Smart Contract Tech Lead
New York City +1
Mid-level +2 · Full time
Posted 6 months ago


StarX is working on transforming human capital into an investable alternative asset class. Backed by several former FAANG CEOs, recognized technologists, and successful investors, we are utilizing blockchain technology to help create an engaging social media platform and token exchange. We are looking for an experienced senior smart contract engineer to act as a technical lead in order to help us build and develop various smart contract architectures for our on-chain products, including but not limited to NFTs (ERC-721, ERC-1155), governance/utility tokens, and creator tokens, as well as help strategize on technical direction.

Our mission is to transform human capital into an alternative asset class by providing the platform for the general public to invest in emergent talent, celebrities, and superstars. For the world’s biggest fans who want to feel seen, StarX is a new way to participate in culture that recognizes & rewards you for being early and takes celebrity engagement to a whole new level. 



As a Smart Contract Tech Lead, you will work closely with the rest of the engineering team and product managers, and be responsible for implementing and designing the smart contract architecture for a digital asset/NFT marketplace and cryptocurrency exchange.

The position is based in New York, NY or Los Angeles, CA with full-time salary and benefits. Engineers will be based in the office and may work remotely depending on the situation.

Interested candidates should email their resume along with a short cover letter to:


Key Responsibilities, Prioritized*:

  • Quarterly OKR setting, against key responsibilities below to be set with direct supervisor
  • Engineering Smart Contract Architecture
    • Lead technical direction for smart contract and backend architecture by architecting on/off chain interactions as well as analyzing performance and trade offs of using external third party APIs.
    • Work closely with other engineers to build out the smart contract architecture to power a variety of decentralized applications, such as a marketplace trading engine and the integration of NFTs.
    • Build, maintain and test core components of our architecture including managing on and off-chain data ingestion, minting/issuance of tokens, and platform tokenomics.
  1. Backend Integration

    • Build strong, resilient, and robust APIs, libraries, and services to power our payment integration services: traditional payment rails, crypto payment rails, and other external SDKs.
    • Work closely with the backend team to integrate blockchain based architectures and on-chain activity with traditional backend architectures and interactions.
  2. Bolster Engineering Practices

    • Collaborate closely with all engineering teams to ensure consistency in understanding of technical requirements and overall work quality.
    • Provide mentorship to your peers throughout the wider engineering team through code reviews and education on best practices.
    • Assist the engineering team in set-up, maintenance and ongoing development of continuous build/ integration infrastructure.
    • Train and support developers to align on source control, through build automation, merge resolution, CI/CD, test automation, deployment based on tools usage and policies, standards.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Extended Web3 and Web2 Knowledge: Candidates must have the technical and strategic acumen to understand:

    • Modern Ethereum Layer 2 solutions (Arbitrum, Optimism, ImmutableX etc)
    • Custodial Wallet Solutions
    • On/off chain data storage and retrieval mechanisms
    • Tokenomics and bonding curves
    • Minting and issuance of contracts
  • Widespread development knowledge:

    • Experience with React, Redux, and other various frontend technologies is a plus.
    • Version control experience with Git/GitHub and branching methodologies, code review tools, CI tools, JIRA, Confluence, etc.
    • Great with unit and functional testing and debugging.
  • Preferred Marketplace Experience: Understanding and experience working in developing a digital asset/NFT marketplace Familiarity with any of the following: API and SDK services, digital wallets, clearing and settlement, lending, etc.

  • Comfort in ambiguous unstructured environments: Building something new comes with significant ambiguity, and we want people that can thrive in that ambiguity. The environment is highly dynamic, and there are no precedents.


  • Received a bachelor's degree in CS, EE, or a related technical field, and proven excellence in previous roles.
  • 3+ years of experience with Solidity, Go, and/or Rust.
  • A deep understanding of the Ethereum Virtual Machine.
  • Prior experience deploying complex smart contract systems to the Ethereum mainnet.
  • Be based at the office in New York or LA and be able to travel within the U.S. and internationally on a regular basis as needed.

Why Join?

We’re currently disrupting the financial industry and looking for individuals with vision, innovation, passion, technical excellence, drive to deliver, collaboration, and execution. Join a team of like minded people who personify our mission of ownership, craftsmanship, and open communication. We are looking for new colleagues who want to transform the future of financial markets.

  • Competitive base salary, bonus and equity options
  • Health insurance for employee, partner and dependents
  • 401k company match
  • Paid parental leave, Paid vacation
  • Commuting benefits
  • Free lunches, dinners and snacks
  • Computer equipment and workplace furniture to suit your needs
  • Great colleagues and inspiring startup environments
Transforming human capital into an alternative asset class
Size:  11-50 employees
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