Web3 Foundation

Position ID: 2355-HOR [#14782]
Position Title: Research Scientist
Position Location: Zug, Zug 6300, Switzerland
Subject Areas: Cryptographic protocols; Consensus algorithms; Game theory and mechanism design; Censorship resistance ; Privacy technologies
Application Deadline: 2020/09/01 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2019/10/09)
Position Description:    

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We always welcome inquiries from strong researchers in distributed algorithms and cryptography, regarding our current and possible future recruitment efforts. 


The Web3 Foundation nurtures and stewards technologies and applications for a privacy preserving and decentralized 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. We thus work closely with both academics as well as development teams to deploy 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 optimizations
  • Multiparty computation

  • Deliver formal proofs of security guarantees and correctness
  • Conduct innovative research into new distributed algorithms and cryptographic protocols
  • Remain pragmatic through evaluation of alternatives and optimisations
  • Work with and consult development teams to support the implementation of research results
  • Deliver quality research papers along with good internal documentation
  • Represent the Web3 Foundation at conferences and share technical information with the community

  • PhD or masters degree 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 or 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 employee benefits 
  • Regular company retreats at unique locations around Europe 
  • Opportunity to work on a diverse team of varied professional backgrounds (i.e. physics, computer science, algorithm design, legal, financial products, management consulting, marketing & advertising, etc. 

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

Web3 Foundation websites:

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

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Contact: HR, +41 78 620 57 00
Postal Mail:
Web 3.0 Technologies Stiftung
Reifergässli 4
6300 Zug
Web Page: https://web3.foundation/

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