I've recently been offered a couple of jobs for assistant/trainee trader with SIG, IMC and, on a different note, a cancer research group (as a senior researcher). The cancer research group pays about the same as the base for the trading jobs and my skills are extremely valuable. I was wondering how pay increases for places like SIG/IMC as a trader after a couple of years and if I ask, will they give me a realistic answer? I'm *incredibly* interested in trading and would jump at the jobs if it weren't for this particular research job (world class team that has made huge *real* progress). Any comments would be greatly appreciated.