EPFL | École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne


EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university with students, professors and staff from over 120 nations.

The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specializes in natural sciences and engineering. It is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, and it has three main missions: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level.

A dynamic environment, open to Switzerland and the world, EPFL works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities and institutes of technology, developing and emerging countries, secondary schools and colleges, industry and economy, political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society.

The policy of international relations seeks to establish EPFL as one of the world’s leading institutions in technology. Our main aim is to attract the best students and researchers from all over the world at all levels of education and research.

In order to raise awareness and encourage the open-minded approach required to achieve excellence within our researchers and students, this policy also aims to offer EPFL members opportunities for exchange and collaboration with the best institutions worldwide in the fields of competence of EPFL.

The International Relations policy concentrates mainly on actions linked to training in general; leaving the faculties and research groups with the responsibility of carrying out their own strategy in terms of collaboration in conformity to the direction followed in general scientific policy by EPFL and the country.


Working at EPFL

Working for the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) means being part of a prestigious school that consistently ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. As a public university dedicated to improving the world around us, we have three missions: training, research and technology transfer. We boast one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and employ more than 6,000 people. Our employees perform high-value-added work in teaching and research and in the school’s administrative and technical services. Between our main campus in Lausanne and our satellite campuses in Geneva, Neuchâtel, Fribourg and Sion, our workforce is composed of more than one hundred different professions.

At EPFL, we foster a culture of respect and inclusion in the workplace. We promote a healthy work-life balance through flexible working hours and on-campus daycare and sports facilities. Our employees also benefit from belonging to a diverse community of 16,000 people – including over 10,000 students and 3,500 researchers – from 120 different countries.

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Position type:

Full time

13 Apr 2021
04 Jun 2021

EPFL’s School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) invites applications for a faculty position in Sustainable Urban Systems and Climate Mitigation Strategies. The position is open at the level of Assistant Professor (Tenure Track). Climate change poses threats to the sust...

Key staff:

President Martin Vetterli

Vice President for Education Pierre Vandergheynst

Vice President for Research Andreas Mortensen

Vice President for Innovation Marc Gruber

Vice President for Finances Caroline Kuyper

Vice President for Human Resources and Operations Matthias Gäumann 

Vice President for Information Systems Edouard Bugnion 


The QS World University Rankings ranks EPFL 12th in the world across all fields in their 2017/2018 ranking

Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks EPFL as the world's 11th best school for Engineering and Technology

Key facts:

5 Schools

2 Colleges

1 Transdisciplinary Entity

21 Institutes

357 laboratories

10,686 students (Bachelor, Master, PhD & post-docs) of over 116 nationalities

343 faculty

5,996 staff (scientific, administrative & technical, including PhD students)