Careers at Gambit Research

Gambit is always hiring clever developers with a deep understanding of computers and an interest in mathematical and logical thinking. We are also on the lookout for highly numerate and motivated undergraduates to monitor the computer software running our clients' high frequency trading strategies.see all positions 

Benefits

In addition to a generous salary and the opportunity to work as part of a world-class team of friendly people, we offer:

  • Discretionary bonus
  • Flexible working hours
  • Pension matching scheme
  • Private healthcare
  • Excellent holiday allowances
  • Sabbaticals for long service
  • Opportunities to attend conferences in the UK and abroad
  • Lots of technical books, always happy to buy more
  • Weekly office chef
  • Employee days out
  • Height-adjustable desks
  • 2-4 monitors, mechanical keyboards, custom PC hardware


Software Development and Quantitative Analysis

Our software team is made up of some of the very best developers and mathematicians. Each brings a unique perspective from their backgrounds in computer science, physics, mathematics, statistics and engineering. Developing our real-time system means focusing on concurrency and speed as we deal with massive data sets at very low latency.

Gambit's trading platform runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We use a system of continuous delivery to respond quickly to changes in our data sources while avoiding downtime. This supports a fast paced development team made up of self-motivated individuals who organise themselves into small working parties for specific projects. We have a lightweight system in place to conduct code reviews and keep code quality high.

Gambit developers start writing production code in their first week with the company and take on responsibilities fast. There are opportunities to be involved with the recruitment process and other business operations for developers who have an interest in those activities.

