Data Scientist

| Chicago

PEAK6 was brought to life by the idea that the development of integrative technology can improve how business is done. The passion for that idea powers our firm still. As a Data Scientist at PEAK6, you are free to explore unique solutions and try fresh ideas that will benefit our trading business and investment companies. You’ll collaborate with some of tech’s and analytics’ sharpest minds to solve the firm’s ever-changing but exciting challenges. Working in tech at PEAK6 means that you’ll always be presented with a variety of new possibilities as you continue to enhance your skills.

Please note that we do not require prior knowledge of financial markets for this role, and will offer all the training you need to be successful.

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Converting human pattern recognition and decision-making processes into automated aspects of the trading workflow.
  • Finding innovative solutions to known problems that will support and expand our core business. 
  • Driving the firm forward with new ideas that will impact the way we leverage market data.
  • Defining best practices within our analytics team regarding prototyping and scaling solutions.
  • Assisting software developers in translating research results to production.
  • Mentoring junior researchers on the analytics and trading teams.

While you’ll gain experience in this role, you should already have:

  • Five years of experience as a researcher or machine learning engineer. 
  • A demonstrated track record of applying ML techniques to real-world problems.
  • Extensive knowledge of statistical modeling.
  • An interest in staying up-to-date with recent advances in machine learning.
  • The ability to collaborate with subject matter experts in defining appropriate features and metrics for a given model.
  • The confidence to take the lead on a project, work through the practical business decisions involved, and carry it to completion in a timely manner.
  • Comfort implementing new models from papers.
  • Experience working with large, noisy, or incomplete datasets.
  • Expertise in Python (Pytorch and Tensorflow preferred) and SQL.

As a PEAK6 employee, you can expect:

  • Generous medical, vision and dental plans
  • Matching 401(k) programs
  • Adoption assistance & family leave
  • Speakers Series
  • Massage days
  • Poker tournament (with a grand prize of a World Series of Poker buy-in)
  • Sports leagues
  • Annual PEAK6 Party
  • Yoga classes
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Lasik eye discount
  • Philanthropy events
  • Annual wellness screens and flu shots
  • Birthday gifts
  • Charitable matching gift program
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

141 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

An Insider's view of PEAK6 Investments

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

This is very important and luckily, we feel it’s something attainable for our employees. We have a generous time off policy, in addition to other affiliated vacation perks and leave benefits.
For example, to help employees save time on conventional tasks, we offer complementary services in the office, such as manicures, massages, and yoga classes.

Courtney Kuhnen

Associate HR Generalist

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our developers are also a part of the decision-making process. We help our technologists take an interest in the business side of things - they know how the end product should work. Our developers know how the traders are going to use a product, and after a product is delivered, the developer stays involved –making things work efficently.

Rishi Kamath

QA Development Lead

How does the company support your career growth?

We have a big focus on career growth, especially for those in technology. Because of our size, there are opportunities to prove yourself and rapidly increase your responsibility on a team. And because of Peak6’s culture of constantly trying new things, there are often opportunities to get in at the ground floor of new ventures in a leadership role

Paul Whalen

Software Engineer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We organize “tech days” where employees are encouraged to work on tech projects of their choosing. Projects have ranged from mobile apps to Sega emulators to workflow improvements for our developers. Recently, tech days took the form of a more formal hackathon, in which technologists and traders teamed up to prototype several new trading tools.

Luke Peeler

Software Engineer

What are PEAK6 Investments Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
FFC affiliated gym located in the Board of Trade
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
PEAK6's vacation policy includes three weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days. Once you hit 5 years of employment, you accrue four weeks of PTO.
Sabbatical
Employees with 10+ years of service can apply to take an 8 week Sabbatical, plus optionally add up to 4 weeks of accrued PTO.
Paid Holidays
Whenever the markets are closed, we are closed.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
We have an annual company party that includes surprise, high profile performers. For our 20th year anniversary, Stevie Wonder opened for the Chainsmokers and we flew in our Dallas Apex colleagues.
Game Room
We have a ping pong table, cornhole sets, and giant Jenga in the office, as well as a pool and poker table on the roof of the building.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
We sponsor various teams based on employee interest, such as: beach volleyball, soccer, kickball, flag football, dodgeball, and whirlyball. This year we were dodgeball champs!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
o Conferences & Seminars: 5 paid days/year o Speaker Series: semi-annually w/ best-selling authors (Jeremy Gutsche, Angela Duckworth, etc.) o Lunch & Learns o Book Club & internal library
Tuition Reimbursement
At the discretion of management and after completing one full year of employment, we reimburse up to $8,000 per employee each calendar year for certifications and other educational programs or degrees

Additional Perks + Benefits

-Hackathon:
o We recently hosted our second internal hackathon with members of our technology, trading, support and analytics teams developing, building and presenting new ideas to the firm. The teams are free to explore solutions to problems in and outside of finance. One hackathon resulted in the creation of a new internal system for setting up meetings and booking rooms.
-Matching gift up to $1000/employee/year
-Free semi-monthly massage day
-Free monthly manicures, pedicures, and mens clip and clean
-Free onsite yoga 5 days a week
-Free concierge service
-Discounts: Divvy bike membership, Lasik eye surgery, Zipcar, Dell computers, local hotels

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