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The DIAS laboratory is a multinational team of scientists and it offers a wide range of projects and excellent computing and experimental facilities. The group is also in close collaboration with leading research groups in the area of computer architecture as well as dependable systems. More information about the group and the ongoing research can be found at our homepage.

EPFL is one of the leading technical universities worldwide. The university offers extremely competitive working conditions, modern facilities for research and teaching, and a vibrant, international work environment. All meetings and graduate courses, as well as about half the undergraduate courses, are carried out in English, which is the official working language at EPFL. EPFL is ideally situated at the west side of Lausanne, which is a beautiful city in the French part of Switzerland. The city is very modern and offers plenty of cultural, sports, and entertainment events. Its ideal location in the center of Europe allows plenty of opportunity for travel with the excellent Swiss railway system, and visit the nearby countries. The Geneva airport offers worldwide flights at very competitive prices.

We accept spontaneous applications for all positions. See below for details when applying for phd, post-doc, internships, student (MSc) projects.

Ph.D. student

A PhD student must be admitted to the EPFL doctoral program in order to become a research assistant in DIAS lab. Research assistants receive a full EPFL salary. For any additional questions, contact us.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

We are always looking for highly qualified recent graduates with a PhD in Computer Science or relevant areas, who are interested in database systems. The interests of the lab are very broad, and the selected candidate can define a project within a large variety of potential directions. Candidates must have a strong desire and proven ability to invent, build, and publish their work. A strong publication record and hands-on experience in system development are important.

Our positions are initially for one year (renewable). Salary and social benefits are extremely competitive.

To apply: Interested persons should send us an application including a CV, a research statement, and the names of at least three references. For inquiries regarding the research aspects of the position, please contact Professor Anastasia Ailamaki.

Research Intern

IMPORTANT: for the official EPFL internship admission process please go to Summer@EPFL. For any additional questions, contact us.

After their official admission to the program, the DIAS lab can offer summer research internships for students from universities worldwide; an exceptionally strong background in computer systems and/or databases is required. These internships constitute opportunities to pursue research that could lead up to the intern’s diploma/Masters project, or that is developed into a subsequent PhD thesis topic. DIAS provides accepted interns with a stipend that covers housing, food transportation, etc.

EPFL M.Sc. Projects

IMPORTANT: for the official admission process to EPFL’s Master’s program, please go to For any additional questions, contact us.

See the project list for ideas of projects you could pursue in our lab. You are also free to propose your own project topic, as long as it is related to the area of database systems. To apply, email us the following materials (incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration):

  • Curriculum Vitae (please include descriptions of previous projects you have worked on)
  • Scan of your transcripts of your studies
  • Contact information (email + phone) for 2 references who have agreed to speak about you, your work, and your potential (at least one should be an EPFL professor)
  • Areas/project topics you are interested in