Role
You’ll be a member of our Quant Team, designing, analysing and improving our clients' high frequency strategies for the sports betting markets. You'll be part of a small team, working in a relaxed environment, and using a range of modern open-source tools like Jupyter, PyTorch and Spark. You’ll be working with terabytes of data, and will be part of a team that can quickly run experiments at scale in the markets, allowing us to test our hypotheses in a live environment.
Skills and Competencies
  • A solid statistical grounding in regression, hypothesis testing and basic machine learning concepts
  • Some previous programming experience, preferably in a Linux or Unix environment
  • A good attention to detail, and the ability to absorb and understand large amounts of data
  • Well rounded interpersonal skills, and the ability to build long-lasting professional relationships
  • Be a team player, but also be capable to getting on with solo tasks
Qualifications and Experience
  • Post-graduate qualifications or research in a related field
  • Experience, either in academia or industry, in modern machine learning methods: e.g. deep learning, Bayesian methods, graphical models.
  • An interest in algorithmic trading strategies and markets
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Role
As an Erlang Developer, you’ll be responsible for implementing new features for our system, diagnosing issues, and fixing bugs. We have a number of components that are mostly written in Erlang, which interface with external APIs and websites, normalise offers from different sources, process large quantities of bet placements, and manage strategies. You’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with these, enhancing your experience, whilst working on projects that have a real impact on the business.
Skills and Competencies
  • Previous commercial experience of programming in Erlang is essential. Knowledge of Python would also be a bonus, but is not essential
  • A working knowledge of algorithms and data structures
  • A working knowledge of relational databases and SQL would be very beneficial, but is not essential
  • An interest in new technologies, theoretical computer science, and/or mathematics
  • The ability to communicate well with others from a variety of backgrounds, and build strong, healthy, professional relationships
  • Problem solving skills, and the tenacity to resolve technical problems that you might not have seen before
  • Research and decision making skills, as you’ll be need to decide where to focus your learning, and what to focus on
  • The ability to work collaboratively and productively in a team, as well as on solo projects when needed
  • Openness to hear the technical suggestions of others, and find constructive solutions when these disagree with your own ideas
Qualifications and Experience
  • An excellent academic record, ideally a 2.1 (or higher) Bachelor's degree, in a relevant subject - or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of Internet technologies and protocols
  • Experience developing with Linux, including the use of shell utilities such as grep, sed, find
  • An understanding of concurrency problems and solutions
  • Experience designing, implementing and maintaining distributed systems
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Role
As an Experienced Python Developer, you’ll be responsible for implementing new features for our system, diagnosing issues, and fixing bugs. Many of the projects you’ll work on will be oriented to provide services for our customers, and you’ll be engaged in studying and improving how our customers interact with the system. Most of our components are written in Python, with C/C++ for high-performance components. They interface with external APIs and websites, as well as with our core system, which is mostly written in Erlang. This normalises offers from different sources and processes a significant number of bet placements and associated information. You’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with these systems, enhancing your experience, whilst working on projects that have a real impact on the business.
Skills and Competencies
  • Previous commercial experience of programming in an object-oriented, functional, or dynamic language.
  • Experience of developing in Python
  • A working knowledge of algorithms and data structures
  • A working knowledge of relational databases and SQL, particularly PostgreSQL
  • An interest in new technologies, theoretical computer science, and/or mathematics
  • The ability to communicate well with others from a variety of backgrounds, and build strong, healthy, professional relationships
  • Problem solving skills, and the tenacity to resolve technical problems that you might not have seen before
  • Research and decision making skills, as you’ll be need to decide where to focus your learning, and what to focus on
  • The ability to work collaboratively and productively in a team, as well as on solo projects when needed
  • Openness to hear the technical suggestions of others, and find constructive solutions when these disagree with your own ideas
Qualifications and Experience
  • An excellent academic record, ideally a 2.1 (or higher) Bachelor's degree, in a relevant subject - or equivalent experience
  • Previous experience of developing in a commercial environment
  • Knowledge of Internet technologies and protocols
  • Experience developing with Linux, including the Bash scripting and the use of shell utilities such as grep, sed, find
  • An understanding of concurrency problems and solutions
  • Exposure to a wide range of libraries and technologies such as Redis, Celery, Django, psycopg, Cap’n’Proto, protobuf, REST architecture
  • Knowledge of virtualization and deployment solutions, such as Docker, Kubernetes, and Ansible
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Role
As a Gambit Python Developer, you’ll be responsible for implementing new features for our system, diagnosing issues, and fixing bugs. We have a number of components that are mostly written in Erlang or Python, which interface with external APIs and websites, normalise offers from different sources, process large quantities of bet placements, and manage strategies. You’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with these, enhancing your experience, whilst working on projects that have a real impact on the business.
Skills and Competencies
  • Previous commercial experience of programming in an object-oriented, functional, or dynamic language, particularly Python
  • A working knowledge of algorithms and data structures
  • A working knowledge of relational databases and SQL would be beneficial, but is not essential
  • An interest in new technologies, theoretical computer science, and/or mathematics
  • The ability to communicate well with others from a variety of backgrounds, and build strong, healthy, professional relationships
  • Problem solving skills, and the tenacity to resolve technical problems that you might not have seen before
  • Research and decision making skills, as you’ll be need to decide where to focus your learning, and what to focus on
  • The ability to work collaboratively and productively in a team, as well as on solo projects when needed
  • Openness to hear the technical suggestions of others, and find constructive solutions when these disagree with your own ideas
Qualifications and Experience
  • An excellent academic record, ideally a 2.1 (or higher) Bachelor's degree, in a relevant subject - or equivalent experience
  • Previous experience of developing in a commercial environment
  • Knowledge of Internet technologies and protocols
  • Experience developing with Linux, including the use of shell utilities such as grep, sed, find
  • An understanding of concurrency problems and solutions
  • Experience with a range of technologies and libraries
  • A familiarity with functional languages (Haskell, Scheme, Scala, Erlang, etc) and the willingness to learn Erlang, would be beneficial
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Role
We’re looking for Frontend Developer to join our growing internal Tools team. You’ll be working on interfaces built using a mixture of modern JavaScript, ReactJS, on top of Python services.
Skills and Competencies
  • Essential
    • The ability to code in JavaScript, gained through previous commercial experience, work on personal projects, or open source contributions
    • Exposure to cross-platform and cross-browser quirks and issues
    • An interest in new technologies and design trends
    • The ability to work with HTML5 and CSS3
    • Knowledge of React would be beneficial
    • The ability to communicate well, both in writing and orally, and quickly build strong, professional relationships with people from a diverse range of backgrounds
    • An enjoyment of working in a team, but you’ll also be able to work productively on solo projects
  • Desirable
    • A basic understanding of UX / UI principles.
    • Knowledge of Web technologies and protocols, e.g. WebSockets and ES7 syntax
    • A basic understanding of relational databases and SQL
    • Some exposure to build systems (Webpack)
    • The ability to use a server side scripting language, ideally Python, and a web framework such as Django
    • The ability to develop in Unix, including the use of Shell Utilities such as grep, sed, and find
Qualifications and Experience
  • An excellent academic record, preferably a Bachelor's degree or higher- or equivalent experience.
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Infrastructure Engineering / System Administration / DevOps

