Founding Backend Engineer

Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 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. Our office is in NYC and working in person in NY is our strong preference, but we're open to remote candidates as well.

The Role

We are looking for a founding backend engineer to join a startup using zero-knowledge proofs to scale smart contract applications. You will be responsible for building cloud-based systems to fulfill and monitor user queries into Axiom, our first product. This will involve building systems to query blockchain indexers, execute zero-knowledge provers, and submit query outputs on-chain. The systems you build will orchestrate multiple cloud servers to optimize proving latency, reliability, and cost. Your work will require designing secure and efficient systems and making design choices to enable rapid development without sacrificing security.

Your day-to-day work will involve implementing and optimizing query pipelines which transform blockchain data to fulfilled Axiom queries. We are looking for someone with strong engineering design skills, the ability to work across the stack, and a security mindset. We also value the ability to make pragmatic technology choices which empower our small team without adding too much overhead.

Who you are

  • You are fluent in Rust, C++, or a similarly performant backend language. We work primarily in Rust and Typescript, but prior experience is not mandatory.

  • You have experience deploying production applications in the cloud using orchestration and containerization (Docker, Terraform, Kubernetes).

  • You have experience working with production applications hosted on AWS.

  • You are extremely detail oriented and have a security mindset

  • You’ve worked on challenging software projects and have an eye for performance

  • 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 VMs, programming languages, or databases.

  • You have experience with low-level details of Ethereum.

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).