This programme launched in 2018 aims to support students pursuing their career in the area of financial technology with practical projects and skills. It is suitable for students who have an interest in this area of finance with strong technical skills or who wish to further explore the work in a research environment. The work will be based in Cambridge Alternative Finance (CCAF), in Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.
Responsibilities and skills
Stream one: Database Design and Data Analytics
This area of work includes the relational database design and querying of data, as well as data cleaning and big data analysis. The minimum skills requirement for this is SQL and advanced Excel (pivot tables, multiple functions and lists, etc.). Other knowledge about Cloud technologies, big data systems, programming languages, JSON and data visualisation is desirable.
Stream two: Software Engineering
This area of work includes software development and testing system functionality based on user requirements. The minimum skills requirement for this familiarity with at least one widely-used programming language (Java, Python, etc.). Experience with software product design, data visualisation, additional programming languages, big data analysis and machine learning is desirable.
Stream three: Machine Learning
This area of work includes simulation models, time-series data and feature data analysis using programming languages. The minimum skills requirement for this is familiarity with at least one widely-used programming language (R, Python, etc.). Experience with additional programming languages, natural language processing and quantitative finance analytics is desirable.
Requirements and qualifications
- Working full-time in Cambridge for minimum two months.
- Either current students or recent graduates with a science or engineering background.
- Achieving at least a UK 2:1 degree (or equivalent).
- Ability to work towards delivery deadlines, quick learner, be self-motivated and make a positive contribution to teamwork.
- Selected candidates will be paid around £800-£1000 per month per student depending on skills, degree and experiences. PhD students who are specialised in the listed streams may receive £1200-£1500 per month per student depending on the projects.
- You will work with a world-leading research institute and experts in the alternative finance, and the Centre’s network influential collaborative partners across the world.
- Candidates may be invited to join as co-authors of research papers intended for peer-reviewed publications or of the research reports published by the Centre.
About the Centre
The CCAF is a research centre established within Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. The CCAF is dedicated to the study of alternative finance, which includes technology-enabled financial channels and instruments that have the emerged outside of traditional banking and capital markets systems.
The CCAF is an internationally renowned centre of excellence, noted for its pioneering research in alternative finance across the four broad research streams—online finance channels, credit analytics with new forms of data, payment systems and regulation and policy.
The CCAF has collaborated widely with many public and private sector institutions such as the FCA, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, FSD Africa and the European Commission for example. The CCAF houses the world’s largest data depository for online alternative finance, which will be utilised to compile the Cambridge-World Bank Global Alternative Finance Market Volume Ranking. The Centre has also been widely cited by numerous regulatory and policymaking bodies for its renowned regional Cambridge Alternative Finance Benchmarking Studies.
Further details on the CCAF’s academic, policy and industry impact can be found via the links below:
View CCAF’s full list of freely available reports
View a selection of policy-relevant projects or partnerships
View a selection of citations by national and international policymaking bodies
View some of the Centre’s news and media coverage