9 days old

Postdoctoral Researcher - Cryptography

Boston, Massachusetts 02116
  • Job Type
    Employee, Contract
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Founded by cryptography pioneer Silvio Micali, Algorand fulfills the promise of blockchain through a first-of-its-kind transaction platform that solves the “blockchain trilemma” by offering true decentralization, scalability, and security for both developers and business applications.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Cryptography Researcher to join our Team. This is an opportunity for someone who is genuinely excited by new technologies to influence the design and implementation of bleeding edge advanced cryptographic systems and protocols. Functioning somewhat independently and working within the larger Research Team, the Postdoctoral Cryptography Researcher will research and design cryptographic protocols and concepts, partnering with the team to develop prototypes. Our Researchers are also internal subject matter experts, providing guidance and learning opportunities to our extended staff. Researchers are also responsible for publishing meaningful research, independently and with other members of staff.

You will be working on a fast-paced, rapidly growing, high-profile project with a significant opportunity for industry-level impact on emerging blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies.

Core Responsibilities

  • Theoretical Focus: Design advanced cryptographic systems and protocols
  • Applied Focus: Prototype/build and optimize cryptographic systems and protocols
  • Partner with the larger organization (including Product and Engineering) regarding the implementation of designs
  • Publish meaningful research, both individually and in partnership with other members of the Research staff
  • Be a key part of an inclusive environment that fosters collaboration and creativity both internally and externally

Overseen by Chris Peikert, this opportunity is for one (1) year with the possibility for extension. Interested candidates should submit their application along with their CV (including list of publications), one (1) recently published paper relevant to the position responsibilities, and two (2) reference letters. You can share your paper and reference letter via the "Portfolio" link when applying, or upload the files with you CV. This position is available immediately and thus candidates who are already in the US are preferred.

Postdocs will receive a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as a WFH technology package (e.g., computer and home office set-up).


  • PhD in Cryptography, Computer Science, or related field
  • Experience in the following: cryptographic primitives, protocols, and proof systems; post-quantum cryptography preferred
  • Publication in top cryptography or security venues
  • Open source library contribution or cutting edge implementation experience for applied-focused applicants
  • Appreciation for considerations beyond cryptography, such as networking, systems, and performance
  • Good written communication and ability to communicate technical information with wide variety of audiences 
  • Experience in participating in the implementation of complex systems designs preferred
  • Enthusiasm for working in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, and dynamic environment



  • Computers Software and Hardware
Posted: 2021-01-08 Expires: 2021-03-09


Algorand removes the technical barriers that for years undermined mainstream blockchain adoption: decentralization, scale, and security. Now you can build on a stable platform you trust.

Our consensus model is permissionless and pure proof-of-stake. It creates full transparency, protection, and speed within a truly decentralized network. With blocks finalized in seconds, Algorand’s transaction throughput is on par with large payment and financial networks. And Algorand is the first blockchain to provide immediate transaction finality. No forking. No uncertainty.

The era of a decentralized, borderless economy is here. Now what will you build?

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