DFINITY is looking for a researcher specialized in applied cryptography for identity and credential management systems, with applications in the blockchain area. The role is to design and analyze practical protocols with provable guarantees, and to contribute to the design of a practical identity management system built on the Internet Computer Protocol. We offer a flexible work style with the chance to work in a very dynamic team alongside talented people from all around the world.


  • Conduct research in identity and credential management systems, and their application in the blockchain ecosystem
  • Deliver quality research paper(s) along with good internal documentation and proof of concept codes
  • Participate in software architecture decisions and provide consultation to the engineering team
  • Represent the project in academic and industry conferences and share technical information with the public
  • Review technical pre-prints and manuscripts related to blockchain technology


  • Strong knowledge and experience in applied cryptography, especially verifiable/anonymous credentials
  • Extensive experience with identity management
  • Extensive experience with designing cryptographic primitives and protocols
  • Extensive experience with blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies
  • Experience in software engineering, coding in Rust is a plus
  • PhD degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Experience post-PhD as a professor, postdoctoral researcher or industry researcher is a plus
  • An excellent record of peer-reviewed publications

* Please note that this role requires in-office work from our amazing office in Zurich 3 days per week

About DFINITY and the Internet Computer:

The Internet Computer is the fastest and only infinitely scalable general-purpose blockchain — incubated and launched by the DFINITY Foundation in May 2021. A team of over 200 world-renowned cryptographers, distributed systems engineers, and programming language experts have taken on the massive technological challenge of building, maintaining, and continuously improving a ‘world computer’ powerful enough to host Web3 dApps, DeFi, games, NFTs, social media, and metaverse projects.

DFINITY was founded in 2016 by entrepreneur and crypto theoretician, Dominic Williams, and attracted interest and financial contributions from early members of the Ethereum community. Later, top-tier institutions such as Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain Capital, and SV Angel backed the Internet Computer in a collective effort to help build out Web3.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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