The strength of EDCE is that it spans a remarkably broad research spectrum:
from rock mechanics to microbiology, from rivers to roads and from the dams to glaciers. Because of this breadth, researchers are able to combine disciplines in creative and original ways. EDCE offers the educational model necessary to become a leader in fast-paced, high-tech industries and academia.

Join the EDCE doctoral program

  • Outstanding research environment
  • 4 year curriculum
  • Attractive salary: more than 50’000 CHF/year
    [in Euros][in US Dollars]

Our goals

Multidisciplinary program
The Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (EDCE) offered at EPFL is a multi-disciplinary program designed to tackle the most challenging problem of our time: fostering a vibrant and productive society while ensuring environmental sustainability. This challenge is being addressed by creative interactions between science and engineering. EPFL, the top ranked university in continental Europe in the area of engineering, provides a unique opportunity to pursue this complex goal while offering outstanding facilities and a stimulating work environment.

Lively community
Within this program, we aim to foster a lively and active community of students and professors, where fruitful exchanges transcend traditional boundaries between disciplines. In fact, we believe that the research that will provide solutions to global problems does and will lie precisely at those interfaces. The students are exposed to this multidisciplinary atmosphere through a cutting-edge curriculum composed of a lively combination of coursework, laboratory research and seminars.

The EPFL Doctoral School will soon launch a call for “EPFLinnovators”, a new programme supported by the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme, which is part of the Horizon 2020 framework programme. This programme is designed to develop the innovation potential of EPFL’s PhD students, and is geared towards the non-academic sector. For more information, please read the description of the programme.


As a PhD applicant, you are invited to match your scientific interests with those of the various thesis directors and laboratories according to the following themes:

Upcoming public defenses


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