Senior Software Engineer, Runtime

Nomic Foundation

EMEA, Americas
Full time
$120,000 $230,000

Posted on: 28 Mar, 2024

Who we are

The Nomic Foundation is a non-profit advancing the Ethereum ecosystem. We build open-source runtimes, compilers, build systems, and deployment solutions that are used by tens of thousands of developers. We emphasize robust engineering and lean processes, allowing for quick decision-making and distraction-free software development. You have the opportunity to shape the future of the Ethereum ecosystem through deep technical work on critical developer infrastructure, where your specific contributions will have a tangible impact.

About the team

The EDR team builds an Ethereum runtime designed for developer tooling. Our users are initially the Hardhat users and, later on, third-party tooling developers integrating our runtime APIs to analyze Solidity code execution for their own users. In its first iteration, EDR is a complete Rust rewrite of Hardhat’s Ethereum network simulation used for Solidity development and testing before production deployment. We aim to build a reusable runtime library to empower the Ethereum ecosystem to build better code execution analysis tools.

This is a fully-remote role, and we’re open to candidates applying within UTC+2 to UTC-4 timezones.

What you’ll do:

  • Maintain and implement low-level functionality at the EVM bytecode level in Rust
  • Work on an open-source project while helping triage Github issues and supporting users
  • Tackle large, complex, and ambiguous projects, starting from a set of high-level product requirements
  • Identify and/or clarify requirements and analyze tradeoffs, risks, dependencies, user value, and non-functional requirements
  • Deep dive into user pain points, concerns, and requests
  • Independently solve tasks that range from complex design/architecture issues and complex previously unknown blockers to churning through coding tasks and bugs at a high pace
  • Uncover unknowns or gaps and prototype solutions for major risks
  • Act as a force multiplier for the team
  • Contribute to project management and roadmap planning. You’ll outline risks and dependencies and break down scopes and roadmap items into tangible milestones while optimizing for fast delivery
  • Keep timely communication with management stakeholders, other engineering teams, and other functions
  • Coach other engineers on technical topics

Who we’re looking for:

  • At least 5 years of experience working on systems software
  • 5+ years of experience with C++ OR 2+ years of working with Rust
  • You have a product-oriented mindset. You focus on future usage of what you’re building, always considering its impact, and make trade-offs accordingly
  • Prior experience working in a remote and globally distributed environment. We work mostly asynchronously, so the ability to take ownership strongly and work with minimal direction is crucial
  • Experienced in cross-team collaboration
  • As this is an early-stage project, we are seeking a teammate who is comfortable adapting to changing requirements
  • Knowledge of Ethereum is a plus, especially low-level concepts, but it’s not required

Compensation and benefits

  • Unlimited PTO
  • Budget for hardware equipment
  • Annual Learning & Development Budget
  • Vesting ETH grant as part of total compensation
  • Statutory benefits specific to your location (depending on the employment contract)

Why join us?

Mission-driven value creation

Your contributions will directly impact an ecosystem that is shaping the future of finance, data, and ownership. You won’t be working on optimizing a revenue stream to increase shareholder profits; you’ll create value for the Ethereum community and developer ecosystem.

Lean and robust

We run robust engineering practices and lightweight processes that provide us with structure and fast decision-making. Your time will be spent on technical challenges, coding, and launching features.

We value diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We recognize they are essential to growth and innovation, and sometimes the perfect candidate might not tick every box in the job description. If you're passionate about what you do and have valuable experience - we want to hear from you. Your unique background and skills could be just what our team needs and we warmly encourage you to apply.

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