Tech Jobs: Blockchain Protocol Architect

Tech Jobs: Blockchain Protocol Architect

Job Type: Remote.

Status: Full Time.

Organization: Polygon

Location: New York

Role: Blockchain Protocol Architect.

About Polygon Labs

Polygon Labs specializes in crafting Ethereum scaling solutions tailored for Polygon protocols. In collaboration with fellow ecosystem developers, Polygon Labs is dedicated to providing scalable, cost-effective, secure, and sustainable blockchain infrastructure for Web3. The company has initially curated an expanding suite of protocols, enabling developers to easily access prominent scaling solutions, encompassing layer 2s (zero-knowledge rollups and optimistic rollups), sidechains, hybrid chains, app-specific chains, enterprise chains, and data availability protocols. The scaling solutions pioneered by Polygon Labs have gained widespread adoption, with tens of thousands of decentralized apps, a user base exceeding 225 million unique addresses, over 1.2 million smart contracts created, and a total of 2.56 billion transactions processed since its inception. The existing Polygon network hosts major Web3 projects, including Aave, Uniswap, and OpenSea, alongside notable enterprises like Robinhood, Stripe, and Adobe. Committed to environmental responsibility, Polygon Labs operates as a carbon-neutral entity, aspiring to lead Web3 towards achieving carbon negativity.

About the Team:

We are a globally distributed, remote-first, and inclusive team, representing diverse cultures from various continents. Our paramount objective is to make a positive global impact by pioneering innovative and robust technologies within the blockchain and cryptocurrency domain. We wholeheartedly embrace the principles of blockchain and cryptocurrency. As a meritocratic organization, your progression and increased responsibilities are solely determined by your contributions and achievements. With a strong emphasis on development, your main focus and priorities will consistently revolve around advancing the protocol and fostering the well-being of the Polygon ecosystem.

Job Summary:

As a Blockchain Protocol Architect, you will directly report to the SVP of Protocol Research and Development. Serving as a senior technical leader, you will offer technical, architectural, and implementation oversight across all core protocol teams and functions, including proof-of-stake (PoS), Supernets, and zkEVM roll-ups. Working closely with senior engineers on the core protocol teams, you will implement improvements using best-practice methodologies and drive deployment to production systems through our diverse ecosystem. Your role will grant you high visibility both within and outside the organization as a recognized protocol expert and visionary.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  1. Identify, cultivate, and explore innovative research and distinctive methodologies to address significant challenges related to scalability, security, and robustness in core protocols on a large scale.
  2. Engage in requirements gathering and discussions with product leaders and executives across the organization.
  3. Collaborate regularly with developers on core protocol teams, offering design and architecture brainstorming, conducting code reviews, promoting best-practice development methods, contributing to solution development, and providing high-level engineering oversight.
  4. Occasionally, develop and deliver code to offer solutions to the most complex problems or showcase a new and innovative approach.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive and proven expertise in Ethereum, related technologies, rollup protocols, including a deep understanding of their trade-offs, scalability challenges, and potential attack vectors.
  • Proficiency in multiple modern programming languages, with a minimum requirement of Go. Rust proficiency is highly desirable.
  • In-depth familiarity and hands-on experience in distributed systems engineering, protocols, and architecture.
  • A minimum of 8+ years of senior development experience, with at least 3 years in the blockchain or cryptography industry.
  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring and developing less-experienced engineers.
  • Capability to thrive in a fast-paced, independent start-up-like environment.

Polygon Labs Perks:

Our comprehensive total rewards program at Polygon Labs aims to enhance your well-being and that of your family. The inclusive compensation package includes the following benefits:

  • Remote-first global workforce
  • Comprehensive coverage of Medical, Dental, and Vision health insurance for each employee*
  • Company matching 401k with a 6% match*
  • $1,500 Home Office Set Up Allowance (lifetime max)
  • $2,000 Annual Employee Development Program
  • $200 Annual Book Allowance Program
  • Internet or phone reimbursement
  • Generous and flexible PTO and country-specific holidays
  • 1 company-wide wellness Friday day off per quarter
  • Company-issued laptop
  • Employee Assistance Programs


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