Research consultants in the WorldQuant Virtual Research Center seek to develop high-quality financial market signals (alphas) that can be used in our systematic financial strategies.
Research consultants enjoy flexibility in hours, the opportunity to work remotely and the potential to earn periodic fees based on their activity and productivity. Research consultants may also be eligible for discretionary payments based on performance. Once a user qualifies and is approved to be engaged as a research consultant, he or she will gain access to additional data sets and exclusive features.
STEP 1: Register for a new account
Sign-up and activate your account to participate in the Challenge.
STEP 2: Begin your training
Join free online training sessions and learn from our experienced investment experts. To help you get started, the welcome email from our founder will have an attached document about Alpha design.
Take your very first step in WebSim by clicking Help , where you can find detailed WebSim Documentation, Examples, Training Videos, FAQs and Suggested Readings to help you get started
STEP 3: Alpha Building Competition and Advanced Training
Upon successful registration applicants are automatically prompted to enroll in an open competition. All users are expected to try out multiple ideas and improve Alphas.
Optional advanced online training sessions on creating quality Alphas will be offered throughout the competition period. As you progress you will advance through various stages — each offering distinct educational resources.
STEP 4: Expand Your Skillset and Earn Research Consultant Opportunities
Based on the cumulative score of the Alphas created starting from the day of registration, participants attaining Gold level in the competition may be selected and offered engagements as Research Consultants, subject to satisfactory completion of background checks, execution of a consulting agreement and other requirements in the sole discretion of the Sponsor.
Meet Our Consultants
Education: Undergraduate pursuing degrees in biology and electronics engineering
Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science
Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance
Can I apply to become a Research Consultant if I have already graduated / if I don't have finance background?
Should I send my application for Research Consultant engagement by email?
I have registered for a WebSim account. Does it mean my account setup is complete?
I have been registered for a while, but my account is not yet approved. What happened?
How do I start building Alphas?
Will there be a test to evaluate my skills?
Check 2016 competition guidelines here.
How are Research Consultant engagements structured?
Contracted consultants are not required to work any particular hours; instead, they will have the flexibility to work online, and work as much or as little as they want at any time, building Alphas utilizing their quantitative expertise and compensated as specified above.
What happens if I move to another country while I am a signed Research Consultant?
Is the Alphathon competition different from the WorldQuant Challenge?
The Alphathon is a part of the WorldQuant Challenge - it’s much faster paced and has one-time special stipends associated with the Research Consultant engagement.
For more information about the Research Consultant Program, we encourage you to attend our Information Sessions scheduled at various Universities and online. Click here to view the current schedule.