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Zero Knowledge Research Engineer

Closing: Nov 7, 2022

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Published: Oct 29, 2022 (2 months ago)

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This role will be part of a new team that will make a provable and private WASM engine that runs everywhere. As a research engineer, you will be responsible for researching, designing, analyzing and implementing circuits that allow for proving private computation of execution in WASM. This includes having a deep understanding of relevant ZK proof systems and tooling (zk-SNARK, Circom, Plonk/Halo 2, zk-STARK, etc), as well as different architectures (zk-EVM Community Effort, Polygon Hermez and similar) and their trade-offs. You will collaborate with the Vac Research team, and work with requirements from our new Logos program. As one of the first hires of a greenfield project, you are expected to take on significant responsibility,  while collaborating with other research engineers, including compiler engineers and senior Rust engineers.

You ideally will have

  • Very strong academic or engineering background (PhD-level or equivalent in industry); relevant research experience
  • Experience with low level/strongly typed languages (C/C++/Go/Rust or Java/C#)
  • Experience with Open Source software
  • Deep understanding of Zero-Knowledge proof systems (zk-SNARK, circom, Plonk/Halo2, zk-STARK), elliptic curve cryptography, and circuit design
  • Keen communicator, eager to share your work in a wide variety of contexts, like internal and public presentations, blog posts and academic papers.
  • Experience in, and passion for, blockchain technology.
  • A strong alignment to our principles: https://status.im/about/#our-principles


Responsibilities
This role will be part of a new team that will make a provable and private WASM engine that runs everywhere. As a research engineer, you will be responsible for researching, designing, analyzing and implementing circuits that allow for proving private computation of execution in WASM. This includes having a deep understanding of relevant ZK proof systems and tooling (zk-SNARK, Circom, Plonk/Halo 2, zk-STARK, etc), as well as different architectures (zk-EVM Community Effort, Polygon Hermez and similar) and their trade-offs. You will collaborate with the Vac Research team, and work with requirements from our new Logos program. As one of the first hires of a greenfield project, you are expected to take on significant responsibility,  while collaborating with other research engineers, including compiler engineers and senior Rust engineers.

You ideally will have

  • Very strong academic or engineering background (PhD-level or equivalent in industry); relevant research experience
  • Experience with low level/strongly typed languages (C/C++/Go/Rust or Java/C#)
  • Experience with Open Source software
  • Deep understanding of Zero-Knowledge proof systems (zk-SNARK, circom, Plonk/Halo2, zk-STARK), elliptic curve cryptography, and circuit design
  • Keen communicator, eager to share your work in a wide variety of contexts, like internal and public presentations, blog posts and academic papers.
  • Experience in, and passion for, blockchain technology.
  • A strong alignment to our principles: https://status.im/about/#our-principles


Key responsibilities

  • Research, analyze and design proof systems and architectures for private computation
  • Be familiar and adapt to research needs zero-knowledge circuits written in Rust Design and implement zero-knowledge circuits in Rust
  • Write specifications and communicate research findings through write-ups
  • Break down complex problems, and know what can and what can’t be dealt with later
  • Perform security analysis, measure performance of and debug circuits


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