Senior Blockchain Data Researcher



Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

About us:

Syndica is creating the Cloud of Web3. We supply the most critical applications in Web3 with enterprise-grade RPC infrastructure and developer tools tailored for the Solana ecosystem. Joining our team means you'll be held to a high standard, technically challenged, and grow close to a group of individuals passionate about building new infrastructure technologies.

We are backed by strategic partners, investors, and advisors who are all-in on our mission: Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital, Steve Jang of Kindred Ventures, Joe McCann of Asymmetric, Jump Crypto, Coinbase Ventures, Solana Ventures, Circle Ventures, and many more.

About you:

  • You are a talented, seasoned researcher who thrives in a collaborative and fast-paced environment

  • You have 2+ years of experience in blockchain data analysis with a strong emphasis on deriving first-principle, out-of-the-box insights

  • Advanced knowledge of SQL (indexes, subqueries, CTEs, basic profiling)

  • Proficiency in at least one scripting or statistical computing language such as Python or R, and relevant data analytics packages (Pandas, matplotlib, dplyr, ggplot)

  • Experience within and of data visualization tools such as Tableau, Looker, etc.

  • Continuously engaged in learning, demonstrating a proactive approach to tasks and responsibilities

  • Comfortability in engaging with developer communities on Twitter, Telegram, Discord, and blockchain research forums

Standout experience:

  • Experience being a team lead, mentoring junior analysts, and collaborating with other line-of-business leaders

  • Advanced understanding of Solana, EVM, and related technical domains (Validators, RPC) with experience parsing block explorers such as Solscan and Etherscan

  • Proficient knowledge in and of SQL, Python (Pandas), and REST APIs

About the role:

As a self-starter, you will assist in leading and managing a research pipeline consisting of multiple web3 domains and sectors. You will consistently meet deadlines and thoughtfully incorporate feedback from the Head of Research, who you will report to. This may include creating brand new research campaigns, staying apprised of trends, gathering pertinent data, deriving new material, creating takeaways, and delivering the final product in pursuit of advancing the overall Research function of Syndica.

Key responsibilities:

  • Perform research and derive insights from topics such as movement and behavior within:

    • L1/L2 blockchain and roll-up performance and adoption

    • NFT marketplaces, creator economies, and compression engines,

    • DePIN networks (physical and digital infrastructure / Artificial Intelligence),

    • DeFi protocols (DEXs, AMMs, stablecoins, derivative markets, borrow/lend),

    • Centralized Exchange (CEX) flows,

    • Interoperability and bridging protocols,

    • Payments infrastructure (mobile, on-ramps, enterprise & consumer),

    • Data provenance and storage capabilities,

    • Decentralized social graphs,

    • DAO activity,

    • dApp developer practices and more → see our research blog posts to get an idea of the depth and breadth of our content.

  • Leverage tools such as Flipside and Dune to pull relevant data.

  • Stay on top of industry best practices for on-chain research (tools, data sources, technologies) as well as broader web3 knowledge.

  • Use data visualizations to effectively illustrate complex relationships, trends, etc.

  • Analyze respective whitepapers to cultivate an understanding of a project’s on-chain data.

  • Collaborate as a part of the Research team to prepare reports for external distribution.

What does success in this role look like?

  • In three months, you have become our go-to senior researcher working on important topics, and shipping consistently.

  • In six months, you have earned the trust of the team, and you are delivering research while working closely with our C-Suite to help us surpass the Research function’s KPIs.

  • In twelve months, you have established a cadence of predictable, on-time delivery of best-in-class community research.