Technical Research Analyst

Cumberland - a DRW Company is the cryptoasset arm of DRW, established in 2014 after early interest in cryptoassets and their underlying technology. Today, Cumberland is a global leader in cryptoassets, uniquely positioned between the traditional financial markets and the cryptoasset ecosystem. From our offices in Chicago, London and Singapore, we specialize in providing 24-hour institutional sized liquidity in all cryptoassets.

The Technical Research Analyst will spearhead cryptoasset research-related initiatives across the organization with a primary emphasis on the technical merits of various protocols and other projects.  This role will be focused on researching potential investment opportunities in new and existing cryptoassets by speaking to development teams and building a deep understanding of the blockchain ecosystem.


  • Lead research-based due diligence efforts for the business; advise the investment team on various protocols and technologies
  • Maintain ongoing dialogue with the leading protocol development teams to deepen understanding of various protocols and stay abreast of changing landscape
  • Perform in-depth research on various tokens, with an emphasis on examining the underlying technical elements
  • Act as the team’s expert on technical aspects of all tokens
  • Actively communicate with the business development team on pertinent research
  • Develop relationships with industry participants

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Computer Science degree; Masters or PhD preferred
  • 5+ years of programming experience
  • Solid understanding of and passion for blockchain technology and crypto-economics
  • Strong knowledge of different consensus protocols such as PoW, PoS, BFT, DAG, PoA
  • Knowledge of and experience coding in Solidity
  • Strong understanding of underlying technical concepts related to general cryptography (e.g. SHA-256, Equihash, zk-SNARK) and various protocols (e.g. PoW, PoS, BFT, DAG)
  • Ability to conduct deep technical conversations with token development teams
  • Ability to explain complex concepts in simple terms to a non-technical audience
  • Must have positive, team-focused attitude and strong collaboration skills
  • Initiative and ability to work independently to drive projects to completion
  • Strong sense of urgency and ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Experience working at a high-growth tech startup or buy/sell side financial services company
  • Experience working with and analyzing large sets of data
  • Foreign language skills (Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
  • Previous experience contributing code to a cryptoasset project

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