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:
Game theory and mechanism design
Our diverse cryptographic research topics include:
Advanced signature schemes
Distributed random number generation
Zero-knowledge proofs and their optimisations
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
Demonstrated innovation in cryptography or distributed algorithms
Experience with blockchain technology
Experience mentoring, creating technical documentation or blog posts
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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