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Index Quantitative Researcher

Climate and Index Products | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

About Gro:

Gro Intelligence is tackling two of the biggest problems facing the world today: food security and climate change. We understand and quantify the complex interplay between food, weather, trade, agriculture, and macroeconomic conditions in a world upended by climate change, a growing population, and more. The team at Gro has built a platform that allows businesses, non-profits, and governments to better plan for and adapt to these changes. With offices in both Nairobi and New York, Gro has the financial backing of prominent investors such as TPG Growth, Intel Capital, Data Collective, and GGV. Gro is a diverse, intellectually curious team of technologists, scientists, and business professionals united by a shared commitment to build AI that addresses agriculture, food, and our climate on the most fundamental level.

What You'll Do:

  • Primary responsibility will be to support the development of several indices tied to climate change

  • Conduct quantitative research to create or improve index designs focused on desirable statistical properties, continuity, scale consistency, and representative response to underlying ground truth

  • Working closely with product and engineering teams in the design and implementation of robust financial indices based on geospatial environmental data

  • Act as an “internal customer” for Gro Indices implementing research projects of personal interest as an ongoing test of index robustness and applicability 

  • Collaborating with the business development team on bespoke client projects

What We're Looking For:

  • 3+ years of relevant quantitative research experience in the Index space.  This could include a financial index company, an econometric / index team at the BLS or FED, an index product group at a bank, or an index arbitrage hedge fund  

  • Strong math and statistics background

  • Familiarity with modern programming languages and tools

  • Advanced Degree in a technical field including but not limited to Statistics, Mathematics, Physics, Econometrics, and Computer Science

  • Exceptional written, oral, and presentation abilities

  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills

  • Ability to perform and synthesize quantitative and qualitative analyses

  • Comfort with working with large volumes of data

  • Ability to work independently against tight deadlines

  • Ability to work collaboratively with team members across functional roles and strong communication skills

Great to Have but Not Required::

  • Experience / interest with climate data or climate science


  • Dynamic, mission-driven, startup environment with a warm and people-centric culture
  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive healthcare benefits
  • Flexible time-off and support for working parents


Gro was founded in 2014 and currently has offices in Nairobi and New York City. The company was built on diversity and the knowledge that artificial intelligence is only as good as the human intelligence behind it. Gro’s team represents the world it is modeling. At the company, we speak more than 27 languages and we comprise a wide range of experts, from agronomists and crop scientists, to mathematicians, engineers, data scientists, market research analysts, designers, historians, and philosophers. Our culture fosters collaboration between people of extremely different backgrounds that allows us to accomplish things that would otherwise seem impossible. 

Gro Intelligence is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants regardless of color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, actual or presumed belonging to an ethnic group, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.