Post-Doctoral Researcher in Distributed and Decentralized Systems (W/M) - 100%
EPFL École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Distributed and Decentralized Systems (W/M) - 100%

Switzerland 21 Mar 2021


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A Post-Doctoral Research position is available in the Decentralized and Distributed Systems (DEDIS) lab at EPFL led by Prof. Bryan Ford in Lausanne, Switzerland. The DEDIS Lab creates scalable decentralized technologies designed to empower people by protecting their security, privacy, and personal freedoms in the digital world, and by facilitating human-centric self-organization and digital democracy. We focus not only on building systems that push the state-of-the-art in research, but also on deploying them as usable, documented, open-source contributions and technology transfer projects with industry partners. Our systems are actively deployed in numerous industrial and academic environments.

A sample of topics the lab is currently working on includes (but is not restricted to):

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Post-Doctoral Researcher’s primary responsibility will be to carry out world-class research broadly within the DEDIS lab’s domain of interest, and to publish in the top-tier international venues. As part of this responsibility, the postdoctoral researcher will co-supervise and work closely with PhD students, undergraduate and masters students, other senior researchers, and software engineers within the DEDIS lab. Opportunities for external collaboration with both academic and industry partners at other institutions will be plentiful, and promising collaborations with top external colleagues will be encouraged.

Furthermore, a strong involvement is expected in the coordination and management of various other research aspects of the lab’s activities and projects, potentially including:

Participation in teaching and outreach activities is optional but possible if desired.

Skills and Expertise

The position requires a PhD degree in computer science or a closely-related field, with a strong publication track record in systems and/or information security and privacy.


Desirable but optional:

The EPFL Environment Offers

Working for the EPFL means being part of a prestigious school that consistently ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. As a public university dedicated to improving the world around us, we have three missions: training, research and technology transfer. We boast one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and employ more than 6,000 people. Our employees perform high-value-added work in teaching and research and in the school’s administrative and technical services. Between our main campus in Lausanne and our satellite campuses in Geneva, Neuchâtel, Fribourg and Sion, our workforce is composed of more than one hundred different professions.

EPFL fosters a culture of respect and inclusion in the workplace. We promote a healthy work-life balance through flexible working hours and on-campus daycare and sports facilities. Our employees also benefit from belonging to a diverse community of 16,000 people – including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers – from 120 countries.

Employment terms

Start date: To be agreed upon, but the earlier the better.

Term of employment: Fixed-term (CDD), renewable

Duration: Flexible, with an upper bound of four years.

Application Submission

If you are interested in this position and believe that you qualify, please prepare the following documents:

Applications should be submitted through the EPFL website:

We will start evaluating applications shortly after January 15th, 2020, but the position will remain open until filled. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted individually for interviews.

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