Senior Compiler Engineer



Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2024

What We're Building

ZK proofs are one of the most critical technologies to blockchain scaling, interoperability and privacy, but are too complex for most developers today. Succinct’s mission is to make zero knowledge proofs accessible to any developer.

SP1 is a state of the art zkVM with performance that rivals custom ZK circuits that lets developers use ZK with normal programming languages, like Rust. The Succinct Prover Network, under active development, is a hosted infrastructure layer for any application to outsource proof-generation for open-source proof systems.

Today, top teams in the space, including Celestia, Wormhole, Lido, Avail, Near, and Gnosis are using Succinct’s infrastructure to build with ZKPs. We have a track record of shipping excellent products and cutting-edge technical work in ZK and have significant revenue from our customers.

We recently announced our $55 million raise across our Seed and Series A led by Paradigm, the best investor in crypto. Our team is still small but incredibly strong, and we are looking for exceptional people who are excited to work hard on challenging and impactful problems in a fast-paced environment. Our office is located in San Francisco and we have a strong preference for candidates based there for this role, but are open to exceptional remote candidates.

The Role

We are looking for an exceptional compiler engineer to join our team to work on greenfield projects to produce code that is highly optimized for zkVMs (a new type of computer architecture with a very different cost model than traditional CPUs). Prior experience with ZKPs or blockchain is not expected. In this role you will:

  • Work on performance-oriented greenfield projects to product optimized code for our zkVM, SP1

  • Research and implement ideas for how to create a new compiler backend for a ZK-friendly ISA


  • Proven track record in compiler design and system architecture

  • Experience with industry-standard compiler technologies

  • Ownership mindset

  • Strong communication and collaboration skills

Nice to have

  • Strong experience with one of LLVM or Cranelift

  • Familiarity with cryptography


Everyone on our team is located in San Francisco and works together in-person. Ideally, we’re looking for someone who enjoys in-person work and is already in San Francisco or willing to relocate (we can cover relocation costs). For senior candidates who are an exceptional fit, we’d consider a remote position as long as you’re available to onboard in-person for the first few months.


  • Above-market salary and generous equity compensation

  • Unlimited PTO

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their dependents

  • Lunch and dinner provided at the office

  • Optional, company-paid travel to events and conferences

Even if the listed qualifications don't seem like an exact match, passionate and enthusiastic people who love to quickly learn are always welcome! Feel free to reach out or apply regardless and we would love to chat.