On Saturday, November 11, the 4th annual Brown University Graduate Student Career Options Conference, known on campus as GradCON, was held. One of the alumni invited to speak at this event about their post-Brown career path was Sheng Xie, who earned his PhD in Physics in 2015.
Sheng worked with Bob Pelcovits on numerical studies of soft matter. After graduation, he worked at Capital One for nearly two years as a quantitative analyst in credit risk management. His responsibilities involved data mining and creating robust statistical driven models to manage credit risks for corporate loans. Now, he is at Barclays Investment Bank as a desk quant for Credit Trading Products. On a daily basis, he maintains quantitative models of credit derivatives products and support traders with providing daily reports on markets movements, position exposures, and investment strategies.
Your first position after graduate school:
Quantitative analytics at Capital One
Career skills graduate students should develop for careers in your field:
My field is technology for development. A key skill is strong communications and
math, programming, finance, communication
Advice for graduate students seeking careers in your field:
Prepare early, talk to people from the field