Head of Research - Cryptoassets

| Chicago

Cumberland - a DRW Company is the cryptoasset arm of DRW, established in 2014 after early interest in cryptoassets and their underlying technology. Today, Cumberland is a global leader in cryptoassets, uniquely positioned between the traditional financial markets and the cryptoasset ecosystem. From our offices in Chicago, London and Singapore, we provide 24-hour access to a wide array of cryptoassets while helping the crypto ecosystem grow and evolve in a responsible, sustainable way.

The Head of Research will be focused on leading all cryptoasset research-related initiatives across the organization. Core responsibilities will include researching potential investment opportunities in new and existing cryptoassets, as well as monitoring and tracking the current ecosystem.

Responsibilities:

  • Publish timely internal and external research on market events and their impact on the global cryptoasset ecosystem
  • Collaboratively manage and oversee a portfolio of cryptoassets
  • Generate potential trading and investment opportunities across varying time horizons
  • Plan and deploy trading strategies that align with stakeholders ranging from the trading desk to key senior management
  • Lead regional research discussions across our offices: Chicago, London, Singapore and Tokyo
  • Analyze new initiatives and products and produce data-driven research reports regarding such initiatives
  • Lead a team of highly motivated analysts

Required Skills & Experience:

  • BA/BS degree; Masters or PhD preferred
  • Understanding of crypto-economics
  • Proficient in technical terminology related to general cryptography and protocol language
  • 5+ years of experience in a senior-level research role
  • Previous experience managing a team of researchers/analysts
  • Experience building research models and reporting on research-results
  • Experience using data analysis/statistical analysis tools (Python, R, Matlab, etc.)
  • Previous experience in news-based or event-based research is a plus
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
  • A positive, team-player attitude
  • Must have a sense of urgency and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
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Situated in Chicago's thriving West Loop, our HQ is convenient for Metra and CTA riders alike - and foodies looking for a bite on "Restaurant Row."

An Insider's view of DRW

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Our team acknowledges individual success and provides an environment to further new ideas. The team then ensures higher management is aware of your contribution. These accomplishments become part of the individual’s and team’s record at the end of the year. This approach I believe has led to a lot of innovations on my team.

Kumbi

Network Engineer

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

During my internship in Chicago, I built models in python, ones that are still used on that desk today. The next summer, I returned as a full-time trading analyst and picked up right where I left off. I focus on systematic research and the development and execution of new strategies for the foreign exchange (FX) options desk in Chicago.

Alex

Quantitative Trading Researcher

What are some things you learned at the company?

We’re free to choose the technology stack that best solves each individual problem, so the learning happens project to project. I started programming in C#, but changing teams exposed me to a new suite of languages that I’m now working in regularly

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Working on the risk team, I combine the principles of risk management and computer science. I help direct how we take risk across the organization, and ensure reliability with the use of really innovative tech.

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