Conducting research at the Faculty of Informatics

The current page is divided in two sections:

  • information for academic staff who is already active at the Faculty;
  • information for researchers outside of the University.



Academic staff already active at the Faculty

USI supports the research activity of its academic staff through the Research and Transfer Service.

The Service offers information, counselling and assistance on:

  • reserach funding opportunities in Switzerland and internationally;
  • research project application;
  • projects administrative management.

Each researcher has access to a personal web page where all projects carried out at USI are listed, including a biography and a list of publications.

The Media and Communication Service is available to promote with the media and the community research projects and initiatives related to research activities (e.g. meeting and conferences).


First steps at USI

New researchers can find basic information to familiarise with the Faculty and USI at the dedicated page for academic staff and in the brochure Researching at USI Università della Svizzera italiana. A practical guide for researchers and their family.




The opportunities to carry out long-term or short-term research at the Faculty of Informatics are:

  • active researchers
    - win a call for applications for a researcher and/or teaching position;
    - spend time at the Faculty as a visiting researcher.
  • prospective researchers
    - gain admission to the PhD programme;
    - spend time at the Faculty as a visiting doctoral student.


Why choose the Faculty of Informatics

The Faculty of Informatics, and USI in general, is a free and open research platform. Its flexible structure allows for decisions to be made swiftly, thus enabling the fluid exchange of ideas.

With an academic staff hailing from different countries and with different backgrounds, the Faculty carries quality and pro-active research, aimed at both the development of knowledge and its application, with the goal of making an impact in the field of Informatics, allowing the Faculty to obtain several millions of Francs in competitive funds. The Faculty has thus become one of the leading research centres in Switzerland and an international reference institution in fields such as - for example - software engineering. The Faculty has thus become one of the leading research centres in Switzerland and an international reference institution in fields such as - for example - software engineering.

Already active researchers can find at the Faculty of Informatics a vibrant environment, animated by a spirit of personal and authentic sharing of the passion for information technology, which offers the ideal conditions to develop independent research and projects, reaching goals at an international level.

Future researchers, for their part, can meet the ideal hub for growth, opening their careers to realities such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Red Hat, Oracle, IBM, Cornell University, Imperial College London, London University College, New York University, EPFL, TU Delft, University of Washington, Indiana University.

The Faculty of Informatics and USI more in general can count on a broad national and international research network, and the convenient conditions of the Swiss system, such as useful synergies betwen high-quality public infrastructures – especially the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse – and important funding by the private sector.