Nearly every other serious cryptocurrency has at least 1, and often several cryptographers working to improve the protocol. With all of the new ZK-systems coming out (Halo, SNARKs, Lelantus, etc), it’s difficult for amateur cryptographers to determine the usefulness and advantages of each system. While Tromp and Jasper both have the math abilities needed, neither are cryptographers, and thus lack some of the context needed to understand and evaluate the increasing number of crypto solutions being developed (not to mention being already busy improving Grin in other ways).
I hereby propose we use some Grin council funds to hire a full-time cryptographer to start working on ways to implement one-sided payments, reduce transaction linkability, and increase scalability. Improving in these areas would help increase the privacy, usability, and long-term viability of Grin.
I understand that this is unlikely to be as simple as just posting a job opening, but I’m willing to do the legwork to seek out willing and capable candidates for the job.