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Software Engineer - Distributed Systems



Software Engineering
Zürich, Switzerland
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019

Can you explain the different ways to implement Paxos? Speak Byzantine Fault Tolerance? Explain challenges of decentralized decision making, exponential backoff, and time-bombs, poison-pills, and fuzzing? DFINITY is implementing some of the most sophisticated, secure and efficient consensus algorithms, and distributed messaging protocols ever to be deployed.

Distributed Systems Engineers at DFINITY work on many fascinating problems, including:

  • Our core consensus algorithm
  • Secure distributed message routing
  • Payment, Voting, System Governance, and Versioning

We know and respect that great software engineers come from a great variety of backgrounds. Where you come from is of interest to us, but what we care most about is what you can do.

Some of the things that may be helpful preparation for a role at DFINITY include:

  • Experience shipping significant software systems or tooling as part of a medium to large organization.
  • A deep understanding of at least one systems software language like C, C++, or Rust. Our distributed systems components are first being built in Rust (We will help you learn)
  • Experience deploying and operating systems that run 24x7x365 and building the monitoring, alarming, and tooling required to keep them healthy. Running as a decentralized system means re-inventing the way we do “operations” but the things you have learned to date will still be helpful.
  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field. The unique challenges at DFINITY have attracted many engineers with advanced degrees, however your practical experience is more important to us than your educational background.

What kind of engineers are we looking for?

  • First, we seek a passion for building quality production systems software and tools. Research is an important component of what we do, however our first passion is for changing the world by shipping software.
  • Second, we are looking for team players who enjoy working alongside other brilliant people to come up with the best solutions together.
  • Finally, curiosity and open mindedness are critical. No one has built one of these before! The problems are challenging, and we need innovators to help solve them.

About DFINITY and the Internet Computer:

The Internet Computer is the fastest and only infinitely scalable general-purpose blockchain — incubated and launched by the DFINITY Foundation in May 2021. A team of over 200 world-renowned cryptographers, distributed systems engineers, and programming language experts have taken on the massive technological challenge of building, maintaining, and continuously improving a ‘world computer’ powerful enough to host Web3 dApps, DeFi, games, NFTs, social media, and metaverse projects.

DFINITY was founded in 2016 by entrepreneur and crypto theoretician, Dominic Williams, and attracted interest and financial contributions from early members of the Ethereum community. Later, top-tier institutions such as Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain Capital, and SV Angel backed the Internet Computer in a collective effort to help build out Web3.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.