Head of Research

Research & Technology · Zug, Zug
Department Research & Technology
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

Looking for scientists with a deep understanding of decentralised technologies and an ambition to lead a high performance research team.

Head of Research 

The Web3 Foundation nurtures and stewards technologies and applications for a privacy preserving and decentralised web. We work on a range of cryptographic and consensus protocols that have emerged as crucial building blocks of decentralized systems in general, and the Web3 ecosystem in particular. We are the opposite of a big data company.

Our core project at the moment is Polkadot, a protocol designed to connect blockchains and allow them to interoperate, share security, and more. In addition to that, we support the development of a number of technologies that form the Web 3.0 tech stack such as privacy technologies, decentralized messaging, and distributed storage or secret management.  

We conduct cutting-edge research that is both theoretically exciting and expected to have a dramatic real world impact by helping to replace centralised infrastructure. To help realise this goal we work closely with academics and development teams to design and then deploy world-class components of large-scale distributed systems.

We explore a remarkable array of research topics within our mandate to steward distributed technologies, including:

  • Cryptographic protocols

  • Consensus algorithms

  • Game theory and mechanism design

  • Economics

  • Censorship resistance

  • Privacy technologies

Our diverse cryptographic research topics include:

  • Advanced signature schemes

  • Distributed random number generation

  • Zero-knowledge proofs and their optimisations

  • Multiparty computation


  • Set the research agenda in alignment with development collaborators

  • Ensure alignment and productivity of the research team members

  • Keep an overview of research topics and participate in research when needed

  • Initiate and manage research collaborations

  • Manage composition of the research team including identifying hiring needs

  • Coordinate efforts to deliver high quality research papers along with good internal documentation

  • Represent the Web3 Foundation at conferences and share technical information with the community


  • Postdoc or professor level experience in Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science, or a related field, or equivalent background

  • Experience contributing to research communities that require mathematical rigor, preferably including proofs of security and correctness

  • Experience designing cryptographic protocols or distributed algorithms

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

A plus

  • Demonstrated innovation in cryptography or distributed algorithms

  • Experience with blockchain technology

  • Experience mentoring, creating technical documentation or blog posts

  • Experience and proficiency in programming, especially in Rust or related languages, e.g. C, C++, OCaml, Haskell, or JavaScript

  • Demonstrated ability to set and execute a research agenda

  • Experience developing research collaborations and managing contractors


  • Competitive compensation and travel opportunities

  • Regular research retreats at unique locations around Europe

  • Opportunity to work on a diverse team of varied professional backgrounds (i.e. computer science, algorithm design, events, communications, legal, financial products, management consulting, marketing & advertising, etc.) 

To apply to this position, we ask you to complete the application form, and to submit your CV with a cover letter telling us a bit about yourself and your motivation to join us.


Web3 Foundation website: https://web3.foundation/

Web3 links: https://github.com/w3f/Web3-wiki  

Polkadot website: https://polkadot.network/

Polkadot research: http://research.web3.foundation/en/latest/polkadot/

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  • Location
    Zug, Zug
  • Department
    Research & Technology
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor