Blockchain Applied Researcher

Fondazione Links_Leading Innovation and Knowledge for Society Torino Italia Ricerca e sviluppo

Descrizione azienda

The LINKS Foundation was founded in 2016 exploiting and enhancing the experience gained from the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) and from the Istituto Superiore on Territorial Systems for Innovation (SiTI) in the first 2 decades of the new millennium in the field of research applied and technology transfer, adding a fundamental element such as the enhancement of the research result. As part of the knowledge chain, the Foundation intends to enhance the lever of applied research, contributing to the growth of the socio-economic system by relating the academic world, the public and private sectors, activating large-scale processes and projects with significant impacts on territory. The Foundation intends to establish a dialogue with the local, national and international business entrepreneurship, in order to share and enhance knowledge, experience and innovation. The Foundation is an ideal partner for both SMEs, which can enhance the ability to develop innovation and gain competitiveness using the experience and expertise of the foundation, both of the Large Enterprises that can, in partnership with it, develop new ideas and new technologies.


Research Area: Business Model Innovation

The Business Model Innovation Area promotes the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals with a dual focus on business models and technology. In particular, the investigation activity is aimed at clarifying how new business models can be associated with the introduction of exponential technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence for the generation of competitive advantage and impact on society. The Area adopts an interdisciplinary and ecosystemic approach leveraging openness, complementarity and cross fertilization for the generation of value for private actors and for society at large. The team is composed of industrial, IT, cinema and materials engineers, as well as economists. Furthermore, 30% of the team holds a PhD, an experience that contributed to provide depth to domain-specific skills and to strengthen methodological approaches. During almost twenty years of activity, the research group has built an internationally recognized reputation in terms of strategic support to innovation, impact assessment of public policies and data exploitation through intelligent agents.

Job offer description:

The LINKS foundation is looking for a candidate passionate about shaping the future of society through the development of next generation DLT-based applications leveraging decentralization, digital scarcity and radical transparency.

Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) underpinning the crypto assets have the potential to empower communities, spur innovative business models and transform existing supply chains.

The candidate will work in a cross-organizational team that the LINKS foundation has set up with a prominent international industrial player in the field of DLT-based innovation. His/her work will contribute to the development of toolkits, testing of ideas, and application of best practices to innovation projects.

S/he will apply her/his skills in a dynamic team that aims to have a pivotal role in applying cutting-edge best practices in different industries.


  • Participate in the design, development, evaluation and deployment of decentralized solutions
  • Test and validation of cutting edge approaches for creating Dapps
  • Participate in project delivery and in meetings to support the team’s efforts
  • Develop cooperation and lead collaboration with our industrial partner


Basic Qualifications:

MSc or PhD in Computer Engineering, Mathematical Engineering, Physics of Complex Systems or related technical disciplines

MSc or PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or related technical disciplines

  • Problem solving and "hacker" attitude to new technologies
  • Excellent depth and breadth of knowledge in blockchain fundamentals
  • Commonly used programming languages for blockchain and DLTs such as Solidity, C/C++, Javascript
  • Knowledge of Linux and shell scripting and fundamentals of cryptography
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
  • Fluent in written/spoken English

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in working with Ethereum, Eos and Hyperledger
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve stretch goals in a highly innovative and fast-paced environment
  • Experience of research or innovative project development

Complementary & Soft Skills

  • Proactivity and personal initiative
  • Ability to adapt to international, intercultural and multidisciplinary environments
  • Keen interest for the dissemination of research findings
  • Humble and lean habits: the right answer is more important than being right

Altre informazioni

Contract details:

  • Type of contract: fixed-term full-time
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Workplace: LINKS Foundation (Turin - Italy)