About Protocol Labs

Protocol Labs is a network of over 450 open-source teams, projects, and organizations.  These teams are focused on researching, developing, and deploying network protocols with a common goal to drive breakthroughs in computing to push humanity forward. The Protocol Labs Network is fully decentralized and comprises many projects building on top of network native technologies, such as IPFS, IPLD, Filecoin, and libp2p.

If you are interested in being a part of the most innovative decentralized network in the world, we would love to hear from you!

Enthusiasm about the decentralized web and blockchains has brought an influx of people who want to use distributed systems but who don't know how to build the necessary infrastructure. We are building that infrastructure. To continue that work, we're looking for people who thoroughly understand the principles of distributed systems and cryptography, and who will lean into the challenges of applying those principles in open-source code that will be deployed worldwide.


Filecoin, a decentralized storage network to store humanity's most valuable information, is one of the most promising projects of Web3. In the two years since its launch, over 18 exabytes of storage have been pledged to the Filecoin network, which is proven and verified by node operators every single day. As we look forward, many challenges remain to be solved such as continuing to scale the network, allowing user programmability through the addition of a Virtual Machine, and implementing cutting-edge ideas coming from the latest in cryptographic research. 

Filecoin Saturn

One such challenge is the reliable, performant, and economic retrieval of content on the Internet, including Filecoin. Filecoin Saturn is a decentralized content delivery network (CDN) for Filecoin. We seek a very senior  engineering lead to join the growing Filecoin Saturn team.

For this role, we are seeking expertise leading the design & architecture of internet-scale, geo-redundant, fault tolerant  software services that process billions of transactions per second. While we value CDN expertise, we are happy to consider senior leaders with Experience building large-scale production distributed systems (especially with an eye towards networking, performance, storage, and/or reliability), other blockchain-like networks, and work on low-latency engineering projects will also be highly regarded.

As the Engineering Lead for Filecoin Saturn, you will...

  • Lead the architectural design, development and deployment of Saturn’s next generation CDN to realize the full potential of IPFS’s edge caching performance properties
  • Function as technical lead, working with the existing team to deliver outstanding technical results
  • Work cross functionally across engineering, ecosystem, marketing and legal to achieve business objectives
  • Be responsible for Saturn’s technical performance, improving key metics such as time to first byte, average MS latency and uptime
  • Uplevel and guide engineers on your team and across Protocol Labs
  • Interface with other technical teams both inside and outside of Protocol Labs
  • Solve hard problems in low-trust distributed systems

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

  • Lead the design and development of massively distributed internet scale services. While CDN experience is highly relevant, we particularly value experience working on state of the art distributed systems at scale.  
  • A strong technical design acumen informed by broad experience across multiple domains/specialties
  • A solid understanding of distributed systems principles and applications
  • Mastery in large-scale modern software development practices (we primarily use Go, Node.js, and Rust, but do not require any particular language experience)
  • Literacy with cryptographic principles and practices
  • Proven track record of independently driving projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills on both technical and non-technical issues
  • A keen awareness of teamwork, process, and patterns of successful collaboration and teamwork
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially in an asynchronous work environment

Bonus Points

  • Security engineering and/or cryptography principles and practices
  • Experience building with decentralized building blocks such as DHTs, consensus protocols, smart contracts, blockchain, p2p networking, etc.
  • Experience building a CDN
  • Experience with open source
  • Experience designing and building peer-to-peer software systems

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.

The base pay for this position currently ranges from $300,000 to $334,000, plus cryptocurrency, equity, and opportunities for upside through performance rewards in cryptocurrency and equity.  The base pay is based on a number of factors and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, experience, skills, abilities, training, and education.  We also have a great benefits package, including parental and other forms of leave, contributions to your retirement, and unlimited time off. For U.S.-based employees, we also provide competitive health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family.

Engineering at Protocol Labs

With IPFS, libp2p, Filecoin and other related projects we are laying the foundation for a more resilient, more secure, distributed version of the web. This requires rigorous engineering from protocol design through all the phases of implementation. We strike a balance between pragmatism (put it on a ship ⛴), deeply informed protocol design, and strict application of strong engineering principles. All of this happens in an environment defined by curiosity, passion, and a love for open source.

If you’re passionate about the future of computing and a more democratized internet, we want to talk to you. Please reach out to Ansgar at ansgar@protocol.ai and say hi! 👋




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