Morgan Stanley
Quantative Finance

Full Time Program Earlybird

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Placement and Duration

The Morgan Stanley Quantitative Finance Full Time Program in London is designed to help you explore opportunities in Quantitative Finance by working with desk strategists to become an integral member of the team.
Quantitative Finance Strategists are placed in a strategists (‘strats’) team related to their specialism, but will typically be partnered with particular business lines or desks to work on specific projects or models.
You can expect to take on significant responsibility as soon as you start. You will work directly with desks at a senior level, applying your skills and subject-matter expertise, to help them make strategic decisions, develop quantitative edge, drive efficiencies and effect changes

Training Program

Training includes on-the-job training and one-on-one sessions to familiarize you with the Firm's data resources and analytical tools. The curriculum covers market knowledge and product and technical training. Throughout the Program, you will be continually exposed to management, and you will benefit from networking opportunities with peers and colleagues. You will also be assigned a mentor to ease your transition into the corporate environment by offering career guidance, serving as a sounding board, and helping connect you to the broader Morgan Stanley network. Your co-workers will include motivated experienced industry leaders as well as graduates from top Universities that enjoy solving interesting problems in a collaborative environment.

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Strategists typically work very closely with desks across business lines and are commercially driven and revenue focussed. 

The below four profiles describe the different categories of role available in Strats. In many cases an individual role will encompass aspects of each. 

  • Electronic Trading Strategists are financial and software engineers who design, implement, back-test, deploy and measure intelligent automated trading components and systematic trading strategies.  Working closely with other Strategists and trading desks, they rapidly provide new solutions and bring efficiencies and quantitative edge to existing business processes within a dynamic market-driven environment.

  • Quant Developers Strategists use advanced technological and in some cases quantitative skills to productionize models, manage and maintain code libraries and rapidly develop innovative trader tools. They work closely with IT, other Strat functions and business to integrate new technologies to enhance pricing and risk calculations. 

  • Quant Modelling Strategists use applied probability and numerical analysis to create pricing models and hedging strategies that drive trading decisions. Working closely with trading desks, they enhance Morgan Stanley's ability to trade innovative products and improve the management of the Firm’s trading risk.

  • Quant Trading Strategists use statistical techniques and machine learning to develop and optimise trading strategies, tools, components and flows. Working closely with Electronic Trading Strategists and trading desks, they apply rigorous quantitative research and portfolio construction techniques to design systematic trading strategies and models.

    *Salary is competitive with excellent benefits


  • Completing or finished a PhD or Masters in a technical field such as Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Econometrics or Similar discipline.

  • Solid programming skills in on the following languages Python, C++, Java.

  • Strong mathematical background in an academic setting.

  • Keen interest in the financial markets and the drive and desire to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

  • Pragmatic approach to ensuring delivery on a timely basis.

  • Practical problem solving skills with a great attention to detail.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal English.


Morgan Stanley London

In 1977, Morgan Stanley opened its European headquarters in London, where it now has over 5,000 staff. Morgan Stanley is one of the preeminent financial services firms in the UK, with longstanding client relationships and a leading role in many landmark transactions. Our professionals value individual intellect as much as teamwork. We offer nimble, innovative services and products tailored to our clients’ needs.

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Application Process and Deadline

The deadline to submit an earlybird application is Friday 31st July 2020. Please note we may also have some additional off-cycle positions available throughout the year, depending on business needs.

Candidates must apply online at and are encouraged to apply early as we recruit on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be required to complete online tests within 48 hours of submitting an application.

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