Software Engineer - On Campus Recruiting

Working as a coder at Hudson River Trading (HRT) means working on a small, highly productive and efficient team. We know you see "Trading" in our name and assume you'll be relegated to some dark corner to code for the "business" but this impression is entirely wrong. At HRT, a fully automated trading firm based in NYC, the code you write *is* our business, so it is everyone's job, top to bottom, to make sure our team has everything they need to do their jobs well.
We are looking for smart programmers who love to code, like being challenged, hate to climb corporate ladders, and don't mind the added bonus of having hard work rewarded through recognition and extremely competitive compensation. At HRT, coders are integral to the success of our trading, and they know it. You can always expect to be challenged by the ever-changing financial markets, and find yourself working on critical software in an extremely fast-paced, real-time environment.
As a Software Engineer, you will step into an incredible learning opportunity; HRT's distributed system is on the Pareto frontier of latency and throughput. You'll do machine learning over huge datasets in a massive compute cluster. You'll develop deep knowledge of C++, OS internals, CPU architecture, and networking hardware and protocol.  And you will be surrounded by amazing developers who are honing their skills every day.  You'll be amazed at what you accomplish.
Or do you prefer hardware? Want to craft unique FPGA designs with nanosecond precision? Passionate about exposing malicious bugs in complex designs and fixing them? HRT builds custom, high-performance hardware to support our trading infrastructure. We use a mix of industry standard and open-source tools for our development. You'll be part of a team pushing boundaries in low-level computer architecture, logic design, tool writing, and the interface between hardware and software.
The Skills:
  • Excellent design, debugging and problem solving skills
  • Some experience in C++ is great (not required), but good CS fundamentals and enthusiasm about learning C++ is required.
  • Knowledge of UNIX operating systems (we use Linux), system/processor performance, and network communication
  • For the hardware track, similar coding skills and CS fundamentals, plus some experience in Verilog, SystemVerilog, or VHDL coding. Interest in low-level architecture, logic design, and/or verification is a plus.
The Profile:
  • In your spare time you: code, tinker, read, explore, break things, and have an insatiable curiosity for all things computer related... you'll find like-minded people here.
  • You possess a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field
  • You are capable of working independently as well as part of a team
  • You can analyze and fix problems quickly
  • Can look at code, figure out how it works, and how to make it better
  • Can describe software designs at a high level (the abstract interface), low level (step-by-step algorithm), or anywhere in between
  • You really like to work with people who challenge you and make you better at what you do


Hudson River Trading brings a scientific approach to trading financial products. We have built one of the world's most sophisticated computing environments for research and development. Our researchers are at the forefront of innovation in the world of algorithmic trading.

At HRT we are mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians, physicists and engineers. We research and develop automated trading algorithms using advanced mathematical techniques. We have a fun and casual office atmosphere, but everyone works diligently to get the job done. We boast a flat management structure as all our people are motivated by the excitement of being at the forefront of the automated trading world. No politics or red tape impede the generation or implementation of ideas.


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HRT brings a scientific approach to trading financial products. Having built one of the world's most sophisticated computing environments for research and development, HRT researchers are at the forefront of innovation in the world of algorithmic trading.

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