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Systematic Index Options Trader

IMC Trading
Systematic Index Options Trader
Chicago, US
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Job Description



IMC is a leading global market maker, using algorithmic trading and advanced technology to buy and sell securities on multiple trading venues worldwide. We provide liquidity to the financial markets, driving efficiencies for buyers and sellers.

Founded in 1989, we are an ambitious, innovative company and identified early on the importance technology would play in the fast-paced evolution of trading. This entrepreneurial spirit still drives us today and can be found in all of our offices around the world.


We now operate globally from offices in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. Our employees work closely together in multidisciplinary teams, making our success possible.

Technology - At IMC, technology is not a department, it is at the heart of everything we do. Our technologists push the limits of possibility, and then look beyond. In our fast-paced environment, short feedback loops mean projects worked on in the morning can enter production the next day.

Trading – Although our traders come from many backgrounds they all have one thing in common: they are at their best solving complex problems. Their insight into global events, market shifts and pricing ensure we are trading in the right place, at the right time.

Business Support - Around the world, IMC’s business support teams are essential for sustaining our success. In our dynamic environment, we have many exciting challenges and multidisciplinary opportunities to shape our operations and make a real impact.


Our employees are our greatest asset so we give them lots of responsibility and the support they need to make a difference. Our flat structure fosters a culture of openness and collaboration, encouraging the sharing of ideas and knowledge. It makes no difference if you have been with us for three days or three years, the best idea wins.

While we work hard, we also have a lot of fun; whether solving complex challenges or in team building, leisure and sporting activities. IMC also enables its employees to contribute towards a better society through our foundation.


  • Our Index Options team chases edge in volatility valuation, detailed execution, and fast technology.
  • We evolve our strategy through both iterating and innovating: improving existing systems, algorithms, or processes, as well as creating new ones that augment our framework.
  • You will focus on maximizing pnl through applying and adapting current trading strategies and algorithms, or researching and designing new trading strategies and algorithms.
  • You will be able to take lots of responsibility and ownership early in your time here to drive initiatives or strategies forward.
  • We are a highly collaborative group of generalists and specialists. Together we strive to have deep expertise, ownership, and innovation in the topic areas that are important to winning in the Index Options space.


  • 2+ years of Index Options trading experience
  • BS, MS, or PhD preferably in mathematics, science, financial engineering, or computer science
  • Experience with programming, preferably in Python
  • You are highly analytical and seek to make or validate decisions in a data-driven manner
  • You enjoy working in a fast-paced and competitive environment
  • You are curious and self-motivated to keep making progress
  • You enjoy working in a team environment where multiple specialists will rely on each others’ expertise
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