Cryptographic/Consensus Engineer (Blockchain Architect)

Vancouver, BC

Axiom Zen is an award-winning venture studio that specializes in mainstream applications of emerging technologies. Products developed by Axiom Zen have touched 200+ million consumers and are used by the world’s leading organizations. Recent successes include CryptoKitties, the first mainstream application of blockchain technology outside cryptocurrency.

CryptoKitties is the world’s most successful blockchain game, accounting for up to 25% of the traffic on the Ethereum network. With a focus on consumer-friendly design, appealing aesthetics, and practical innovation in emerging technology, CryptoKitties has delighted over a quarter-million users. The cultural phenomenon has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, The New York Times, Fast Company, VICE, and numerous other international publications.

 

Your Mission:

Test and implement experimental approaches to scale blockchain technology for consumer applications while maintaining security and sufficient trustlessness.

 

What We’ll Accomplish Together:

  • You’ll apply your deep understanding of cryptographic primitives, mechanism design, cryptoeconomics, and distributed systems to architect robust, usable blockchain technologies ready for mainstream consumer scale.
  • Working with Dieter Shirley, our CTO, and an experienced team of engineers you’ll help transform our theories and designs into maintainable, scalable, and trustworthy production networks.
  • We will leverage well-tested existing approaches to accelerate development but will innovate anywhere necessary to win orders of magnitude improvements in speed and scalability.  
  • This will result in a system free of the barriers that currently prevent widespread adoption of blockchain technology: bad user experience, inadequate throughput, and unpredictable transaction times.

 

Our Ideal Candidate:

You have a deep understanding of cryptographic primitives and the decentralized systems they enable. You’re inspired by the potential of scalable decentralized technology, and find it frustrating that existing blockchain projects don’t put enough focus on user experience and useful applications. You are comfortable assimilating information from academic papers and implementing new theories in code.


You have the curiosity to understand the benefits and drawbacks of existing consensus designs and the drive to push toward a decentralized system that is accessible and valuable to a wide public audience. You are interested in (and undaunted by) designing a system rooted in the principles of rational economic incentives and robust attack modelling. Most of all, you are a team player and look forward to working with a world-class engineering team to turn theories into practical, performant, well-designed systems.



How to Apply:

  • Send us a copy of your resume or your LinkedIn profile
  • Please include an OPTIONAL cover letter or your answer to the following question:

What is the most promising foundational blockchain project aiming for consumer-scale performance?



More About Axiom Zen

Axiom Zen is an award-winning venture studio that specializes in mainstream applications of emerging technologies. Products developed by Axiom Zen have touched 200+ million consumers and are used by the world’s leading organizations. Axiom Zen is the creator of CryptoKitties, the world’s most successful blockchain application; the team behind ZenHub, the world’s leading collaboration solution for technical teams; and the developers of Toby, tab management with personality recognized as Top Chrome Extension of the year by both Google and Product Hunt. Axiom Zen’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, and Fast Company among many others. 

  

Keywords: Software Engineer. Blockchain Engineer. Blockchain Architect. Applied Cryptography Engineer.

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