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Research Intern



Posted on Monday, May 20, 2024

About Ritual

Ritual is building a sovereign layer for AI. Our first phase, Infernet, is the first product of its kind to enable developers to access models both on-chain via smart contracts and off-chain. Our next phase, the Ritual chain, will be a sovereign layer custom-built to support AI-native operations and enable a new class of applications at the intersection of crypto and AI.

About the role

  • Prototype new mechanisms, then work to productionize your research
  • Work at the frontier of modern cryptographic schemes and open-source AI
  • Collaborate closely with our engineering and product team to ensure your research has real-world impact
  • Release your work into the open-source world and build alongside the Ritual community

About you

  • Intellectually curious about the latest advancements in machine learning, cryptography, and how they intersect
  • Desire to see your research go beyond academic papers and have a tangible impact
  • Experience with taking research projects or experiments from ideation to prototype code, or implementation either on your own or coordinating with engineering teams
  • Quick iteration and development cycles on writing and/or proof-of-concept
  • Bonus points if you have existing research or writing in conferences or journals
  • Have some level of comfort with algebraic structures, distributed systems, mechanism design, or statistical modeling

Why join us

  • Join a passionate group of engineers, researchers, and operators on a mission to build the next generation of AI infrastructure hardened by cryptographic schemes
  • We work completely in open-source and ship weekly
  • Maximize your knowledge gradient around fields that typically would not intersect

We’re open to exceptional people of all backgrounds for research (e.g. high school, undergraduate and graduate degrees).