Current Openings

Quantitative Analyst/Programmer

Los Altos, California

The Company is a smart beta factor-based asset manager in the Bay Area.

The Quantitative Analyst will be responsible for collaborating and assisting in all phases of quantitative analysis to help develop the Company’s factor investing strategies, and to build related implementation tools. This will take the form of concrete and hands-on solutions engaging in diverse types of projects, including managing data, writing code, and employing quantitative analytic methods that measure up in terms of both intellectual principle and pragmatic implementation.

The Analyst will be working with the Company’s portfolio management team with the goal of enhancing current and future product offerings.
This is a position that may start either as a consulting position initially with an opportunity to grow into a full-time position within a few months, or as a full-time position up-front, depending on candidate fit.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides analytical support to portfolio manager/s on risk, return and transaction cost/impact of equity investment portfolios and strategies
  • Participates in quantitative research projects to support portfolio management decision-making processes, utilizing quantitative skills e.g. time series regressions, simulation and back-testing
  • Assists in the development of data infrastructure including market, portfolio and analytics data. Looks for alternative and new sources of data and ensures the cleanliness and accuracy of data


  • Masters or Masters Candidate in a quantitative discipline.
  • Extensive experience with UNIX command line and bash script
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in statistical programming using Python, Javascript, and/or R; R-programming is strongly preferred
  • Experience handling large databases (e.g. SQL)
  • Experience with Version Control softwares (e.g. RCS, SVN, Git, CVS, etc)
  • 1-2 years work experience in a finance/investment firm preferred (ideally an equity-based shop)
  • Solid understanding of capital markets and investment concepts
  • Strong technical and analytical skills is a must
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Optimal Asset Management is a deeply committed Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We welcome all applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.