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NLP Engineer, Trading



Software Engineering
United States
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024

Founded in 2020, Nascent exists to build, expand, and capture opportunity, in open markets and permissionless technologies. Building from a base of permanent capital, we deploy assets across a range of both liquid and long-term strategies that ensure we are among the most active users of the open financial system we are helping to build. We've made venture investments in 50+ early-stage teams that we believe have the potential to create substantive change, expand boundaries, and find new horizons. We are consistently on the hunt for the most competitive and curious minds exploring the edges of the crypto ecosystem and leverage our hyper flexible structure to accelerate ideas into fully deployed strategies.

We are looking for a NLP Engineer, Trading to join our team. In this role, you will work closely with our traders, engineers and data scientists to design, develop, and implement NLP models and algorithms. This role is end-to-end, involving R&D of machine learning models as well as engineering of production systems for the deployment and operation of multiple models and data pipelines.

You will have the opportunity to work on exciting projects, contribute to the development of innovative products, and grow your skills in a collaborative and supportive environment. You'll be an engineer, working in a trading environment - success in this role requires a competitive edge, strong instincts and conviction in decision making.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Experiment with model architecture and improve training techniques
  • Analyze current signal detection methods, refine algorithms, and validate improvements on historical data
  • Design new NLP algorithms, test at scale, and optimize for production deployment
  • Optimize model deployment, utilize cloud or local GPU resources, and consider quantization and other speedups for open source LLMs
  • Evaluate and fine-tune models to improve performance and accuracy
  • Participate in code reviews and contribute to the improvement of development processes


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Machine Learning, Data Science, or a related field (or equivalent experience)
  • Solid understanding of Natural Language Processing concepts and techniques
  • High level competency in Python. Other programming languages are a plus
  • Familiarity with ML/NLP libraries and frameworks (e.g., Transformers, PyTorch, TensorFlow, Keras)
  • Basic knowledge of machine learning algorithms and principles
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities
  • Eagerness to learn and adapt to new technologies and challenges
  • Familiarity with version control systems (e.g., Git)
  • Familiarity with devops tools like Docker, AWS, Terraform and Kubernetes

Our Team & Culture

At Nascent, we are an interdisciplinary team of investors, builders & creators, capable of achieving more together than we can as individuals. We offer the opportunity to contribute to building the future global economic system with a world-class team and culture that pairs the freedom to explore, experiment & play with a competitive drive to win. We invest in our people by providing the autonomy to build, coupled with accountability & honest feedback to help learn, grow, perform & win. We’re a fully distributed team that understands the value of in-person time—we host two team retreats per year and encourage team members to come together for more frequent in-person work.

Principles that drive our team & work

  • Compete to win
  • Own your shit
  • Explore, experiment, play
  • Always be building
  • Seek and speak truth

What We Offer

At Nascent, we offer a competitive total compensation package heavily weighted toward bonus, ensuring that when we perform at our best and the firm wins we all win.

  • The opportunity to learn, experiment and build in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Remote and distributed working environment
  • Comprehensive health benefits package including dental, vision, and life
  • 16 weeks fully paid parental leave & supported return to work
  • Home office setup and stipend or coworking space and wellness stipend
  • Retirement plan matching contributions
  • Open vacation policy as well as flexible work hours and location
  • Team activities and bi-annual in-person team retreats

We are an equal opportunity employer and celebrate diversity and differences of perspectives. We do not discriminate on the basis of any status, inclusive of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.