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Working As A Director Of Quantitative Research

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Make Decisions

  • $127,268

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Quantitative Research Do

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

Duties

Natural sciences managers typically do the following:

  • Work with top executives to develop goals and strategies for researchers and developers
  • Budget resources for projects and programs by determining staffing, training, and equipment needs
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate scientists, technicians, and other staff members
  • Review staff members’ methodology and the accuracy of their research results
  • Ensure that laboratories are stocked with equipment and supplies
  • Monitor the progress of projects, review research performed, and draft operational reports
  • Provide technical assistance to scientists, technicians, and support staff
  • Establish and follow administrative procedures, policies, and standards
  • Communicate project proposals, research findings, and the status of projects to clients and top management

Natural sciences managers direct scientific research activities and direct and coordinate product development projects and production activities. The duties of natural sciences managers vary with the field of science (for example, biology or chemistry) or the industry they work in. Research projects may be aimed at improving manufacturing processes, advancing basic scientific knowledge, or developing new products.

Some natural sciences managers are former scientists and, after becoming managers, may continue to conduct their own research as well as oversee the work of others. These managers are sometimes called working managers and usually have smaller staffs, allowing them to do research in addition to carrying out their administrative duties.

Managers who are responsible for larger staffs may not have time to contribute to research and may spend all their time performing administrative duties.

Laboratory managers need to ensure that laboratories are fully supplied so that scientists can run their tests and experiments. Some specialize in the management of laboratory animals.

During all stages of a project, natural sciences managers coordinate the activities of their unit with those of other units or organizations. They work with higher levels of management; with financial, production, and marketing specialists; and with suppliers of equipment and materials.

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How To Become A Director Of Quantitative Research

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. Natural sciences managers typically have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a related field, such as engineering. Some managers may find it helpful to have an advanced management degree—for example, a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), or a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Education

Natural sciences managers typically begin their careers as scientists; therefore, most have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a closely related field, such as engineering. Scientific and technical knowledge is essential for managers because they must be able to understand the work of their subordinates and provide technical assistance when needed. 

Natural sciences managers who are interested in acquiring postsecondary education in management should be able to find master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in a natural science that incorporate business management courses. A relatively new type of degree, called the Professional Science Master’s (PSM), blends advanced training in a particular science field with business skills, such as communications and program management, and policy. Those interested in acquiring general management skills may pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Some natural sciences managers will have studied psychology or some other management-related field to enter this occupation.

Sciences managers must continually upgrade their knowledge because of the rapid growth of scientific developments.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. While employed as scientists, they typically are given more responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Eventually, they may lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects before being promoted to an administrative position.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not typically required to become a natural sciences manager, many relevant certifications are available. These certifications range from those related to specific scientific areas of study or practice, such as laboratory animal management, to general management topics, such as project management, and are useful to natural sciences managers regardless of the organization being managed.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, such as scientists, policymakers, and the public. Both written and oral communication are important.

Critical-thinking skills. Natural sciences managers must carefully evaluate the work of others. They must determine if their staff’s methods and results are based on sound science.

Interpersonal skills. Natural sciences managers lead research teams and therefore need to work well with others in order to reach common goals. Managers routinely deal with conflict, which they must be able to turn into positive outcomes for their organization.

Leadership skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to organize, direct, and motivate others. They need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their workers and create an environment in which the workers can succeed.

Problem-solving skills. Natural sciences managers use scientific observation and analysis to find solutions to complex technical questions.

Time-management skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to do multiple administrative, supervisory, and technical tasks while ensuring that projects remain on schedule.

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Director Of Quantitative Research Demographics

Gender

Male

54.4%

Unknown

25.4%

Female

20.2%
Ethnicity

White

45.6%

Asian

44.5%

Hispanic or Latino

7.7%

Unknown

1.1%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

20.0%

Mandarin

20.0%

French

16.0%

Spanish

16.0%

Greek

4.0%

Romanian

4.0%

Yoruba

4.0%

Cantonese

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Russian

4.0%

Thai

4.0%
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Director Of Quantitative Research Education

