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 (web3, cryptography, networks, distributed systems) and cultures (startups, research, open-source, distributed work).

Protocol Labs is committed to meeting all candidates where they are and providing the best support we can during the interview and onboarding process.  This is for all applicants whether you are displaced by conflict, a digital nomad, living internationally, or just seeking a career change.  A key feature of Protocol Labs’ global, distributed, remote community: interviews and work hours are scheduled to meet the applicant's needs.

By applying to this job post your background will be reviewed quickly and matched to the appropriate role based on your experience.  Once matched, a recruiter will reach out to you to understand your background and set the interview process. If hired, you can be considered as  a part time or full time employee, or consultant and we will work with you on the best methods of payment. We will work on a case by case basis to offer immigration support to you and your direct family.

We are hiring Software Engineers across many different teams and projects and are encouraging inclusion of candidates who have been impacted by the Ukrainian crisis to be considered with all other candidates.  By applying through this posting our team will work to match you specifically with the appropriate internal opportunities, based on your qualifications.

We are currently hiring Software Engineers for many teams with any or multiple of the following areas of focus:

As a Software Engineer at Protocol Labs, you may have the ability to ...

  • Build the next generation of peer-to-peer software, working on open source projects such as IPFS, Filecoin, Drand, and libp2p
  • Contribute to steering and maintenance of the implementations of IPFS, Filecoin, Drand, libp2p and similar open source projects
  • Create or maintain software libraries and programs depended on by other systems and applications
  • Engage and educate the community, from users to contributors
  • Lead and develop more junior engineers, and provide guidance and review for open source contributors around the world
  • Design, develop, and maintain infrastructure to power large-scale, massively distributed, fault-tolerant services while ensuring the highest security standards.
  • Work with standard tools to monitor and inspect the different deployments -- choosing and creating tooling to quickly assess health, evolution, and any adjustments needed.
  • Work alongside a cross-functional team including software design & development, product management, and ecosystem engineers. Provide technical leadership, support, and best-practices to stakeholders across the PL Network (inside/outside the org).
  • Support launch of new products & services by participating in system design, building and deploying software-defined infrastructure, capacity planning, and operational readiness. 
  • Study, design, and propose improvements to the underlying cryptographic primitives of IPFS, libp2p, Filecoin, and other projects.
  • Validate design proposals through experiments and/or proofs-of-concept.
  • Develop prototypes into production-ready implementations.
  • Work in a fully asynchronous and remote team.

You may be a fit for this role if you have any of the following and more is better....

  • BS/MS in Data Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Network Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related field, or extensive practical experience.
  • Significant experience building applications using Go, Rust, JavaScript, C, C++, OpenCL, Cuda, x86 Assembly or related languages
  • Have experience deploying production-grade infrastructure in an automated, reliable, and portable manner using Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment tools such as GitHub Actions, CircleCI, TravisCI, or similar.
  • Comfortable with software-defined infrastructure & configuration management tools such as Terraform, Ansible, or similar.
  • Experience with contemporary monitoring & metrics tools such as Prometheus, Grafana, InfluxDB, etc.
  • Literacy with cryptographic principles and practices
  • A solid understanding or experience designing and building distributed and/or p2p software systems and Web3
  • Experience with 1 or more of the following: Smart Contracts, storage platforms, UNIX file systems, VMs (preferred)
  • Deep understanding of network protocols such as TCP, UDP, IP, HTTP
  • Strong experience and familiarity with a variety of data mining/data analysis tools, techniques, and concepts or track record of driving business results with data-driven insights.
  • Experienced with implementing models, simulations, and data visualization and using distributed data/computing tools.
  • Passionate about deriving insights from large datasets and work with different teams to improve outcomes and processes.
  • Comfortable with publishing analysis and inspiring others to participate.
  • A drive to learn and master new technologies and chart new territories.
  • Proven experience in developing robust, reusable, and maintainable code.
  • Proven track record of independently driving projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrable background in security or cryptography. 
  • Participate in and contribute to Open Source projects.
  • Excellent communication skills on both technical and non-technical issues
  • A keen awareness of teamwork, process, and patterns of successful collaboration
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Place high value in documentation, and sharing of knowledge through effective written and verbal communication with internal and external stakeholders.

Highly-Valued Bonus Points

  • PhD in Data Science, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Network Science or a related field.
  • Experience working remotely in a distributed team.
  • Familiarity with Web3 ecosystem and blockchain technologies.
  • Prior entrepreneurial experience.
  • Knowledge of security and cryptography.
  • Proven experience in developing robust, reusable, and maintainable code.


What’s it like to work at Protocol Labs?
Protocol Labs' mission is to improve humanity’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 you’re passionate about the future of computing and a more democratized internet, we want to talk to you.


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