After a lull in new blockchain positions there seems to be a return of activity in the market.
We’ve noticed in our daily research an increase in new adverts for blockchain skills with one example being from what appears to be Microsoft.
“Have a passion for Cryptocurrency? We have a unique opportunity to join a product house working on Ethereum blockchain based solutions,” they say, adding:
“Their team has grown from 5 to almost 40 overall in a few years and now want an experienced back-end developer to join their core development team.”
A near 10x increase is not bad with them saying blockchain skills are not even a must, but “understanding of/interest in Ethereum blockchain based solutions” would be “nice to have.”
Some €5,000 a month for this in Helsinki, Finland. It’s under the Microsoft jobs category with the recruitment firm saying they’re leaders in Microsoft recruitment, so if this is indeed Microsoft, then it may be just the start.
We’ve picked this as an illustrative example of growing interest and utilization of blockchain tech in the corporate world with a significant shift occurring this year.
For example Mellon Investments Corporation of BNY Mellon, has put up an insights article today where they say:
“The adoption of blockchain technology by highly regarded companies that are especially known for business optimization signals an inflection point in broader-based adoption.”
Ethereum has passed the tipping point and it appears in some ways much of blockchain refers underneath to the ethereum public blockchain.
That may be because ethereum has a lot of tech startups due to its dapps and defi and far too much else going on in the ethereum network.
As skills and experience are very desirable, even more so here because you’re often dealing with assets that when they’re gone, they’re gone, that organic tech scene feeds into the corporate world and vice versa.
Thus ethereum has a bigger pool of talent, if not the biggest, leading to more opportunities including one by Kleros.
We’ve king of heard that name before, with this describing itself as a peer to peer justice court.
Meaning they’ve been around since at least 2018, but are still a startup rather than a fully established business.
They want a PhD researcher in blockchain and law for which they give €24,000 with this requiring “a background in economics and/or political science (especially, game theory).”
“The company is seeking to recruit a PhD candidate in a university in France to undertake research and a dissertation on the legal aspects of the protocol,” they say.
Interestingly both of these positions are in Europe, showing a potential ongoing shift in particular because European governments have been very welcoming to this space, including investing quite a bit on blockchain related research and development.
Where it comes to regulations also, the European jurisdiction has been far more permissive, with the crypto valley of course in Europe.
As stated however these are just two illustrative examples that so happened to come to our attention today, but obviously not all positions are for ethereum or in Europe.
We’ve noticed the mention of other blockchains as well, but rarely a repetitive mention of non ethereum blockchains where tech positions are concerned.
It depends however which section of the blockchain you go as this is becoming a big field and therefore specialization is arising.
In something like supply chains related blockchains projects, for example, the use of the Solidity programming language would make sense due to network effects, but otherwise they’re more kind of replicated databases.
So you’d want that thing on ethereum itself only if you want the absolute maximum security. In which case you can have the project on a smart contract which is Turing complete, so you can code it to do whatever you want.
Where it concerns bills of landings however and other more common administrative tasks, you can just have a proof of authority fork of eth or if you want the project development process to last longer, then you can come up with something yourself.
As much of this is open source and work on the ethereum blockchain happens in a way where anyone can participate, students that want to go into this area may learn more on Github than on the classroom – except for the maths, that one is hard enough with a professor.
But if you are minded that way, the good bit is that this is all still very new, so there’s no guilds of 20 years experience requirements to be the coffee boy.
And its a growing space with the infrastructure just beginning to be set-up, but still very much at the dial-up stage or even command line really for a lot of things, like flashloans.
So there may be plenty of opportunities to not just progress, but even to be in a position to eventually design the new world.