Transition from centralized to decentralized identity management - Internship

  • ELCA
  • Lausanne, VD, Switzerland
  • 03/03/2021
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Data Management Statistics

Job Description

Nowadays identity is becoming digital. We are no longer in control of all the data of our identity (who we are, our governmental documents, our medical data, our reputation and behavior in the online environment, etc.).

Identity management can be performed on two types of architectures: centralized, where the user data is in the control of the organizations and decentralized, where the user is in the control of his identity.

In the decentralized architecture, one frequent model is the Identity Provider model that performs the authentication and allows the user to access a multitude of online services. trustID is ELCA’s solution for identity management (Identity Provider) and Multi Factor Authentication (MFA).

One decentralized model is Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI). At a high-level glance, SSI relies, on one hand, on a blockchain to provide trust to third parties involved in some interaction with the user, and on the other hand, the wallet that allows the user to control the use of his/her identity.



In this role

Join our team as intern and you will find a young, dynamic and culturally diverse working environment.

What we offer

The aim of the proposed internship is to study the state-of-the-art in SSI and to understand how an identity can be transferred from a centralized to a decentralized architecture. What milestones and changes are required in order to transform trustID from a centralized to a decentralized architecture?


1. Study & evaluate the existing propositions/standards for the implementation of a decentralized infrastructure.

2. Understand the trustID architecture.

3. Select the technologies and development frameworks most suitable to implement a decentralized trustID.

4. Propose roadmap and implement a proof of concept for the transition to a decentralized architecture.

About your profile

  • Good knowledge in security, identity management, privacy
  • Knowledge of Ethereum or Hyperledger Indy could be a plus