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FPGA Engineer

| Chicago

Optiver is looking to add FPGA Engineers to its Automated Trading Systems (ATS) team. ATS solve a variety of problems with high degrees of difficulty: managing scarce bandwidth resources, responding to market events with extremely low latency, and automatically pricing diverse sets of financial instruments with near-zero error tolerance. We build systems with little room for failure which add to the stability of the market, not detract from it. These systems must be simple, flexible, and well-architected so they can quickly be changed to meet the dynamic needs of our traders. We already have a team of great engineers, but we need more.

Who we are:
Optiver is a worldwide market maker and derivatives trading firm. We opened our first office in Amsterdam, and now have locations in Chicago, Shanghai, and Sydney. Optiver US LLC is registered with the SEC as a broker-dealer and participates in trading on various U.S. securities and commodities exchanges. Founded in 1986, Optiver has been profitable every year of its existence.

Optiver Hardware Engineers:
•   Accelerate network infrastructure and trading system components with high speed FPGA designs.
•   Research new low-latency techniques and identify opportunities for integration with our trading system.
•   Work in a multidisciplinary team of traders, software developers, and infrastructure engineers.
•   Leverage the best hardware available, ensuring our FPGAs can interface with cutting edge server hardware.

What you'll need:
•   A Bachelor’s degree in CE, EE, CS, or related technical field 
•   Experience designing FPGAs in VHDL or Verilog. We use VHDL.
•   Experience coding in VHDL, Verilog, SystemVerilog, C, or C++ 
•   Experience with digital simulators and self-checking test benches a plus
•   Ability to work closely with software developers to rapidly deliver integrated systems.
•   Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required; we will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening

What you'll get:
25 days paid vacation; paid commuting expenses up to the maximum allowable amount; attractive bonus structure; generous 401K company match; fully paid health insurance premiums; breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages provided daily; weekly in-house chair massages; casual dress; game room and more!

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130 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
130 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601

What are Optiver Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours

Additional Perks + Benefits

Fully paid health insurance premiums for employees • Generous 401(k) Plan • 25 days of paid vacation • Free catered breakfast and lunch daily • Weekly in-house chair massages • Complimentary in-house barista

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