When this government job announcement for a computer scientist with blockchain experience came over my desk, I couldn’t help but get excited by the prospect that the U.S. is finally embracing this wave of technology and getting current with the times.
Remember, it wasn’t that long ago when President Donald Trump had a few choice words for cryptocurrency stating: “I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air.” Cryptocurrency and its affect on the American economy is still being seriously discussed but beyond his stance on cryptocurrency, Trump’s administration created a task force dedicated to take a long and hard look at blockchain and crypto industries.
In addition to their basic job qualifications, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) placed a job announcement on USAJOBS seeking someone with “specialized experience” in setting up blockchain test beds, conducting research and analysis of blockchain technologies, crypto ledgers and contracts.
It further expands to say: “Experience with national and global identity management programs and identity tokens. Experience in standards and national and international standards bodies developing identity management, blockchain and identity token interoperability standards.”
Other responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, research and development, cyber security capabilities and requirements, and the possibility of travel for meetings and conferences.
Occasional travel – Possible travel to conferences and meetings.
The Computer Scientist job was posted on August 9 and closes on August 15, 2019. Now, before you throw all your eggs in one basket, this is a temporary position that is not to exceed one year, with limitations on working 1040 hours a year, which is about 20 hours a week. There is only one position currently available so expect that this will be a highly competitive field of job seekers.