ChainSafe is a blockchain research and development firm specializing in infrastructure and tooling for the decentralized web. Alongside its contributions to significant ecosystems such as Ethereum, Polkadot, Filecoin, and more, ChainSafe creates solutions for developers and teams across the web3 space utilizing our expertise in gaming, bridging, NFTs, and decentralized storage. As part of the mission to build innovative products for users and better tooling for developers, ChainSafe embodies an open-source and community-oriented ethos.
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Here’s what you need to know before reading on Our progressive tech stack includes Go, Rust, and TypeScript We spearhead ecosystem projects like Lodestar, Forest, and Gossamer We are global, remote-friendly, and open to contractors At ChainSafe, you’ll be part of a team that believes in the community’s vital importance and contributes to advancing humanity with open-source and decentralized technology.
About Lodestar/Ethereum Lodestar is an Ethereum consensus-layer client (Eth 2.0) and ecosystem of resources to provide and support the next generation of light clients. Light clients are the missing piece in today’s blockchain ecosystems to achieve decentralization across the entire stack. You will contribute to ensuring the long-term success of Ethereum while being at the edge of multiple technological fronts.
Who we need As a protocol engineer, you will contribute to Lodestar by developing accurate, secure and performant code to implement various specifications. No prior blockchain experience is required, but it is expected for you gain protocol proficiency over time. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with the wider Ethereum consensus community, and other client teams and contribute to research efforts to influence its future design. The position is full-time and remote-friendly.
Understand a protocol specification and develop a highly performant implementation
Research multiple solutions and evaluate their performance-memory trade-offs
Research and develop novel light-client solutions
Refactor and improve existing features in the client and supporting libraries
Review, audit and test your teammates’ code
Provide feedback on overall design decisions
Collaborate with other protocol implementation teams to share knowledge and improve each other’s clients
Required skills and experience
Proficiency in TypeScrit
3+ years of TypeScrit programming language, paradigms, constructs, and idioms
5+ years of professional software back-end development experience (no front-end experience required)
Effective usage of TypeScript debugging tools
Be able to proactively dive into the novel territory and share knowledge on what you’ve learned
Basic understanding of cryptography and common applications
Ability to write clean and effective documentation and comments
Experience in distributed applications and peer-to-peer networking Comfortable learning complex protocols from scratch Takes initiative, is a self-starter, is accountable for work Experience with open-source software or strong communication skills as we actively coordinate with external parties Nice to have Experience with Python, as the Ethereum specification is written in Python Experience with blockchain protocols, whether it be the usage of a blockchain API, knowledge of how a blockchain operates, or any other experience Experience with distributed systems, peer-to-peer systems, network programming, or cryptography Experience writing software from a technical specification or a reference implementation Experience maintaining a large codebase with many components and keeping it well-designed, future-proofed, and modular Experience with documenting a large codebase, both for internal and user-facing components Familiarity with open-source software principles Familiar with Git and GitHub/GitLab Can construct and maintain CI/CD pipelines Experience with RPC, WebSockets, or GraphQL Performance analysis and optimization, optimizing data structures and algorithms Tell us who you are If you feel like you’re the perfect fit for the role, please apply even if you don’t match all the requirements.
Hiring Steps Prior to an interview, a technical task or a sample of open-source code will be reviewed by the team along a provided CV. Next, candidates will be invited to a values interview with one of our technical project managers. Finally, candidates will be invited to an interview with the team lead.
Why Join ChainSafe Systems Protocol Engineering Founded by developers for developers, ChainSafe is a company with an international team. We continue to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth, value autonomy and responsibility, have a results-driven environment, and offer flexible work hours.
We care deeply about our values and look for these attributes in every new team member. In addition, we recognize the benefits of cultivating a diverse team and aspire to embed respect for all people into our culture. We encourage women, the LGBTQIA+ community, people of colour, and members of any other group underrepresented in the blockchain space - or tech in general - to apply.