Head of Research

Head of Research

  • Post Date:21 April 2020
  • Apply Before: 21 July 2021
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Job Description

Looking for scientists with a deep understanding of decentralised technologies and an ambition to lead a high performance research team.

Head of Research

The Web3 Foundation nurtures and stewards technologies and applications for a privacy preserving and decentralised web. We work on a range of cryptographic and consensus protocols that have emerged as crucial building blocks of decentralized systems in general, and the Web3 ecosystem in particular. We are the opposite of a big data company.

Our core project at the moment is Polkadot, a protocol designed to connect blockchains and allow them to interoperate, share security, and more. In addition to that, we support the development of a number of technologies that form the Web 3.0 tech stack such as privacy technologies, decentralized messaging, and distributed storage or secret management.

We conduct cutting-edge research that is both theoretically exciting and expected to have a dramatic real world impact by helping to replace centralised infrastructure. To help realise this goal we work closely with academics and development teams to design and then deploy world-class components of large-scale distributed systems.

We explore a remarkable array of research topics within our mandate to steward distributed technologies, including:

  • Cryptographic protocols
  • Consensus algorithms
  • Game theory and mechanism design
  • Economics
  • Censorship resistance
  • Privacy technologies

Our diverse cryptographic research topics include:

  • Advanced signature schemes
  • Distributed random number generation
  • Zero-knowledge proofs and their optimisations
  • Multiparty computation


  • Set the research agenda in alignment with development collaborators
  • Ensure alignment and productivity of the research team members
  • Keep an overview of research topics and participate in research when needed
  • Initiate and manage research collaborations
  • Manage composition of the research team including identifying hiring needs
  • Coordinate efforts to deliver high quality research papers along with good internal documentation
  • Represent the Web3 Foundation at conferences and share technical information with the community


  • Postdoc or professor level experience in Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science, or a related field, or equivalent background
  • Experience contributing to research communities that require mathematical rigor, preferably including proofs of security and correctness
  • Experience designing cryptographic protocols or distributed algorithms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

A plus

  • Demonstrated innovation in cryptography or distributed algorithms
  • Experience with blockchain technology
  • Experience mentoring, creating technical documentation or blog posts
  • Experience and proficiency in programming, especially in Rust or related languages, e.g. C, C++, OCaml, Haskell, or JavaScript
  • Demonstrated ability to set and execute a research agenda
  • Experience developing research collaborations and managing contractors


  • Competitive compensation and travel opportunities
  • Regular research retreats at unique locations around Europe
  • Opportunity to work on a diverse team of varied professional backgrounds (i.e. computer science, algorithm design, events, communications, legal, financial products, management consulting, marketing & advertising, etc.)

To apply to this position, we ask you to complete the application form, and to submit your CV with a cover letter telling us a bit about yourself and your motivation to join us.


Web3 Foundation website: https://web3.foundation/

Web3 links: https://github.com/w3f/Web3-wiki

Polkadot website: https://polkadot.network/

Polkadot research: http://research.web3.foundation/en/latest/polkadot/


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