Feb 21, 2023

Experienced Futures Trader/Researcher

  • Optiver
  • Chicago, Illinois, United States
Research Trading

Job Description

Optiver is seeking an Experienced Futures Trader/Researcher to join our Futures Trading Team, also known as Delta One. Delta One is comprised of Researchers, Traders and Software Engineers who focus on designing, improving and executing trading strategies using machine learning. Our Futures Traders specifically focus on conducting alpha/signal/features research, improving those machine-learning models, and refining trading algorithms. Should you join this collaborative, close-knit team, you’ll have the opportunity to directly impact everything in our research and execution pipeline.

Does the thought of making a direct, immediate impact thrill you? You may have found your next career move.  


Optiver is a tech-driven trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 50+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilizing force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates.

Our Chicago office offers a unique, big-city American experience. Located in the heart of the Chicago Loop, our working environment parallels the energetic city we’re immersed in. Home to CBOT, CBOE and CME, Chicago has established itself as the derivatives capital of the US, trading both options and futures. Active on several of the leading exchanges in the US market, Optiver’s Chicago office trades a wide range of products from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange.


We're looking for an Experienced Futures Trader/Researcher who will be versatile, flexible and creative in fine-tuning trading algorithms. As a Trader, you’ll work on complex, high-impact projects that result in instant feedback for both your team and for the business.

As a member of our team, you can expect to:

  • Conduct signal/modelling research for improving predictions and research for improving executing algorithms in the market
  • Collaborate with peers in reviewing research and solving problems
  • Improve the research workflow for your own benefit and your peers
  • Participate in strategic discussions to help set the direction of our business growth
  • See the direct impact of your changes in production


Our success has been founded on the collaborative nature of how we operate. We look for people who thrive in team environments, love to be challenged daily and are intuitively strong.

Additionally, as part of our team you’ll need:

  • 2+ years of experience on a successful futures/equities trading team (preferably a proprietary trading firm)
  • Experience in computationally intensive research
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Strong analytical and mathematical skills
  • Familiarity in programming languages (C++, C#, Java)


  • Training, mentorship and continuous learning and development opportunities 
  • Performance-based bonus that is unmatched anywhere in the industry   
  • Great secondary benefits, including 25 paid vacation days
  • Fully paid first-class commuting expenses and health insurance
  • Daily breakfast and lunch facilities  
  • Regular social events, clubs and Friday afternoon drinks (COVID-19 restrictions permitting)
  • The chance to work alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 countries


Are you interested in joining one of the most dynamic and exciting teams in the country? 

Apply directly via the form below for the position of Experienced Futures Trader/Researcher. Should there be a potential match, a member from our recruitment team will be in touch.


As an intentionally flat organization, we believe that great ideas and impact can come from everyone. We are passionate about empowering individuals and creating diverse teams that thrive. Every person at Optiver should feel included, valued and respected, because we believe our best work is done together.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is hardwired through every stage of our hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates from any and all backgrounds, and we welcome requests for reasonable adjustments during the process to ensure that you can best demonstrate your abilities.