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Course Description

Fall 2020

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for Math 700: Directed Reading - Data Science in Quantitative Finance II

This is a two-credit special topics course intended for students in the Master’s Program in Quantitative Finance and Risk Management (Quant Program). The aim of the course is to prepare students in the Quant Program to meet the needs of finance industry employers by providing the students with a theoretical understanding of and practical experience in applying data science concepts as they pertain to financial mathematics. The course will focus on mathematical foundations, practical programming exercises, domain expertise, and technical communication and will be divided into the following content areas:

I. Classical Statistical Learning (Classification, Regression, Support Vector Machine, Nearest Neighbors)

II. Ensemble Learning, Dimensionality Reduction

III. Neural Networks, Deep Networks

IV. Model Interpretability, Feature Importance, Feature Reduction

Course content will be taught across two terms (Winter 2020 and Fall 2020), with 2 credits earned each term, and will culminate in students’ completion of a final project at the end of the second semester. This position will be the GSI for the second half of the course. Being a GSI for this course gives you the unique opportunity to work under the primary instruction of a current industry professional who specializes in machine learning in quantitative finance. The GSI will lead regular instruction on Fridays from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM, while the primary instructor will lead instruction on select weekends (Fridays 12:00 PM- 1:30 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM)


This is a 50% GSI position. The anticipated workload is 16.5 to 20 hours per week. The GSI will work closely with the instructor on all facets of the course in order to help meet student needs. Duties include but are not limited to the following: facilitate weekly class meetings, collaborate with instructor to support the creation of course materials, prepare and deliver some lessons, hold weekly office hours, assist with grading of homework and projects, communicate with instructor regularly, administrative tasks (copying, etc.)

Required Qualifications*

Graduate student in good standing in the University

Previous experience as a GSI, with favorable student evaluations

Graduate level coursework in machine and/or statistical learning

Graduate level coursework in computer science and programming (Python)

Desired Qualifications*

PhD student in Computer Science, Statistics, or Mathematics

Research and/or significant project experience in machine learning and/or statistical learning

Significant project experience in Python

Coursework or demonstrated interest in financial engineering or financial mathematics

Contact Information

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Decision Making Process

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Selection Process

Selection Criteria will include:

- Relevant academic preparation for teaching the course material

- Extent of prior instructional experience

- Relevance to graduate training

GEO Contract Information

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Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an employee does not receive their preferred assignment, they can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

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