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):

  • Privacy-preserving digital identity and digital personhood schemes
  • E-Voting, coercion-resistance, and digital democracy systems
  • Secure, scalable, high-performance distributed ledger technologies
  • Efficient anonymous and metadata-protected communication
  • User-friendly, privacy- and security-hardened operating systems
  • Systematic defenses against side-channel and fingerprinting attacks.

Main duties and responsibilities include :
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:

  • Helping to explore and define new research opportunities for the lab
  • Writing grant proposals and technical reports for funded projects
  • Organisation of conferences and seminars within and beyond EPFL
  • Assisting in the coordination of multi-institution research projects
  • Participating in the evaluation and hiring of new lab members

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


  • Strong research background in at least one and ideally several of: distributed systems, distributed algorithms, security, privacy, and/or applied cryptography
  • Strong analytical skills, self-motivation, and attention to detail and quality
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a team-player attitude, and a desire to develop advising skills and help foster the next generation of researchers

Desirable but optional:

  • Broader expertise in related areas of CS such as theory, networking, or databases.
  • Experience in cross-disciplinary research touching on fields beyond CS such as mathematics, statistics, economics, law, or social and political sciences
  • Systems programming languages such as C, C++, Go, and/or Rust
  • Network protocols and distributed systems programming
  • Team-based code and project management using revision control (e.g., Git), open-source workflows (e.g., GitHub), unit tests, and continuous integration
  • A bit of French, and/or a desire to learn and experience local language and culture

We offer :

  • A technology-focused academic institution consistently near the top of the international rankings with world-class faculty and students from around the world
  • A research domain of global prominence and critical importance to broader society
  • Integration in a young, dynamic, and international team
  • Tight collaboration with other EPFL labs and centers such as LDS, SPRING, the Swiss Data Science Center, the Center for Digital Trust, and many external partners
  • A dynamic, modern, systems- and engineering-focused working environment
  • A career boost significantly increasing chances to obtain a faculty position

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

We will start evaluating applications shortly after January 15th, 2020, but the position will remain open until filled.

Applications should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae including educational history, full list of publications, awards, etc.
  • Research statement of ~2 pages covering your interests, goals, and how they would relate to and fit in with the DEDIS lab’s research domain and activities
  • Names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references, mentioning for each of them the professional relationship you have with them

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)Duration :
Fixed-term (CDD of 1 year), renewable
Flexible, with an upper bound of four years.Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered.

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