Founding Smart Contract Engineer

New York, NY, USA · Remote
Posted on Sunday, March 26, 2023

About Us

Axiom is using zero knowledge proofs to scale smart contract applications in a new way. Our recent V2 release on mainnet allows smart contracts to compute over the entire history of Ethereum in a fully trustless way. This is critical infrastructure to help blockchain applications scale and will empower developers to build novel decentralized applications with the power of ZK.

We are a small but incredibly strong team backed by the best investors in crypto. We’re looking for exceptional people who are excited to work on challenging and impactful problems in a fast-paced environment. We have an office in NYC and have a preference for candidates based there but we are open to remote candidates too.

The Role

We are looking for a Founding Smart Contract Engineer to lead the development and deployment of the Axiom smart contracts which interface with off-chain ZK proofs. This will involve designing and implementing the on-chain API call interface, implementing smart contracts for custom integrations with partners, and implementing a Solidity SDK. Your work will require implementing secure and efficient systems and making design decisions to empower developers using Axiom while maximizing security and auditability.

Your day-to-day work will involve extending and optimizing our core interfaces while supporting custom integrations we build with our partners on top of Axiom. We are looking for someone with knowledge of secure smart contract design patterns, empathy for smart contract developers, and a security mindset. We also value the ability to design tasteful and usable smart contract interfaces.

Who you are

  • You have extensive knowledge of Solidity and the EVM.

  • You have experience with developer tools for smart contract application developers (Hardhat, Foundry).

  • You have extensive knowledge of smart contract security and common pitfalls

  • You have extensive experience with proper deployment and security practices

  • You have experience writing extensive unit and integration tests

  • You have extreme attention to detail, with a security and ownership mindset

  • You’re a clear communicator and value collaboration

  • You have a strong bias towards action

  • You have an extremely strong work ethic


  • You have experience with auditing smart contracts

  • You’ve worked on a protocol with significant TVL, especially infrastructure related

  • You’ve earned bug bounties

Why work with us

  • As a founding engineer, you’ll be one of the earliest employees with ownership to make key technical/product decisions.

  • You’ll be working on groundbreaking tech that has the potential to be a key piece of infrastructure for the crypto industry.

  • You’ll receive a competitive salary with equity.

  • You will work with and receive mentorship from an exceptional team.

Here is who you’d be working with:


  • Did cutting edge research on probability and machine learning. Professor at UChicago Statistics (on leave), MIT Math PhD, Harvard Math BA.

  • Wrote some of the most performant ZK circuits for elliptic curve cryptography and Ethereum data reads (circom-ecdsa, zk-attestor, halo2-ecc).

  • Advised Gauntlet and Scroll and worked at an HFT startup from inception to profitable trading.


  • Published number theory research in the top journals in math. UChicago Math PhD, Harvard Math BA.

  • Wrote some of the most performant ZK circuits for elliptic curve cryptography and Ethereum data reads (circom-pairing, halo2-ecc, axiom-eth).