Research Scientist, CryptoNetLab

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 (crypto, networks, distributed systems) and cultures (startups, research, open-source, distributed work).

Seeking an experienced cryptographer to help us research and develop state of the art cryptosystems to upgrade the internet.

Research at Protocol Labs

This isn't an ordinary Research Scientist position. Your expertise is mostly driven by both a hunger to learn and a need to work toward solving important problems. Our research scientists are granted both the freedom to develop their knowledge by working on novel applications, and a responsibility to contribute those skills toward advancing the flagship projects of Protocol Labs. Youโ€™ll feel at home working with us if your knowledge and optimism enables you to name a few unusual possible approaches when youโ€™re first presented with a problem that people often consider intractable.

We see cryptography often acting as the last line of defense in a world thatโ€™s rife with malicious actors. We examine a broad spectrum of potential projects, like Filecoin, that rely on providing various cryptographic guarantees to users. Achieving these guarantees in practice often requires drawing from or advancing the frontiers of cryptographic protocols. As a result, we seek cryptographers who can discover, conceive, incorporate, and implement new techniques.

As a Research Scientist at CryptoNetLab, you will...

  • Participate in cutting-edge research in cryptography and blockchain technology.
  • Develop novel systems and protocols while studying and learning from existing ones.
  • Work with the development team on turning research into implementations.
  • Work with external teams to oversee development and maintenance of cryptographic libraries.

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

  • MS or PhD degree in Computer Science or Mathematics with an emphasis on developing and implementing cryptographic protocols, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience contributing to research communities and/or efforts, including publishing papers at conferences.

Bonus Points

  • You have a record of demonstrating state-of-the-art innovation in cryptography with a proven publication record or project history.
  • *Potentially including but not limited to authenticated data structures, elliptic curve pairings, authenticated encryption, graph traversals, pebblings games, and zero knowledge proofs.
  • You have demonstrated the ability to design and execute on a research agenda.
  • You have experience setting up and managing research collaborations or contractors.
  • Youโ€™ve implemented novel crypto and would feel comfortable overseeing others doing the same.
  • You believe that you donโ€™t understand something until you can explain it to a six-year-old, and your experience mentoring or writing technical explainers or blog posts demonstrates that you test your understanding against this metric.
  • You have programming experience and proficiency in one or more of the following: Go, Rust, JavaScript, C, C++, Haskell, OCaml.
  • You have dice specifically for generating hand-crafted, artisanal entropy.

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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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