[Haskell] Job Posting (Looking for a few good functional programmers)

Yaron Minsky yminsky at janestcapital.com
Thu Feb 3 15:28:28 EST 2005

S. Alexander Jacobson wrote:

> Yaron, would you mind sharing the reason your firm chose OCaml over 
> Haskell for your applications?

I started the quantitative research group, and I knew OCaml very well, 
and didn't know Haskell except by reputation.  As to the merits, it is 
my general impression that OCaml is faster, and is all around a more 
pragmatic language than Haskell.  That's merely an ill-informed 
impression, but there it is.


> For others, I would love to organize an informal gathering of NYC 
> Haskell programmers if there are any.  If you are interested, please 
> contact me and I'll try to make it happen.
> -Alex-
> ______________________________________________________________
> S. Alexander Jacobson tel:917-770-6565 http://alexjacobson.com
> On Thu, 3 Feb 2005, Yaron Minsky wrote:
>> Jane Street Capital (an affiliate of Henry Capital
>> <http://henrycapital.com>) is a proprietary trading company located in
>> Manhattan. The quantitative research department is responsible for
>> analyzing, improving, and generating trading strategies.  It's an open
>> and informal environment (you can wear shorts and a t-shirt to the
>> office), and the work is technically challenging, including systems
>> work, machine learning, statistical analysis, parallel processing, and
>> anything that crosses our path that looks useful.
>> One unusual attraction of the job is that the large majority of our
>> programming is done in OCaml.  Pay is competitive, and we're a
>> reasonably small company (around 85 employees), so advancement is
>> pretty quick for someone who performs well.
>> Here's what we're looking for:
>> - Top-notch mathematical and analytic skills.  We want people who
>>  can solve difficult technical problems, and think clearly and
>>  mathematically about all sorts of problems.
>> - Strong programming skills.  Pretty much all of our programming is
>>  in OCaml, so being a solid caml hacker is a big plus.  But we're
>>  also interested in great programmers who we are convinced will be
>>  able to pick up OCaml quickly, so anyone with a high-level of
>>  proficiency with functional languages could be a good match.
>> - Strong Unix/Linux skills --- We're looking for someone who knows
>>  their way around the standard unix tools, can write makefiles,
>>  shell scripts, etc.  We use a beowulf cluster for compute-intensive
>>  jobs, so experience programming for and administering clusters is a
>>  big plus.
>> If you're interested (or have any students you think might be a good
>> match) and would be willing to relocate to New York, please send a
>> cover-letter and resume to:
>> yminsky at janestcapital.com
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