July 19, 2023

Lead Software Engineer (Go, Chat SDK) at Status

About Status

Status is building the tools and infrastructure for the advancement of a secure, private, and open web3.

With the high level goals of preserving the right to privacy, mitigating the risk of censorship, and promoting economic trade in a transparent, open manner, Status is building a community where anyone is welcome to join and contribute.

As an organization, Status seeks to push the web3 ecosystem forward through research, creation of developer tools, and support of the open source community.

As a product, Status is an open source, Ethereum-based app that gives users the power to chat, transact, and access a revolutionary world of DApps on the decentralized web. But Status is also building foundational infrastructure for the whole Ethereum ecosystem, including the Nimbus ETH 1.0 and 2.0 clients, the Keycard hardware wallet, and the Waku messaging protocol (a continuation of Whisper).

As a team, Status has been completely distributed since inception.  Our team is currently 150+ core contributors strong, and welcomes a growing number of community members from all walks of life, scattered all around the globe.

We care deeply about open source, and our organizational structure has minimal hierarchy and no fixed work hours. We believe in working with a high degree of autonomy while supporting the organization’s priorities.

About Waku

We are building Waku as a public good infrastructure. Waku is uncompromising Web3 communication at scale. It is a decentralized, censorship-resistant, privacy-preserving communication network that enables anyone to send and receive messages without worrying about surveillance or deplatforming.

We are enabling Ethereum builders to create new projects with a fully decentralized architecture, think dApp to Wallet notifications, NFT marketplaces, censorship-resistant chat, layer-2 and more. 

Waku enables a variety of complex use cases and applications. To facilitate the adoption of Waku, you will design and implement application protocols to provide to dapp developers as off-the-shelf SDKs.

Key responsibilities:

  • Design, plan, coordinate and execute the integration of Waku in Status Communities application (status-go).
  • Liaise with Status team to understand Status’ product requirements and roadmap.
  • Liaise with Waku team to understand Waku’s features, limitations and roadmap.
  • Drive design discussion of the integration of Waku in Status Communities; Communicate risks and cost effort to stakeholders.
  • Learn, maintain, improve and troubleshoot the chat related functionalities of status-go codebase; Report issues to Waku and Status teams.
  • Beyond 3-6 months: strategize and execute the creation of Chat SDKs (Golang, JS, etc) using knowledge acquired working on status-go; Build your own team of engineers.

You ideally will have:

  • Experience building applications with complex logic, cutting edge technology or applied research.
  • Experience interfacing with product managers or business analysts, able to hold technical complex discussions with product oriented professionals as well as highly-skilled developers.
  • At least, 5 years experience as a Software Engineer, including at least 3 years as a Golang Developer.
  • At least, 3 years experience as Team Lead, Tech Lead or Engineering Manager.
  • Already in the blockchain and decentralized technologies space or familiarity with it; you understand how they work.
  • Strong alignment to our principles

[Don’t worry if you don’t meet all of these criteria, we’d still love to hear from you anyway if you think you’d be a great fit for this role. Just explain to us why in your cover letter].

Bonus points if:

  • You have experience working in chat/instant messaging applications.
  • You have experience leading the integration of a complex tech stack in an application.
  • You are already familiar with the Ethereum community, Web3 or blockchain development
  • You are working for an open source organization.

Hiring process:

  • Chat with people ops
  • Chat with Waku Lead
  • Pair programming with Go-Waku Developer
  • Chat with Logos Lead

[The steps may change along the way if we see it makes sense to adapt the interview stages, so please consider the above as a guideline]. 


The expected compensation range for this role is $90,000 - $120,000 (dependent on how we assess your skills and experience throughout our interview process). 

We are happy to pay in any mix of fiat/crypto.

Lead Software Engineer (Go, Chat SDK) at Status

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