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Head of Research and Development (Protocol)

Australia, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Singapore, United States - Remote
Full-time

at ConsenSys  

Europe, United States, Asia Pacific - Remote

About ConsenSys

At ConsenSys we have a vision of a world where data sovereignty and financial well-being is accessible to every person and organization. We believe Ethereum and decentralized protocol technology is a more trustworthy and equitable foundation for how we create and share value across the web. On this trusted, open source foundation, we can accelerate the world’s transition to a universally accessible network of distributed participants where transparency, security and freedom are fundamental.

Our product suite, composed of Truffle, Infura, Quorum, Codefi, MetaMask, and Diligence, serves millions of users, supports billions of blockchain-based queries for our clients, and has handled billions of dollars in digital assets. As the leading Ethereum software company, ConsenSys enables developers, enterprises, and people worldwide to build next-generation applications, launch modern financial infrastructure, and access the decentralized web. To learn more about ConsenSys, and explore our products and solutions, visit http://consensys.net/

About R&D

ConsenSys Software R&D is a world-leading, globally distributed blockchain research group of twenty-five researchers focused on applied research and advanced development of technologies for both public and consortium blockchain systems. The group is undertaking research in the fields of zk and optimistic rollups, zero-knowledge proof cryptography, distributed systems, incentive systems, crosschain & bridges, and smart contract formal analysis, and is a major contributor to the development of the Ethereum 2. 

The group has a strong publication record, publishing in leading academic journals and conferences. The group has well-established working relationships with the Ethereum Foundation and academia, and hosts and chairs workshops, conferences, and meet-ups to disseminate their knowledge and to promote knowledge sharing in the research community. Additionally, the team publishes most of their code in open source repositories and their findings in open access archives and forums.

What you’ll do

The Head of Research and Development will lead the R&D team at ConsenSys. This is a unique opportunity to not only help drive forward the products that ConsenSys offers but to also drive the Ethereum ecosystem forward. You will have support from across the company along with access to experts that span every customer segment, product vertical, and each layer of the technical stack (protocols to consumer apps).

Responsibilities include: 

  • Owning the R&D strategy by: 
    • Working with product teams to understand their long-horizon goals and how R&D can contribute to achieving those goals. 
    • Working with key stakeholders across ConsenSys to facilitate understanding in both directions of company goals and current research directions. 
    • Engagement in the wider open source community to understand the areas of research where ConsenSys can have the most impact.  
    • Having a framework for reasoning about priorities and R&D investment across different research areas and time horizons. 
  • Facilitate the research team's work to execute on the R&D strategy and report out to ConsenSys on progress as it evolves. 
  • Represent the R&D team within ConsenSys and with our customers. 
  • Plan and support career development for the members of your team.
  • Inspire and grow the group through mentorship, empowerment, and by challenging them to do their best work.
  • Inspire an atmosphere of continuous improvement by using data driven approaches. 
  • Ensure decisions are made rather than make them yourself.
  • Find, hire, and develop great humans that complement each other as a team. Work towards the team becoming increasingly diverse.

Don't meet all the requirements? Don't sweat it. We’re passionate about building a diverse team of humans and as such, if you think you've got what it takes for our chaotic-but-fun, remote-friendly, start-up environment—apply anyway. While we have a pretty good idea of what we need, we're ready for you to challenge our thinking on who needs to be in this role.

ConsenSys is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. We are committed to ensuring that our technology is made available and accessible to everyone. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, religion, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, family status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

ConsenSys is aware of fraudulent recruitment practices and we encourage all applicants to review our best practices to protect yourself which can be found here.

Benefits
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Competitive benefits

We have a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to make sure we’re looking after you and what matters most.

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Equity

We believe in ownership and want everyone to have a stake in our future success, that’s why you’ll receive equity when you join us.

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Recognized in the blockchain and Web3 ecosystem

Working at ConsenSys is a tremendous reference for your career. You’ll join a network of entrepreneurs and technologists that extends across the global crypto ecosystem.

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Continuous learning & opportunities

We provide ongoing growth and development through on-the-job learning, and the ConsenSys Advance Program which includes full access to Coursera, bespoke and technical learning programs and ConsenSys Academy our world-class blockchain and Ethereum program.

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Unlimited vacation/holidays

We value downtime to recharge and reset, ensuring everyone at ConsenSys has work/life balance. In addition, company-wide we participate in “zero productivity” days to take a break from work, shut down, and sit back and relax.

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Flexible working arrangements

With our global workforce we have fine-tuned asynchronous working which means we have a lot of flexibility in the structure of when we work and how we work together.

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Remote first

You’ll be joining a team based all over the world. Providing the unique opportunity to work with people from across 6 continents.