Back
Student and Graduate Technology

Graduate FPGA Engineer (2023 Start – Chicago)

Chicago

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 70+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising 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.

Optiver Chicago’s culture parallels the energetic city we’re immersed in. Home to the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago has established itself as the trading capital of the US. Active on leading US exchanges, Optiver’s Chicago office trades a wide range of products from listed derivatives to cash equities, ETFs, bonds and foreign exchange.

What you’ll do:

Our FPGA Engineers develop trading strategies with nanosecond response times, highly parallelized algorithms, and customized low-level networking. Your career at Optiver begins with a robust training program where you will learn the intricacies of our trading systems and the engineering principles that drive our decision making. You will work on all aspects of the FPGA development process—from researching new low-latency techniques to designing cutting-edge hardware to mastering trading strategies and software. The results of your work will be visible every day in the form of strategies with nanosecond response times, highly parallelized algorithms and customized low-level networking.

Engineering systems at Optiver:

Engineering is at the core of our trading strategies. Trading is a complex and unpredictable environment which requires our systems to be fast, reliable and precise. Our engineers analyze hundreds of terabytes of data, enabling us to automatically price diverse sets of financial instruments with extremely low error tolerance. Our infrastructure is a combination of 10,000 highly customized components and 600 different applications, which run on 1,500 servers distributed globally. We deal with 14,000 releases and 35,000 changes per year.

Who you are:

  • Graduating with a BS or MS in Computer Science, or related technical field
  • Have an expected graduation date between December 2022 and June 2023
  • Experience designing FPGAs in VHDL or Verilog
  • Knowledge of digital simulators and self-checking test benches a plus
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with developers, traders, and business operations on a daily basis
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required; we will not sponsor individuals for employment authorization for this job opening

Don’t worry, you won't be expected to have previous knowledge of the financial industry! You’ll take part in a training program where you’ll learn everything you need to know.

What you’ll get:

  • Work alongside best-in-class professionals from over 40 different countries.
  • Performance based bonus structure that is unmatched anywhere in the industry. We combine our profits across desks, teams and offices into a global profit pool fostering a truly collaborative environment to work in.
  • Ownership over initiatives that directly solve business problems.  

Alongside this you will get great other benefits such as 25 paid vacation days and market holidays, fully paid commuting expenses and health insurance, daily breakfast and lunch, training opportunities, 401(k) match up to 50% and charitable match opportunities, regular social events and clubs, and many more.

*We accept one application per role per year. If you have previously applied to the Hardware Engineer position during this season and have been unsuccessful, you can reapply once the next recruitment season begins in 2023.

Student and Graduate Technology Chicago
Careers

Related vacancies

  • Technology

    Data Center Engineer

    At Optiver, we strive for excellence in everything we do. Now, we’re looking for a Data Center Engineer that shares our excellence-only mindset. Because we believe that thoughtfully planned and well-orchestrated data center infrastructure is just as important as the algorithms running on our trading software. Without best-in-class infrastructure, there would be no foundation upon […]

    Learn more
    Amsterdam
  • Technology

    Production Engineer

    Optiver's Production Engineering teams manage our live trading environment, which is active across 50+ global exchanges and hundreds of thousands of interconnected financial products. Our world-class infrastructure is a combination of vastly distributed systems, high-performance computing and low-latency trading algorithms, as well as high-throughput dataflows and data analysis. To keep pace with the ever-changing markets, […]

    Learn more
    Amsterdam
  • Technology

    Linux Systems Engineer

    Our Linux Team ensures our trading servers work so we can trade. You will work in a highly-customized environment where proprietary tools and technology run. You will be expected to help build the pioneering tools to keep our systems best-in-class while enabling our technology evolution in a controlled way. Who we are: Optiver is a […]

    Learn more
    Chicago
  • Technology

    Tech Masterclass 2023

    Are you a final year student looking to accelerate your career in tech, trading or research? Join Optiver's 2023 Masterclass program, where you’ll dive into the fascinating world of market making. The two-day all-expenses paid program provides a valuable opportunity to discover how your skills can kickstart your career across Optiver's different business areas.    […]

    Learn more
    Amsterdam
  • Technology

    FPGA Engineer

    At Optiver, we pride ourselves on being real Engineers, not just coders. Our Engineers work closely with Traders to identify the business problems we face and determine how they should be solved. We apply a disciplined and scientific approach to engineer simple, well-architected solutions that meet the dynamic needs of our traders. Our passion is […]

    Learn more
    Amsterdam
  • Technology

    Technical Writer

    At Optiver, we strive for excellence in everything we do. Now, we’re looking for a Technical Writer that shares our excellence-only mindset. Because we believe that thoughtfully planned and well-orchestrated technical documentation and structure in our knowledge base is just as important as the algorithms running on our trading software. Without best-in-class processes in place, […]

    Learn more
    Amsterdam
  • Technology

    Cybersecurity Business Analyst

    Optiver is looking for a Cybersecurity Business Analyst to join our continual effort to evolve and strengthen our security posture. As a member of our InfoSec team, you will champion Cybersecurity awareness and best practices throughout the organization, and partner with your global team to contribute to Optiver’s information security vision, program, and control framework.  […]

    Learn more
    Chicago
  • Technology

    Optical Engineer

    We’re looking for an Optical Engineer in Austin, TX to help with the design and manufacturing of the custom optical solutions used in our trading systems. In trading, nearly all communication uses fiber optics. Ensuring that our optical infrastructure is perfectly optimized for the challenges at hand is critical to our success. In this role […]

    Learn more
    Austin
  • Technology

    Graduate FPGA Engineer

    When you start your career at Optiver, you’ll own the entire development pipeline, from idea generation to development, testing and monitoring. As we iterate and release new versions of our platform multiple times a week, you’ll never have to wait to see the impact of your work. Optiver’s FPGA team build hardware-based trading systems ranging […]

    Learn more
    Amsterdam
  • Technology

    Windows Engineer

    Our Windows Engineers are responsible for the management of both enterprise and trading windows machines. On the enterprise side we optimize for reliability and scalability. On the trading side we optimize for a variety of performance characteristics, like latency, that keep us competitive. In all that we do, we strive for simplicity and operational excellence. […]

    Learn more