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GSR-4
Lead Researcher

Role

The GSR-4 Guardian Lead role is vital in bringing the Guardian security standard to more of the most targeted Smart Contract systems in the world.

As a full-time lead security researcher, you will focus on mentoring other Guardians, leading high impact reviews, and communicating and collaborating with clients.

Playing a central role in Guardian’s Solidity reviews, a level 4 Security Researcher not only ensures top-tier security reviews but also enables other security researchers to learn and grow. Driving a culture of excellence and teamwork, a level 4 Security Researcher is pivotal in propelling the team's progress.

    Culture

    At Guardian, we are dedicated to delivering unparalleled Smart Contract Security and cultivating a space where you can truly unleash your highest potential.

    Here's how our "Culture First" approach manifests:

    • Culture fit: Beyond skill-level, a genuine alignment with our values is paramount. We only onboard individuals who truly resonate with our ethos and want to solve the problem of Smart Contract Security as much as we do.
    • Pushing Each Other: Guardian is where A players come to learn from each other, compete, and reach new heights together.
    • Championing The Team: At Guardian, nobody is bigger than the team — we all have each other’s back and understand that the best way to grow our own slice is to grow the whole pie.

    What You’ll Do

    • Conduct thorough and detailed Solidity security reviews, uncovering as many vulnerabilities as possible while making a significant impact on DeFi and Web3 adoption.
    • Collaborate closely with researchers and protocol developers to understand the full scope and nuances of the most influential and targeted Smart Contract systems in the world.
    • Leading kickoff calls, delivering regular updates to clients, owning report generation and delivery.
    • Guide multiple teams of researchers while conducting your own independent review of the same Smart Contract systems.
    • Provide comprehensive and actionable remediation recommendations to clients, ensuring that they are both robust and feasible.
    • Stay updated with the latest developments in Solidity, smart contract vulnerabilities, and mitigation techniques.
    • Owning technical press-releases, detailing novel findings and protocols reviewed.
    • Guide team knowledge-sharing sessions and contribute to Guardian’s internal knowledge base.
    • When not on engagements, Contribute to the creation and refinement of Guardian's security review methodologies and tools.
    • Take ownership over security reviews and engagement outcomes.
    • Mentor less experienced team members, sharing expertise and fostering skill development.
    • Take “research weeks” to study whatever it is that interests you in DeFi or Security and otherwise recover from high performing engagement weeks.

    Expected Results

    • Consistently leads reviews where no significant bugs/vulnerabilities are missed.
    • Owns thorough and responsive client communications, including kickoff calls, updates, and engagement completion.
    • Responsible for leading the creation of technical press releases for engagements.
    • Offers accurate input to findings presented by other researchers.
    • Reviews client remediations, ensuring no vulnerabilities are introduced.
    • Leads testing and verification efforts, ensuring that correct invariants and test cases are assessed by researchers.
    • Holds others to a standard of security excellence and leads by example.
    • On engagements roughly 44-46 weeks of the year.

    What We Look For In You

    We believe in hiring not just based on credentials, but also on passion and drive. While we do have a set of criteria, we're open to candidates who showcase exceptional talent and drive.

    For the Ideal Candidate:

    Experience:

    • ≥2-3 years of Web3 Security experience
    • Proven track record of outstanding performance and team leadership across countless reviews with Guardian or another team.

    Achievements (At least 1):

    • Demonstrates exceptional auditing performance, consistently ranking highly in public contests.
    • Exhibits outstanding performance and dedication during private audits.
    • Has a track record of commendable vulnerability disclosures.

    Skills:

    • Proficient in identifying vulnerabilities and making effective recommendations.
    • Strong understanding of Ethereum blockchain concepts, protocols, and associated security risks.
    • Effective leadership for technical researchers.
    • Extraordinary communication skills.
    • Familiarity with the latest tools, platforms, and methodologies in smart contract auditing.
    • Proficient with advanced EVM concepts, can handle all assembly blocks without issue.

    Traits:

    • Detail-oriented and meticulous in analysis and review processes.
    • Collaborative mindset, encouraging and facilitating team collaboration and fostering a positive working environment.
    • Proactive in continuous learning, staying updated with the ever-evolving DeFi landscape.
    • Independent thinker, able to generate unique solutions and perspectives while encouraging and enabling others to do the same.

    Role Progression

    We believe in creating opportunities to satisfy the largest of ambitions. Show us your potential, and we'll provide you with the opportunities and resources to ascend to Security Researcher levels, or leadership roles.

    In your form submission below, be sure to include the phrase “red dot” in one of your responses.

    Salary

    • $190,000-$240,000 OTE (On-Target-Earnings), with a base salary being 60% and projected performance bonuses being ~40%.
    • Additional profit sharing after 1 year at the company.

    We are open to discussing payment structures, whether you prefer a higher base salary or performance-based incentives. Let's find what works best for you!

    Benefits

    Flexible Working Hours 💡 - Enjoy the freedom to work remotely and choose the hours that align with your productivity peaks.

    Team Retreats 🏝️ - Don’t just audit together, cultivate meaningful friendships that make fortifying the Web3 ecosystem a fulfilling experience with planned team retreats and get-togethers.

    Paid Time Off (PTO) ✈️ - High performance requires high quality rest. We offer unlimited PTO, the right candidate derives great passion and fulfillment from security research and can manage their time off responsibly.

    Research Weeks 🔬 - Take 6-8 research weeks a year to focus on whatever you’re interested in and effectively recover from engagement weeks.

    National Holidays 🗓️ - We observe 12 National Holidays, which can be seamlessly adapted into the national holidays in your country.

    No Useless Meetings 📞 - Collaborate with your team as you see fit, enjoy a wide open calendar with abundant focus time.

    Company Culture ❤️ - Our culture thrives on collaboration, inspiring performance, and innovation. We believe in empowering our team members, fostering a space for open dialogue, continuous learning, and mutual respect. Join us in building not just a business, but a community.

    Open Roles

    GSR-1 Security Researcher

    The GSR role is tailored to provide direct impact for the projects and institutions that Guardian serves. As a full-time security researcher, you will focus on what we do best, auditing.

    A GSR-1 Security Researcher is mostly autonomous when it comes to conducting manual analysis while benefiting from senior teammates for guidance.

    GSR-2 Security Researcher

    The GSR role is tailored to provide direct impact for the projects and institutions that Guardian serves. As a full-time security researcher, you will focus on what we do best, auditing.

    The GSR role is tailored to provide direct impact for the projects and institutions that Guardian serves. As a full-time security researcher, you will focus on what we do best, auditing.
    A GSR-2 level Security Researcher is autonomous when it comes to conducting manual analysis, testing, and fuzzing for team engagements, while benefiting from the mentorship of senior team members. Driving a culture of excellence and teamwork, a GSR-2 level Security Researcher is pivotal in propelling the team's progress.

    GFE-1 Fuzzing Engineer

    The Fuzzing Engineer role is tailored to provide direct impact for the projects and institutions that Guardian serves. As a full-time fuzzing engineer, you will be responsible for constructing comprehensive fuzzing suites and collaborating with senior auditors to work through counter examples and create Proof-of-Concepts.