David Huber, PhD

Senior Software Engineer

Transitioning from a computational physicist to a software engineer, I've honed a unique blend of theoretical abilities and hands-on expertise. My academic journey culminated with a PhD in astroparticle physics, where I delved into relativistic fluid models tailored for high-performance computing.

Professionally, I am now fully immersed in web3, developing custom smart-contract and backend solutions for a broad range of applications while maintaining a strong focus on security and maintainability and with a passion for complex problems and home espresso making.

Open for freelance
Open for hire
Working on side project


I want to learn

I speak

German - Native
English - Full professional proficiency
Italian - Limited professional proficiency

Work experience

Lead Blockchain Engineer


August 2022 - October 2023

  • Consulted internally on blockchain related decisions for 15+ projects ensuring their smooth execution
  • Developed a modular smart-contract infrastructure with >25k lines of Solidity, handling >2.5k ETH (>$4M) in primary transaction value and generating >13k ETH (>$20M) in secondary revenue
  • Implemented Moonbirds in-chain; A low-level optimized, on-chain rendering suite for Moonbirds using compressed image layers deployed with Solidify; achieving <0.5 ETH in deployment costs
  • Released Solidify; A golang + solidity library for efficient data storage on EVM blockchains
  • Contributed to the broader Ethereum ecosystem by co-authoring EIP-6464 and EIP-7526

Blockchain and Research Engineer


January 2022 - now

  • Collaborated with 6+ clients and their teams to define project requirements ensuring a smooth execution
  • Delivered custom smart-contract solutions and related backends
  • Collaborated with 2+ security auditing firms to identify and rectify vulnerabilities
  • Contributed over 8.5k lines of code (~30%) to the open-source library Ethier

University Assistant

University of Innsbruck

September 2017 - December 2021

  • Contributed to 30+ research items including 3 articles as first author, published in high-impact journals
  • Developed numerical methods for HPC infrastructure with parallel execution on >12k cores
  • Received a PRACE project grant for >27M CPUh on the Joliot Curie Rome infrastructure


Mantle DAO - Liquid Staking Protocol

May 2023 - October 2023

Company: TwoFiftySix Labs
Team size: 5 person
My role: Architect, Smart-Contract Engineer

Upcoming Ethereum liquid staking protocol operated by Mantle DAO aimed to handle >$1B in assets.

  • Co-designed the high-level smart-contract and off-chain service architecture underpinning the protocol
  • Implemented various parts (~40%) of the smart-contract infrastructure
  • Collaborated with auditors to identify and rectify vulnerabilities

gm. studio

December 2021 - now

Company: gm DAO
Team size: 4 person
My role: Architect, Smart-contract/Backend Engineer

The on-chain generative art platform by artists, for artists.

  • Developed the smart-contract infrastructure with 11+ collections launched and >$2M generated in revenue
  • Contributed to the backend services handling the dynamic rendering of generative artworks

Strange Attractors

August 2021 - October 2021

Company: None
My role: Full-stack Engineer, Manager

A generative art project featuring on-chain numerical solution of multi-dimensional differential equations, dynamic image generation and holder participation without any off-chain dependencies.

  • Conceptualized and implemented the project independently, generating 160 ETH in revenue


PhD in Computational High-Energy Astroparticle Physics

Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria

October 2017 - January 2022

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Research Topic: Relativistic Fluid Modelling of Gamma-Ray Binary Emission

MSc in Computational Physics

Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria

October 2015 - October 2017

Degree: Master of Science (MSc)
Thesis Title: Relativistic Hydrodynamics in Gamma-Ray Binaries

BSc in Physics

Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Austria

October 2012 - August 2015

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Thesis Title: The Synchrotron Spectrum of Colliding Wind Binaries