Jan 04, 2024

Senior ZK Cryptographer

$237,600 - $288,000 yearly
  • RISC Zero
Full time Back-end development Cryptography Engineering

Job Description

We are seeking a world class Staff ZK Cryptographer to enhance our zero-knowledge proof system and stay at the forefront of cryptographic innovation. This role involves the development of advanced cryptographic protocols tailored for zero-knowledge proof applications and the enhancement of our core proof system, zkVM.

We are looking for candidates who are deeply invested in the field of zk cryptography and who exhibit a strong sense of curiosity and dedication to the craft. If you have a track record of developing cryptographic solutions and are excited about pioneering new protocols in the ZKP space, we would love to hear from you.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and refine cryptographic protocols for various use cases of ZKPs.

  • Continuously improve the zkVM, our core proof system, ensuring its robustness and efficiency.

  • Provide support for ZKP-enabled cryptographic protocols, including analysis for partners and the creation of demonstrations. 

  • Collaborate with team members to support platform development from a cryptographic perspective.

  • Conduct meticulous code reviews for contributions that involve sensitive cryptographic elements

Ideal Candidate Qualities:

  • 🔒 Authenticity: Demonstrates ethical leadership, honesty, and transparency in all interactions.

  • 💖 Empathy: Shows understanding and concern for the well-being of team members, demonstrating a humane orientation to leadership.

  • 🌟 Resilience: Demonstrates positivity and resilience in the face of challenges, providing inspiration and motivation to the team.

  • 🌱 Growth Mindset: Encourages continuous learning and personal development within the team, focusing on the human dynamic and the unique needs and strengths of all stakeholders.

  • 🎯 Strategic Thinking: Exhibits the ability to think strategically and act decisively, balancing immediate needs with long-term goals.

  • 🌍 Inclusive Leadership: Champions diversity and inclusion, promoting equitable opportunities and treatment for all team members.

  • 🤝 Collaborative: Excels at breaking down silos and creating a "one team, one roadmap" culture. Has a strong ability to facilitate productive relationships across teams.

  • 👷🏾‍♀️ Builder: You’re a Creator and a Doer, you get the vision, create the strategy, and take ownership of building it


  • Proven applied cryptography experience, such as having written cryptographic code that is currently utilized in production environments.

  • Familiarity with Zero-Knowledge Proof (ZKP) systems and a passion for keeping up to date with advancements in this field.

  • A strong mathematical foundation, with the capability to engage with new research topics in mathematics related to cryptography.

  • While not mandatory, knowledge of the Rust programming language would be beneficial.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with team members and external partners.

  • An acute attention to detail, ensuring precision in code development and protocol design.

What We Offer:

  • Salary: $249,000 - $280,000

  • This role is remote with the ability to travel up to 20% for team ‘onsite’ meetings. 

  • We have an Industrious co-working space in Seattle, with the flexibility to rent in other locations. 

  • Health insurance: Premera Blue Cross (medical dental, vision, HSA) 85% premium coverage for employees, 75% for dependents. (US Only)

  • 401k (US Only)

  • Generous company equity: 5,000-6,900 units annually, vesting immediately each month.

  • Paid time off: Unlimited (3-5 weeks is the norm)

  • 11 paid holidays, sick leave, etc. 

  • A supportive and collaborative work environment.

  • Leadership Coaching and opportunities for professional growth, learning, and development.

Our Commitment to Inclusion: We are equal opportunity and value diversity. We do not discriminate. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all.

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