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Research engineer position for work on embedded GNU Taler wallet (FU Berlin)

by GNU Taler Contributions Published on Oct 04, 2022 06:32 PM
GNU Taler is a payment system that makes privacy-friendly online transactions fast and easy, seeking a PhD student to create a Taler wallet that can run on an embedded system (not smartphone or browser). Given an appropriate background, the right candidate will be given the opportunity to pursue a PhD as part of the employment, but this is not required.

Key points:

  • Your supervisor would be Prof. Matthias W√§hlisch, co-founder of RiotOS. Christian Grothoff (GNU Taler maintainer) is officially a co-advisor on the project. The working language of the group is English.

  • The position is in Berlin, you will be expected to relocate there; the initial contract will be for 3 years. The earliest possible start date would be December 1st, 2022.

  • You need to have a Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field (mathematics, embedded systems). Our ideal candidate would have a Master's degree and a background in embedded/microcontroller programming, and networking (TCP/IP).

  • You need to speak English or German at level C1 or higher.

  • Your salary will be 100% TVL-13; the exact amount depends on years of experience and family status (and includes contributions to health insurance and retirement). See Summary for a "simple" calculation by experience.

  • You will write Free Software only, collaborate with the GNU Taler core team and help the GNU project.

The main project goal is to create a Taler wallet that can run on an "embedded" system (so not a smartphone or a browser) by eliminating the current wallet's dependency on NodeJS/JavaScript and allowing it to run on platforms like RiotOS. This should then (1) improve the security of the wallet (by reducing complexity), (2) allow citizens to use Taler without a smartphone (by buying some ideally much cheaper hardware), and (3) possibly set the stage to enable Taler to be used offline.

If you are interested in the position, please contact us at

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