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In a typical week, we have a class, one or two simulated trading events, and a game playing session.

Classes

There are weekly classes on a wide variety of subjects, from the highly practical to abstract research.

Most classes last about an hour, and start after major markets have closed.

Some of our recent class topics have included:

Asynchronous programming with Async

Coding to the GPU

Profiling with Perf

Futures and Commodities Arbitrage

Options Valuation

Portfolio Theory

Adverse Selection

The Kelly Criterion

Game Theory

Decision Theory and Cognitive Biases

Thinking About Extreme Risk and Derivative Valuation

Summer Speaker Series

At Jane Street, our intellectual interests are as intense as they are wide-ranging. Each summer, our speaker series brings in some of the world's top thinkers to speak on a broad array of topics, including economics, technology, politics, sports, and the arts.

Past Speakers

Christopher Hitchens

Nate Silver

Gary Kasparov

Steven Pinker

Cory Booker

Sheila Bair

Bill James

Barney Frank

Shane Battier

Simon Peyton Jones

Salman Rushdie

Brian Kernighan

Tyler Cowen

Bruce Schneier

Games & Puzzles

We enjoy playing strategic and mathematical games to teach game theory and risk, as well as hone discipline, memory, and quant skills. In addition to organized tournaments, there are frequent chess, bridge, and poker games after the markets close. Our team includes the Arimaa World Computer Champion and nationally competitive contract bridge players. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov and three time World Series of Poker bracelet winner David Sklansky have visited Jane Street as guest speakers.

Tuition Reimbursement

In addition to our extensive in-house educational resources, Jane Street encourages employees to pursue outside coursework, and pays 90% of tuition and books for any work-related classes completed with a grade of B or better. We also pay 90% of any work-related books employees purchase for themselves, or 100% if the books are recycled to the firm’s library.

Library

Our on-site library has hundreds of books ranging from academic journals and textbooks on finance and computer science topics (including data structures and algorithms, financial mathematics, time series, heuristics and bias in decision-making, and various programming languages), to general cultural or intellectual interest (including some by former guest speakers, like Steven Pinker). People can read in the library, check out any book they like, and get reimbursed for any work-related books they contribute.

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