PhD Graduate Software Developer

Engineering · London, London, City of
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

PhD Graduate Software Developer


FINBOURNE Technology recruits all year round for PhD graduates to join our team and become an integral part of a growing business.


As a PhD graduate software developer, you will be given training and support so that you can help build our LUSID platform. You will be involved with developing external client interfaces, business logic, server-side code, managing scaling challenges, enhancing quality with testing and automating everything that can be automated!


Working at FINBOURNE is fast paced and exciting. The most important qualities we look for are a hunger to learn, passion for quality and a willingness to take the time to collaborate, teach and learn from colleagues.



Job title:  PhD Graduate Software developer

Location: London, UK 

Salary: Competitive



What does the PhD Graduate Software Developer role at FINBOURNE Technology entail?


We want to give you exposure to all areas of what we do which means, from the start, you can get involved in:

  • Evolving our APIs so they’re both powerful and easy to use.
  • Implementing business logic while learning more about finance.
  • Learning about and working on important parts of the system early on.
  • Building scalable and robust distributed systems which can support big data, with consistently fast response times that are upgraded multiple times per day.
  • Ability to deploy to production from day one.
  • Learning about and working within the security and privacy constraints of the finance industry.
  • Helping us nurture and progress so that as we scale it remains an enjoyable, supportive and interesting place to work.
  • Give opinions on our marketing and commercial plans, which we share openly.
  • Help us ensure everything we do is robust by writing tests for everything: From application, to infrastructure, to non-technical processes.
  • Help us come up with innovative ways to monitor and measure our platform, so we can continually improve our customers’ experience and support them when things go wrong.
  • Investigate cutting edge technologies and evaluate whether they would benefit us.
  • Helping develop newer team members.


The key technologies which you will have the opportunity to learn are C# (.NET Core on Linux), Python, Go, PostgreSQL, AWS, Linux, Kubernetes, Docker, Angular… and that’s just right now!


How we will support you:

  • You will be joining our existing graduates and working alongside highly experienced developers who will provide in-depth training for you on the job. These are people who have spent their careers at some of the most prestigious financial technology institutions and are eager to pass on their experience.
  • During your first few weeks with us, you will attend sessions on finance and related technology such as “Introduction to Investments and Asset Management” and “Engineering Principles” given by our industry experts.
  • During your first three months with us, you and your manager will form a development plan to document your training and induction so that you have clear objectives and are provided with support in areas that you require it the most.
  • We run weekly sessions such as “Code Craft” (discussion of our engineering principles) and the “Finance Q&A” (past sessions have included “how does Bloomberg work” and “an overview of inflation”). Anyone is welcome to join or present and it is a great opportunity for non-Finance focused employees to learn more about the industry.
  • You will have regular 1-1 meetings with your manager and receive regular feedback from them.
  • You will be assigned a mentor who will work closely with you to help learn the skills required to develop the highest quality software, because you will be soon working on important parts of our system.
  • Regular morning “stand up” meetings with your team will allow you to quickly understand what your colleagues are working on, to share your accomplishments and if needed, to request help. You are welcome to join stand ups in other teams to understand what they are working on.
  • Monthly company-wide meetings where you will receive regular updates and insight into our business strategy. This also gives employees the opportunity to ask questions.
  • Everyone at the business is happy to answer any questions you have, and to help you really understand the answer.


What skills, experience and qualifications we require: 

You will be a PhD graduate in a quantitative discipline (e.g.: Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering). Ideally, you will also have some programming experience (C++, C#, python). Knowledge of Machine Learning and optimization or experience of working with big-data would be a plus.


The ideal candidate is genuinely passionate and curious in their approach to learning. You will be able to demonstrate independent problem-solving skills and an ability to apply critical thinking to your work. Whilst you will be given support and guidance from your manager and the team, you will also be expected to operate autonomously.


As important as your technical skills are, we are also looking for candidates who display strong communication skills and who feel comfortable working in an informal, agile environment. We want people to join who are genuinely excited about our technology and have the capability and willingness to grow and learn from their colleagues.


