Careers with Athena

We are always open to meeting candidates who can help us fulfill the technical and quantitative demands of our rapidly evolving field. We invite you to look at our openings and see if you would be a good fit for us. To see if we would be a good fit for you, please visit our culture page.

Position

Our hedge fund specializes in fully automated trading. We have developed a best-in-class automated trading platform, featuring direct market access to  major financial exchanges, and a complete system for developing and automating trading strategies. We will provide the technology, the capital, detailed historical data, lowest cost commissions, and highest quality executions—you will leverage these tools to build profitable trading strategies. We’ve built the body, you build the brains.

This position will be directly responsible for generating profits for the company. A core part of our culture is to share profits with people who are responsible for them. Therefore, this position is potentially very lucrative. We will provide you with the resources needed; it will be up to you to develop and drive these strategies to maximum profitability.


Responsibilities 
  • Build and maintain quantitative trading models by researching and establishing investment strategies
  • Oversee daily performance and evaluate against historical data
  • Assess portfolio to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, firm policies and portfolio investment strategies
  • Collaborate with Trade Ops to ensure stable deployment of quantitative strategies

Requirements
Candidate should have all of the following
  • 3+ years managing and developing strategies and managing portfolio risk
  • M.S. or Ph.D. degree from a top-tier school in a technical, scientific, and/or quantitative field
  • 2+ years of experience with a major object oriented programming language (C++ / Java / C# preferred)
  • 2+ years of experience working with Unix-based systems
  • Strong desire to conquer the challenge of outperforming other financial market participants
  • Self-motivated, hardworking, creative and competitive personality
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

 

Additional Desired Skills
  • Statistical modeling, time series, machine learning, big data, or other data modeling experience
  • Matlab, R, Stata, numPy, Pandas: expertise with any of these is a plus

Compensation

We treat ourselves well:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to earn a large bonus, based on performance
  • Three to four weeks of paid time off
  • Complete health coverage including dental
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition and educational reimbursement
  • Direct access to senior personnel
  • Frequent company outings
  • Free snacks, drinks, and fresh fruit

Athena is always looking for qualified college students (bachelor’s, master’s and PhDs) for any of the roles we have available.  Aspiring software engineers, quantitative researchers and developers, systems engineers and any other motivated students are all invited to apply.

Please refer to those requisitions for guidance on what we are looking for and feel free to apply with INTERN in your email subject.  We believe in fostering an environment full of creativity, passion, and real-world applications to better prepare our interns for the challenges of life after academia.

Position

We are looking for a talented individual to join our growing operations team. This position is challenging, very rewarding, and requires excellent communication and problem-solving skills. Basic programing skills to help support our automated processes are also required.

We have developed a best-in-class automated trading platform with access to major financial exchanges around the world, as well as a software platform specializing in the development of automated trading strategies. You will work directly with portfolio managers to perform trading operations, which includes supporting strategy execution, reporting, and back office tasks.


Responsibilities 
  • Serve as the point of contact to both CTO and COO to resolve critical trade
  • Monitor live trading systems and identify system irregularities
  • Create, maintain, and enhance operation tools and libraries to facilitate trading operations
  • Develop and manage automated reports

Requirements
Candidate should have all of the following
  • BS or MS in a technical, scientific, or quantitative field
  • Strong communications skills
  • 1+ years of programming experience in a scripting language (Python/Ruby preferred)
  • Coursework and/or working experience in finance
  • Familiarity with Linux/UNIX environments and bash
  • Exposure to MySQL or similar database systems
  • Hands-on, self-motivated individual
  • Hard working, creative, and competitive
  • Team player open to discussion and sharing of ideas

Compensation

We treat ourselves well:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to earn a large bonus, based on performance
  • Three to four weeks of paid time off
  • Complete health coverage including dental
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible spending account
  • Tuition and educational reimbursement
  • Direct access to senior personnel
  • Frequent company outings
  • Free snacks, drinks, and fresh fruit
Position Description

Athena is looking for talented individuals to perform quantitative research. This position is challenging and very rewarding, requiring excellent analytical skills, programming experience and the desire necessary to beat the market.

