Senior Software Engineer (Rust)

EU /
Engineering – Core /
FTE
/ Remote
Before you read the details of this role, there’s something you should know. At Matter Labs, we don’t see ourselves as a company, but as a highly aligned global team on a single mission: to accelerate the mass adoption of crypto for personal sovereignty. 

Our core technology – zkSync – is a layer 2 rollup that uses advanced cryptography called zero-knowledge proofs to scale Ethereum without compromising on security or decentralization. zkSync is EVM compatible, which means projects on Ethereum and other EVM-based blockchains can easily deploy on zkSync to take advantage of low gas fees and high transaction speeds.

With a total of $458 million in mission-driven funding, zkSync is the first EVM-compatible ZK Rollup to go live on testnet (February 2022) and be deployed on mainnet (October 2022). As we enter the endgame for Ethereum scaling, we are committed to full open source and building in public toward our stated mission [so that even if we fail, the community and the ecosystem will benefit from our contribution].

Read more about our core values and principles

The Role

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our Core Team. Your task scope will include design and implementation of the zkSync smart contract platform: zero-knowledge-proof-friendly virtual machine, protocol full node optimized for high-load, p2p network, consensus, etc.

This role is full-time with a strong preference for candidates located within the broader US or EU.

What You'll Be Doing

    • Design and implementation of the zkSync smart contract platform: zero-knowledge-proof-friendly virtual machine
    • Protocol full node optimized for high-load, p2p network, consensus, etc.
    • Conduct independent research in your area of ownership, design, implement, and document solutions, and potentially lead a team

What We Look For in You

    • 5+ years in back-end development
    • Driven by passion, curiosity, and desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world
    • Fluency in Rust, C++, Scala, Java or Go - we work primarily with Rust, but prior experience with this language is not mandatory
    • Some functional programming experience or or exposure with languages like Haskell
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the tradeoffs made between different data storage systems i.e. Postgres, mySQL, mongoDB
    • Deep understanding of software engineering best-practices
    • Ownership mindset and a track record of successfully accomplished projects
    • In-depth knowledge of common algorithms, data structures, and their computational and memory complexities
    • Experience implementing data structures and algorithms from scratch
    • Experience in cryptography/high-load/protocols design is a big plus
    • Fluent written and spoken English
Working at Matter Labs

At Matter Labs, you have the freedom to work how you want, when you want, and from where you want. We operate in small, focused teams, with no time tracking and minimum bureaucracy. Only results matter. We will provide you with anything you need to learn, grow, and be productive.

Our results-only environment means anyone who believes in our mission can join us, regardless of background, sexual orientation, race, gender, and age. Both our team and community are made up of people from different countries, cultures, ethnical and religious backgrounds. That's why, out of politeness and respect, we refrain from opinions on politics, religion, or sex at the workplace. 

We designed our culture of freedom and ownership to persist as we scale and to establish the base for a positive-sum community as we move toward full decentralization.

Apply now if this role sounds of interest and we aim to get back to you as soon as possible.