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  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

2020/21 Performance Researcher Internship

Are you a penultimate year student with a passion for data driven problem solving? Do you want to work in a collaborative and dynamic environment?

Opportunity details

Opportunity Types
Number of Vacancies

Application dates

Applications Open
10 Feb 2020
Applications Close
14 Apr 2020

Minimum requirements

Level of Study
Accepting International Applications
Degrees Accepted
Aerospace Engineering & Aviation
Automotive & Transport Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering & Construction
Communications Engineering
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Engineering Management
Environmental Engineering
Fire & Safety Engineering
Geomatic Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Marine Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics & Statistics
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Renewable Energy Engineering
Robotics & Mechatronics Engineering
Engineering & Mathematics (all other)
  • Gain experience solving highly complex problems this summer
  • No prior finance knowledge required
  • $100K package pro-rata plus an abundance of perks and benefits
  • Flights and accommodation provided if based outside of Sydney
  • 10-week internship, starting end Nov 2020

What you'll work on

Performance Researchers utilise data science, reverse engineering and computing fundamentals to improve the success of our trading systems. You'll develop hypotheses about how to improve our competitive success and test them experimentally under real-world conditions and constraints. You'll join our highly interactive trader training program for two weeks, alongside Traders and Developers, to learn key financial and trading concepts. From there you'll take on a real research project, to improve our trading success.

There are many elements within a trading system, so we'll tailor your project to suit your existing skillsets and give you the opportunity to learn something new. 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.

What you'll learn

Thanks to our custom-built trading systems and pricing expertise, Optiver is at the forefront of quantitative trading. You will gain experience with low-latency trading strategies and how to optimise them for the most competitive markets in Asia. You'll develop an understanding of the technology that allows us to continually provide prices for a substantial number of financial products. You'll be included in a highly interactive training program alongside Traders, Software Developers and Researchers, learning the ins and outs of quantitative trading. You'll gain research experience, and you'll also see how your solutions impact our trading success.

Who you are

You are a creative, critical thinker. You're an inquisitive sceptic who, when told that something 'just is', starts to take it apart and understand why. You're excited to test yourself in one of the most competitive areas of the financial markets. In addition, you:

  • Love getting into the details of problems and understand how to decompose big challenges into solvable pieces.
  • Are pragmatic and focused on outcomes.
  • 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.);
  • Much of the technical skill set for this role can be learnt. What we truly value is your aptitude, growth mindset, drive for success and passion for collaborative problem-solving.


  • You study a highly quantitative or technically focused degree - Maths, Statistics, Physics, Elec / Mechatronic / Software Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science or similar.
  • You're a penultimate year student
  • An Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or able to provide evidence of full working rights for the duration of the Internship

Who we are

Optiver. It's a combination of the Dutch words for 'trading' and 'options'. And that's what we do. We're a leader in Options trading (and other financial products) on the world's financial markets.

At Optiver, we do things a bit differently to most businesses. We operate without clients, taking risks and reaping the rewards ourselves. We maintain an informal culture to make sure it's fun. We skip the mindless meetings and get on with it. And we celebrate high performance, individual excellence and doing better every day. We take serious things very seriously - like chasing wins and embracing the challenges of the market. We collaborate to solve open-ended problems in the most competitive market there is. We're about fast feedback and speedy solutions. Since we take the risk, we reap the rewards. And that's just how we like it. We collaborate to innovate. We share knowledge, ideas and the glory when everything goes right.

More than 1000 Optiverians around the world work to improve the market. Optiver's a quiet powerhouse of creative problem solving and collaboration. We like challenges. We love success. And we're proud of our culture, designed to give you plenty of opportunity and support to do amazing things.

What we offer

Optiver is a truly high performing environment. We make life easy for you by taking care of the little things. Like lunch, which our in-house chefs prepare every day. And coffee, free from our barista. And fitness, with your free gym membership and access to group training sessions. There are massages every week, meditation training and lots of wellness perks. There are also plenty of ways to unwind, from our famous games room and social clubs to our many internal sports teams. And with a culture that celebrates wins, you can bet that from our monthly social events, annual trip, Christmas party and more, you'll find time to meet your fellow Optiverians and enjoy a party or two.