Why work for us:

  • This is a unique opportunity to join a growing FinTech firm which has large ambitions and considers its employees central to its success.
  • As well a commitment to your professional development, we offer the following benefits:
  • Competitive basic salary.
  • Spacious office with plenty of natural light and high ceilings in Shoreditch - the “Silicon Roundabout” area, which is a beacon for start-ups, surrounded by companies such as Google, Amazon, Monzo.
  • Competitive pension scheme.
  • Opportunity to earn a financial stake in the company via our discretionary Options scheme.
  • Regular social events so you can get to know everyone in the company. This includes our “Wednesday Games” club.
  • Cycle to work scheme (tax efficient discount on a new bike and accessories).
  • 25 days holidays (+ the usual public holidays).
  • Our employees have a diverse set of interests and hobbies such as climbing, running, skiing, and we have a weekly “Bake Club”.
  • As an organisation we’re very proud of the mature and accommodating approach we have to our team’s work life balance. We understand and recognise the importance of an agile workforce and therefore wherever possible we will consider flexible working arrangements.  
  • At FINBOURNE Technology we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. If you like the idea of working in a supportive environment surrounded by intelligent and fascinating people, mixing in with both experienced and blossoming minds, and being in a team that cares about its cause, then we’re a good fit. An enduring focus on quality, excellent communication skills and a willingness to take the time to collaborate with, teach and learn from colleagues are key to our company culture.



FINBOURNE Technology was founded in 2016 with the mission to reduce the cost of investing and increase transparency for everyone. We’re doing this by changing the way the world manages investment data with LUSID, our open cloud-based investment data platform and marketplace. LUSID is for everyone in the asset management industry from start-up fund managers to global investment institutions.


7 of us started on this journey and we have now grown to more than 90 people. We’ve taken best practice from the b2c technology world and applied this to a b2b technology world currently stuck on old legacy systems with limitations and lengthy implementation periods. What this means is that LUSID is open, API first and developer friendly – a true first for the asset management industry.  You can see what our team is busy building – we’ve published APIs for all functions publicly, and released Software Development Kits for developers in four languages (C#, Java, Javascript, Python) on Github.


With strong funding behind us and an expanding customer base, we have ambitious growth plans to become the de -facto industry standard for hosting the world’s investment data.  To help us build our open system where individuals and institutions own their own data, we’re looking for talented and creative problem solvers to join our team. We think it’s a pretty exciting place to be right now and we’re always looking for passionate, innovative people to join us on our journey.

Our benefits  

  • Pension: We offer a choice of pension schemes with employer contributions.
  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave: Paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave, which includes 13 weeks full pay for maternity and adoption leave and 6 weeks full pay for paternity leave
  • Cycle to work scheme: Buy a bike and cycling accessories out of your pre-tax salary and spread the cost over 12 months.
  • Performance related pay: Financial rewards which can include a direct route to a financial stake in the company via our discretionary Stock Options scheme
  • Holiday: 25 days holiday plus bank holidays 
  • Flexible and remote working: We have a mature attitude towards flexible and remote working. Whether you’re a night owl, morning person, parent, carer or simply need flexibility to work a different pattern to the norm, we’re committed to helping you be productive and work in a way that is best for you.
  • Learning and training: We run regular internal training sessions on a wide variety of topics. These range from fortnightly Q&A sessions on the finance industry to our weekly code craft club. We also encourage employees to tailor their own development by making use of online learning tools and courses to supplement their on the job training.  
  • Regular company-wide socials: Before lockdown last year, team and company-wide socials happened regularly. These ranged from bowling trips, visits to the science museum, company-wide breakfasts and ski holidays. We hope to resume all of that shortly! Since lockdown we have continued to run social events including online gaming tournaments, quizzes and weekly one to one virtual catch-ups to keep everyone connected!

For more information about us please visit our website.  


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