Technical Project Lead

Informal Systems is a full-suite Research & Development institution. We work on bold research problems at the intersection of formal verification and distributed systems and develop high-value distributed systems infrastructure in Rust.

We’re looking for someone to manage our open-source blockchain projects in Rust. This is not just a scrum master or agile coaching role - you must be deeply technical and capable of evaluating technical concerns of secure distributed systems protocols and their implementations. A successful Technical Project Lead follows “Servant Leadership”, focuses primarily on serving other engineers (both project members and users), helping to build collective understanding of the project goals and plan, reflecting the project state accurately on Github, and increasing the projects adoption and user engagement.

What your primary responsibilities will be:

  • Work with the teams to set and operationalize roadmaps.
  • Maintain and manage project issues, pull requests, and releases on Github.
  • Help prioritize issues and coordinate to deliver releases on time.
  • Empower autonomy and distributed organization across the teams.
  • Clarify delivery criteria for independent issues and provide feedback on delivery expectations.
  • Run standup and status meetings for projects.
  • Identify bottlenecks in delivery.
  • Nurture a safe and enjoyable open source experience for contributors.
  • Promote the project through blog posts and engaging with the community on forums and channels

What we look for in a successful Technical Project Lead:

  • At least 3 years software engineering experience with production software (ideally open-source)
  • Experience managing and/or leading a software team (ideally “Servant Leadership”)
  • Experience with the Rust programming language and ecosystem.
  • Experience with blockchains and distributed systems (ideally conensus protocols, Proof of Stake, and blockchain interoperability)
  • Experience with ecosystem development and developer relations for open source projects and communities.
  • Commitment to product quality and user experience.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to take ownership and see initiatives through.
  • Experience working with distributed teams.

About Informal:

Informal is a remote-first company with offices in Toronto, Lausanne, Vienna and Berlin. We are structured like a worker’s cooperative, where important corporate actions are subject to one-person-one-vote democratic control by the member-employees. We provide 5-weeks of paid vacation, lifestyle benefits, and annual retreats with the whole team. We envision a sustainable future of cooperatively owned and governed, open-source, distributed organizations running on reliable distributed systems and are excited to grow the team with amazing individuals who believe in making this future a reality.


  • Location: Berlin, Toronto, Lausanne, Vienna, Paris, Remote
  • Job Type: Full-time

To Apply:

Please apply via this this Google form where you’ll be prompted to upload a cover letter, CV, and other information that will help the review process go smoothly.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organization. We are committed to equal employment opportunities and encourage applications from people of all race, religion, colour, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.