Applied Researcher - Distributed Systems

with the Protocol Engineering Groups and Systems team at Consensys

Sydney/Australia, Remote

The work of the Protocol Engineering Groups and Systems R&D team spans all layers of the tech stack for the Ethereum blockchain. Our work covers both public chain and enterprise, including crypto-economics, consensus, networking, storage, cryptography and virtual machine operations. Some of the challenges we have been focusing on include scalability, privacy, permissioning, and robustness — and there are plenty of other areas we’d like to be working on.

Our path to success lies in working closely with other teams within ConsenSys as well as outside parties including the Ethereum Foundation, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, academia and other members of the wider Ethereum ecosystem. The goal of our research is not primarily academic, but is directed towards improving and evolving the Ethereum platform for all stakeholders.

The Role

We are seeking applied researchers from a variety of backgrounds who are able to think deeply and creatively about protocol-level blockchain challenges and translate that work into practical outputs for PegaSys, enterprises seeking to use Ethereum and the wider blockchain community. Areas in which we are working include, but are by no means limited to: 

  • Consensus protocols
  • Scalability techniques
  • Formal methods
  • Gossip protocols and peer-to-peer protocols more in general
  • Applications of Cryptography
  • Zero-knowledge-proofs
  • Blockchain privacy protocols and permissioning
  • Game theory and cryptoeconomic design

The Profile We’re Seeking

  • Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics Master degree. PhD is a bonus.
  • Strong familiarity with advanced computer science and mathematical concepts
  • Expertise in using formal methods especially in the context of analysing distributed systems
  • Capable of articulating theories and related proof in a language suitable for scientific publication. Track record of previous scientific publications is a bonus.
  • Well versed in analysing existing code in a number of languages including Java, Go, Rust, etc.
  • Capable of deep and creative thinking.
  • Have a drive for excellence and quality
  • Passionate about blockchain consensus protocol research and blockchain technology in general
  • Previous experience either in leading small/medium teams or as member of well-functioning self-organising teams.
  • Flexible and ever learning, and willing to broaden your expertise to other areas.
  • Willing collaborator: swift to seek support and advice; equally ready to give support and advice to others.
  • Keen communicator, eager to share your work in a wide variety of contexts, possibly including public and internal presentations, written articles and papers.
  • Comfortable with working remotely, and will make progress without supervision while proactively keeping in contact with other remote collaborators.
  • Able to manage the uncertainties and ambiguities associated with working in a remote-first, distributed, decentralised environment.

About ConsenSys

ConsenSys is focused on building and scaling tools and software products for the Ethereum blockchain. Our mission is to use these solutions to empower decentralized networks for social, political, and business related use cases.

Our teams are busy at work building the future of identity, financial markets, commerce, security and infrastructure, and more. If you are someone that thrives in a fast-paced environment where being self-directed, determined, and resilient are a requirement, we would love for you to join us.

About PegaSys:

The Protocol Engineering Group (PegaSys) team within ConsenSys creates and contributes to the software which operates Ethereum networks from the public chain to enterprise ecosystems. PegaSys is on a mission to enable the decentralized future by building a next-generation enterprise-grade blockchain platform.

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