Intern - Research, Blockchain (PhD)

  • Company: Visa
  • Posted: April 15, 2017
  • Reference ID: 102218433
Company Description
Common Purpose, Uncommon Opportunity . Everyone at Visa works with one goal in mind - making sure that Visa is the best way to pay and be paid, for everyone everywhere . This is our global vision and the common purpose that unites the entire Visa team. As a global payments technology company, tech is at the heart of what we do: Our VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions per second for people and businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks. We are also global advocates for financial inclusion, working with partners around the world to help those who lack access to financial services join the global economy. Visa's sponsorships, including the Olympics and FIFA™ World Cup, celebrate teamwork, diversity, and excellence throughout the world. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, Visa offers an uncommon opportunity to build a strong, thriving career. Visa is fueled by our team of talented employees who continuously raise the bar on delivering the convenience and security of digital currency to people all over the world. Join our team and find out how Visa is everywhere you want to be.

"Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code."

Job Description
The Research Intern
will work with a team to conduct world-class research on advanced payment
technology and contribute to the long-term research agenda for innovative
disruptive payment technologies for financial inclusion and insights to Visa's
strategic products and business.

This role represents an exciting opportunity to make key
contributions to Visa's strategic vision as a world-leading payment processing
company. The successful candidate must have strong academic track record and
demonstrate excellent software engineering skills. The successful candidate
will be a self-starter comfortable with ambiguity, with strong attention to
detail, and excellent collaboration skills.


  • Research and develop cutting-edge technologies
    to support distributed decentralized payment technology that is highly scalable
    with high transactions throughput
  • Research area includes Consensus improvements,
    improvements and practical use of Zero Knowledge Proof to protect transaction
    privacy, Data security etc.
  • Interoperability between different permissioned
    blockchain transaction ledgers with public blockchain transactions ledgers
  • Improve and enhancement of Blockchain query
    techniques and area of innovation
  • Research on cryptocurrencies minting and
    distribution challenges
  • Collaborate with team members to deliver
    innovative technologies, insights and products to Visa business units to
    resolve their significant product pain-points and create new growth
  • Collaborate with our partners in academia,
    industry and government on key initiatives to advance our big data research
  • Work with team members and cross-functional
    teams (internal/external) that include representation from Technology, Product,
    Operations, Market Research, etc.
  • Foster in-depth and productive relationships at
    all levels with team members and clients internally and externally.


  • PhD degree in computer science, electrical
    engineering, statistics, mathematics, or equivalent field
  • Research experience in Cryptocurrencies,
    Blockchain, Distributed Database, In-memory Database, data security algorithms.

  • Proficiency with object oriented programming
    languages, such as Go, Haskell, Scala, Java and Python
  • Strong track record in research publications and
    impact in the research community.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to think outside the box
    and innovate.
  • Experience in payments or related industry is

Additional Information
Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

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