What we do
RISC Zero is on a mission to fix the internet. We're a diverse group of hackers, futurists, and nerds dedicated to making the internet the place we all deserve. We've already built the world's first zero knowledge virtual machine capable of running arbitrary code as a zero knowledge proof. We're now building an ecosystem on top of it.
We have a transparent pay structure with above market salaries and premium benefits. We've all been part of many startups before, so we care a lot about making sure everyone is treated fairly - when it comes to equity, founders have no meaningful advantage over the rest of the employees. You'll have tremendous ability to take part in changing the world, and we believe that deserves meaningful ownership.
What you’ll do
As a Research Engineer at RISC Zero, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of blockchain technology by working closely with clients to understand their needs and deliver tailored solutions. Through this process, you will contribute valuable insights and feedback to improve our product offerings. You will work on diverse projects such as building decentralized applications, crafting innovative smart contracts, and quickly prototyping to meet client needs. Your work with clients will inform the ongoing evolution of the Bonsai network. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams, create detailed technical documentation, develop and maintain demo applications, and stay at the forefront of blockchain technologies and trends.
Who you are
You have a strong background in computer science, extensive experience in blockchain development, and a track record of working effectively with customers. You are proficient in at least one blockchain platform such as Ethereum, Cosmos, or Bitcoin and have experience with programming languages like Solidity or Rust. Your understanding of cryptography, consensus algorithms, and smart contracts is top-notch. You can work in a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple projects, and communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
More specifically, you’ve probably done most of the following:
- Designed and implemented decentralized applications and smart contracts on blockchain platforms like Ethereum, Cosmos, or Bitcoin
- Built production applications in Rust or similar languages
- Worked to understand the internals of cryptography, consensus algorithms, and smart contracts
- Collaborated with cross-functional teams and clients to design and implement tailored blockchain solutions
- Gathered and translated customer feedback into actionable product improvements
- Supported application development through blockchain consensus changes or across multiple blockchains
- At least 1-2 years of experience in blockchain development.
- Proficiency in at least one blockchain platform such as Ethereum, Cosmos or Bitcoin.
- Experience in programming languages such as Solidity, or Rust.
- Strong understanding of cryptography, consensus algorithms, and smart contracts.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
$140,000 - $249,000 a year
We have a transparent pay structure with above market salaries and premium benefits.
That said, we're looking for people who love this problem and are dedicated to making it work. If you don't perfectly match the description but you're still interested - apply anyways. We're always ready to bring on great people, even if we weren't expecting it.
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