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Associate, Strategy Research

Company: Dimensional Fund Advisors
Location: Austin
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Job Description:

Notes to applicants: * Most roles at Dimensional will be part of our best-of-both hybrid working model. This includes working together in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and choosing to work where one works best on Mondays and Fridays. This maximizes in person collaboration and interaction while simultaneously providing flexibility. This broad universal approach applies to most roles globally with a few exceptions that require more or less time in the office. Please discuss with your Recruiter to confirm the details for this specific role. * Resumes and portfolios (when applicable) are required as part of your application. When applying from a mobile device or tablet, you may not be able to attach a resume. If you cannot include an attachment at the time of your application, you will receive a follow up email asking you to attach your resume from a computer. Job Description: The Research Department at Dimensional is integral both in the successful day-to-day functioning of the firm and in developing Dimensional's long-term strategy. The team produces high-quality, thought-leadership research on investments and financial markets that is of interest to clients. The team also leads the development of the firm's investment approach, the application of that approach through portfolio management and trading, and the implementation of technology solutions that make the investment process more efficient. Our team seeks associates capable of supporting key initiatives underpinning our daily implementation process. The work is team-based and involves designing and building systems and processes to improve operational efficiencies, running empirical analysis on a broad scope of investment topics, and maintaining data sets and tools key to portfolio decision making. Success in the role will mean learning both the broad principles of Dimensional's investment philosophy and the nuanced application of those principles in our investment process, as well as successfully maintaining the operational processes that drive Dimensional's investments. Responsibilities: * Execute and analyze simulations for research on asset pricing models and economics studies. * Compile and manage large data sets from multiple sources. * Execute regular validations to ensure inputs to research, portfolio management, and client reporting are appropriate and accurate. * Review academic papers to improve our understanding of asset pricing and academic landscape. Identify opportunities to further our research agenda and conduct analyses. Present findings to internal research teams. * Coordinate with investment and client service teams to answer internal and client questions. Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree in Finance/Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field. Master's degree preferred. Demonstrate a capacity for and interest in quantitative work. * At least one year of professional work experience. * Experience working with large data sets. * Knowledge of databases and query language (T-SQL, SAS) is highly considered, as pulling data from databases and performing analysis are a major component of the job. * Programming skills (Python, R, MATLAB, FORTRAN, or SAS) are required. * Knowledge of econometrics, statistics, probability, financial markets, and investments. * Knowledge of finance and economic theories, including deep understanding of portfolio theories and empirical asset pricing models such as the CAPM and the Fama-French factor models. * Knowledge of fixed income investing and bond pricing is required. * Knowledge of portfolio optimization and derivative pricing is preferred. * Strong written and oral communication skills are preferred. * Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. * Intellectual curiosity combined with attention to detail. Dimensional offers a variety of programs to help take care of you, your family, and your career, including comprehensive benefits, educational initiatives, and special celebrations of our history, culture, and growth. It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Company does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, covered veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status. This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, hiring, training, job assignment, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, discipline, termination, and social and recreational programs.

Keywords: Dimensional Fund Advisors, Austin , Associate, Strategy Research, Other , Austin, Texas

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