Postdoctoral Position in Privacy-preserving systems in the Security and Privacy engineering Laboratory

  • EPFL
  • Lausanne, VD, Switzerland
  • 24/05/2021
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Data Management Statistics

Job Description

The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of 16,000 people, including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers from 120 different countries.

Postdoctoral Position in Privacy-preserving systems in the Security and Privacy engineering Laboratory

Your mission :
We have a postdoc opening to be hosted at the SPRING Lab @EPFL in the area of privacy engineering, working on the design, evaluation, and deployment of privacy-preserving systems.

The postdoc will be collaborating on lab projects oriented to creating new privacy-preserving primitives and integrating them into end-to-end systems. The systems we develop at the lab aim to enable users to enjoy technological advances while minimizing the risks of abuse of the data in the system and the system’s impact on society. Our system design projects are typically in collaboration with a stakeholder with high stakes in protecting their users, such as NGOs, governments, or educational institutions.


Main duties and responsibilities include :
The postdoc’s contribution to the research efforts of the group will involve interacting with PhD and undergraduate students, senior researchers, other EPFL labs and external partners (from industry, academia, and NGOs). Participation in teaching and outreach activities is possible.

The postdoc contribution to the research efforts of the group will involve interacting with PhD and undergraduate students, senior researchers, other EPFL labs and external partners (from industry, academia, and NGOs). Participation in teaching and outreach activities is possible.

Your profile :
We are looking for a candidate with:

  • A strong background in security, privacy, and applied cryptography (with an orientation towards privacy)
  • Some background in statistics and networking. A background in machine learning would be an asset
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of programming languages (e.g., C, Python, Java) and Software engineering practices


The candidate must have a PhD degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Communication Systems, Computer Engineering, or a similar area with a strong publication track record in information security and privacy.

We offer :
EPFL ranks among the world’s top scientific universities. It is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, a beautiful, vibrant and highly international city on the shores of scenic Lake Geneva, situated within an Alpine setting in the heart of Europe. French is the main language spoken in the city of Lausanne, while English is the main language at EPFL and in our laboratory. The position comes with a competitive salary. EPFL is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.

The postdoc will join a vibrant, collaborative, international, and diverse research team with an interdisciplinary character. We offer an ideal environment for developing the skills necessary for a successful academic career, fostering opportunities for networking and learning soft skills.
More information about the lab: https://spring.epfl.ch/

Start date :
The position is available immediately; funding is available, and the start date is flexible.

Applications should include PDF documents with:
(i) Cover letter,
(ii) CV,
(iii) a Research statement (up to 3 pages), and
(iv) the contact information of three references.

The deadline to receive applications is set on January 15th, 2021.

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
1 year, renewable up to a maximum of 4 years.

Contact :
For questions or additional information, please contact Carmela Troncoso at carmela.troncoso@epfl.ch

Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered. Files sent by agencies without a mandate will not be taken into account