Blockchain Data Researcher

Job description

Chainalysis offers cryptocurrency investigation and compliance solutions to global law enforcement agencies, regulators, and businesses as they work together to fight illicit cryptocurrency activity. Backed by Benchmark and other leading names in venture capital, Chainalysis builds trust in blockchains.

A blockchain is a novel economic system, and at Chainalysis, we are among the few who are asking fundamental questions about its nature. By answering these questions, we help build trust in blockchains between people, businesses, and governments, thereby enabling greater adoption. If you are an insightful and thorough researcher, we need you to help us develop and answer these fundamental economic questions using data. This ranges from measuring financial stability risks within cryptocurrencies, to evaluating how mining activity affects the price, to identifying the conditions for a blockchain to fork.


Your responsibility will be to help develop the research questions that the team investigates, to create research methods and data specifications that implement these questions, and to help evaluate findings with regards to their robustness and potential as a product. This latter responsibility will require communicating our proof of concept products to the rest of the firm, in particular the sales and product teams. In addition to working on internal product research, you will publish our research findings on our blog and via the media.


The role can be based in either New York, London or Copenhagen.


About Chainalysis

Chainalysis builds trust in blockchains between people, businesses, and governments. We do this by structuring blockchain data to identify the economic system behind the technological system that is directly observed on a blockchain. We focus on cryptocurrencies, in particular those based on the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains, and are rapidly increasing our blockchain coverage. We then serve this data to our customers via an analytics platform.


In product research, we imagine and test hypotheses about the blockchain economy. For example: how liquid is Bitcoin? What is the PageRank of a darknet market? Do the top 100 ICO’s have a common set of investors? Our work is to both develop new features for our platform, and to share our insights with the world, which has so far led to coverage in the WSJ, Bloomberg and Sky News, among others.


We are a small, distributed team in New York, London and Copenhagen. We have amazing data and excellent technical backend support. We are at the cutting edge of blockchain analytics, so every week we can deliver new and unique insight. But we need you to join our team and bring your imagination, proactivity and technical analysis skills so we can develop new analytics products for this new industry.


To be successful in this role, you will meet the following requirements:

Knowledge, experience and technical skills:

  • A Masters at a minimum, in a quantitative social science, such as Economics
  • 2+ years in a quantitative research or consultancy role
  • Technical skills to investigate and visualise data, in Python or R for preference
  • Excellent ability to generate and test hypotheses, and put findings in context
  • Excellent ability to write and communicate our research, both internally and to the media
  • Knowledge of blockchains and cryptocurrencies is preferred but only an interest and willingness to learn is essential

Personal skills:

  • Proactive and collaborative: you will be responsible for ensuring that a research project is productive, by taking your own initiatives and providing guidance to the rest of the team
  • Flexible and experimental: we are a rapidly growing start-up in a rapidly evolving industry; this means we iterate quickly and change direction if needed
  • Ability to think and work at scale: successful product concepts will be integrated into our analytics platform and our public content reaches a wide audience; this means you will need to clearly explain complex concepts and express them precisely in data specifications

Location and language:

  • You have the right to work and are based in either New York, London or Copenhagen
  • Fluency in English is essential

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.