Postdoctoral Researcher in Data Management Systems and New Hardware
EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is one of the most dynamic
university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL
employs more than 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 more than 16,000 people, including over 12,000
students and 4,000 researchers from more than 120 different countries.

The Data-Intensive Applications and Systems laboratory (DIAS) at the EPFL seeks highly
motivated post-doctoral researchers with proven scientific excellence in the areas of just-intime
query processing, parallel and distributed data management, and data management
systems on emerging hardware. Successful candidates are passionate about inventing,
building, and publishing quality database systems research. A strong publication record and
hands-on experience in system development are especially important.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Data Management Systems and New Hardware

Your mission :

Research Group

Despite recent technological advances both in the data management and in computer
architecture domains, our ability to analyze data still falls behind the unstoppable data
collection rates. Data-intensive applications are increasingly more demanding in sophisticated
algorithms to store, manage, and interpret data. To meet the challenges, database software
needs to communicate efficiently both with the application layer and with the underlying
hardware platforms, and deliver seamless computational and data management support.
Research in the DIAS lab addresses both aspects of the challenge: we adapt data management
technology to computer architecture trends by designing data manipulation techniques that
exploit optimally the underlying hardware and I/O devices, and we enable new discoveries in
scientific domains through automating physical database design and revolutionizing
exploration algorithms in very large data repositories. The DIAS lab pioneers just-in-time query
engines which support analytics on raw data, data cleaning and query optimization for
heterogeneous distributed data, and hardware/software codesigned engines for demanding

Main duties and responsibilities include :

Research and duties

The selected candidate is free to define their own research agenda within a large variety of
potential data management projects in the lab, as described in the lab's website. Post-docs
work closely with all members of the lab carrying out excellent research, supervising students
and collaborating with other postdocs, while optionally contributing to teaching (especially if
they are interested in an academic career).

Your profile :

  • Post-doctoral researcher
  • Proven scientific excellence in the areas of just-in-time query processing, parallel and
    distributed data management, and data management systems on emerging hardware
  • Passionate about inventing, building, and publishing quality database systems research
  • Strong publication record
  • Hands-on experience in system development

We offer :

The DIAS Lab team is renowned for its collaborative and nourishing culture, which supports
the lab's members since their first day in the team and long after their departure. What's
more, salary and social benefits at EPFL are extremely competitive.
Interested parties should send an application to Dimitra Tsaoussis including a CV, a research
statement, and the names of at least three references.
For inquiries regarding the research aspects of the position, contact Prof. Anastasia Ailamaki.

Start date :
Available until filled.

Terms of employment :
Fixed-term at 100%, one year initially, renewable up to four years.

Contact :
Dimitra Tsaoussis at
DIAS Laboratory:
Vacancy on EPFL website: Postdoctoral Researcher - Data management systems and new hardware (

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