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2022 IT FPGA Summer Internship

Job Description


Optiver is a proprietary trading firm and leading global market maker. As one of the oldest market making institutions, we are a trusted partner of 50+ exchanges across the globe. Our mission is to constantly improve the market by injecting liquidity, providing accurate pricing, increasing transparency and acting as a stabilising force no matter the market conditions. With a focus on continuous improvement, we participate in the safeguarding of healthy and efficient markets for everyone who participates.

Since its establishment in 2012, our Shanghai office is a rapidly growing participant in the Chinese markets, trading exchange-listed futures, options and equities in China mainland. Our vision is to become the trusted partner in the development of Chinese financial markets. With the culture of a start-up but the backing of a 35 year-old trading firm, the Optiver Shanghai office is truly unique. Embodying the intersection of East-meets-West values, Optiver Shanghai is a true international experience. Everyone who joins us will help shape the future of our company and its global impact. Get ready: we are only just beginning.


FPGAs are critical in executing successful trades. With no external clients, we operate in a fast feedback, quick release environment. You’ll work in a close knit, multidisciplinary team to design and develop accurate, efficient devices that solve real business problems. You’ll also:

  • Take ownership of a project with tangible business value
  • Explore new mechanisms for faster data communication/processing to accelerate network infrastructure and trading systems
  • Work with the cutting-edge software and hardware technologies in a highly competitive industry
  • Develop rigorous FPGA design or test benches using a combination of VHDL, System Verilog, or Python.

If you’ve excelled over the summer and shown us your potential, you could receive an offer to join us as a graduate FPGA Developer!


  • Students who are graduating in or after 2023
  • Studying an Electronic/Electrical Engineering/Microelectronics/Computer Science or similarly technical degree
  • Familiar with Xilinx or Intel FPGA device architecture, design flows, tools, and digital logic design concepts.
  • Familiar with HDL languages: VHDL and/or Verilog as well as some experience with Python and/or C++
  • Knowledgeable about Linux commands and scripts
  • Understand network protocols: Ethernet, IP, TCP/UDP
  • Keen to create high-performance, low-latency designs that critically impact trading success
  • Strong interests of heterogeneous computing and FPGA acceleration architecture in machine learning area
  • Deeply passionate about technology, particularly FPGA hardware, and have a range of out-of-classroom projects or activities to prove it
  • Team players who love working with like-minded peers and are always looking to learn and improve
  • Interested in the trading/quantitative finance industry (previous knowledge is not required)


  • The chance to work alongside best-in-class professionals
  • Training, mentorship and personal development opportunities
  • Competitive internship salary, free accommodation, office breakfast, lunch, snacks etc.
  • Sponsored gym membership, sports and leisure activities, plus weekly in-house chair massages
  • Regular social events, clubs and Friday afternoon drinks


If you’re interested in taking your career to one of the most exciting trading floors in China mainland, apply now via our website:

Note: the selection process will start from January 2022.

For any other inquiries, please email: