Expanding the Team: Zaira & Federico
By Yannick Planteijdt

Jan 31, 2023 - Amsterdam

Two New Hires to join Dusk Network

We are proud to present two new additions; Zaira and Federico are joining the Dusk Network Research Team. Zaira as Cryptography Researcher and Federico as Network Security Expert. The new team members are part of a hiring streak to further strengthen the team on research and tech development.

Stay tuned for more team expansion in the upcoming months.

Meet Zaira

Zaira is a mathematician who has been passionate about solving puzzles, mathematical problems, and playing board games since childhood. She completed her Master's degree in Advanced and Professional Mathematics, with a focus on research, and worked as a consultant and developer for various tech companies for four years. She then returned to academia to pursue a PhD in Cryptography, during which she focused on improving the efficiency and security of zero-knowledge proofs and designing new cryptographic primitives like commitment and signature schemes. She has published five papers on these topics. After her PhD, she spent a year as a Cryptography Researcher at QPQ, where she filed two patents on the topic of privacy using Zero-knowledge proofs.

"Dusk Network is doing a great job to protect the privacy of its users and I'm really excited to be part of the research team that works to that goal. I'm really happy to take the challenge this job implies and work with such young, exciting and talented people." -says Zaira.

Meet Frederico

Federico is the typical boy whose teacher would tell he could choose any career in life. He chose Computer Science, whose study shaped his brain into an organization and problem-solving machine. After graduating at the Sapienza university of Rome, he started his professional career as a security researcher, first collaborating with researchers at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and then earning a PhD title on the security of the Bitcoin network protocol. He spent the last year applying his skills and knowledge to help improve code, design, and documentation of smart-contract-based blockchain protocols. A fortunate turn of events crossed his path with that of Dusk at the perfect time and place, which made joining forces the most natural decision for both.

"Making a blockchain network open, secure, private, and auditable at the same time sounds like a chimera in today's DeFi. Yet Dusk Network is openly facing this challenge with no fear, and I feel proud to help them fulfill this dream. The path is full of perils, but fortune favors the brave." -says Frederico

Join Dusk Network today

Hungry to join the team and become part of a financial revolution? The launch of our testnet signals significant ecosystem growth. This means opportunities for you! If you think you have the wits and the skills it takes to become integral to Dusk Network, we would love to hear from you!

While we're currently looking to fill specific roles within Dusk, you can also send in a bold spontaneous application (CV & cover letter), even if we are not advertising for the role. We are always open to connect with talented people and discuss opportunities.

Reach out to us here: https://dusk.network/pages/jobs

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