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).
We are seeking an experienced and self-motivated distributed systems engineer to join us in building global-scale decentralized systems.
ConsensusLab is a research group in Protocol Labs Research that focuses on consensus and related distributed computing problems that lie at the heart of decentralized systems. We explore fundamental problems of coordination, consistency, and scalability, and help engineering teams by addressing key bottlenecks in operational systems and networks (such as Filecoin, IPFS and libp2p).We collaborate with academia and the wider open-source community to deliver world-class research in understanding how decentralized systems scale and interconnect.
We are hiring a Research Engineer who wants to help realise our shared vision. The engineer will participate in designing new protocols, and subsequently prototyping and evaluating them. The work will also extend into the adjacent, including testing and identifying problems with existing production systems, surveying academic literature, contributing to written publications, and delivering production-ready modules to project teams.
Research at Protocol Labs
Our research scientists and engineers 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.
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 research and engineering challenges required to make systems resilient.
As Research Engineer at ConsensusLab you will…
- Participate in cutting-edge research in distributed systems
- Develop novel consensus mechanisms and protocols
- Validate proposals through prototypes and proofs of concept
- Develop prototypes into production-ready implementations
- Quantify performance, security, and other properties of existing and proposed systems
- Apply engineering rigor, craftsmanship, and structure to research
- Collaborate with the broader research and open-source community
- Write up, publish, and present your findings at community events
- Work in a fully asynchronous and remote team
You may be a fit for this role if you have...
- MSc degree in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent practical experience
- 4+ years of experience as a research or software engineer
- Experience with fault-tolerant consensus protocols and/or formal verification
- Proficiency in one or more of Go, Rust, C, C++, Haskell, OCaml
- Systems architecture and engineering skills with previous proven experience
- Experience evaluating and tuning the performance of large-scale distributed systems
- Drive and ability to lift new software projects single-handedly when necessary
- Strong analytical, problem solving, and communication skills
- Pragmatic get-it-done attitude and the ability to provide and receive feedback
- PhD degree in a relevant topic, or equivalent experience in a research role
- Experience in formal verification of distributed systems
- Previous contributions to open-source projects
- Experience with one or more of distributed data structures, CRDTs, distributed execution, distributed file systems, distributed databases
- Previous involvement with Protocol Labs projects (e.g. Filecoin, IPFS, or libp2p)
- Proven ability to develop robust, reusable, and maintainable code
- Experience setting up or managing collaborations or contractors
- A history of publishing peer-reviewed papers in relevant fields
If you’re passionate about the future of computing and a more democratized internet, we want to talk to you.
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