Distributed Systems Engineer | Remote | Full time

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Ethereum Foundation


Distributed Systems Engineer

The Privacy & Scaling Explorations team at the Ethereum Foundation is looking to expand its role in scalability and security for distributed systems applications
More specifically, we are looking for software engineers to work on a project related to distributed reputation
About the Privacy & Scaling Explorations Research Group

We are a cutting-edge technological research group exploring practical applications for Zero-Knowledge Proofs and Scaling solutions
Our mission is to build the cryptographic primitives that will form the bedrock of a rich and vibrant ecosystem of decentralized applications (dapps), built on Ethereum
We do this through pure research projects, by building proofs of concept, and by facilitating the integration of technological primitives into decentralized applications

About you

    • Your values align with the Ethereum ecosystem
      Even if you are new to the space, you are interested in open source collaboration and decentralized systems
      You understand the value of privacy for all and you are especially interested in security
    • You are highly motivated and naturally curious when it comes to reviewing new projects on the cutting edge of scalability and privacy
      You are thorough in your work and pay attention to the small details
    • You are skilled at communicating on a remote, global team
      We are a diverse team of collaborators from many different countries
      You are comfortable exploring both synchronistic and a-synchronistic methods of communication
    • You are resourceful
      The projects that need to be audited are exploring new technology
      You possess patience in ambiguity, ask questions, and seek clarity by drawing connections to indirect products and concepts
    • You work well both independently and with others
      No matter who you are working with, you are curious about their needs and goals within the scope of the project
      You welcome feedback and take the time to understand the perspectives of your teammates
    • You work well in a democratic environment where important decisions are made by the agreement of the majority

About the Role

    • Discovering and solving problems related to reliability, scalability, and security of distributed systems
    • Work with ZK cryptographers to further improve these 3 points
    • Document the codebase and conduct simulations of the whole system

Recommended Skills and Experience

    • Software development skills in languages like Rust/C/C++
    • Experience in building distributed systems with libraries like libp2p
    • Understanding of modern ZKP proving systems and experience working with libraries like halo2, Arkworks, and ZK-Garage/PLONK
    • Good debugging skills
    • Capable of breaking down and explaining complex issues to others
    • Strong communication, storytelling, and documentation skills

Contract details

    • Fully remote
    • Contract with 3 month probation, details depend on jurisdiction

To apply please include a cover letter and a resume or CV and your github profile