Obol Labs is a remote-first research and software development team focused on Proof of Stake infrastructure for public blockchain networks. Specific topics of focus are Internet Bonds, Distributed Validator Technology, and Multi-Operator Validation. The core team includes +25 members spread across +14countries.
The core team is building the Obol Network, a protocol to foster trust-minimized staking through multi-operator validation. This will enable low-trust access to Ethereum staking yield, which can be used as a core building block in various Web3 products.
The network can be best visualized as a work layer that sits directly on top of the base layer consensus. This work layer is designed to provide the base layer with more resiliency and decentralization as it scales. In this chapter of Ethereum, we will move on to the next great scaling challenge, which is stake centralization. Layers like Obol are critical to the long-term viability and resiliency of public networks, especially networks like Ethereum.
Obol as a layer is focused on scaling main chain staking by providing permissionless access to Distributed Validators. The network utilizes a middleware implementation of Distributed Validator Technology (DVT), to enable the operation of distributed validator clusters that can preserve validators' current client and remote signing configurations.
Similar to how roll-up technology laid the foundation for L2 scaling implementations, we believe DVT will do the same for scaling the consensus layer while preserving decentralization. Staking infrastructure is entering its protocol phase of evolution, which must include trust-minimized staking networks that can be plugged into at scale. We believe DVT will evolve into a widely used primitive and will ensure the security, resiliency, and decentralization of public networks.
The Obol Network develops and maintains four core public goods that will eventually work together through circular economics:
The DV Launchpad, a User Interface for bootstrapping and managing Distributed Validators
Charon, a middleware Golang client that enables validators to run in a fault-tolerant, distributed manner
Obol Managers, a set of solidity libraries for the formation of Distributed Validators tailored to different use cases such as DeFi, Liquid Staking, and Fractionalized Deposits
Obol Testnets, a set of ongoing public incentivized testnets that enable any sized operator to test their deployment before serving for the Ethereum Main net
Sustainable Public Goods
Obol is inspired by previous work on Ethereum public goods and experimenting with circular economics. We believe that to unlock innovation in staking use cases, a credibly neutral layer must exist for innovation to flow and evolve vertically. Without this layer, highly available uptime will continue to be a moat.
The Obol Network will become an open, community-governed, self-sustaining project over the coming months and years. Together we will incentivize, build, and maintain distributed validator technology that makes public networks a more secure and resilient foundation to build on top of.
We are looking for a talented product designer who passionately cares about simplifying complex user flows!
The role will own the design of our user-facing products, including the Distributed Validator Launchpad.
As the leading UX/UI Product Designer, you will own the entire design system with Figma and all its components.
You will grow this design by extending our component library working alongside our talented Head of Product to build user experiences that power Ethereum Staking. You would leave your mark in Obol and the Ethereum Staking ecosystem!
Executing the design process end to end, from discovery to delivery, as part of an agile Product team.
Work closely with the Product Head to research and prototype solutions for various product needs
Work closely with Product Owners and Engineering and model to define and prioritize features.
Gather and translate user feedback into design concepts to test and validate design directions and decisions.
Contribute to and be an owner of our design and component system.
Advocate the value and benefits of Design Thinking across the business
Take complex, conceptual ideas and turn them into something useful and easy to use for our audience
Contribute to strategic decisions around the future direction of Obol Product
4+ years of experience building and shipping applications and software to users.
At least 2 years of experience working in web3
Interaction design skills define how an experience should behave based on understanding customers’ needs
Experience leading UX direction and strategic thinking while developing product goals, identifying opportunitiesVisual design skills
Strong collaboration and communication skills to work effectively with cross-functional teams
Strong portfolio demonstrating creativity, innovation, and attention to detail
Advanced use of FigmaExperience creating & maintaining a design system
Advocate for accessibility standards, inclusive design principles, and best practices
End-to-end product design experience
Ideal Time zone from GMT-5(Central Time) to GMT+2(CEST).
Nice to have
Working knowledge of HTML and CSS as components
Raster and vector-based graphic design skills
User Research Experience: Figma prototype testing, surveys, card sorting, designing A/B tests etc.
Full remote. Flexible hours.
Annual opportunity to attend DevCon (or a blockchain conference of choice)
Unlimited paid time off
Budget for personal equipment
Budget for training or education
Annual offsite with all the company
Join our product team and lead Obol design!
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