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Head of Protocol Engineering

Subspace Labs

California City, CA, USA
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About the job


In this position you will:

  • Collaborate with the CEO & CTO to translate abstract protocols into technical specifications, engineering roadmaps, and implementation plans.
  • Work with development teams to transform estimates into realistic timelines, ensuring transparent communication and visibility across the organization.
  • Track project velocity toward key milestones, utilizing tools like Github projects, Lucidchart, and Notion to keep the wider team and community informed.
  • Lead and empower our protocol engineering team of 10+ engineers, removing obstacles and fostering a productive, collaborative work environment.
  • Oversee the network deployment processes, while maintaining high standards for documentation, code quality, and testing.
  • Contribute to the transition from a company-led roadmap to a community-led approach as we migrate the engineering team to the Subspace Foundation.

Key Requirements:

  • A genuine passion for decentralized, peer-to-peer systems, and a deep understanding of Web3 technologies.
  • A strong foundation in software engineering or computer science, demonstrated through academic achievements or professional experience.
  • Proven experience in leading engineering teams in the blockchain, cryptocurrency, or Web3 domains.
  • Experience leading open-source and community-driven software projects, with the ability to foster an inclusive and collaborative environment.
  • Successful track record of managing remote-first, globally distributed engineering teams.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of leading blockchain scalability frameworks such as ETH2/Rollups, Near, Solana, Polkadot, and Dfinity.

Bonus Experience:

  • Strong background in cryptography, distributed systems, and peer-to-peer networks.
  • Familiarity with the architecture of major blockchain clients and frameworks, including Bitcoin Core, Geth/Solidity, and Substrate.
  • Experience in smart contract development, full-stack decentralized application creation, or blockchain infrastructure and development tooling.
  • Proficiency in a systems programming language such as Rust, C/C++, or Go.

What We Offer

  • The ability to work from anywhere in the world
  • A competitive salary with generous equity and token grants
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance (US-based only)
  • A unique opportunity to shape the future of the internet
  • Team off-sites in various locations around the globe
Skills required
Employee location
California City, CA, USA
Experience level
Not specified
Workplace type
Job type
full time
$220000 - 260000 /yr

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