Role
Our existing Infrastructure team is three people strong, and we’re looking for a committed, and passionate professional to join us.
Skills and Competencies
  • Essential
    • The ability to write and maintain good quality code, preferably with experience of Python and shell scripting
    • The skill to solve difficult problems via coding automation
    • An interest in infrastructure and Linux systems
    • The ability to self-manage and intelligently prioritise tasks
    • Good spoken and written communication skills, the ability to quickly establish strong and
    • professional working relationships with colleagues
    • Team working skills, whilst also being able to work productively on solo projects
  • Desirable
    • An in-depth knowledge of all hardware and software layers
    • A passion for high-quality monitoring/forecasting/measurement/alerting practices and tools
    • The ability to diagnose problems on production machines, as well as to perform post-mortem analyses
    • A good understanding of TCP/IP networks
    • Experience with, and knowledge of, using Git
    Qualifications and Experience
    • Experience with Linux systems administration at scale. We use Debian/Ubuntu systems, but would also consider someone with alternative experience, e.g. CentOS/RedHat
    • Experience with monitoring systems
    • Experience with configuration management software (we use Ansible)
    • Experience administering databases
    • Experience with Linux containers (LXC, Docker, Kubernetes)
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Recruitment

Role
At Gambit we’re always on the lookout for talented new recruits. Recruitment is a massive part of what we do, and ensuring that every candidate who’s involved in our recruitment process has a good experience, is important to us, as is attracting the best employees availables. The Inhouse Recruiter will work with the COO, the Head of People Operations, and the Office Manager, to enhance find, attract, and recruit new employees. You’ll be responsible for maintaining Gambit’s employer brand, and using all appropriate mechanisms to ensure candidates are aware of our vacancies and want to join us. Direct sourced candidates should be your go-to method of recruitment, with external recruitment agents used only as a last resort.
Responsibilities and Duties
  • Job descriptions and adverts - preparing job descriptions and adverts, based on vacancy requirements, keeping these in the voice of Gambit
  • Agency relationships - maintaining agency relationships, keeping log of terms and conditions, and updating agents on vacancies as appropriate (your priority should be to recruit directly)
  • Job boards and advertising - deciding on the best attraction mechanisms for individual roles
  • Headhunting - undertaking targeted hunting on scarce candidates as required
  • Recruitment process - alongside the Office Manager, managing the recruitment process from CV receipt, through to offer stage. You’ll liaise with the candidate and/or agent, and with internal interviewers to find convenient times for phone and face-to-face interviews. You’ll update and manage candidate data on our applicant tracking system.
  • Reporting and metrics - preparing reports and metrics, including recruitment methods, candidate drop-off rates, and candidate diversity metrics.
  • Employer branding - elevating and maintaining the Gambit employer brand. This may include methods such as updating the company’s Glassdoor and Linkedin accounts, attending relevant careers events, and investigating sponsorship of technical meetups.
Skills and Competencies
  • Technical mindset - understand and assimilate technical information, then communicate it back to candidates, agents, and internal stakeholders
  • Technical recruitment - review technical CVs against specifications, and assess their compatibility with current vacancies
  • Organisational skills - manage large amounts of data in a methodical and organised fashion, and able to manage your own priorities and tasks without the need for micromanagement
  • Communication skills - communicate in a professional yet friendly manner, both in person, over the phone, and in writing. You’re adapt at interviewing others, and can quickly gather information from others
  • Relationship building - establish fast rapport with others, which you can build into lasting professional relationships
  • Discretion and integrity - understand the importance of treating candidates fairly, and behaving in an ethical manner at all times. Treating all data and information confidentially, and with sensitivity
  • Creativity - devise creative ways of approaching difficult problems, and you’re not afraid to try new things
Qualifications
  • You’ll have previous experience of working in recruitment, ideally in a technical/software engineering field.
  • Ideally you’ll be educated to degree level, or have equivalent experience.
  • Familiarity with, or an understanding of basic employment law, specifically anti-discrimination law, would be advantageous.
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Interested?

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