Blockchain Research Associate - Smith + Crown

Blockchain Research Associate

Smith+Crown is a research group focused on cryptocurrencies and blockchain-based technologies.

We are seeking senior research associates for our Portland office. You’ll work with many of the companies leading the industry, learning about one of the most complex and promising technologies of our times as part of a diverse and seasoned team. Daily responsibilities will include writing, reading, analyzing, and design. There will be lots of room to grow.

The analyst will be part of both our research and strategic advisory practice. Research tasks will involve assessing public blockchain technologies, business models, and markets. We’re developing some of the research techniques that will become industry standard, and we want you to help us. The advisory component will involve working with companies looking to integrate public blockchain technology and tokenize an aspect of their business model.

Who are you?

  • You have been following the blockchain industry for at least 6 months and are familiar with its general progress. You know generally what Metropolis, zkSNARKs, and Bitcoin Unlimited refer to.
  • You know what a token sale is. You’ve likely participated in a token sale, kicked yourself for not doing so, or are sitting on the sidelines while clear regulatory frameworks emergy. You know what the Howey Test is and why it’s important to this industry. You’re not afraid of lawyers.
  • You’ve built a company, worked at a top consulting firm, or worked in an industry in which you evaluated companies, products, or other investment opportunities. Client experience is important.
  • Your background includes analytical work: taking a problem, breaking it down into component parts, giving them numbers, and building them back up again. You’re no stranger to data.
  • We’re seeking a high-performing generalist who can pinch hit across a variety of areas. We’re a start-up in growth mode, and no two days will be the same.


  • Based in Portland, OR or willing to relocate.
  • A good writer. At minimum, you write with no grammatical errors. Your use of idiom is accurate, your phrasing isn’t awkward, you’re conscious of jargon. Our audience is educated but not all are crypto-insiders.
  • BA/BS with 2+ years of research or analytical work or an internship with Smith + Crown
  • A critical thinker. Research projects move quickly. For many of them, you’ll be deeper in the content than we might be. You’ll need to think through the implications of your findings—but also be open to asking questions in the search for the right answer.
  • Able to operate independently. We’re a lean team of people who learn on their own and from each other. You’ll be part of it. There will be plenty of support, but you’ll also need to make decisions as you research and write.
  • Familiarity with python is a plus.

We are growing and just opened a new office in SE.


While we are currently experiencing substantial growth, we are still a small company that believes in bootstrapping and forging our own path. We believe in transparency and as such want to be clear that as starting compensation we offer a comfortable, though below market salary as well as equity based on individual experience and situation. As we continue to grow we will ensure that our success is shared by the entire team.


If so, tell us about yourself. Your background, your interests, your assessment of your skills. Read our website and tell us what topics you can pursue.

Please submit a resume, cover letter explaining your interest and fit with Smith + Crown and preferable a portfolio or references to any examples of your work. Applications can be submitted via this form, or by sending your materials to us here.

Due to the high volume of applicants any materials received without a cover letter, or with a generic cover letter will not be considered.