Applied Researcher: Sidechains (PegaSys)

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The Protocol Engineering Group’s Sidechain Advanced Development team are spearheading the creation of Ethereum Private Sidechains, a multi-sidechain privacy, scaling and experimentation solution. This solution once in production will dramatically change the global blockchain ecosystem, allowing new and novel applications of Ethereum hitherto impossible. You will help solve complex unsolved problems, analyze competing solutions, and collaborate on the research direction of the team.

Our path to success lies in working closely with other teams within ConsenSys as well as outside parties including the Ethereum Foundation, the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, academia and other members of the wider Ethereum ecosystem. The goal of our research is not primarily academic but is directed towards improving and evolving the Ethereum platform for all stakeholders.
The Role
We are seeking applied researchers from a variety of backgrounds who are able to think deeply and creatively about protocol-level blockchain challenges and translate that work into practical outputs for PegaSys, enterprises seeking to use Ethereum and the wider blockchain community. Areas in which we are working include, but are by no means limited to:
  • Distributed systems and big data processing
  • Scalability techniques such as blockchain sharding
  • Consensus mechanisms such as proof-of-stake, IBFT and others
  • Blockchain privacy protocols and permissioning
  • Applications of cryptography
  • Game theory and cryptoeconomic design
  • Blockchain and cryptographic data structures
  • Peer-to-peer protocols
  • Decentralized file systems such as IPFS and Swarm
The Profile We’re Seeking
Whether you’re early or later career, you have demonstrable expertise in one or more of the areas listed above. You are flexible and ever learning, and willing to broaden your expertise to other areas. You are not purely a theoretician, but keen to see your insights translated into practical outputs, which might involve coding up proofs of concept, libraries, prototypes and demos. You are fascinated by blockchain technology and Ethereum in particular. You are excited to work at the cutting edge of a technological revolution.

You are a willing collaborator: swift to seek support and advice; equally ready to give support and advice to others. You are an able and keen communicator, eager to share your work in a wide variety of contexts, possibly including public and internal presentations, written articles and papers. You are comfortable with working remotely and will make progress without supervision while proactively keeping in contact with other remote collaborators. You can manage the uncertainties and ambiguities associated with working in a remote-first, distributed, decentralized environment.

About ConsenSys

ConsenSys is focused on building and scaling tools and software products for the Ethereum blockchain. Our mission is to use these solutions to empower decentralized networks for social, political, and business-related use cases.

Our teams are busy at work building the future of identity, financial markets, commerce, security and infrastructure, and more. If you are someone that thrives in a fast-paced environment where being self-directed, determined, and resilient are a requirement, we would love for you to join us.

About PegaSys:

The Protocol Engineering Group (PegaSys) team within ConsenSys creates and contributes to the software which operates Ethereum networks from the public chain to enterprise ecosystems. PegaSys is on a mission to enable the decentralized future by building a next-generation enterprise-grade blockchain platform.

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