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Chief Blockchain Scientist

Salary Position Type Job Type Location City
£40,000 to £60,000 pa Full-Time Permanent England London


Join us in building a decentralised future that gives people control over their personal data. It starts with an intuitive cryptocurrency wallet and will evolve to become a personal data locker and assistant for your digital life.

Our ambition is huge and our culture is everything to us. We move fast, thrive in autonomy, and stay obsessively curious. To keep this spirit alive, we’re dedicated to hiring people that align with our mission and champion our values of radical openness, trust, and joy.


We are looking for senior JS/React/Angular developers who have built commercial-scale mobile apps. We are particularly interested in very experienced developers who can lead teams in our transition to React. We want people who understand system complexities, relish working in a self-managed environment, enjoy teaching others, and have an appreciation of using a Kanban flow-based delivery model. We’re building a world-changing app – help us build the best and most secure app in the market.

Roles and Responsibilities

Pillar Labs is looking for a blockchain chief scientist: someone who knows all the consensus algorithms, attack vectors, token standards, forks, coin splitting, ASICs vs GPUs, Turing-complete vs special-purpose virtual machines, and new chains coming into the market. Must be able to code in Solidity, spin up any node, and tinker with any chain. Must have at least some serious software security background. At the very least – and this is beginner level – you must be able to explain most of these: elliptic-curve pairing, what HashGraph is, what a DAG is, what’s wrong with Ripple, how Merkle trees protect blockchains, how stablecoins work (or don’t), various proof-of-stake attacks and how to mitigate them. You’ll be asked these and harder questions in an interview.

Skills and Experience

It’s also helpful to understand at least a few of these: ontologies, taxonomies, AI, communication protocols, privacy, legal issues, zero-knowledge proofs, blockchain-based identity (DID), chain analytics, databases, token protocols, curved bonding, cross-chain protocols, etc. Our goal is to do research and produce proofs of concepts that become products, not write white papers. We will be making “build, buy, or rent” decisions, so you must have a thorough knowledge of many options.

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