Careers | New Traders

Chimera has been successfully training traders since 2000.  We hire selectively into our core Training Program and always take risk on new traders. 

We never require capital contributions or "education" fees. 


Recruiting & Hiring Process

Chimera generally hires two training classes each year.  Applications are due at least two months prior to the start date, though job postings should specify the exact date. 

We typically recruit on campus at the following schools for positions in NYC:

New York University

Boston College

Northwestern University

Indiana University, Bloomington

Seton Hall University

University of Michigan

Rutgers University

Boston University


If your school is not on the list, or if you are a recent alum, email to be considered for the training program.

The hiring process is structured as a 4 month unpaid training program, from which we hire our salaried traders.  Traders are then paid a salary with monthly performance-based bonus opportunities.

Please contact us at for our current recruiting schedule or with any questions.


What we Look For

  • Strong demonstrated interest in trading as a career

  • Ability to manage risk, stress, and uncertainty

  • Intelligence with proven quantitative skill

  • Competitive drive

  • Entrepreneurial spirit

  • Persistence, resilience


Career Paths

Each of these paths are only available to traders with proven track records; they are not options at the outset.

Membership:  Established traders have the opportunity to become partners of the firm.  This milestone is usually not available until a trader’s 3rd anniversary with the firm, though exceptions are made for outstanding performers.

Trader Development:  Top traders with an interest in teaching may help lead the Chimera Training Program.  This track gives traders an opportunity to educate, mentor, manage, and lead, in addition to their roles as traders.  

Automated Trading:  Chimera traders are encouraged to work with our Automated Trading division on projects as early as their first year with the firm.  Many traders work with our team to automate or complement existing strategies to build ancillary income streams.  There also may be opportunities to join the team full-time, developing new strategies and trading tools.