Junior Developer - Data Tooling

Akuna Capital

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 โ€“ 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 firmโ€™s first office in 2011 in the heart of the derivatives industry and the options capital of the world โ€“ Chicago. Today, Akuna is proud to operate from additional offices in Sydney, Shanghai, and Boston.

What youโ€™ll do as a Junior Developer on the Data Tooling Team at Akuna:

We are a data-driven organization and are seeking Junior Developers to take our data platform to the next level. At Akuna, we believe that our data provides a key competitive advantage and is a critical part to the success of our business. The goal of the Data Team is to โ€œprovide simple access to clean data,โ€ and the Data Tooling team is primarily focused on the โ€œsimple accessโ€ portion. Our platform starts with gathering data from disparate sources across the globe and ends with our users across Trading, Research and Development staff accessing complex datasets for a wide range of streaming and batch use cases. In this role you will:

  • Work closely with developers, researchers, and traders to design and develop tooling that enables users to answer key research questions and solve data problems
  • Collaborate with many teams on data intensive projects such as gathering requirements from stakeholders for a new tool or platform, advising and assisting users in integrating existing tooling and patterns into their applications or research, or consulting with a trader or researcher to help them build a new dataset or pipeline
  • Work with the Data Infrastructure team to provide users simple access to the data platform

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • BS/MS/PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics or related field completed upon employment
  • Strong knowledge of computer science fundamentals
  • Clear understanding of both object oriented and functional programming paradigms
  • Familiarity with Python
  • Ability to learn about technical systems and concepts quickly
  • Asks good questions, identifies black boxes, and is eager to learn about new topics
  • Desire to take ownership of small-scale projects
  • Must be graduating by August 2023 or prior
  • Major GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required on the first day of employment including F-1 students using OPT or STEM

Please note: if you have applied to multiple roles, you will be asked to complete multiple coding challenges and interviews.

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