Member of Technical Staff, Protocols Backend Engineer

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Anchorage Digital


At Anchorage we are building the world’s most advanced digital asset platform for institutions to participate in crypto.Anchorage Digital was founded in 2017 to advance institutional participation in digital assets. With an emphasis on security and usability, we provide the technology, infrastructure, and tools that make it easy for institutions across the world to participate in crypto. Our team brings together the brightest minds from security, finance, and distributed systems to build the infrastructure of a new financial system. We’re looking to diversify our team with people who are humble, creative, and eager to learn.We are a remote-first, global team, but provide the option of working in-office in San Francisco, New York City, Indianapolis, Sioux Falls, Porto, and Singapore.The Protocols team is a core team at Anchorage Digital that works most closely to the blockchain. We are responsible for supporting cutting-edge digital assets on top of the latest blockchain technologies, and working closely with product and design teams to build out DeFi, governance and participation mechanisms, evolving our architecture as blockchains evolve.You will be at the forefront of new cryptoasset support. At Anchorage we want to support all the assets, that means there will always be a need to learn new blockchains, technologies and innovations, and integrate them into Anchorage's ecosystem. With all the existing and upcoming business lines, developing a scalable, reproducible and reliable layer that such business lines can use when interacting with the different blockchains is critical. We are never "done", we can always do better! All we have achieved so far and what we aim to achieve in the future is only possiblebecause we work as a team. By joining Anchorage not only will you be a part of a top notch team, we also expect you to help the team grow as a whole. From your technical expertise and architecting skills to mentoring, we work as a team end to end.At Anchorage we thrive to always improve. We have very ambitious goals and those goals should be very clear to everyone. If we know where we're going, your initiatives, your proactiveness, is highly encouraged and valued. As we're growing the team also is. This means that if you have the ambition to go deep technically, lead teams or manage them,it's up to you to show us you want to do it. If you're successful, so is everyone at Anchorage!

You will:

    • Deeply research new cryptoassets and integrate them into Anchorage Digital’s platform.
    • Implement participatory features that clients need such as staking, governance, vesting, etc.
    • Develop infrastructure that scales across all crypto-networks.
    • Support assets through upgrades and monitor for network-wide issues.
    • Contribute with and review code across the entire stack and engineering organization.
    • Find the right balance between progress (i.e. shipping quickly) and perfection (i.e. measuring twice).
    • Foster an efficient deterministic testing culture, with an emphasis on minimizing tech debt and bureaucracy.
    • Influence architecture/product roadmap – have a seat at the table.
    • Collaborate cross-functionally with everyone.
    • Help scale the team.
    • Work on the front lines of the blockchain/crypto movement and SecOps innovation.
    • Ship code that will impact the global economy.

You may be a good fit for this role if:

    • You have real world experience building complex distributed systems. We mostly use Go, however languages can be learned. We really care about your engineering skills more than any specific language or framework.
    • You enjoy building services from scratch and supporting them over a meaningful period of time.
    • You genuinely care about code quality and test infrastructure.
    • You prioritize end-user experience and business value over “cool tech.”
    • You have developed “computer science fundamentals”, i.e. concurrency, algorithms, and data structures (Formal CS degree NOT required).
    • You self describe as some combination of the following: creative, humble, ambitious, detail oriented, hard working, trustworthy, eager to learn, methodical, action oriented, and tenacious.

Although not a requirement, bonus points if:

    • You have experience with applied
    • You feel comfortable diving down the stack and into open source projects to root cause a bug.
    • In your mind the word “crypto” stands for cryptography, not cryptocurrency.
    • You read blockchain protocol white papers for fun, and stay up to date with the proliferation of cryptoasset innovations.
    • You have a background in the finance industry.

Tech stack:

    • Backend Tech: Go, C++, Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, Vault, GCP, AWS, and GraphQL.
    • Engineering methodologies: Reverse uptime, cryptographically linked data models, tamper resistant ledgers, air gapped infrastructure, secure execution environments, repeatable builds, and infra-as-code.

Anchorage Digital is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive workplace for everyone, and we are intentional about making sure people feel respected, supported and connected at work—regardless of who you are or where you come from. We value and celebrate our differences and we believe being open about who we are allows us to do the best work of our lives. Anchorage Digital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against qualified applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual preference, sexual identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law, rule, or regulation.