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.