Senior Software Engineer - Open Source Team

Permanent employee, Full-time · Remote

Who we are:

The Cardano Foundation is an independent, Swiss-based not-for-profit organization. The Foundation is tasked with advancing the public digital infrastructure Cardano and works to anchor it as a utility for financial and social systems, thus empowering the digital architects of the future.

The Foundation facilitates the worldwide advancement of Cardano in enterprise applications. It develops infrastructure tooling, strengthens operational resilience and drives diversity of on-infrastructure use cases as well as the development of sound and representative governance.

Another significant part of the Cardano Foundation’s mission is to engage with and support the Cardano community. The Foundation assists the development of tools the community can use to leverage Cardano to solve problems in new ways.

What you’ll be doing:

The Open Source team is looking for a senior software engineer with expertise in blockchain technology, networking, or distributed, fault-tolerant, systems design. We are seeking a capable and rigorous functional programming enthusiast looking for solving challenging problems never solved before. 

As we value motivation and autonomy, the ideal candidate is able and willing to be responsible for a project (end-to-end). This entails the definition and prioritisation of tasks, to the design and implementation, as well as the testing, documentation and support for users. 

Ultimately, we seek to create a flourishing ecosystem of technology solutions that apply not only to Cardano, but to a broader set of problems relevant to many distributed systems. 

  • Coordinate with other maintainers, users and stakeholders through open and efficient processes (e.g. CIP) to identify improvements or new functionalities that directly impact the Cardano technology stack.

  • Improve the stability, the quality and the accessibility of the existing Cardano libraries. 

  • Assist contributors and help foster an open source community of developers in the Cardano technology stack. 

  • Create new open source libraries, contribute to existing open source projects or design new projects when necessary. 

  • Review state of the art technology solutions (publications or other libraries / frameworks) to steer evolutions of the project. 

  • Inform about the techniques and innovations you’re bringing to the Cardano technology stack through workshops, blog posts, scientific papers or any medium that would be deemed relevant.

What we look for in you:
  • A PhD or master degree in computer science. A focus on distributed systems or networking is a plus;

  • Excellent understanding of the fundamentals of one or more of the existing Cardano technology stacks; 

  • Autonomy and desire to work as an open source maintainer; 

  • Ability to deliver high-quality code and ensure it through various testing techniques (e.g. property-based testing);

  • Solid communication and sharing skills;

  • Expertise with functional programming languages, preferably Haskell; 

  • Good understanding of permissionless blockchains, especially Proof-of-Stake consensus protocols, is a plus;

About us

Cardano Foundation has incredible employees from over 24 nationalities, across 3 continents which you will work collegiately to grow the Foundation. 

Here at Cardano Foundation’s we are transparent, inclusive, passionate and innovative. As such our mission is to have a positive impact on global change and breed a harmonious working environment for our employees to flourish. 


  • Our employees have the flexibility and freedom to work from home with flexible working hours. 
  • All Cardano Foundation employees will have access to a personal annual learning budget dedicated to personal professional and personal development. 
  • A day a year is dedicated to a departmental team activity fun day out. 
  • Cardano Foundation gives the opportunity to its employees to dedicate a volunteering day to help the greater community or to be an expert in your field of work within the blockchain community. 
  • Employees are given additional day off for their birthday. 
  • Cardano Foundation also rewards days off as per established work anniversaries milestones.

Cardano Foundation strives to provide a diverse, inclusive and welcoming working environment. We are committed being a discrimination free organisation - including discrimination free space with regards to age, religion, race, nationality/ethnic origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Applications from Recruitment Agencies
Cardano Foundation does not accept any applications from recruitment agencies for this position. We refuse any responsibility for unsolicited applications as well as any associated fees. Unsolicited applications will be treated as direct application regardless of the channel through which we receive them. 
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