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Special Investigations Associate

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At Coinbase, our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web3 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there. 
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0. 
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

Coinbase’s Special Investigations Team prides itself on being on the front lines of the financial revolution, protecting Coinbase from emerging novel threats. On the Special Investigations team, they will take on high-risk escalations and proactive research into potential threat actors. The role will also include corporate diligence and OSINT gathering, with an increasing focus on Middle-Eastern sources. The investigator will help support high risk urgent cases, special projects, develop, refine and automate new and existing tools.

A defining trait of any successful investigator is inquisitiveness - someone who questions premises and never takes things at face value, while always fact-checking their own intuition. Ideally, our prospective candidate should be a crypto-forward individual with a drive to see beyond the curve, strong knowledge of various networking protocols and an artful touch of OSINT expertise.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Handle high-risk escalations to discover findings beyond initial flags;
  • Conduct proactive research, including ad hoc due diligence;
  • Study threat actors, their environments and modus operandi;
  • Remain current with industry developments including blockchain trends, network protocols, actors scene, and applicable regulation;
  • Feedback loop research findings to improve investigative tools and compliance controls; 
  • Respond to assistance requests from fellow Investigators;
  • Handle highly sensitive cases with respective urgency and discretion;
  • Master evolving investigative tools for blockchain analytics, social media platforms with emphasis on identity research, data extraction and analysis;
  • Create new investigative techniques and teach them to the Investigations Team;
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required or assigned. 

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • A well-organized self-starter who is able to constantly learn and work autonomously;
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive information;
  • Excellent writing, analytical and communication prowess;
  • Working knowledge of banking, money service business and regulations including BSA, Patriot Act, Treasury’s AML guidelines, OFAC requirements, as well as SARs;
  • OSINT expertise and investigative mindset (expertise in Middle East is a big plus);
  • Deep knowledge of social media platforms, corporate diligence sources and other tools for identity research;
  • Knowledge of blockchains and various network protocols;
  • Working knowledge of either: Arabic, Persian.

Nice to haves:

  • SQL knowledge;
  • Data analysis;
  • B.A./B.S. degree or higher;
  • Python and other languages are advantageous;
  • Experience from a cryptocurrency industry is a plus.

Job #: P55138

Pay Transparency Notice: Depending on your work location, the target annual salary for this position can range as detailed below. Full time offers from Coinbase also include target bonus + target equity + benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)).
Pay Range:
$105,400$124,000 USD

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Coinbase is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by applicable law. Coinbase will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.  For US applicants, you may view the Know Your Rights notice here.  Additionally, Coinbase participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations, as required by law. 

Coinbase is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact us at accommodations[at] to let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.  For quick access to screen reading technology compatible with this site click here to download a free compatible screen reader (free step by step tutorial can be found here).

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Benefits at Coinbase
  • Medical Plan, Dental and Vision Plan with generous employee contributions
  • Health Savings Account with company contributions each pay period
  • Disability and Life Insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Wellness Stipend
  • Mobile/Internet Reimbursement
  • Remote-First Stipend
  • Connections Stipend
  • Volunteer Time Off
  • Fertility Counseling and Benefits
  • 18 weeks paid Parental Leave
  • The option of getting paid in digital currency

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