Blockchain Engineer

New York, NY or Remote
Engineering
Full-Time
Blockstack is a new internet for decentralized apps. With Blockstack, you own your data and maintain your privacy, security and freedom. Blockstack is open source project and a public benefit corporation. Learn more.

Blockstack is looking for a passionate and experienced distributed systems engineer to join a team of experts to implement a new blockchain architecture for Blockstack apps, decreasing transaction time and cost for the Blockstack ecosystem, while enabling new functionality. This role is ideal for engineers who are experts in peer-to-peer protocol development, familiar with the bitcoin blockchain, and keen to build a clean-slate system from the ground up.

You will:
- Research, strategize and educate on methodology and best practices for blockchain design, implementation, and deployment
- Collaborate with a team and open source community to design and build the Stacks blockchain with the following design goals:
- Decreased transaction times and costs
- Programmable payment systems
- Programmable name management systems
- Hybrid on-chain/off-chain programming models
- Custom per-namespace consensus algorithms
- Protocols for enacting soft forks
- Implement rigorous and thorough monitoring and testing practices to ensure the security and performance goals of  blockchain infrastructure
- Design and implement blockchain supporting tools and utilities(e.g., CLI client, tools for exploring the blockchain, monitoring, benchmarking or debugging tools)

Qualifications
You have worked with a founding team building a blockchain, are an expert in decentralized solutions, and are passionate about our mission of building a new decentralized internet. 

KPIs
- Deployment of a working testnet for developers to test their decentralized applications
- Successfully design the Stacks Blockchain, such that it can support benchmark use-cases of Blockstack decentralized applications
- Successful launch of the Stacks Blockchain, measured in the transaction bandwidth of the Stacks network
    
Skills 
- Expert knowledge of peer-to-peer distributed system design and implementation, including familiarity with state-of-the-art academic literature on the subject and practical knowledge on engineering successful peer-to-peer systems.
-Experience in the low-level implementation and protocol details of a widely-deployed public blockchain
-Strong background in security-oriented system design, with a focus on applied cryptography
-Must be able to identify and defend against plausible protocol-level and network-level attacks on the system.
- Strong programming skills and familiarity with programming languages and technologies in use at Blockstack(Python 2, Linux, Bitcoin on our backend, and Javascript on our frontend).
- Experience deploying Bitcoin infrastructure, likeUTXO providers and block explorers

Qualities + Traits 
-Passion for building the new internet for decentralized apps  
- Strong problem solving skills, ability to think fast and thoroughly 
- Excellent communication
We get a lot of applicants, and have historically hired people who are proactively involved in our work and mission of decentralizing the internet. We hope you explore our WhitepaperBrowser, Github, and Slack prior to submitting your resume.