JS IPFS and libp2p Systems Engineer

Protocol Labs

About Protocol Labs

Protocol Labs drives breakthroughs in computing to push humanity forward. Protocol Labs is a product-development lab, but behind the protocols and tools we build, behind the research and implementations, are passionate people, teammates, and community members. Most teams in the Protocol Labs Network are fully distributed and work remotely around the world. Engineers, researchers, and operators work in the open to improve the internet โ€” humanity's most important technology โ€” as we explore new advances at the intersection of many exciting fields (web3, cryptography, networks, distributed systems) and cultures (startups, research, open-source, distributed work).

Key Summary

We seek talented engineers that have a fiery passion to build foundational infrastructure and want the Web Platform to become the DWeb Platform.

JavaScript Systems Engineering at Protocol Labs

Systems Engineering lies at the core of many projects at Protocol Labs, next to Research and Distributed Systems. JavaScript Systems Engineering sits on the front line of pushing the DWeb forward by building the implementation that will enable JS environments like browsers, Node, Deno, Electron, etc. to be fully capable nodes on the IPFS network.This requires rigorous engineering from protocol design through all the phases of implementation. We strike a balance between pragmatism, deeply informed protocol design, and strict application of strong engineering principles. All of this happens in an environment defined by curiosity, passion, and a love for open source.

We believe in an Open Source and Open Collaboration approach to creation. We keep our egos checked at the door and work as a team to tackle the many hard engineering challenges required to Upgrade the Web.

As JavaScript Systems Engineer at Protocol Labs for the IPFS project you willโ€ฆ

  • Develop the JavaScript implementations of the IPFS protocol and libp2p library that shape how developers and users will experience the DWeb
  • Identify and resolve performance and scalability issues for a complete P2P Stack and Distributed File-System
  • Work with a fast growing community of open source contributors that are excited and want to help the IPFS and libp2p projects
  • Participate in the design of the protocols used in IPFS, give recommendations and lead the implementation of new innovations throughout the stack
  • Engage and educate the community, from users to contributors
  • Contribute on Open Source code repositories
  • Develop robust, reusable and maintainable JavaScript code

You can learn more at https://github.com/ipfs/ipfs , https://github.com/ipfs/in-web-browsers , and https://github.com/libp2p/libp2p . You can also find us on IPFS Discord in #ipfs-dev and #libp2p-dev.

You may be a fit for this role if you have....

  • A solid understanding and experience of coding in JavaScript/TypeScript
  • Experience building applications in the browser, on the server in Node.js, and/or in Electron.
  • Experience contributing to Open Source projects
  • Services like Github and/or Gitlab are no stranger to you.
  • Creativity that you bring to solve unique technical problems.
  • Flexibility that allows you to adapt to quickly evolving requirements.
  • Self-starter and ability to work asynchronously with a distributed team
  • Ability to work effectively in a remote environment and manage your workload efficiently
  • A good understanding of distributed systems principles
  • Excellent written and verbal english communication skills
  • A good understanding of the Web Application Model
  • Familiarity with cryptographic principles and practices
  • Deep understanding of network protocols

Bonus Points

  • Experience leading and guiding Open Source projects
  • Experience implementing distributed software systems and applications that overcome the challenges of p2p networking
  • Experience building peer-to-peer applications
  • Have built systems that serve millions of users everyday
  • Maintained high profile Open Source projects
  • B.Sc, M.Sc and/or PhD degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Have contributed or used IPFS/libp2p before and are already deeply familiar with the stack
  • Proficiency at tuning network applications for high and low bandwidth settings



Whatโ€™s it like to work at Protocol Labs?
Protocol Labs' mission is to improve humanityโ€™s most important technology, the Internet. We build protocols, systems, and tools to improve how it works. Today, we are focused on how we store, locate, and move information. Our projects include IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, and more.
As a distributed team, we hire anywhere in the world, and at various levels of experience (entry, senior, staff). We look for people with unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds.
We have a great benefits package, including parental leave, contributions to your retirement, competitive pay, and unlimited time off. For U.S.-based employees, we also provide platinum-level health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family.

If youโ€™re passionate about the future of computing and a more democratized internet, we want to talk to you.

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