We have developed a best-in-class automated trading platform, featuring direct market access to most major financial exchanges as well as a software platform specialized for developing and automating trading strategies. Your role will be to assist in developing cutting-edge trading strategies among a team of highly skilled professionals.


Responsibilities 
  • Research and evaluate market characteristics, fluctuations and dynamics
  • Work closely with Portfolio Manager on data analysis, data mining, model evaluation and alpha research
  • Simulate models and help look for improvements on various fronts: signal strength, risk metrics, portfolio performance characteristics
  • Research new markets for potential trading opportunities

Requirements
Candidate should have all of the following
  • Degree from a top-tier school in a technical, scientific, and/or quantitative field
  • Experience with a major object oriented programming language (C++ preferred)
  •  Experience working with Unix-based systems
  • Strong desire to conquer the challenge of outperforming other financial market participants
  • Self-motivated, hardworking, creative and competitive personality
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Track record of achievement and success

 

Additional Desired Skills
  • Statistical modeling, time series, machine learning, big data, or other data modeling experience
  • Matlab, R, Stata, numPy, Pandas: expertise with any of these is a plus

Compensation

We treat ourselves well:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to earn a large bonus, based on performance
  • Three to four weeks of paid time off
  • Complete health coverage including dental
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible spending account
  • Tuition and educational reimbursement
  • Direct access to senior personnel
  • Frequent company outings
  • Free snacks, drinks, and fresh fruit
Position Description

We’re growing and are looking to bring onboard a talented Senior Accountant who will help support our Finance Department as we continue to scale. In this role, you will be responsible for supporting our accounting and financial reporting process. You will run the monthly financial close process and will provide support with day-to-day cash management and bookkeeping.  This position reports directly to the Controller and offers the opportunity for growth and career development for a talented and motivated individual. You’ll be a key contributor to the success of our Finance Team plus have the opportunity to provide finance insights that inform the future of our business.


Responsibilities 
  • Provide support to monthly financial close process and day-to-day cash management
  • Handle all bookkeeping/accounting functions: AR/AP, reconcile bank statements, budget, etc.
  • Coordinate with external tax accountants and auditors on tax return preparation and annual audit.
  • Preserve confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory and governmental agencies with respect to financial matters
  • Special projects as assigned

Requirements
Candidate should have all of the following
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Accounting
  • Fund accounting experience preferred
  • At least 2 years of work experience
  • Proficiency with Excel
  • Detail-oriented, organized and analytical
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and problem solving skills

 

Additional Desired Skills
  • Fluent in Mandarin, written and verbal
  • Knowledge of fund accounting and Quickbooks is a plus

Compensation

We treat ourselves well:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to earn a large bonus, based on performance
  • Three to four weeks of paid time off
  • Complete health coverage including dental
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible spending account
  • Tuition and educational reimbursement
  • Direct access to senior personnel
  • Frequent company outings
  • Free snacks, drinks, and fresh fruit
Position

We are seeking a Software Engineer to help us develop our high-frequency, low-latency trading infrastructure. Job responsibilities include expanding and maintaining our trading capabilities in various markets around the world.


Responsibilities
  • Adding new capabilities to our C++ software libraries for automated trading
  • Maintaining, bug fixing, and enhancing our software infrastructure
  • Working with portfolio managers and quantitative analysts to improve the code
  • Coding connections to new markets
  • Optimizing the performance of our systems
  • Building tools and utilities for internal users

Requirements

Candidates should have all of the following:

  • C++ programming skills, including knowledge of object oriented programming concepts
  • STL, Boost, networking, threading knowledge a bonus
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication and decision making
  • Ability to write applications and manage complexity using software engineering best-practices, and other methods

Please note financial knowledge NOT required

 

Additional Desired Skills
  • Familiarity with bash, Python, Linux, Ruby, Lua, MySQL, JQuery a bonus

