Trading Researcher


Portfolio Engineering & Trading is a department within Investments. This department is where we translate trade ideas to real returns. This department is responsible for the implementation of the trades which are initiated by the portfolio managers on behalf of the funds and mandates that are managed by Robeco Institutional Asset Management. The funds span from quant to fundamental and from developed to emerging. Robeco has a global presence and significant investment in emerging markets. 

The trading desk consists of 7 Equity traders, 3 researchers/data scientists and a technical portfolio manager. Four traders located in Rotterdam, two equity traders in Hong Kong and one equity trader based in Boston. The aim of the trading desk is to realize optimal returns in executing orders in the different instruments traded.

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Job description

The job function is a researcher with a focus on trading and implementation. You will work on projects in close collaboration with Traders, Portfolio managers, researchers and IT across different teams. This can be on order-routing, development of algo’s, solving optimization problems for portfolio-construction, trade-scheduling etc.

Principal result areas

  • Transaction Costs Modeling
  • Portfolio Construction / Optimisation
  • In depth analysis of pre and post trade analytical tools in order to further improve trading execution
  • Development analytical tools to improve trading decisions
  • Provide advice/high quality feedback and service to our investment teams and quant research
  • Build and maintain strong external and internal relationships


  • University education (WO) preferably in econometrics, quant finance, mathematics, etc.
  • Programming skills (e.g. Python/Matlab) are required
  • Good at communication. You can explain a complicated issue in easy words, and interpret research outcomes with clear logic and intuition.
  • Able to carry out analysis independently
  • Efficiency and being able to identify and prioritize business value
  • Thorough analytical skills
  • Self-steering
  • Communication/influencing skills
  • Financial knowledge is a plus, not a necessity
  • Relevant working experience is seen as an advantage
  • Affinity with data, numbers
  • Perform under pressure
  • Team player


Please send in your application and motivation quoting job vacancy number 411 to For more information about the position, kindly get in touch with Robbert Wijgerse (

All applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. An assessment is used in the selection procedure.

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