Schools

Columbia University

15.9%

New York University

11.4%

Ohio State University

6.8%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

6.8%

University of Rochester

6.8%

Cornell University

6.8%

University of Wisconsin Extension

4.5%

University of Chicago

4.5%

State University of New York Stony Brook

4.5%

Emory University

4.5%

Yale University

4.5%

University of Arizona

4.5%

University of Houston

2.3%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2.3%

University of Florida

2.3%

Stanford University

2.3%

Wesleyan University

2.3%

Carnegie Mellon University

2.3%

Teachers College of Columbia University

2.3%

Harvard University

2.3%
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Majors

Finance

25.3%

Business

10.5%

Statistics

8.4%

Mathematics

7.4%

Computer Science

6.3%

Sociology

5.3%

Economics

5.3%

Applied Mathematics

4.2%

Marketing

3.2%

Chemistry

3.2%

Physics

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%

Management Science

2.1%

Area Studies

2.1%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.1%

Biostatistics

2.1%

Operations Research

2.1%

Psychology

1.1%

Information Sciences

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

46.0%

Doctorate

31.9%

Bachelors

13.3%

Other

5.3%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

0.9%
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Real Director Of Quantitative Research Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Executive Director, Quantitative Research Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $225,000
Director, Head of Quantitative Research Rosenblatt Securities, Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 23, 2015 $200,665
Quantitative Researcher The Climate Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $200,000
Quantitative Researcher IMC Americas, Inc. Chicago, IL Jan 09, 2016 $200,000
Portfolio Risk Quantitative Researcher Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Mar 11, 2015 $186,000
Quantitative Researcher Citadel LLC Chicago, IL Nov 04, 2016 $185,000
Quantitative Researcher Citadel LLC Chicago, IL Aug 22, 2016 $185,000
Associate Director, Quantitative Research Bison Advisors LLC New York, NY Mar 05, 2015 $180,500
Associate Director, Quantitative Research Bison Advisors LLC New York, NY May 03, 2015 $180,500
Quantitative Researcher Two Sigma Investments, LLC New York, NY Dec 13, 2015 $180,000
Quantitative Researcher Barclays Capital Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2016 $180,000
Quantitative Researcher Two Sigma Investments, LP New York, NY Nov 09, 2016 $180,000
Quantitative Researcher Two Sigma Investments, LLC New York, NY Dec 03, 2015 $180,000
Quantitative Researcher, Advertising Effectiveness Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Mar 10, 2016 $148,500 -
$168,500
Quantitative Researcher Nine Chapters Capital Management LLC Short Hills, NJ Jun 09, 2015 $147,139
GSS Quantitative Research Developer AQR Capital Management Greenwich, CT Jul 01, 2016 $145,000
Quantitative Researcher Citadel LLC Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2015 $145,000
Quantitative Researcher Gr Tech LLC New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $145,000
Quantitative Researcher Gr Tech LLC New York, NY Aug 02, 2015 $145,000
Quantitative Developer/Researcher Seven Eight Capital, LLC. New York, NY Apr 20, 2015 $145,000
Quantitative Researcher The Climate Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2016 $142,000
Director, Quantitative Economist UBS AG New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $124,500 -
$170,000
Associate, Quantitative Research & Analytics One William Street Capital Management, L.P. New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $124,093
Quantitative Researcher Facebook, Inc. New York, NY Oct 10, 2016 $124,000
Quantitative Researcher Wealthfront Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 09, 2016 $123,594 -
$130,000
Associate, Quantitative Research, Equities Linear JP Morgan Chase & Co New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $123,000
Quantitative Researcher IMC Americas, Inc. Chicago, IL May 12, 2016 $120,000
Quantitative Researcher Tower Research Capital LLC New York, NY Sep 03, 2015 $120,000
Quantitative Researcher Summit Securities Group LLC Chicago, IL Jan 05, 2015 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Director Of Quantitative Research

PortfolioOptimizationFinancialModelsC/C++RiskManagementQuantitativeResearchStudyRMatlabSpssDatabaseEquityMarketPlatformPythonMachineLearningMonteCarloQuantitativeAnalysisSQLDataAnalysisDataCollectionVARResearchProjects

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Top Director Of Quantitative Research Skills

  1. Portfolio Optimization
  2. Financial Models
  3. C/C++
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct performance/liquidity analysis, forecasting and simulation, portfolio optimization, and identify market opportunities.
  • Managed investment reports flow, and maintained financial models of listed equities to assist in the investment process.
  • Developed a protocol to calculate the interaction energy by coding in C/C++.
  • Collaborate with senior investment directors to create reports and metrics to monitor consistency accounts objectives and risk management policies.
  • Created VBA Macro to automatically update portfolio positions and generate pivot tables

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