The Jane Street Visiting Researcher Program was designed to further facilitate that collaboration. The program is aimed at current faculty or doctoral students whose research would benefit from collaboration in an industrial setting. Researchers come to work at Jane Street, lending their expertise to problems we care about, and working to communicate some of those insights to the broader academic community.

The program is designed to be flexible in terms of time commitment, but durations can last from 3 months to a year, depending on the circumstances.

Potential research areas

Below is a list of areas that we think are especially well-suited to this program.

  • Programming languages. Most of our software is written in OCaml, and we work on improving many aspects of the language and the compiler that supports it. You can read more about our efforts here.
  • Graph-structured and incremental computation comes up in a variety of contexts, from evaluating financial models to designing build systems for compiling our code. We’ve built several systems in this space, and continue to work on improving the performance, scalability, and reliability of these systems.
  • Networking. Trading makes a lot of unusual demands on the network, and this has led us to work on better approaches and abstractions for configuring and analyzing our network, all in the context of network designs that differ in important ways from the mainstream approaches to designing cloud-computing networks.
  • Hardware synthesis. Reconfigurable hardware like FPGAs are an effective tool for building powerful accelerators for all sorts of applications, from packet-processing to machine learning. The downside is that building hardware designs is slow and exacting work, and so we’ve done a lot of work to build tools and abstractions that simplify and accelerate the process.

That said, the list is not exhaustive, and we’re happy to consider collaborations on other areas.

If you’re interested, let us know

Please fill out this form to express interest. Don’t worry too much about every little detail. It’s an informal process, and we expect to tailor the program to each individual. We’ll be in touch if it sounds like there could be a good fit.

We’d also like to encourage faculty members to reach out on behalf of interested students.

Frequently asked questions

What is the employment relationship with Jane Street?

In general our visiting researchers are full-time employees for the duration of their engagement with us. That way they get benefits just like any other Jane Streeter. Sometimes, as a project winds down, we might move to an independent contractor arrangement with a more flexible schedule.

Is there an option to work remotely?

Yes, though we tend to prefer that visiting researchers spend as much time in person as possible. This is especially true in the early-going of a project, when it’s important to establish rapport with a team.

See also

  • In the past, we’ve advertised a research internship program in our Tools and Compilers group. Think of that as a subset of the Visiting Researcher program, aimed at doctoral students with a specific interest in programming languages and compilers.
  • The Jane Street Graduate Research Fellowship is a separate program aimed specifically at PhD students (not faculty). It is just a financial award—one year of tuition and fees plus a $40,000 stipend—to recognize excellence in mathematics, computer science, and statistics. That program supports students while they continue their studies at their home institution; unlike the Visiting Researcher program, there is no employment relationship with Jane Street.

The Visiting Researcher Program invites students and faculty to conduct research while working at Jane Street. The program is designed to be flexible in terms of time commitment, but durations can last from 3 months to a year, depending on the circumstances.

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