About the company
It was 2013 when Muneeb Ali and Ryan Shea started the Stacks project at the Princeton Computer Science Department. Shortly after, they went through Y Combinator and attracted other Princeton scientists to work on Stacks. They founded Hiro, then named Blockstack PBC, to support the development and growth of Stacks. Today, Hiro is one of many companies that works on Stacks. Hiro contributes to Stacks’ core infrastructure and open-source libraries and builds products like the Stacks Wallet and Stacks Explorer. We’re a globally distributed team that includes scientists from Princeton, Stanford, MIT and other top universities.
Hiro is looking for a passionate and collaborative Blockchain Engineer to help with the build and evolution of Hyperchains - our Layer-2 solution for Stacks Blockchain that enables high throughput and low latency. You'll collaborate with a team and work independently to architect and deliver feature upgrades and improvements. In this role, you will build critical features for our developer community. You must be comfortable working in diverse development ecosystems and have worked independently in a rapidly scaling startup. OSS experience is preferred as we are an open source project.
What You’ll Do:
Contribute to the development, maintenance, and testing of the Hyperchains and Stacks blockchain. Hyperchains is under active development and our initial version is active on Testnet. As part of your role, you will be tasked with designing new features, improving the performance and reliability, and helping ensure that the Hyperchains can serve as a reliable, secure, and performant foundation for the entire Stacks ecosystem. Utilize advanced cryptographic algorithms and concepts to evolve the next iteration of Hyperchains Implement rigorous and thorough monitoring and testing practices to meet the security and performance requirements Design and implement blockchain supporting tools and utilities(e.g., CLI client, tools for exploring the blockchain, monitoring, benchmarking or debugging tools) Collaborate with other teams on new product features that have a dependency on the Stacks blockchain(e.g. developer tooling, UX tooling, 3rd party integrations etc)
What We’re Looking For:
Master’s degree in Computer Science, a related technical field, or equivalent practical experience. Atleast 10 years of experience in software engineering with experience in building and shipping products. 3-5 years of hands on experience in a production environment with one or more of: public blockchains; consensus protocols; large-scale distributed systems; high availability, and real-time systems; applied cryptography; compilers; any other equivalent / adjacent technology Experience in research Experience working on and designing tests for long-running projects Experience in Rust, Cryptography Prior experience with Blockchain necessary
We’d Also Like to See:
Experience testing distributed systems for behaviors in the presence of faults, network partitions, and network delays Working knowledge of the limitations and complexities involved in peer-to-peer systems Working knowledge of programming language interpreters, compilers, and static analysis Experience building highly secure software and shipping new products
We’d love to hear from you even if you don’t have experience or interest in every bullet. There’s no perfect candidate and we want to find the right fit, even if it’s different than we imagine. We especially would like to meet underrepresented/underestimated candidates. What we’ll offer:
Competitive NYC based Salary(regardless of location, benchmarked annually) Company equity and Stacks (STX) tokens--STX is the native cryptocurrency of the Stacks network $500/mo co-working space reimbursement $1,200/yr budget for learning and development stipend $1000/yr of charity donation matching to an organization of your choosing Daily Lunch Reimbursement(even if you’re remote!) Open Vacation Policy, take the days you need Family-Friendly Health Benefits Free Life and Disability Insurance Health and dependent care(FSA) Up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave Pre-tax commuter benefits 401k with 3% match Your choice of technical setup and equipment
Please note that benefits vary by country, the ones shown above are for our full time U.S. based employees. Benefit information for non-US based positions will be provided to individuals who interview for those roles.