Protocol Labs

Protocol Labs makes internet protocols: IPFS, Filecoin, and more.

Senior Technical Recruiter

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About the role

Protocol Labs is seeking a mission-oriented, tenacious, highly creative, and curiosity-driven Senior Technical Recruiter to join our team.  

As an important member of the Protocol Labs Recruiting team, the Senior Technical Recruiter works closely with our People, Engineering, and Research teams to identify and nurture promising passive and active candidates from a variety of channels. We work in a remote environment, and seek a recruiter who is a self-starter, great communicator, personable, professional, and positive! We're obsessive about candidate experience and aim to treat every candidate we engage as a member of our community, regardless of the outcome. If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you!

People at Protocol Labs  

The People Team at Protocol Labs powers our work. Protocol Labs is a product-development lab, but behind the protocols and tools we build, behind the research and spec work, behind our implementations are passionate people, teammates and community members. The People Team ensures that the Protocol Labs team remains happy, aligned and productive. Protocol Labs works at the intersection of many exciting fields (crypto, networks, distributed systems) and cultures (startups, research, open source, distributed work). The People Team has the challenging and exciting task of taking the best from these cultures to shape the way we work at PL and ensure we all grow as people and professionals. All of this happens in an environment defined by curiosity, passion, and a love for open source.


  • Execute full--cycle recruitment for evergreen roles.
  • Partner with hiring teams across the organization to build a pipeline of top talent through multiple channels  (web, social/professional networks, etc.).
  • Identify and engage passive candidates via various platforms, tools, and creative sourcing techniques.
  • Develop strategies to engage the best leads/candidates.
  • Review inbound candidate pipeline with an eye for quality applicants.
  • Be a vital partner in maintaining the data integrity of our Applicant Tracking System by capturing and recording complete candidate information.
  • Represent PL, our values and culture, through the interactions you have with candidates.


  • 4+ years of technical recruiting experience, with at least 1 year in-houseIdeally a mix of experiences at startups and more mature companies.
  • Proven track record for successfully identifying and hiring exceptional candidates in high growth environments.
  • Scrappiness and tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Exceptional interviewing, communication, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Data driven and ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively.
  • Strong interpersonal and consultative skills.
  • Ability to maintain strong relationships with the people team, hiring managers, and candidates.
  • Ability to work independently in a distributed environment.
  • Embraces open-source philosophy.

Bonus Points:

  • Recruiting experience in the cryptography and/or research space.
  • You are a subject-matter expert in Lever or Greenhouse.

What’s it like to work at Protocol Labs?

Protocol Labs mission is to improve humanity’s most important technology, the Internet. We build protocols, systems, and tools to improve how it works. Today, we are focused on how we store, locate, and move information. Our projects include IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, and more.

As a distributed team, we hire anywhere in the world, and at various levels of experience (entry, senior, staff). We look for people with unique perspectives and diverse backgrounds.

We have a great benefits package, including parental leave, contributions to your retirement, competitive pay, and unlimited time off. For U.S.-based employees, we also provide platinum-level health, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family.

Why you should join Protocol Labs

Protocol Labs is an open-source R&D lab. We build protocols, tools, and services to radically improve the internet. Our products serve thousands of organizations and millions of people.

Our projects include IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, Sourcecred, and many more. Today, we are focused on the Web3 space. Our projects center on distributed systems, cryptocurrencies, cryptography, and game theory. Long term, we hope to establish a lab capable of repeatable innovation, and we aspire to R&D breakthroughs that make human existence orders of magnitude better.

We are a fully distributed company. We have over 100 team members, we work with thousands more in open source, and we collaborate with 100+ organizations.

See our projects: and our labs:

Protocol Labs
Team Size:130
Location:Palo Alto
Juan Benet
Juan Benet
CEO, Engineer