Cryptographic Engineer - Co-Op

R&D /
Co-op /
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CAT Labs is a technology startup specializing in building digital asset recovery and cyber defense tools for the government and private sector to fight crypto crime.  The CAT Labs team is the “Special Forces” protectors of the crypto industry with unparalleled blockchain security experts, cryptographers, former U.S. Department of Defense computer scientists, and U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security investigators, who spent the past decade taking down some of the most prolific crypto criminals.

CAT Labs is developing cutting-edge encryption technology for crypto key management to prevent digital asset theft. It is also developing digital asset recovery tools for law enforcement and intelligence to address the pervasive and rapidly growing illicit use of cryptocurrency by transnational criminal organizations, terrorists, drug cartels, and malicious nation-states, which poses a significant threat to our nation’s safety and security.

Thrive in a fast-paced startup environment where we move with agility, embrace challenges, and celebrate big wins. Grow alongside a driven team and seize the enormous opportunity for advancement as we scale new heights. Join our fully remote team and experience the freedom and flexibility of shaping your work-life balance.

We are looking for promising and talented graduate-level student with a strong background in cryptography. Reporting to the Head of Research & Development, this individual will actively assist in the development of new capabilities which will be integrated into our line of mission-critical products.

Required Qualifications

    • Applicants should be in a graduate-level program in Applied/Computational Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field with a focus on cryptographic sciences and secure computation.
    • Intermediate programming skill in C++, Rust, and Python.
    • Experience building applications utilizing current lattice cryptography libraries (e.g., OpenFHE, CRYSTALS, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications

    • Applicants with prior experience working with government or highly-regulated sectors.
    • Familiarity with blockchain/cryptocurrency technologies.
    • Prior research experience and authorship of refereed publications.
    • Experience programming in Solidity, Go, Java, Haskell.
    • Experience building smart contract-based applications on one or more of the following blockchains: Ethereum, Algorand, Cardano, Cosmos, Polkadot, VeChain, Tezos, Solana.
    • Familiarity with GitHub, GitLab, and other development platforms.
$40 - $60 an hour
Actual compensation within this range will depend upon the candidate's skills, experience, qualifications, and level of impact in the role.
We believe in taking care of our employees, with a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance, a generous 401(k) match, and unlimited vacation time to recharge and explore your passions.

At CAT Labs, we believe in the power of diverse perspectives and are dedicated to building an inclusive and equitable workplace where everyone feels valued and respected. We actively seek candidates from all backgrounds and encourage you to apply regardless of whether you meet all the qualifications listed. We understand that different experiences and skill sets can contribute significantly to our team's success.

CAT Labs is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic.