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Rakuten Blockchain Lab


Rakuten Blockchain Lab

The Rakuten Blockchain Lab (RBL), setup in August 2016, is focussed on exploring and creating many new interesting applications of blockchain technology for the benefit of Rakuten and their customers. RBL specialises in engineering Blockchain solutions using a range of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) deployed in a modern, microservices based, cloud native architecture.

Our projects are both interesting and challenging, providing an environment that should satisfy any engineer’s career aspirations and growth opportunities. We work in small agile teams creating solutions for individual Rakuten companies as well as common platforms and services to be used across the organisation.

We take ownership for the full end-to-end solution from inception through to production and beyond. Our services are built in Node.js with various relational databases and follow a micro-services architecture.  We work with multiple public and private blockchain protocols & frameworks depending on the requirements. We package our services with Docker and use Google Kubernetes for automating deployment, scaling and management of these containers in both public and private cloud environments. We value short feedback loops and have implemented a CI/CD pipeline as well as automated unit, integration and acceptance tests.

Northern Irish Connections Interview

Hear from Fergal Downey who moved back home to Northern Ireland to establish the Rakuten Blockchain Lab in Belfast.

Industry Sector IT & Telecommunications
Disciplines Recruiting Computer Science, Electronics Electrical Engineering
Overview of Current Vacancies

Placement and Graduate Software Engineers – roles commencing September 2021

Recruitment Contact Name Samantha Cunningham
Recruitment Contact Email