Systems Engineer - Low Latency Trading

| Chicago, IL, USA | Hybrid
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Hudson River Trading (HRT) is looking for a Trading Systems Engineer to join our growing Trading Systems Infrastructure  team. This team builds and maintains trading infrastructure hyper-optimized for low-latency, operating systems, automation software, and development tools that allow our trading strategies to run worldwide 24/7.
As Systems Engineer, you’ll work on projects focusing on our real-time production trading environment and tackle problems that require high availability, high throughput, and low-latency solutions. You should possess a passion for coding and automation, along with the ability to handle challenging technical issues within a dynamic and fast-paced setting. 


  • Plan and execute technical projects to make our Linux trading systems (hardware, network, OS, etc.) faster, adaptable, and more maintainable
  • Manage and optimize worldwide trading infrastructure
  • Automate and troubleshoot a broad range of technical infrastructure 
  • Troubleshoot hardware and software issues
  • Operate and upgrade system installations
  • Deploy, configure, and test internal and external applications 
  • Performance testing and tuning
  • Script solutions to automate repetitive tasks
  • Work with vendors to resolve issues


  • 7+ years of relevant experience supporting a live trading environment 
  • Expertise in installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of Linux systems, from hardware and kernel to applications
  • Experience with configuration management tools, particularly SaltStack but Puppet, Ansible, Chef, or CFEngine are also a plus
  • Python programming experience focusing on automation and integration 
  • Advanced shell (bash) scripting experience
  • Experience managing and debugging production services
  • Strong communication and organization skills
  • Experience and knowledge of Debian/Ubuntu is a plus
  • Ability to manage projects efficiently
  • Architect-level cloud experience in AWS or GCP is desirable 


Hudson River Trading (HRT) brings a scientific approach to trading financial products. We have built one of the world's most sophisticated computing environments for research and development. Our researchers are at the forefront of innovation in the world of algorithmic trading.
At HRT we welcome a variety of expertise: mathematics and computer science, physics and engineering, media and tech. We’re a community of self-starters who are motivated by the excitement of being at the cutting edge of automation in every part of our organization—from trading, to business operations, to recruiting and beyond. We value openness and transparency, and celebrate great ideas from HRT veterans and new hires alike. At HRT we’re friends and colleagues – whether we are sharing a meal, playing the latest board game, or writing elegant code. We embrace a culture of togetherness that extends far beyond the walls of our office.
Feel like you belong at HRT? Our goal is to find the best people and bring them together to do great work in a place where everyone is valued. HRT is proud of our diverse staff; we have offices all over the globe and benefit from our varied and unique perspectives. HRT is an equal opportunity employer; so whoever you are we’d love to get to know you.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C++Languages
    • PythonLanguages


HRT is located in the heart of the Chicago Loop; we are steps away from all major train stations and offer views of the Chicago River. We also have offices in Austin, Boulder, New York City (HQ) , London, Dublin, Singapore, Shanghai, and Mumbai.

What are Hudson River Trading Perks + Benefits

Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Hybrid work model
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Diversity manifesto
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Transgender health care benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Fertility benefits
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Company-wide vacation
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Recreational clubs
Fitness stipend
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Continuing education stipend

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