Research Internship (Blockchain Storage)



Posted on Friday, May 31, 2024

Who We Are

Supra is pioneering the future of information services in global markets. As an exciting, ambitious, and well-funded startup with unique technical capabilities, we aim to be a future leader in decentralized data. Our team includes professionals, academics, and advisors with experience from leading institutions such as Purdue University, University of Cambridge, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and University of Oxford. Additionally, our industry experience includes prestigious companies like JPMorgan Chase & Co., Qualcomm, ConsenSys, and Binance. Based in Switzerland with a remote-first policy, our globally distributed team spans over 35 countries. We are dedicated to solving the Oracle Dilemma through innovative solutions in consensus mechanisms, real-time data services, decentralized finance (DeFi), and Layer 1 (L1) technologies.

Trust, kindness, honesty, and a commitment to ethical, decentralized technologies are the cornerstones of our culture.

What we're looking for

Blockchains are an excellent solution for storing data; however, the main limitation is performance when storing and querying the blockchain state in persistent storage (database). The blockchain node stores the data (state) in specific data structures in the database. The most commonly used databases by popular blockchains are RocksDB, LevelDB, LMDB, or the flavor of these DBs. The most commonly used data structures to store states are Ethereum Merkle trees, Consensys Bonsai trees, Erigon approach, Verkle trees, Avax Firewood, etc.
The person in this role would be required to study data structures for storing the MoveVM-based blockchain’s current and archival state on the database. So the objective is to study data structures and the underlying storage layer, experimenting and benchmarking existing implementations such as Ethereum Merkle trees, Consensys bonsai trees, the Erigon approach, replacing Merkle trees with Verkle trees, other data structure-level innovations, and faster and more efficient access from the storage layer. Essentially, these tasks involve understanding the existing codebase, testing the existing codebase via mocks and drivers, integrating and testing the best-performing data structure and database with Supra Codebase, and even refactoring parts of the code when necessary.

Are you the right person for this role?

The ideal candidate for us has:

  • Very good command over Rust programming.
  • Knowledge and experience with Rust testing tools and testing methodologies.
  • Very good with debugging.
  • Async programming/ tokio runtime in Rust
  • Familiarity with Key Store DB technologies like RocksDB
  • Knowledge of Ethereum and other popular blockchains
  • Familiarity with data structures amenable for parallel execution
Duration: >= 6 months based on mutual agreement

What's In It For You

Joining Supra means joining a fast-growing startup with a diverse and dynamic team. Every role is impactful, allowing you to engage in meaningful work that contributes to our success.

You will enjoy the flexibility of a fully remote environment with adaptable working hours, enabling you to work from anywhere globally.

  • Competitive Compensation: We offer competitive salaries for full-time, salaried positions.
  • Work-Life Balance: Flexible PTO, sick leave, and unpaid time off.
  • National Holidays: Paid national holidays specific to your country.
  • Health Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision benefits for full-time employees.

Getting Started with Supra

We believe in giving you the space to settle in. Your first month is about orientation and learning:

  • Engage with your team to understand our business, vision, mission, and strategic goals.
  • Enhance your skills to navigate the evolving DeFi landscape.
  • Absorb our core values and establish connections with your colleagues through one-on-one meetings.
  • Familiarize yourself with the tools and processes vital to our operations.
  • Analyze our product offerings and contribute to discussions that shape our future.

We're here to support your integration and ensure you have the resources you need!

Looking Ahead

Regular check-ins with your manager will help align your priorities with our team and company goals, setting you up for success. At Supra, you're not just joining a company but embarking on a journey to enhance blockchain technology with a team of exceptional individuals.