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Distributed Systems Engineer (Vac Team)

Distributed Systems Engineer (Vac Team) We are the Vac team, and we are building a communications tool with security, censorship resistance and privacy in mind. See Vac, Waku v2 and Ethereum Messagin

Distributed Systems Engineer (Vac Team)
We are the Vac team, and we are building a communications tool with security, censorship resistance and privacy in mind. See Vac, Waku v2 and Ethereum Messaging for more. You will focus on making Waku v2 and the reference implementation nim-waku production-ready: as robust, scalable and secure as possible for large scale deployment. This also includes implementing and maintaining required protocols.
Our implementation is written in Nim – an efficient, expressive and elegant programming language.

Key Responsibilities

  • Write and maintain Nim code.
  • Research and design core functionality.
  • Provide feedback on overall design decisions and participate in code reviews.
  • Implement libp2p protocols according to existing specifications.
  • Support the production implementation with security issues, bug fixes and similar.
  • Ship high-quality software (including testing, benchmarks, monitoring).
  • Working together with libp2p team to help with network specific needs, such as Websockets, QUIC, and similar.
  • Interpret and implement solutions based on academic research.

Skills Knowledge and Expertise

Ideally you will have:
[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!]
  • Experience in, and passion for, blockchain technology, decentralization, open source and privacy; alignment with our principles:
  • Experience with low level/strongly typed languages (C/C++/Go/Rust or Java/C#), including FFI.
  • Experience building networking heavy applications and p2p networking specifically.
  • Strong understanding of encryption and key exchange mechanisms, as well as p2p building blocks such as gossiping, routing and discovery (DHTs), Nat traversal.
  • A passion for writing robust, clean and maintainable code.

Bonus points if you have:
  • Contributed to a blockchain-related, open source project.
  • Experience with Nim.
  • Experience with libp2p / devp2p, networking, cryptography.


Perks & benefits!

  • Work with some of the most passionate & dedicated minds in the Ethereum space.

  • We ask that you’re willing to be paid in a combination of fiat and cryptocurrency.
  • We’ll reward you with a competitive base salary.
  • We’ll also reward you with SNT (Status Network Tokens) to give you a real stake in the success of the organisation.
  • A generous budget (€2000 Euros) to choose whatever laptop you prefer.
  • We provide a small allowance (up to €250 Euros per month) for a co-working space.
  • Work from wherever you choose. Our contributors are a varied bunch – some work from home, some from a coworking space, some from a local cafe, others are nomads.
  • We operate an open vacation policy, meaning there are no hard limits or strict rules around how much holiday you take and how you schedule it.
  • We want our contributors to be healthy and take the time they need to relax and enjoy quality disconnected time away from work.
  • We offer all contributors a Headspace subscription.
  • Each team has a travel budget to attend conferences & team meetups of their choice.
  • Once per year the whole organisation gets together to connect (so far we’ve visited Bangkok and Prague).
Note: We don’t offer traditional benefits like medical/dental insurance – we’d rather pay you well and give you the freedom to select your own benefits, on your terms.


As a team, Status is completely distributed since inception. Our team is currently 85+ core contributors strong, and welcomes a growing number of community members 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.



Employment Type

Full Time


Remote, Worldwide