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Postdoctoral Associate, Digital Currency Initiative

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Boston, MA
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Nov 27, 2021

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REQUIRED: Ph.D. or J.D. in a related field; experience dealing with confidential information; track record of relevant publications; track record of maintaining and securing production systems; interest in collaborating with students and researchers; interest in contributing to open-source software projects; ability and interest in communicating with non-technical stakeholders; ability to work independently and distill requirements from higher-level goals; and willingness to help create an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. PREFERRED: experience with Bitcoin development and maintenance. Job #19629

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension based on the direction of the research and funding.


POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Program in Media Arts and Sciences-Digital Currency Initiative, to join a highly collaborative team of researchers and staff who bring together global experts to take on challenges in cryptocurrency and digital currency design. Responsibilities include assisting with building up long-term defenses against potential layer-1 bugs in Bitcoin by, for example, supporting modularization efforts and researching safer programming paradigms and languages; preemptively investigating, monitoring, and strengthening the software against attacks; improving automation, writing new tests and security tools and decreasing reliance on scarce experts; and researching the long-term economic security of cryptocurrency systems.

The Digital Currency Initiative explores the many issues involved in blockchain, digital currency, and Bitcoin technology. Will undertake research into developing new technologies that can help strengthen Bitcoin's security in addition to contributing to Bitcoin's development.

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