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).

Key Summary

The Network Research team at Protocol Labs is looking for a research communicator to lead intellectual outreach efforts and community-building around the topics of meta-research & scientific public goods.

Research at Protocol Labs

Protocol Labs is a research, development, and deployment organization that builds tools to move science forward faster. From our experience researching and building core protocols for the decentralized web, we’ve learned that breakthrough research is an important public good, and we’ve created the Network Research lab to identify, guide, and support high-impact research across a broad spectrum of domains.

As part of our Network Research team, you’ll be contributing directly to our mission of developing and guiding high-impact initiatives to build research public goods by helping to build an intellectual community around relevant topics such as scientific tool-building, understanding current scientific incentive systems, decentralized science, and  the use of  Web3 tools  and mechanisms to better align researchers and funders. 

Our team is granted both the freedom to develop knowledge by working on novel research directions and a responsibility to contribute those skills toward advancing the mission of Protocol Labs.  You’ll feel at home working with us if your knowledge and optimism enable you to communicate complex topics succinctly and creatively in a way that encourages the growth of an intellectual community. 

As a Research Communicator at Protocol Labs you will 

  • Host and organize regular journal club and research salon sessions discussing the topics of meta-research, Web3 technology, & scientific tool-building
  • Surface and discuss interesting relevant work to our public Discord community of researchers, metaresearchers, and builders
  • Propagate ideas related to public goods & metaresearch by writing short pieces (blogposts, expainers) or generating other artifacts
  • Help to architect whitepapers and other longform pieces on the work of the Network Research team
  • Help to organize research workshops and events
  • Remain curious, flexible, and open to updates about Web3 technologies and tools for decentralized science
  • Work in a fully asynchronous and remote team with at least quarterly travel

You may be a fit for this role if you have...

  • BS/MS in Economics, Network Science, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or other quantitative field
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills
  • Experience in contributing to research communities and/or efforts
  • Experience engaging and managing a community around a shared interest (anything from WoW to Zettelkasten methods counts!)

Highly-valued bonus points

  • Experience working with or conveying insights from simulations and/or models
  • Familiarity with distributed systems, Web3, and cryptoeconomics
  • Interest in creative forms of scientific data visualization/communication
  • Strong opinions on tools for thought like Notion or Roam
  • Interest in the works of W. Brian Arthur, Paula Stephan, Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Donella Meadows, or Matthew Jackson

About Network Goods

The Network Goods teams (Network Research, Network Funding, and Research Acceleration)  works 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.

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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