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First job with a PhD in Engineering or Physics

Postby amezeini » Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:38 pm

Dear Mark,

I am currently doing my PhD at the University of Cambridge. My work is focused on computational micromagnetics and nanomagnetism, where I do mainly theoretical and computational work on magnetic topological solitons. My work is mainly interdisciplinary but is mainly physics although I am technically registered in the EE department. I also did the Part III in Maths with focus on theoretical physics at Cambridge before my PhD. Does it make any difference whether my PhD is in EE or Physics when I apply for my first quant role?

As far as the preparation is concerned, I am doing the following:

- The Concepts and Practice of Mathematical Finance - M. Joshi
- An Introduction to the Mathematics of Financial Derivatives - S. Neftci
- Options, Futures and Other Derivatives - J. Hull
- Financial Calculus: An Introduction to Derivative Pricing - Baxter and Rennie

Coding:
- Accelerated C++ - A. Koenig
- Effective C++ - Scott Meyers
- More Effective C++ - Scott Meyers

Does that seem like enough to land a decent first job in quant finance? I know the current market is very tough.

Thanks for the great resources on your website.
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Re: First job with a PhD in Engineering or Physics

Postby mj » Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:34 pm

in the past you wouldn't have had any trouble, at the moment who knows...

I think the PhD in EE should be fine.

I'd advise mastering the quant interview books as well. The second ed of ours should be out in a month.
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Re: First job with a PhD in Engineering or Physics

Postby amezeini » Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:06 pm

I should also mention that I plan on studying your book on C++ after the very positive experience with Concepts textbook.
As far as the C++ practice and projects is concerned, would you recommend that I focus on implementing financial projects such those in your book using C++? or just try to implement some of my PhD work in C++? I mostly use MATLAB and Python for my numerical modelling and simulations in the PhD.

Thanks for the heads up about the second ed of the quant interview book, I'll definitely look into it.
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Re: First job with a PhD in Engineering or Physics

Postby mj » Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:38 am

you should definitely have implemented something in C++ and you should definitely have implemented some financial models.

whether the two sets have to be the same is not so clear.
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