The D. E. Shaw group seeks motivated individuals with impressive records of academic and/or professional achievement to join our Systems team for a 12-month industry placement in our London office as systems administrators.

This role offers the opportunity to work in an inclusive, collaborative, and engaging working environment. Eligibility for this position is subject to the D. E. Shaw group’s review of any terms or conditions required by the applicant’s school relating to industry placement. This program is expected to run from June 2025 to June 2026.

What you’ll do day-to-day

In your placement year, you’ll be responsible for a variety of project and support work across a wide range of technology, including Windows PCs and servers, UNIX servers, mobile devices, cutting-edge storage and clustered computing solutions, and several communications platforms.

Your support and project work may include troubleshooting complex technical issues, administering various infrastructure-level systems, and implementing automation and efficiency improvements. You’ll also work closely with other engineering teams to support and deploy on-premise and cloud services.

Who we’re looking for

  • We seek students in their penultimate year of study who are eligible for an industry placement as part of their degree.
  • Applicants should have basic knowledge of the on-premise and cloud Microsoft enterprise environments and a demonstrated interest in improving processes and technology (e.g., through their past internship experience, on-campus employment at a university helpdesk, personal projects, and/or academic achievements).
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and project management skills are critical, as the role involves working with global colleagues across various backgrounds, experiences, and projects.
  • Candidates should excel at combining critical analysis and research to solve unfamiliar problems.
  • Familiarity or experience with general systems administration, Linux environments, and Python, PowerShell, and/or other scripting languages is a plus.
  • In keeping with our firm’s culture and the ever-changing nature of our work, we’re more interested in talent, curiosity, and motivation than we are in any particular skill or experience.

About us

At the D. E. Shaw group, we believe the diversity of our employees is core to our strength and success. We are committed to supporting our people in work and in life, which is why we offer benefits such as a family planning and surrogacy program and a charitable gift match to all full-time employees.

Additionally, our staff-led affinity groups are pillars of our community, helping to celebrate diversity, promote leadership and development opportunities, and facilitate inclusive mentorship. Members and allies organize a wide range of educational and social programming, from expert talks to film festivals.

The members of the D. E. Shaw group do not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law. We are committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are eager to hear from individuals having a wide range of backgrounds and personal characteristics.

The applicable annual base salary or hourly rate paid to a successful applicant will be determined based on multiple factors, including without limitation the nature and extent of prior experience and educational background.