Math PhD hedge fund roleSubscribe
I currently work as a quant for a small L/S hedge fund in Europe for a couple of years, after completing a mathematical PhD in stochastic modelling. Although I am currently happy with my current position and salary, I feel that personal and salary growth opportunities are limited in the longer run.
Ideally I would like to work for a hedge fund, where a fair amount of colleagues will have a similar background as I do (Msc/Phd in math, physics, etc). I like to work with people who are curious and intrinsically motivated to understand things around them (could be specific financial data sets, understanding prices moves, general economy, whatever). I would like colleagues who are open minded towards new ideas, even though they are not familiar with it. I would like to work for a fund where raising assets (and earning performance fee) is not the main driver, but where achieving top results by deep understanding and excellent execution is the key (the money will follow). Ideally the hedge fund has a ton of data sets readily available to do research on and has a long term view when it comes to way the company is run.
After graduating from my PhD, I've done one interview assignment at G-Research, which I somehow screwed up (I was put in a room without a clock and ran out of time on an exercise which was actually a special case of a theorem in my PhD thesis... geez!). Let me say that the material was definitely not to hard (actually quite easy for the most part), but the nerves got to me and the circumstances were not ideal. I really regret wasting this opportunity.
My question is: how do I find my ideal job? Where in Europe are interesting jobs like this? How do I get in touch? Are there any companies (potentially like G-Research) where I would be considered as an interesting candidate? I have a strong understanding of probability/statistics, with good real world intuition, I can code pretty well and I'm highly motivated to be the best.