Compensation

We treat ourselves well:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to earn a large bonus, based on performance
  • Three to four weeks of paid time off
  • Complete health coverage including dental
  • 401(k) plan
  • Flexible spending account
  • Tuition and educational reimbursement
  • Direct access to senior personnel
  • Frequent company outings
  • Free snacks, drinks, and fresh fruit
Position

We are seeking a Trading Support Engineer to help us monitor our production trading systems in our Hong Kong office. Job responsibilities include observing program output, diagnosing and solving problems, and escalating issues when needed. Additionally this role requires some market understanding to help identify potential problems related to firm-wide market exposure.


Responsibilities

  • Monitor production trading and operational procedures with a focus on risk management and trade support
  • Work closely with portfolio managers to investigate, address and escalate trading and operational issues
  • Expand technical skills and understanding
  • Identify operational tools and enhancements needed to increase efficiency
  • Automate analyses and reports

Requirements
  • Reasonable understanding of financial markets and desire to continue to learn
  • Understanding of technical and trading terminology
  • Effective communicator and decision maker
  • Fluent in English, Competency in spoken and written Mandarin

 

Additional Desired Skills:
  • Coursework and/or working experience in finance
  • Familiarity with Linux/UNIX environments and bash
  • Exposure to MySQL or similar database systems
  • Hands-on, self-motivated individual
  • Hard working, creative, competitive, patient and detail-oriented
  • Team player open to discussion and sharing of ideas

Compensation

We treat ourselves well:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to earn a large bonus, based on performance
  • Three to four weeks of paid time off
  • Complete health coverage including dental
  • Tuition and educational reimbursement
  • Direct access to senior personnel
  • Frequent company outings
  • Free snacks, drinks, and fresh fruit
Position

The Systems Engineer will report to the Chief Systems Officer and be responsible for user/desktop support, being the initial contact for general Systems issues. This role will be expected to grow over time to be able to deal with most Systems and Networking issues independently.


Responsibilities

  • Primary contact for user/desktop support. Duties include account setup, desktop provisioning, installation of software packages & modules (Python, Ruby, R, etc), phone & printing issues, general troubleshooting, etc.
  • Manage our servers across multiple data centers, including BIOS tunings & ILO configurations, OS installation & upgrade, host configurations via our configuration management system, additional setup/configurations not yet scripted, etc.
  • Report problems to telco and service providers, provide regular updates to the team, and coordinate/work with team members to resolve issues.
  • Work with data center providers and brokers on provisioning servers and connectivity.  Work with brokers and exchanges on exchange access.
  • Develop scripts to automate systems tasks.
  • Deploy monitoring scripts and write custom checks as needed.
  • Perform database administration duties, including setup and configurations, access control, data import and export, monitoring, replication and backups, etc.
  • Perform storage-related tasks, including adding more capacity, freeing up disk space, monitoring, reporting, etc.

Requirements
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Solid experience with Linux systems
  • DNS, LDAP, SMB, NFS, SMTP and Apache
  • Knowledge of some scripting languages (BASH, Perl, Python, Ruby, etc)
  • Knowledge of enterprise storage (DAS, NAS, SAN, etc)

 

Additional Desired Skills:
  • Experience in customer support
  • Debian / Ubuntu Linux
  • Some hands-on experience with networking (Cisco)

Compensation

We treat ourselves well:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Opportunity to earn a large bonus, based on performance
  • Three to four weeks of paid time off
  • Complete health coverage including dental
  • Tuition and educational reimbursement
  • Direct access to senior personnel
  • Frequent company outings
  • Free snacks, drinks, and fresh fruit

Candidates are invited to apply via careers.ny@athenacr.com for NY based positions and via careers.hk@athenacr.com for HK based positions

Athena Capital Research is an equal opportunity employer and Athena considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or other status protected by federal, state or local law. Athena complies with the applicable laws prohibiting discrimination of employment in every jurisdiction in which we maintain facilities and provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws.