RenTech New Hires: PhD in what exactly?

I've read from a variety of sources that RenTech frequently recruits from PhD's in pure/applied math, physics, comp-sci, etc. but beyond an occasional reference to "information theory" or "machine learning" I haven't found much information about what these PhD's were actually doing. 

I'm mostly curious about the exact work some of the recruits were doing during their PhD that RenTech thought was valuable. Ideally I'd like to find some dissertations from recent recruits to see if there are some common themes either in techniques used or subject area. 

Does anyone here have any insight into this or any directions you could point me in to learn more? Thanks. 

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Oct 23, 2021 - 12:48pm

As long as it's not PhD in finance, they are okay with it. The whole idea is applying mental / quantitative models from an unconventional discipline to find short-term patterns. 

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Oct 23, 2021 - 1:20pm

Trolling through LinkedIn I was able to find ~6 PhD dissertations from current employees from Mathematics, Physics/Astrophysics, Statistics, and Comp Sci, and yeah this comment does seem to be spot on. These were all over the place. It seems insanely strong quantitative skills with a good research track record and strong coding skills is really what they're looking for rather than any specific research area (from my n=6 sample). 

(I would post links to the dissertations but I feel like that might count as doxxing and they're really not that hard to find if you're reading this and interested)

Oct 23, 2021 - 1:37pm

in general, they're trying to find smart STEM folks who have shown the ability to do very stellar research and would fit into their team. Doesn't matter what your phd is in, generally. Now, I have seen some preference by some hiring managers who want the best folks in optimization, etc

Oct 25, 2021 - 2:13am

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