DeFi Strategist

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What Chainalysis is looking for in applicants

DeFi is a large and rapidly growing segment of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Identification of key protocols, platforms, and illicit activity in this space is a critical component of the Global Intelligence Team’s role at Chainalysis. 

As a DeFi Strategist you will measure your success by your impact on our customer’s mission. You will build out our dataset of DeFi platforms, protocols, and illicit activity as the ecosystem evolves. This is core to helping our public and private sector customers understand the landscape, investigate threats, and participate in the space with confidence. 

In one year you’ll know you were successful if you…

  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the cryptocurrency flows tied to specific DeFi applications. Translate this knowledge into labeled data underpinning all Chainalysis products
  • Lead our DeFi collections strategy as Subject Matter Expert on the fundamentals and emerging trends related to DeFi 
  • Accelerate market leading identifications of DeFi projects, platforms, protocols, exploits, thefts, illicit goods & services, scams and other illicit activity in the DeFi ecosystem
  • Developed new collection techniques and automation opportunities
  • Built partnerships to augment our knowledge of the space
  • Become a sought-after and trusted advisor to investigators, analysts, and leadership who seek insight into DeFi activity
  • Reviewed the adequacy and completeness of investigations and the data collection methods to determine the authenticity, veracity, and pertinence of that data resulting in more thorough investigations 
  • Received the Chainalysis Reactor Certification and the Chainalysis Investigations Specialist Course certification and can expertly navigate open-source blockchain analytic tools

A background like this helps: 

  • Prior experience researching and using blockchain and DeFi technology 
  • Prior experience using SQL and/or python for data analysis
  • Insatiable curiosity about cryptocurrencies and the growing market 
  • Chainalysis Reactor Certification (CRC), CISC a plus
  • Professional experience in data centric SaaS companies, Finance, Blockchain, or Research is a plus
  • Additional languages is a plus  
  • Other technical certifications or academic background are a plus
  • This position is full-time remote and requires minimal travel


At Chainalysis, we help government agencies, cryptocurrency businesses, and financial institutions track and investigate illicit activity on the blockchain, allowing them to engage confidently with cryptocurrency. We take care of our people with great benefits, professional development opportunities, and fun.

You belong here. 

At Chainalysis, we believe that diversity of experience and thought makes us stronger. With both customers and employees around the world, we are committed to ensuring our team reflects the unique communities around us. Some of the ways we’re ensuring we keep learning are an internal Diversity Committee, Days of Reflection throughout the year including International Women’s Day, Juneteenth, Harvey Milk Day, and International Migrant’s Day, and a commitment to continue revisiting and reevaluating our diversity culture. 

We encourage applicants across any race, ethnicity, gender/gender expression, age, spirituality, ability, experience and more. Additionally, if you need any accommodations to make our interview process more accessible to you due to a disability, don't hesitate to let us know. You can learn more here. We can’t wait to meet you.  

Applying from the EU? Please review our Candidate GDPR Notice.


By submitting this application, I consent to and authorize Chainalysis to contact my former employers, and any and all other persons and organizations for information bearing upon my qualifications for employment.  I further authorize the listed employers, schools and personal references to give Chainalysis (without further notice to me) any and all information about my previous employment and education, along with other pertinent information they may have, and hereby waive any actions which I may have against either party(ies) for providing a reference.  I understand any future employment will be contingent on the Company receiving satisfactory employment references.

Chainalysis COVID-19 Policy - USA

All employees are required to have or obtain a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment at Chainalysis, unless an exemption has been approved. All employees shall be required to report their vaccine status. All new employees shall be required to provide proof of their vaccination status prior to the start of their employment.  

Chainalysis COVID-19 Policy - EMEA
As an employer, Chainalysis is obliged to ensure a healthy and safe working environment. This means that we must try to prevent the coronavirus from spreading inside the workplace and all employees are obliged to follow the local regulations issued by the relevant health authorities.  

  • To help support a safe work environment, we encourage all employees in EMEA to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Employees will not be required to attend an event or in-person customer meeting. 
  • Employees in the EU and the UK are allowed to travel internationally for internal meetings to any country deemed “green or amber” by the EU and the UK authorities. All attendees for Chainalysis in-person events or meetings will be required to adhere to the following guidelines:  
    • International travel will only be permitted if you receive approval from both your manager and Executive Leader
    • You must familiarize yourself and comply with any screening/safety protocols imposed by the entity/individual hosting the in-person meeting or event
    • You must comply with any and all safety guidelines and travel restrictions established by applicable law  
    • If you are in close or proximate contact with others at the event/customer site and test positive for COVID-19, you must immediately notify the People Team and avoid contact with others for 10 days

Chainalysis COVID-19 Policy - APAC
With circumstances changing on a regular basis and parts of our APAC team going in and out of mandatory lockdown, APAC will continue to follow country legislation and guidelines.

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