Junior Network Engineer

Chicago, IL

About Akuna:

Akuna Capital is an innovative trading firm with a strong focus on collaboration, cutting-edge technology, data driven solutions and automation. We specialize in providing liquidity as an options market-maker – meaning we are committed to providing competitive quotes that we are willing to both buy and sell. To do this successfully we design and implement our own low latency technologies, trading strategies and mathematical models.

Our Founding Partners, including Akuna’s CEO Andrew Killion, first conceptualized Akuna in their hometown of Sydney. They opened the firm’s first office in 2011 in the heart of the derivatives industry and the options capital of the world – Chicago. Today, Akuna is proud to operate from additional offices in Sydney, Shanghai, and Boston.

What you’ll do as a Junior Network Engineer at Akuna:   

We are seeking a Junior Network Engineer to join Akuna’s innovative and growing IT Infrastructure team. The ideal candidate is likely to have received a college degree with a focus in network design, or equivalent experience. Candidates must be self-motivated, demonstrate excellent multitasking skills, and should be comfortable working in a fast-paced, state-of-the-art electronic trading environment. In this role, you will:

  • Collaborate with our Trading, IT Infrastructure, and Development teams to configure and troubleshoot the network infrastructure
  • Provide day-to-day support of network and application environments including port configuration and cabling
  • Provide evening and weekend support and maintenance, as well as travel to data centers as required
  • Work closely with other infrastructure engineers to evaluate current and new technology, and improve all aspects of our infrastructure
  • Work together with senior team members to analyze business requirements, and design, implement, and manage an effective (WAN/LAN) network that supports our current domestic and global trading platform
  • Work with network providers to ensure that the trading infrastructure remains stable, competitive and cost-effective
  • Document and focus on automation of all day-to-day operations

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • 1 - 2 years of network engineering experience in a professional environment
  • Understanding of TCP/IP and the OSI stack
  • Understanding of routing protocols (BGP, OSPF)
  • Some experience working with either Juniper, Arista or Cisco
  • Understanding of switching, firewalls, STP, VLANs, VPNs, Trunks, ACLs, multicast routing (IGMP, PIM)
  • Familiarity dealing with multiple vendors
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or a related field

Extra Points For:

  • Experience performing network traffic and protocol analysis using standard industry tools (Wireshark, tcpdump)
  • Basic understanding of Linux/Unix
  • Desire to obtain a CCNA or CCNP
  • Scripting language (such as Python) experience
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