Protocol Researcher


Subspace Network is building a radically decentralized, next-generation blockchain which allows developers to easily run Web3 apps at Internet scale. Subspace is based on original research funded by the US National Science Foundation and plans to launch its Network later this year. Subspace Labs is an early-stage, venture-backed startup with a remote-first, globally distributed team. To learn more, visit our website and read the technical whitepaper. We are seeking a Protocol Researcher to join our rapidly growing team of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency enthusiasts and engineers. As a Protocol Research you will be responsible for formally analyzing the security claims of the Subspace Network. Your goal is to formally prove these claims or suggest improvement to the protocol as needed to support them. This shall result in a series of formal specifications and peer-reviewed papers. As a Protocol Researcher you will: Analyze and validate our solutions to some of the hardest problems in the blockchain space, as they relate to Nakamoto consensus, decentralized storage, decoupled execution, crypto-economic incentives, and the scaling trilemmaResearch and propose solutions to open problems or unsubstantiated claimsDevelop a series of formal specifications that codify and clarify our solutionsCollaborate directly with our protocol engineering team to ensure that specifications are clearly understood and implemented correctlyIterate findings into research papers suitable for peer-reviewed publicationWork directly with our university partners, academic advisors, and third party engineering security partners on formal security analyses and auditsPresent research finding at industry events and university conferencesDistribute and discuss results in our open-source online research forum  Position Requirements A PhD in Computer Science, Cryptography or a related fieldA strong record of peer-reviewed publications in cryptography, distributed systems, or peer-to-peer network, as they relate to blockchain protocolsExcellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to collaborate across our protocol and research teamsA passion for decentralized, peer-to-peer systems and Web3 technologies Bonus Experience: Experience as a professor, post-doctoral researcher, or industry researcherExperience analyzing the security claims of novel layer-one blockchainsExperience deploying and evaluating large-scale distributed systemsExperience with the Rust programming language and Substrate framework What We Offer: Work remotely from anywhere in the world, with a talented team of globally distributed individuals  A competitive salary with generous equity and token grantsA unique opportunity to shape the future of the Subspace Network and play a critical role in building the world’s most scalable blockchainCompany-sponsored team offsites in various locations around the world

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