Post-Doctoral researcher in the area of data privacy and security

WorkplaceLausanne, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland


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.

The EPFL Laboratory for Data Security ( ), led by Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux, is committed to laying the foundations and developing the tools for protecting data in tomorrow’s hyper-connected world. Our contributions are known for being discussed with and adopted by demanding end-users, notably in the medical field.

We are recruiting a

Post-Doctoral researcher in the area of data privacy and security

The contribution to the research efforts of the group will involve many interactions with PhD and undergraduate students, senior researchers, other EPFL labs and external partners (from industry, academia, and hospitals); some participation in teaching is also expected. The research activities will include notably the design and the validation of protocols and algorithms.

Main duties and responsibilities include :
Required Skills and Expertise:
  • Very good knowledge of written and spoken English (French is not required)
  • Strong background in security, privacy, and applied cryptography (some familiarity with homomorphic encryption, secure multi-party computation, differential privacy, distributed ledgers or hardware security would be welcome)
  • Some background in databases, statistics, networking, electronic health records, genomics, game theory, microeconomics, or machine learning would be an asset
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of languages and tools such as Go, C, C++, Java, Python, and MatLab

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 :
  • Ambitious projects of global prominence in security and privacy
  • A young, dynamic, and international team
  • Tight connections/collaborations with other EPFL labs in our school and in the School of Life Sciences
  • Collaboration with strategic external partners, including the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health and several prominent life science labs and hospitals
  • A modern working environment
  • A substantial help to obtain a faculty or research position (usually in another institution) at the end of the stay here.

Start date :
to be agreed upon, but the earlier the better

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
1 year, renewable

If you are interested in this position and believe that you qualify, please prepare a cover letter, a research statement (including, notably, how you would contribute to our activities), a résumé with a list of publications (please highlight the two most relevant ones), and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of at least three references.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by February 29 2020 , but the position will remain open until filled. Anticipation is recommended, as applications will be processed when submitted. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted individually for interviews.

For questions about this position, please write to: jean-pierre.hubaux [at] epfl[.]ch . Please mention "Application to Post-doctoral Position LDS-2020" in the subject of your e-mail.

Please send your application (cover letter, detailed resume and copies of certificates) by e-mail to jean-pierre.hubaux [at] epfl[.]ch .


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 46968.

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