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Quantitative analyst at BBVA

I completed my PhD in Physics in Valencia with professor E. Oset. After that, I decided to leave the academic world and to work in a private company. My first job was as a progressive lens designer at INDO, where I worked for three years. After that, I decided to move to the banking sector, where I'm working now. I work as CVA quantitative analyst at BBVA. A quantitative analyst (“quant” from now on) is in charge of pricing exotic derivatives and giving hedging strategies to cover the market risks associated to them. I will try to briefly explain what is this about. Continue reading Quantitative analyst at BBVA

COBOL programmer

Shortly after finishing the undergrad in Physics, I found a programming job offer that did not require any previous experience. In my resumé I did not have much to write apart from my undergrad, and so I sent them an application. In the interview I asked about the specific programming language and I have to recognize I had never heard about COBOL (COmmon Business-Oriented Language). I didn’t have any problem in saying it to my interviewer and she did not have either any problem in offering me the job. Continue reading COBOL programmer

Project engineer at GMV

In the early days, GMV focused on the space and defense industry, in fields like the mission analysis, flight dynamics, control centers, simulation or satellite navigation. Nowadays its market is wider and includes consulting and engineering services, software and hardware development, system integration and operations support. In practice it has become a standard software consulting company. Continue reading Project engineer at GMV

University IT-manager

Reading the previous posts, I have realized how (relatively) old I am and how hard is to summarize 24 years of work experience (or I should better say burden).

Traffic engineering.-

After graduating in physics in 1986, and following a professor advice,  I had an interview with Electronic Traffic S.A. (ETRA S.A.) and on August 1st of the same year I started working in the R&D division of this Spanish company based in Valencia dealing in traffic control systems production. Continue reading University IT-manager

Software developer for satellite control

Since the Soviet Union put Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite in history, into orbit in 1957, we haven’t stopped launching new models of satellite with diverse uses into space. It is estimated that there are hundreds of satellites currently in operation and that thousands have been put into orbit over the last 50 years. Continue reading Software developer for satellite control

Professor in private university

Hi everyone.

This work, as in any university, involves teaching and research. In my case there are few physicist coworkers, due to the degree courses that this university offers. Precisely because of this, although people graduated in this university are usually preferred as professors, in the case of physicists the easier way is to get the PhD in a university where the undergrad in Physics is offered. Continue reading Professor in private university

Market researcher

I studied physics in Valencia and then worked for 4 years at Arbora&Ausonia, the Procter&Gamble joint venture that produces and markets in Spain brands such as Evax (sanitary pads) and Dodot (children diapers). I was responsible for market and consumers research for diaper products. I resigned from that position when I obtained a grant from the foundation La Caixa for an MBA at CEIBS (China Europe International Business School), which is my current occupation. Continue reading Market researcher