Protocol Labs

Work with Protocol Labs

We make protocols, systems, and tools that anybody can use.

Our work is Open Source and our community is inclusive.

You -- and everyone -- are invited to contribute!

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Where We’re Headed

We believe the internet is our most important technology. How it functions or fails can have drastic impact on people's lives and their capabilities.

We are passionately focused on creating the world's foremost research, development, and deployment lab for network protocols so that we can upgrade the internet.

Our first endeavor is to drastically improve the architecture of the internet by changing how people store, address, and transmit data. It's one of many protocols we will develop in order to fundamentally improve computing for humanity.

To learn more about our vision for the company, read Juan Benet's blog post PROTOCOL LABS: CREATING NEW NETWORKS.

People and Locations

Just like the internet itself, we are a fully distributed team spread across the globe. We don’t let geography or borders define us -- we want to work with talented and intellectually curious people of diverse backgrounds and different perspectives. If you align passionately with our mission, we want to talk to you, no matter whether you're in Tokyo or Timbuktu.

Current Openings

Our core team drives the development of our projects. The roles below are those we need filled most. If you are interested in joining us, but are not sure you fit any of these roles, or your timing is difficult, reach out anyway! Let's figure out together when our timelines match up.

  • Open Source Product Manager

  • Open Source Project Manager

  • Software Engineer, Frontend

  • User Experience Designer

  • Open Source Product Manager

    Guide the next generation of protocols and decentralized web tools from conception through implementation

    As an open source product manager you’ll use a diverse set of set of engineering, UX, and business skills to create products that guide and direct fundamental changes to the structure of the web. You’re action oriented and are able to guide and support an engineering team of 5-15 people in a very fast-paced environment, yet can step back and see how an individual project or goal fits into our larger mission. You take immense pride and responsibility in your work and aren’t afraid to stand up for what you think is right.

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  • Open Source Project Manager

    Coordinate a team of top talent producing open source software that is fundamentally changing the structure of the world wide web

    This isn't an ordinary Project Management position. Our teams are self-organizing and they sometimes disband to form new teams as often as twice in a month. The Project Manager plays a crucial role on these teams by tracking the relevant information, objectives, and timelines so that the team can prioritize tasks, coordinate work, and deliver on schedule. We also have the added characteristic of being open source, with a strong emphasis on transparency and an ongoing effort to include open source collaborators/contributors in our work.

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  • Software Engineer, Frontend

    Use the tools of today's web to to craft the many faces of tomorrow's web.

    As a Frontend Software Engineer at Protocol Labs you will work with product teams to build mobile and desktop interfaces for decentralized web technologies like IPFS, Filecoin and libp2p. This will primarily involve writing JavaScript, HTML, and CSS using contemporary frameworks and tools.

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  • User Experience Designer

    Bring the power of the decentralized web into people's lives and minds.

    As a User Experience designer at Protocol Labs you will get to apply your talents to a range of products and experiments. Our R&D structure allows a lot of room to explore the UX possibilities that arise around the technologies we create. Some of your work will be very practical design, applied to software that's used by many thousands of people. Other work will be proofs of concept and open-ended explorations that you carry out with product teams.

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  • We focus on value-creation.

  • We work on high-impact problems.

  • We do things right, and we ship them.

  • We do groundbreaking work in our fields.

  • We believe learning and inventing go hand-in-hand.

  • We align incentives, and work across organizations.

  • We form brilliant and highly capable teams of people.

  • We value ownership and autonomy over large projects.

  • We work with flexible hours from all over the world.

  • We get together in exotic and inspiring locations.