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Senior Research Engineer | Consensus

  • Research
  • Full-time
  • Toronto, CA

About Berachain:

Berachain is a high-performance, EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) compatible, Layer 1 blockchain built on the Cosmos SDK. We're a young, world-class team of experts in computer science, type theory, economic game theory, risk management and enterprise development. Our team combines traditional experience in building and scaling teams at technology companies like Apple, Coinbase, IBM and Y-Combinator with crypto native experience from some of DeFi 2.0’s most impactful protocols.  We're all highly passionate about Web3, Toybox and building infrastructure to bring decentralized finance to the masses. Our core engineering team is based in Toronto. Here at Berachain, you’ll be joining a world-class team of experienced founders, engineers and researchers passionate about designing sustainable economic and blockchain systems. We’re well funded by a group of leading digital asset investors, hedge funds, centralized exchange venture arms and strategic angels. 

We are looking for self-starters and mission driven individuals to join us as we build the future of decentralized finance. The ideal candidate for this role takes initiative and ownership over their work, thrives in a fast-paced and highly collaborative in-person environment, and is capable of rapidly adapting to evolving needs as required. 


Requirements:

  • 5+ years experience in software development and relevant experience in blockchain technologies.

  • Strong understanding of blockchain, consensus protocols, distributed systems, applied cryptography, compilers, p2p or similar systems.

  • Significant experience in writing Golang programs with a good understanding of the best practices, concurrency primitives, packages go/* and reflection; and ability to write production-quality code.

  • Experience in creating microservices for such systems as Kubernetes, Ansible, Docker, Terraform;

  • Strong of UNIX network stack (TCP / IP, HTTP);

  • Have a level of expertise in one or more of networking, distributed systems, storage, databases, operating systems, and runtimes to be able to read research papers in the field and design systems based on them.

  • Be experienced in some rapid prototyping and orchestration technology (such as Python, Ansible, Terraform, Puppet, Chef) to deploy systems on private and commodity clouds. Have a lay persons’ interest in open, decentralized, permissionless technologies, and the intersection of contemporary technology, economics, finance and governance.

  • Have experience with the design and evaluation of secure systems, incl. secure programming, appropriate use of cryptography, and prevention of DoS attacks. 

  • We especially encourage engineers that fulfill some of the above with no prior experience of working on blockchain technologies.

Nice to have:

  • Past contributions to the Cosmos-SDK and/or Tendermint Core

  • You are passionate about blockchain, have used DeFi Apps and believe in the opportunity of decentralization and blockchains to change how the financial world works today. 

  • We especially encourage engineers that fulfill some of the above with no prior experience of working on blockchain technologies.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design, optimize and implement novel consensus mechanisms.

  • Design and implement distributed network testing tools.

  • Work closely with the Protocol team to utilize consensus improve