Senior Software Engineer - HSM



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024

BitGo is the leader in digital asset financial services, providing institutional investors with liquidity, custody, and security solutions. Founded in 2013, BitGo pioneered the multi-signature wallet and is the first digital asset company to focus exclusively on serving institutional clients. Active in both centralized and decentralized finance, BitGo offers market leading trading, lending, and borrowing services through its prime brokerage services and acts as the custodian for WBTC, the leading global stablecoin for Bitcoin. In 2020, BitGo launched BitGo Portfolio and Tax, providing clients with a full-stack solution for digital assets. In 2018, it launched BitGo Trust Company, the first qualified custodian purpose-built for storing digital assets. BitGo processes approximately 20% of all global Bitcoin transactions, and supports over 1,000 coins and tokens. BitGo provides the security and operational backbone for more than 1500 institutional clients in 50 countries, including many regulated entities and the world’s top cryptocurrency exchanges and platforms. BitGo is backed by Goldman Sachs, Craft Ventures, Digital Currency Group, DRW, Galaxy Digital Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Valor Equity Partners.

We are seeking an experienced HSM firmware engineer with expertise in Multisignature (Multisig) and Multi-Party Computation (MPC) to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a strong experience in designing and implementing cryptographic solutions for enterprise-level systems in programming languages such as C, C++ or Rust and a passion for working with hardware security modules (HSMs). This role requires hands-on experience in firmware and software development, as well as a willingness to engage in datacenter visits to interact with servers and hardware boards.

We work from the office (Palo Alto) on Wednesdays, the rest of the week you're welcome to work remotely, if you'd prefer.


  • Design, develop, and maintain firmware and software components for HSMs, ensuring high performance, reliability, and security.
  • Implement features related to Multisig and MPC to support advanced cryptographic operations.
  • Write efficient and maintainable code in languages such as C or Rust, optimizing performance and minimizing resource utilization.
  • Conduct code reviews and participate in software architecture discussions to ensure code quality and consistency.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to integrate cryptographic solutions into existing products or to develop new ones.
  • Collaborate with other engineers to interface firmware and software with HSM hardware components.
  • Participate in datacenter visits to perform hands-on testing, troubleshooting, and validation of HSMs and hardware boards.
  • Create technical documentation, including design specifications, API documentation, and user guides.
  • Provide technical support to customers, partners, and internal teams on HSM-related issues and integration challenges.


  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Cryptography, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience working in firmware and software development for embedded systems, preferably in the field of hardware security modules (HSMs).
  • Strong understanding of cryptographic algorithms and protocols such as RSA, ECC, AES, and SHA.
  • Experience in designing and implementing cryptographic solutions for enterprise-level systems.
  • Strong programming skills in one or more programming languages such as C, C++, Rust, Java, or Python is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Experience with hardware/software integration, including interacting with hardware components and peripherals.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail, with the ability to troubleshoot complex issues and debug software/hardware interactions.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply with your resume and cover letter. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome all qualified candidates to apply.

Why Join BitGo?

Disrupting an industry takes vision, innovation, passion, technical chops, drive to deliver, collaboration, and execution. Join a team of great people who strive for excellence and personify our corporate values of ownership, craftsmanship, and open communication. We are looking for new colleagues who bring innovative ways of thinking and problem solving, and who want risks to be part of the team that changes the world’s financial markets.

Here are some of the benefits* of working at BitGo:

  • Competitive base salary, bonus and stock options
  • 100% company paid health insurance for employee, partner and dependents
  • Up to 4% 401k company match
  • Paid parental leave, Paid vacation
  • Free commuter/parking pass; 5 min from Caltrain
  • Free custom lunches, dinners and snacks
  • Computer equipment and workplace furniture to suit your needs
  • Great colleagues and inspiring startup environment

*Benefits may vary based on location

Cryptocurrencies are the most disruptive change the financial services industry has seen in years. Join us and you’ll be able to look back and say you were part of the team that transformed investing.

Pay Transparency Notice: Depending upon your leveling and location, the compensation for this role averages between $165,000 - $210,000 USD base salary. Equity, an annual performance bonus and the benefits outlined above are also a part of this role's package.