Job Description

In 2021, BDAP and the World Economic Forum published DeFi Beyond the Hype and The DeFi Policy-Maker Toolkit, two white papers that helped crystallize the potential and risks of decentralized finance. Since then, the DeFi world has experienced both dynamic innovation and prominent failures. The DeFi Fellow will spearhead our efforts to further understand the implications of DeFi, and to help stakeholders from both the private and public sector craft effective approaches to governance and legal challenges. This may include a combination of: developing policy-relevant research; organizing workshops and other events; commenting on or shaping regulatory proposals; and disseminating information via the Web and social media. Although this is a research-oriented position in an academic institution, we welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds.


Job Requirements

Graduate degree (MBA, JD, or PhD); relevant experience with blockchain, digital assets, and related technologies; excellent organizational and writing skills; and ability to work independently. This a postdoc-type position based in-person in Philadelphia, although some job requirements may be performed remotely.


Application Procedure

Please submit a cover letter, CV, writing sample, and a 1–2 page project proposal to whartonbdap@wharton.upenn.edu. The proposal should describe a DeFi-related topic or initiative you would focus on during the year, and the proposed outputs (papers, events, online resources, etc.). We are looking for high-impact activities that advance the state of knowledge for researchers, industry participants, and/or policy-makers.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning July 18, 2022.


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