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Senior Researcher Fintech Engagement at University of Chicago

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Unit Job Summary: Senior Researcher, FinTech Engagement

The Senior Researcher, FinTech Engagement focuses on the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s work to further develop its research and educational programming to fit this fast-changing sector. The Senior Researcher, FinTech Platform Engagement would have responsibilities in two major areas: research on FinTech platforms and developing programming for FinTech education and networking.

The position has some flexibility of daily schedule but will begin in December 2016 and run through April 2017 and is limited to approximately 700 total hours under the contract.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Support for Research on FinTech Platforms

The 2017 Alternative Finance in the Americas Benchmarking reporting will be the second comprehensive survey of the fast-changing online alternative finance market in the Americas. The survey will be conducted by the Polsky Center and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School with the support of CME Group Foundation. This effort is led by E.J. Reedy, Director at the Polsky Center, with faculty advisor Randy Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics. (See inaugural report: Breaking New Ground: The Americas Alternative Finance Benchmarking Report.)

The Polsky Center is seeking outgoing and persuasive candidates who are interested in bringing rigor and analysis to the emerging alternative finance industry. Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Reviewing relevant websites and materials from the industry to identify potential survey participants and relevant trends
  • Working with potential survey participants to collect data responses
  • Statistical analysis of primary and secondary data
  • Preparation of memos, tables and graphs based on findings
  • Assisting in all aspects of collection on the 2017 Alternative Finance in the Americas report

Support for FinTech Educational Programming and Networking

The Polsky Exchange fosters innovation and commercialization through 34,000 square feet of shared co-working space, a state of the art Fab Lab, and a full calendar of programming and workshops designed to help entrepreneurs translate their ideas and technologies into startups. During 2016-2017, the Polsky Exchange is focusing on building out a new industry vertical in programming and support related to FinTech.

The Polsky Center is seeking outgoing and persuasive candidates whose duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Networking with local/regional FinTech ecosystems to better connect resources internally and externally.
  • Develop and lead 1 to 2 potential programming events related to topics that could include blockchain, alternative credit and unstructured data.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Business, Finance, or Economics-related field, preferred
  • Experience working in FinTech or entrepreneurship strongly preferred
  • Experience working with survey research
  • Outstanding interpersonal, critical reasoning, analytic, and writing skills
  • Strong problem solving capability
  • The ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, both independently and in project teams
  • Strong proficiency with MS Office software
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred

Application

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to E.J. Reedy at ereedy0 @ chicagobooth.edu.

About the author

George Popescu

Serial entrepreneur.

George sold and exited his most successful company, Boston Technologies (BT) group, in 2014. BT was a technology, market maker, high-frequency trading and inter-broker broker-dealer in the FX Spot, precious metals and CFDs space company. George was the Founder and CEO and he boot-strapped from $0 to a $20+ million in revenue without any equity investment. BT has been #1 fastest growing company in Boston in 2011 according to the Boston Business Journal and the only company being in top 10 fastest in 2012-13 as it was #5 in 2012. BT has been on the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing companies in the US for 4 years in a row ( #143, #373, #897 and #1270). After the company sale in July 2014 until February 2015 George was Head-of-Strategy for Currency Mountain ( www.currencymountain.com ), a USD 100 million+ holding company focused on retail and medium institutional currencies, precious metals, stocks, fixed income and commodities businesses.

• Over the last 10 years, George founded 10 companies in online lending, craft beer brewery, exotic sports car rental space, hedge funds, peer-reviewed scientific journal ( Journal of Cellular and Molecular medicine…) and more. George advised 30+ early stage start-ups in different fields. George was also a mentor at MIT’s Venture Mentoring Services and Techstar Fintech in NY.

• Previously George obtained 3 Master's Degrees: a Master's of Science from MIT working on 3D printing, a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Supelec, France and a Master's in Nanosciences from Paris XI University. Previously he worked as a visiting scientist at MIT in Bio-engineering for 2 years. George had 3 undergrad majors: Maths, Physics and Chemistry. His scientific career led to about 10 publications and patents.

• On the business side, Boston Business Journal has named me in the top 40 under 40 in 2012 in recognition of his business achievements.

• George is originally from Romania and grew up in Paris, France.

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