Lead Developer - DeFi


Akuna Capital is an innovative trading firm with a strong focus on collaboration, cutting-edge technology, data driven solutions and automation. We specialise in providing liquidity as an options market maker – meaning we are committed to providing competitive quotes that we are willing to both buy and sell. To do this successfully we design and implement our own low latency technologies, trading strategies and mathematical models. 

At Akuna, we believe that the people are the centre of everything we do. Our Sydney office has a start-up feel with less than 250 people, which means you really get to know the team! We are expanding rapidly and looking for the best talent to join us on this journey. If you enjoy being part of smart, driven teams with real challenges to solve- this could be the place for you!

About the role:

Akuna is looking for a software developer to join us in growing our new DeFi (Decentralized finance) desk. This role will be responsible for building and owning our on-chain and off-chain technology that enables our trading operations. As a member of this team, you will collaborate with other software developers and our trading team to build multi-language trading systems and strategies in the DeFi space, understand the specifics of DeFi protocols, and build tooling to integrate with existing Akuna systems.

What you'll do:

  • Build systems to find trading opportunities
  • Setup and deploy a blockchain node/s
  • Develop smart contracts
  • Research new dApp protocols
  • Write quality, tested code for a fast moving domain
  • Lead a small, developing team as we grow the desk

What you'll bring:

  • Curiosity and an understanding of blockchain, smart contracts, Ethereum, PoS (proof-of-stake) vs PoW (proof-of-work)
  • Eagerness to keep pace with an ever-changing crypto landscape
  • Experience in one of these languages:
    • C++, Rust, Go, Python,
  • A curiosity to learn:
    • Solidity, Vyper
  • Experience in:
    • Cloud infrastructure: AWS, GCP, Azure
    • Experience in cloud deployment, monitoring + CI/CD including Docker, Kubernetes, Prometheus, Grafana
    • Network communication including multicast and Websockets

What you'll get: 

  • An attractive base salary, generous bonus structure and plenty of career mobility opportunities
  • We know everybody works at their best differently, that’s why we have adopted a hybrid working model, which allows most roles work from home flexibility. We will even provide you with the tech to get started!
  • Catch up over a coffee made to order by our in-house barista and grab a bite to eat in our stocked kitchen
  • We host poker nights, happy hours, team outings and sponsor a variety of employee-led clubs and sports teams, and offer volunteer opportunities to all employees.
  • We are proud to offer firm-wide classes through our Akuna U program, access to webinars, digital books, and case studies
  • Opportunities to attend conferences, and tuition reimbursements to make sure you keep learning!
  • Leave starting at 20 days per year that increases based on tenure with the firm


If you have any questions about this role prior to applying, please reach out to ryan.mulholland@akunacapital.com

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