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Research Associate, Asia Equities

Bridgewater Associates

Bridgewater Associates

North Aurora, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

About Bridgewater

Bridgewater Associates is a premier asset management firm, focused on delivering unique insight and partnership for the most sophisticated global institutional investors. Our investment process is driven by a tireless pursuit to understand how the world’s markets and economies work — using cutting edge technology to validate and execute on timeless and universal investment principles.

Founded in 1975, we are a community of independent thinkers who share a commitment for excellence. By fostering a culture of openness, transparency, and inclusion, we strive to unlock the most complex questions in investment strategy, management, and corporate culture.

Explore more information about Bridgewater on our website here.

Our Culture

Bridgewater’s unique success is the direct result of our unique way of being. We want an idea meritocracy in which meaningful work and meaningful relationships are pursued through radical truth and radical transparency. We require people to be extremely open, air disagreements, test each other’s logic, and view discovering mistakes and weaknesses as a good thing that leads to improvement and innovation. It is by continually striving together for the highest levels of truth and excellence that we create meaningful work and meaningful relationships.

Explore more information about Bridgewater’s culture on our website here.

About the Team

The Asia Equities Team is starting a multiyear journey to improve our understanding of Asian economies and markets and build new portfolio solutions, with a focus on China. The team offers a unique opportunity to be in early-stage research at a large and established fund, join an entrepreneurial environment, shape the business, and drive impact.

About the Role

This person will play a vital role on the team by owning and evolving our China data concepts and working on research and systemization projects. This person’s work will deepen our understanding of the Chinese macroeconomy and equity market and improve our systematic investment management processes. Given the flat structure of the team, you’ll also get exposure to the investment thinking of some of the most senior investors at the firm and participate in market and portfolio discussions.

You will own the following responsibilities:

  • Source new China-specific datasets and design systematic tests to determine their usefulness against our biggest research and portfolio management priorities
  • Engineer fit-for-purpose data concepts for use in our systematic investment processes
  • Develop systematic investment research and trading strategies
  • Create systematic visualizations and diagnostics of our data universe to monitor equity fundamentals and market action
  • Oversee and improve data systems that feed our systematic investment management processes

You will be a click for the role with:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in asset management, investment banking, independent or sell-side equity research, equity data, or data science; or in quantitative risk or equities trading
  • Must be proficient in working with Chinese data sets and data/analytical platforms such as WIND
  • Native Chinese proficiency
  • Experience with highly dimensional timeseries and cross-sectional datasets
  • Scripting/functional programming knowledge – primarily Python or R, Scala a plus
  • Intellectual curiosity & ability to get deep into the details to crack tough problems
  • Desire to take initiative and deliver project work with a high degree of independence
  • Excitement about being on a fast-moving, entrepreneurial team with high ambitions for impact across equity strategies
  • Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Deep interest in the Chinese economy and markets

Physical Requirements

For most of our roles, Bridgewater offers remote work flexibility, with most employees required to work in our Westport office a minimum of two days (and in some cases three days) per week, with the option to work offsite on other days.

Why Choose Bridgewater?

It takes all types to make Bridgewater great. We bring together a diverse group of innovative thinkers and push them to engage in rigorous and thoughtful inquiry. We develop people through an honest examination of their abilities and performance, enabling personal growth and professional development. We strive to provide you opportunities that will challenge you and unlock your potential.

In this role, you will grow with us by:

  • Taking ownership of increasingly complex systems and processes.
  • Taking on oversight and mentorship responsibilities to grow talent as you gain experience.
  • Opportunities to grow your career across Bridgewater depending on your strengths, weaknesses, and experience.

Compensation Band:

The expected annual base salary for this position is $150,000 - $250,000. The total compensation package includes variable compensation in the form of a discretionary target bonus.


One of our core priorities at Bridgewater is to enable our employees to build a great life and career, and we believe our benefits are an important extension of that philosophy. As such, currently Bridgewater offers a competitive suite of benefits including:

  • Health insurance with 100% premium covered and access to additional concierge medical services
  • 401(k) plan with generous employer match
  • Paid time off, including fully paid parental leave and a competitive PTO package
  • Workplace flexibility and access to back up childcare
  • Financial assistance for family building support, including adoption and egg freezing
  • Workplace wellness, including on-site gyms, free meals and healthy snacks, and meditation rooms
  • An engaged and active community that includes many company events, affinity networks, and extracurricular interest groups.
  • For a full list of Bridgewater benefits, click here.

Bridgewater reserves the right to change its current benefits program at any time, in a manner that is consistent with applicable federal and state regulations.

This job description is not a contract and confers no contractual rights, privileges, or benefits on any applicant or potential applicant. Bridgewater has the right to change any and all terms of this job description, including, but not limited to, job responsibilities, qualifications and benefits. Nothing in this job description constitutes an offer or guarantee of employment. Please note that we do provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

Bridgewater Associates, LP is an Equal Opportunity Employer