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Nethermind
Protocol Researcher
7 months ago | 813 views | 2 applications

Protocol Researcher

Full-time
United Kingdom
Per year
$89,000 To $102,000

About the company

We are a team of world class builders and researchers with expertise across several domains: Ethereum Protocol Engineering, Layer-2, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Miner Extractable Value (MEV), Smart Contract Development, Security Auditing and Formal Verification. Working to solve some of the most challenging problems in the blockchain space, we frequently collaborate with renowned companies, such as Ethereum Foundation, StarkWare, Gnosis Chain, Aave, Flashbots, xDai, Open Zeppelin, Forta Protocol, Energy Web, POA Network and many more. We actively contribute to Ethereum core development, EIP’s and network upgrades together with the Ethereum Foundation, and other client teams.

Job Summary

As aprotocol researcher, you will participate in research on, for example:

📍L2 designs 📍Prover coordination and sequencer design, decentralization, incentivization. 📍Levels of finality. 📍L2 governance, PoS vs PoG. 📍Auctioning the right to build a block. 📍Various flavors of staking: vanilla staking, restaking, liquid staking, and systemic risks they come with. 📍Consensus algorithms 📍What are the advantages and disadvantages of the known consensus protocols? When a given protocol work well, and when does it not? 📍How do we incentivize participants in the consensus algorithms? 📍How finality in consensus algorithms is achieved?

Skills:

📍A strong understanding of distributed protocol design. Particularly, a demonstrable ability to identify the trade-offs faced by protocols when deployed on blockchains. 📍Ability to identify mechanism design problems and propose solutions. 📍Familiarity with Ethereum: how it works and why? 📍Familiarity with various designs of L2s. 📍Ability to express thoughts precisely.

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