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 — humanity's most important technology — 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 entrepreneurial program developer and manager to assist research initiatives and support independent research-development labs across multiple disciplines related to or sponsored by the Protocol Labs Network. This includes collaboration building , grant program design and management, intellectual outreach, publication and presentation support, hiring, and related efforts to improve research-development.
Research at Protocol Labs
We’re not an ordinary research lab. We’re working hard to build the core protocols of the decentralized web pursuant to our vision for the future of the Internet. As part of our research team, you’ll be enabling outcomes at the forefront of our mission. Our research team is granted both the freedom to develop knowledge by working on novel applications and a responsibility to contribute those skills toward advancing the flagship projects of Protocol Labs and the research endeavors of leading institutions in the field. Our efforts range from supporting pure basic research to building agile, modular “research-development” labs dedicated to turning cutting-edge research into workable technologies. You’ll feel at home working with us if your knowledge and optimism enable you to craft creative solutions working around evolving needs.
As a Research Program Manager at Protocol Labs you will
- Develop and implement new research initiatives and research groups to advance research in the PL Network’s core domains of interest (consensus, cryptoeconomics, cryptography, networking, metaresearch, and distributed systems)
- Develop and implement innovative research funding programs and research coordination mechanisms, and coordinate public goods research efforts and experiments with the Network Funding team.
- Support researchers and research labs in Network Research and EngRes. This includes managerial responsibilities (1-on-1 meetings with researchers, involvement in cyclical performance reviews and feedback), programmatic improvements, collaboration building, grant program management, and the development of improved scientific tooling.
- Craft Protocol Labs’ presence in the research community by expediting the results-to-dissemination pipeline, providing thought leadership on technological and metaresearch questions, and otherwise improving the visibility and impact of Protocol Labs Research output.
- MA/MS/MSc degree in an engineering, mathematical, or computational discipline
- 2 years experience as a researcher in academia, industry, or government
- Deep interest in scientific research
- Experience coordinating and aligning groups to work toward a common goal
- Excellent communication skills
- An ability to think across research, product, and business considerations
Highly-valued bonus points
- PhD degree in a science or technology field
- Significant coursework in computer science, networking, or distributed systems
- Experience managing or working in distributed research consortia
- Experience applying for and managing research grants
- Knowledge of how research labs are run and funded
- Experience in incentive or mechanism design
About Network Goods
The Network Goods teams (Network Research, Network Funding, and Research Acceleration) work largely asynchronously and remotely via Discord, Slack, Notion, github, and video conference, although we take advantage of regular opportunities to meet in person for work sprints, colloquia, and conferences. Attendance and participation in relevant research meetings, hackathons, workshops, and conferences is also encouraged. We strive to document our decision-making processes in text and default to open and transparent communication and record-keeping wherever possible. We currently use a very flexible github-based Agile process to organize and share our work-in-progress, priorities, and roadmaps. We think in public on the Protocol Labs Research blog and host a lively Research Seminar, Research Saloon, Discord server, and Journal Club, as well as occasional larger research events. We believe intentional development of technology can lead to a better, more empowering world for all of humanity.
If you’re passionate about the future of computing and a more democratized internet, we want to talk to you.
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