Founding Engineer - EVM



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023
At Shadow, we're building the end-to-end data platform for crypto.

We believe that 30 years from now, blockchains will act as a record of all human activity. And everyone – from individuals to institutions – will want the ability to make use of the information enshrined on blockchains in their own ways.

Blockchains are fundamentally new types of databases, yet it’s much too difficult to work with onchain data today. We’re taking a crypto native approach to solve this, starting with infrastructure to generate shadow event data for any smart contract.

Why join

Team –– we have a high bar; you'll be on a small team of extremely talented individuals.

Impact –– work on stuff that actually matters and will grow crypto as a whole.

Ownership –– you will have an extreme level of autonomy over your work.

We’re hiring a founding EVM engineer to join our world-class team in NYC.

About The Role

In this role you'll be working closely with the CTO to develop, maintain, and improve the node and supporting infrastructure we run at Shadow. You should have a deep understanding of the EVM and have experience hacking on the EVM itself or auxiliary tools like debuggers and tracers.

What You'll Do (responsibilities)

We're looking for an experienced IC who wants to:

Build highly performant and reliable node infrastructure. With some other bells and whistles that create magic for our customers.

Expand EVM chain support. You’re already familiar or are excited to dive deep into the nuances of L2s and other EVM chains, and extend our infrastructure across them.

Hack on the EVM. You love the EVM for what it is, but have ideas on how to improve it.

Our tech stack
  • Typescript, React, Tailwind, and GraphQL
  • Backend infrastructure built in Rust and Go
  • Kafka, Postgres, Snowflake, and BigTable

What We're Looking For (qualifications)

You're a senior or staff-level IC that has worked on EVM node infrastructure in a production environment. We’re looking for someone who has done it before and doesn’t need ramp up time.

Strong opinions on what best-in-class tooling looks like for developers on EVM chains.

Curious and quick learning. We don't expect you to have experience in every technology we use, but to learn and be productive quickly. Owning several repos and jumping into all of them doesn't scare you.

Pragmatic attention to detail. We strive for few slips in code, Git hygiene, and clear written communication — all while remaining low-ego and solution oriented.

Good heart. We are a group of friendly ambitious nerds, and don't tolerate jerks.

What We Offer (compensation & Benefits)

We'll treat you well. If there are other benefits that are important to you, we'd like to hear.

Highly competitive salary and equity — we target 90th percentile compensation for both salary and equity. You’ll be expected to act like an owner, because you are one.

Paid time off — 4 weeks paid vacation, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave.

In-person culture — we work out of a beautiful office in Soho New York with other early-stage crypto folks, and have a culture of coming in 5 days a week as a default.

Hardware setup — we’ll buy whatever you need to be productive.

Work trials

We’re a fan of paid work trials. We believe they’re the best way to learn whether there’s a mutual fit, and equally beneficial for the candidate as the company.

This is not a requirement, as we understand that every individual’s situation is different. We'll discuss details during the process, but work trials are fully paid, and usually last 2-7 days where we have your full time and focus during the period – e.g. you’ve taken PTO at your full-time job, have no other contract work obligations, etc.

Compensation Range: $200K - $250K