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About Status

Status is building the tools and infrastructure for the advancement of a secure, private, and open web3. 

With the high level goals of preserving the right to privacy, mitigating the risk of censorship, and promoting economic trade in a transparent, open manner, Status is building a community where anyone is welcome to join and contribute.

As an organization, Status seeks to push the web3 ecosystem forward through research, creation of developer tools, and support of the open source community. 

As a product, Status is an open source, Ethereum-based app that gives users the power to chat, transact, and access a revolutionary world of Apps on the decentralized web. But Status is also building foundational infrastructure for the whole Ethereum ecosystem, including the Nimbus ETH 1.0 and 2.0 clients, the Keycard hardware wallet, and the Waku messaging protocol, the p2p communication layer for Web3.

As a team, Status has been completely distributed since inception. Our team is currently 200+ core contributors strong, and welcomes a growing number of community members from all walks of life, scattered all around the globe. 

We care deeply about open source, and our organizational structure has minimal hierarchy and no fixed work hours. We believe in working with a high degree of autonomy while supporting the organization’s priorities.

About Status Network

Status Network is a forward-looking zkEVM L2 rollup on Ethereum tailored for social applications and seamless access to DeFi yield opportunities for everyone. Status Network is dedicated to providing an open playground for communities to build on and thrive, while also incentivising liquidity thanks to a native yield market. We are deeply committed to decentralisation, with a focus on minimising censorship risks and preserving the right to privacy.

Status Network is tightly integrated within the broader IFT ecosystem. The IFT is building the tools and infrastructure for the advancement of a secure, private, collaborative and open internet, which includes the Status app. 

Status Network is set to become a settlement layer for these different protocols and social applications, offering the most seamless and open social infrastructure to build truly onchain organisations. Status Network will bring direct utility to the SNT token with upgraded tokenomics taking into account sequencer revenues.

The role

The L2 Lead Developer at Status Network will be responsible for the comprehensive deployment and ongoing operation of this new zkEVM L2 rollup. This role includes full oversight of the infrastructure setup in collaboration with a RaaS (Rollup as a Service) provider and other infrastructure partners. The Lead Developer will manage the integration of essential third-party partners required for the blockchain’s operation, including but not limited to bridges, RPC endpoint providers, developers tooling, blockchain indexers and explorers, and fiat-to-crypto gateways, with a focus on delivering the smoothest developer experience.

This position offers a unique opportunity to lead the engineering efforts for the launch and subsequent growth of a groundbreaking zk L2 rollup. You will be at the forefront of developing a platform that not only supports decentralised applications but also integrates social and financial functionalities deeply within its architecture, paving the way for a new era of onchain social interaction and economic exchange.

If you are driven by innovation in blockchain technology, eager to lead a cutting-edge project, and passionate about decentralisation and privacy, this role will provide you with the perfect platform to make a significant impact.

Key responsibilities:

  • Spearhead the implementation, launch, and ongoing development of a new zkEVM L2 rollup on Ethereum.
  • Oversee the entire infrastructure for the L2 rollup, collaborating with our RaaS and infra providers to ensure high reliability and performance.
  • Manage technical integrations with external third-party providers as well as internal teams, including adapting Nimbus client software for the rollup and working with the Status App client teams for application integration.
  • Collaborate on the codebase of our L2 stack partner to innovate and enhance the security and performance of our zkEVM rollup stack.
  • Drive the development process of Status Network by establishing rigorous testing protocols on testnets and mainnet, implementing best practices in coding, security, and system design, and coordinating deployment processes to ensure the rollup’s integrity and availability at launch.
  • Engage with the community and developers through outreach, documentation, and support to encourage adoption and feedback for continuous improvement.
  • Lead, mentor, and expand our team of developers and engineers, promoting a culture of innovation and collaboration.

You will ideally have:

  • Strong experience in the Ethereum ecosystem, particularly with L2 solutions like zkEVM rollups.
  • Advanced knowledge of Solidity programming and a deep understanding of blockchain mechanics.
  • Proven track record of leading software development teams, with experience successfully managing cross-functional teams.
  • History of contributing to or leading open-source projects.
  • Expertise in cloud infrastructure management, especially with AWS, including configuring and managing scalable and secure environments suitable for blockchain applications
  • Proficient in setting up and maintaining continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines to streamline development and deployment processes, especially in the context of open-source software.
  • Experience with implementing and managing decentralised and distributed systems, demonstrating a robust understanding of the challenges and solutions specific to these environments.
    A hands-on approach and technical proficiency in troubleshooting, optimising, and innovating blockchain solutions under various constraint
    Experience with various blockchain infrastructures and applications, including node operation, blockchain explorer integration, DeFi and NFT lending protocols, and cross-chain bridge mechanisms.
  • Understanding of other blockchain and cryptographic technologies, including consensus algorithms, DeFi smart contract security, and network protocols.

Bonus points:

  • Degen
  • Comfort with remote and asynchronous work environments
  • A passionate advocate for the Ethereum community and the broader ethos of open-source contribution
  • Enthusiasm for decentralisation and a personal drive to promote censorship resistance within the crypto space

[Don’t worry if you don’t meet all of these criteria, we’d still love to hear from you anyway if you think you’d be a great fit for this role. Just explain to us why in your cover letter].

Hiring process:

  • Interview with our People Ops team
  • Interview with IFT Team Member
  • Interview with IFT Team Member
  • Interview with Program Lead


The expected compensation range for this role is $140,000 – $180,000 (negotiable, dependent on how we assess your skills and experience throughout our interview process). We are happy to pay in any mix of fiat/crypto.

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