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, apply anyway! Let's figure out together when our timelines match up.

  • Open Source Product Manager

  • Open Source Project Manager

  • Infrastructure Engineer

  • Software Engineer, Distributed Systems

  • Software Engineer, Blockchain

  • User Experience Designer

  • U.S. Legal Counsel

  • Project Manager, Legal

  • Financial Controller

  • 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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  • Infrastructure Engineer

    Nurture the systems that are spawning the new, decentralized world wide web

    Hiring an adept systems and security enthusiast to run decentralized web infrastructure and harden it against attack while applying dev ops patterns across small teams and huge open-source communities.

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  • Software Engineer, Distributed Systems

    Define and build elegant, performant, and resilient systems for tomorrow's web

    Enthusiasm about the decentralized web and blockchains has brought an influx of people who want to use distributed systems but who don't know how to build the necessary infrastructure. We are building that infrastructure. To continue this work, we're looking for people who thoroughly understand the principles of distributed systems and who will lean into the challenges of applying those principles in open-source code that will be deployed worldwide.

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  • Software Engineer, Blockchain

    Define and build elegant, performant, and resilient systems for tomorrow's web

    As a Software Engineer focused on blockchain at Protocol Labs you will apply your talents to defining and building the next generation of web protocols. From working with our research team to integrate research results into production systems, to collaborating with business and product teams, to engaging and activating an open-source community, you'll play a crucial role in advancing the distributed web.

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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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  • U.S. Legal Counsel

    Craft legal strategies to navigate complex and quickly changing landscapes in distributed web, open internet, and cryptocurrency

    As Legal Counsel at Protocol Labs you will work across our organization in developing and implementing our legal strategy. In addition to traditional counsel roles you can expect to be on the legal forefront of many issues, helping shape policy and define best-practice.

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  • Project Manager, Legal

    Assure our legal operations are efficient and successful across the company

    As Legal Project Manager at Protocol Labs your days will be spent working closely with cross-functional teams of engineers, product managers, and business-people on a vast array of issues from cryptocurrency to open-source, research to privacy. You will serve as the first point of contact for the legal team and help prioritize and manage all legal endeavors, internal and open-source.

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  • Financial Controller

    Manage accounting and build financial reporting for a team that’s shaping the landscape for cryptocurrency and distributed networks

    As Financial Controller you will be responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for a variety of corporate, project level and general ledger activities. You will be instrumental in building the controls and the accounting infrastructure needed to support the growth of Protocol Labs and its projects (including Filecoin, IPFS and others). You will also have the opportunity to work with the company’s external financial advisors and accountants and help manage the company’s internal forecast models.

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Culture

  • 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.