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Hanlon Lab Research Assistant - SHIFT Project (Spring 2023)
Stevens Institute of Technology

Date Posted Jan. 24, 2023
Title Hanlon Lab Research Assistant - SHIFT Project (Spring 2023)
University Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, NJ, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Job Description

The Hanlon Financial Systems Lab is currently looking for three students to continue developing the Stevens High Frequency Trading System (SHiFT). The number of hours employed is 20 hours per week and remuneration depends on qualifications and needs.


The project attempts to create a system where various HFT strategies may be used in a controlled environment. This is a very novel take on an agent-based simulator, in which agents are programs on the network (instead of running on the same computer) and are endowed with all the characteristics of a HF trader (PnL, Risk Management engine etc.). The trading data is processed by a centralized server (exchange) which broadcasts the trading information on the network. The exchange server uses both real and simulated data to be able to create stress scenarios and test the financial system thus created. Upon completion, the system will double as a test bed for testing HFT strategies as well as a learning system for students in a controlled environment.



A background in one or more of the areas: Finance, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Statistics is required. The position is open for both undergraduate and graduate students.


Needed skills:

C++ programming. JS programming, SQL knowledge. The entire project is in C++ so please do not apply if your skills in C++ are not good. You will be taking a programming TEST containing advanced questions about programming as part of the interview process.



Candidates will additionally be judged based on their competency and knowledge of the following computing and IT skills:

- Database language knowledge such as SQL variants (MySQL, WinSQL, PostgreSQL), Oracle, NoSQL variants, or Hadoop.

- Programming languages such as: C#, JAVA, Python and specifically Web API

- Web development (PHP, Apache, No.JS, Ruby on Rails)

- Statistical and Financial Software such as Matlab, Mathematica, R, SAS

- API development (Linux, Win, UNIX)


Submission process includes sending two items:

1. Your most current copy of the Curriculum Vitae

2. A sample writing no more than 1 page long addressing your knowledge of C++ and perhaps some of the skills mentioned above. Please do not mention skills where you lack working knowledge.




Hanlon Financial System Laboratory


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