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Protocol Engineer

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Crypto/Web3 Protocol Engineers are responsible for developing and maintaining the blockchain protocols and smart contracts that power decentralized applications.

Job Summary

Web3 App Development is the same as client/server, only Web3 applications interface with the blockchain via a wallet and an ABI (Ethereum) that interfaces with certain contract addresses on a blockchain to execute transactions.

Protocol Engineer Roadmap

  • The greatest volume of work is standard web application development for human interaction by Product Engineers using the Nextjs Framework with certain libraries that make interfacing with the blockchain easier (Typesafe) to develop.
  • The greater complexity and importance of work is writing valuable and secure logic onto the blockchain.
  • For more complex applications, teams may innovate with building their own blockchain architecture protocols. Engineering the Blockchain Architecture for building better products has alot of overlap with platform engineering.



Essential Values:

  • Strong commitment to delivering high-quality solutions.
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new technologies and frameworks.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Fundamental Traits:

  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.


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Tech Stack

Experience with the following technologies:

  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Solidity, Rust, and TypeScript.
  • Experience with blockchain platforms like Ethereum, Polkadot, and Cosmos.
  • Knowledge of web development frameworks like Next.js and React.
  • Familiarity with tools like Hardhat, Truffle, and Ethers.js.

Software Development

Design patterns and best practices:

  • Familiarity with design patterns such as modular architecture, microservices, and event-driven architecture.
  • Ability to apply design patterns to solve complex problems in blockchain development.
  • Participate in agile development methodologies and contribute to continuous integration and delivery.
  • Expertise in agile development methodologies and continuous integration and delivery.

Coding Activities:

  • Design, implement, and maintain blockchain protocols and smart contracts.
  • Develop and integrate T3 apps in Next.js with blockchain ABI.
  • Conduct thorough code reviews and ensure adherence to best practices.
  • Familiarity with DevOps practices and tools like Docker and Kubernetes.

Business Activities

Support critical business growth activities including:

People Skills

Communication and collaboration across:

  • Collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, including developers, researchers, and product managers.
  • Communicate technical information to non-technical stakeholders.


Must identify and explain complex problems and document thinking behind critical decisions.

Problem Solving

Critical problems to solve:

  • Ensuring the security and scalability of blockchain protocols and smart contracts.
  • Integrating blockchain solutions with web applications seamlessly.
  • Staying current with the rapidly evolving blockchain landscape.

Decision Making

Most important decisions:

  • How to optimize blockchain protocols for performance and scalability.
  • How to ensure the security of smart contracts and blockchain protocols.
  • How to integrate blockchain solutions with web applications effectively.


Critical KPIs for performance:

  • Code quality and adherence to best practices.
  • Timeliness and efficiency in delivering solutions.
  • Collaboration and communication with cross-functional teams.
  • Staying current with the latest developments in blockchain technology.



Strategies for attracting top talent:


Questions to ask:

  • What is your experience with blockchain development, and how have you applied it in previous roles?
  • How do you ensure the security and scalability of blockchain protocols and smart contracts?
  • Can you explain a complex blockchain concept or design pattern to a non-technical audience?


Marketplace expectations:

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