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Sr Quantitative Investment Research - Thought Leadership

Job Description
Support a global quantitative strategies team (USA, Hong Kong, London and Bangalore) in generating cutting-edge thought leadership
Major Duties
Write high quality thought leadership pieces including white papers, refereed professional publications (FAJ, JPM, JII), blogs, etc. on factor based investing in equities, fixed income and other asset classes
Participate in frequent webinars discussing research outcomes
Conduct applied signal research, backtesting and risk assessment of new investment strategies
Participate in twice-weekly meetings with larger research team
Attend client meetings with sales and client service partners and lead technical discussions
Experience and Education
5+ years of quantitative research in buy-side investment management
Ph.D. in finance, economics or related discipline or MS/MBA with considerable demonstrated success in publication
Desired Skills
Demonstrated ability to write/co-author thought leadership pieces for professional audiences. Evidence of academic publications strongly preferred
Ability to manage an aggressive research agenda under the guidance of the Director of Quantitative Strategies
Solid programming ability in SAS. Exposure to R, Matlab, Python or other languages desirable
Knowledge of SQL and Oracle databases
Familiarity with Factset and Bloomberg
Background in statistics and econometrics: cross-sectional and time series regression analysis, OLS violations, covariance matrix decomposition, volatility models, etc.
Fundamental knowledge of financial theory including CAPM and violations, APT, Fama-French factors, etc.
Ability to read, interpret and apply academic literature. This will require a basic knowledge of linear algebra, calculus and set theory
Strong communication skills: ability to converse comfortably with C-suite clients and prospects, clearly explain research and technical concepts to a non-technical audience, present Northern Trust products and investment platform
For more than a century, Northern Trust has worked hard building our legacy of outstanding service, expertise and integrity. From a Chicago-based bank founded in 1889, we now have more than 20 international locations and 16,500 employees globally. We serve the world's most-sophisticated clients - from sovereign wealth funds and the wealthiest individuals and families, to the most-successful hedge funds and corporate brands.
We burnished our reputation as a global leader delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, fiduciary and banking solutions enabled by sophisticated, leading technology. And through it all, we continually laid a solid, forward-looking foundation on which future generations can continue growing and achieving greater.
As of December 31, 2017, Northern Trust Corporation had:
$139 billion in banking assets
$8.1 trillion in assets under custody
$10.7 trillion in assets under custody/administration
$1.2 trillion in assets under management


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