative problem solving. In addition, you:

  • Are pragmatic and focused on outcomes.
  • Can communicate technical concepts well.
  • Enjoy utilising technology, programming or maths in your daily life to solve problems.
  • Possess programming experience in any language (C, C++, Python, Basic, JAVA, etc.).
We offer a range of opportunities in our research teams. Through our training program, we'll help you find the perfect role. 

  • D1 Researcher
As a D1 Researcher, you’ll collaborate with traders and developers to build live trading strategies, using cutting-edge statistical and machine learning algorithms. You’ll build trading signals from market or fundamental data, combine signals and optimise strategy parameters through our state-of-the-art back testing infrastructure.

Whilst you'll use a mix of statistics, computer science and economics in your research, there are no textbook solutions to what you aim to solve. Instead, you’re driven to go beyond theory and search for hidden signals to help you create profitable strategies.

  • Options Pricing Research
As an Options Pricing Researcher, you will get exposure to the full stack of our trading pipeline. Starting with trading systems, you will process the raw data into valuable market indicators or “alphas” that show market trends. This involves using statistics, creating visual representations, and dealing with large datasets. Next, you will make statistical models to predict financial outcomes such as future market movements or conditions.

You'll also be trained on how to develop strategies with traders. This involves finding new trading opportunities, codifying them into trading schemes, and thoroughly testing these strategies. You'll be involved in managing these strategies, which includes assessing risks, monitoring live performance, and comparing this to back test results.

  • Performance and Strategy Researchers
Whether you join as a Performance or Strategy Researcher, you’ll develop and test hypotheses experimentally, under real-world conditions and constraints, to drive improvements in our trading systems.

As a Performance Researcher, you’ll be using data science, reverse engineering, and computing fundamentals to improve the success of our trading systems. You could be building tools to optimise our low-latency strategies, utilising custom built FPGA hardware, or analysing terabytes of systems and network capture data to process and discover hidden patterns.

As a Strategy Researcher, you’ll be leveraging our understanding of execution success and pricing to design and improve automated trading strategies. The scope of projects you’ll work on is broad, ranging from optimising strategy parameters, to examining market data and finding new hidden market opportunities, to developing new strategies that capture these opportunities.

What you’ll get

  • The chance to work alongside diverse and intelligent peers in a rewarding environment
  • Competitive remuneration, including an attractive bonus structure and additional leave entitlements
  • Training, mentorship and personal development opportunities
  • Gym membership plus weekly in-house chair massages
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and an in-house barista
  • Regular social events including an annual company trip
  • A work-from-home allowance and support
  • Guided relocation and a competitive relocation package.
As an intentionally flat organisation, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds, and we welcome requests for reasonable adjustments during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.


  • A final-year/Honours/Masters/PhD student or a recent graduate (up to 4 years)
  • Studying a quantitative or technically focused degree, such as Maths, Statistics, Physics, Elec / Mechatronic / Software Engineering, Computer Science, Applied/Quantitative Finance or Econometrics.
  • An Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or able to secure full working rights after graduating.

Ready to take your career to the next level? Apply today.

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact us at [email protected].


1700 employees

At Optiver, our mission is to improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we play an active role in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for all participants. We tackle the toughest problems, challenge the status quo and always aim for excellence. As one of the largest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner on 70+ exchanges across the globe.

Our Amsterdam office is where it all began. Since our founding in 1986, Optiver’s Amsterdam office has developed into one of the most dynamic and exciting trading floors in Europe. Our culture reflects the Dutch capital city’s progressive, innovative and inclusive nature. With its unique spirit, Amsterdam is the ideal hub for our teams to trade a wide range of products, from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange.