- Jonas Merhej
Joining OpenZeppelin's fellowship program was a game-changer in my path as a blockchain enthusiast. In this blog post, I want to share my amazing experience during the fellowship program, where I dove into the world of blockchain security and solidity development. This program not only deepened my understanding of smart contract security and DeFi but also led me to become a full-time security researcher at OpenZeppelin, thanks to my colleagues' incredible support and guidance.
At the end of this post, I share a list of resources that I used along the way.
Exploring New Horizons
The fellowship program broadened my knowledge of smart contract security and DeFi and helped me transition smoothly into a full-time security researcher. I can't emphasize enough how supportive and kind everyone was. Joining OpenZeppelin through the fellowship program made the onboarding process comfortable, as I was already familiar with the company's culture and standards.
During the fellowship program, I had the privilege of diving into a well-designed curriculum that covered various topics related to blockchain security. We investigated common vulnerabilities, studied past exploits, and even explored cutting-edge concepts like MEV (Miner Extractable Value) and scaling solutions. The program gave me a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of secure smart contract development.
Guidance from Experts
The fellowship program revolves around a well-structured curriculum. The curriculum is a set of modules ranging from common vulnerabilities, DeFi concepts, MEV, L2, scaling, etc. Every module is discussed with an expert. Questions are not only allowed but encouraged. In the end, you will get time to research a topic of your choice.
One of the standout aspects of the fellowship program was the mentorship and guidance provided by the experts, who generously shared their wealth of knowledge and experience, empowering us to delve deeper into fascinating topics. Their insights not only fueled our passion for blockchain security but also gave us the confidence to embark on our professional journeys.
A Joyful Experience
Beyond the incredible learning opportunities, the fellowship program at OpenZeppelin was a truly enjoyable experience. The collaborative environment fostered a sense of camaraderie among the participants. My colleagues consistently went above and beyond to support and ensure everyone's success. Together, we faced challenges, celebrated victories, and formed lifelong connections.
My time in the OpenZeppelin fellowship program was transformative. The knowledge, experience, and connections I gained during this immersive journey continue to shape my career as a blockchain security researcher. The program's focus on smart contract security, combined with guidance from experts, provided an unparalleled opportunity to explore this rapidly evolving field. I am immensely grateful for the fellowship program and OpenZeppelin, as they paved the way for my successful transition into a full-time role within the company.
This opportunity is truly one of a kind! If I have piqued your interest, learn more here apply today!
- https://www.notonlyowner.com/learn/intro-security-hacking-smart-contracts-ethereum/ (you can find a list of resources there too!)
- https://www.damnvulnerabledefi.xyz/ (read my blog post about it)
- https://cryptopals.com/ (not necessarily helpful, but it's nice to skim through if you're interested in cryptography)