Status is the gateway to the decentralized web. We’re 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. Our core products include an open source, Ethereum-based app for mobile and desktop that gives users the power to chat, make payments and browse the decentralized web, as well as 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 which is a continuation of Whisper.

Who are we?

We’re a remote team made up of ~75 core contributors and a growing number of community members scattered around the globe. We care deeply about open source software, 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.

The project & role: 

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.

What you will be doing:

  • 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.

Ideally, you will have: 

  • Experience in, and passion for, blockchain technology, decentralization, open source and privacy; alignment with our principles: https://status.im/about/#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.

[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 us why in your application.].


We pay a competitive salary based on experience, plus a grant of Status Network Tokens vesting over a three-year period. More info on SNT here here: https://status.im/snt-utility/ For a full list of Status benefits, see here: https://people-ops.status.im/tag/perks/

Hiring process:

The hiring process for this role will be:

  1. Interview with our People Ops team
  2. Interview with Oskar, Vac Protocol Research Lead
  3. Technical challenge / peer Interview with Hanno, Vac Protocol Engineer
  4. Interview with Dmitriy, libp2p Lead
  5. Interview with Jacek, Head Of Research

The steps may change along the way if we see it makes sense to adapt the interview stages, so please consider the above as a guideline.