ITM vacancies

Research fellow Clinical Infectious Diseases for the outbreak research team
Department of Clinical Sciences
  Apply before: 22 feb.


The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is internationally recognised as a center of excellence for education, research and service delivery in the field of tropical medicine.

ITM is currently investing in an interdisciplinary team conducting scientific research on epidemic outbreaks of tropical and infectious diseases in a global context. We are looking for three complementary profiles to reinforce the ITM outbreak research team. They will contribute to the understanding of transmission drivers and the spread of outbreak-prone diseases, the design and evaluation of composite diagnostic methods and spatiotemporal models for the early detection of outbreaks, and the development and evaluation of outbreak prevention and control intervention strategies.

The positions are opened in each of the three departments: a clinician in Department of Clinical Sciences,  an entomologist in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and an epidemiologist in the Department of Public Health. The experts will work as researcher in the interdepartmental outbreak research team, while also playing an active role in one of the departmental units. They are expected to have the flexibility to travel on a short-term notice to low resource settings for emergency outbreaks and to be a team player building  strong multi-disciplinary working relationships. The experts will be stationed in Antwerp and will frequently travel abroad.

The Department of Clinical Sciences concentrates on patient-based research, training and services in low-resource settings, with emphasis on tropical and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS.  It also runs the Medical Services of the ITM.

We are looking for a medical doctor with expertise in infectious diseases and research in resource-constrained settings. This position is opened in the unit of Neglected Tropical Diseases (Prof. Johan van Griensven) with the aim to be a member of the ITM outbreak research team (ORT). Research protocols to prevent, assess and manage outbreaks and epidemics are to be developed together with the other disciplines in the ORT (such as epidemiology, social science, diagnostic microbiology, molecular biology, health systems and policy and ecology).


  • You are a medical doctor with an additional master in public health or epidemiology.
  • You hold a diploma in tropical medicine and a PhD.
  • You have significant field experience (more than 4 years) in clinical management of infectious and tropical diseases and relevant experience in epidemic preparedness in low-resource settings.
  • You have relevant and extensive experience in clinical research.
  • You have good conceptual, analytical and scientific writing skills.
  • You have an interest in research in tropical and emerging infectious diseases.
  • You have the flexibility to travel to low resource settings for outbreak investigation  on a short-term notice.
  • You are able to speak and write in English and French. Knowledge of Dutch and other relevant languages (Spanish) is an asset.
  • You are a team player, have good communication and can build strong multi-disciplinary working relationships.
  • You are quality driven, service minded and result orientated.


  • You will work as a researcher in the Unit of Neglected Tropical Diseases, while playing an active role in the interdepartmental ORT, in collaboration with biomedical and public health researchers.
  • You will conduct research activities in the field of tropical epidemic infectious diseases, in collaboration with other actors inside and outside our institution, in low-resource countries and in Belgium/Europe.
  • You will regularly perform short missions to low-resource settings for outbreak investigation-related assignments, which may lead to the identification of research gaps and the implementation of relevant clinical research activities.
  • You will be involved in drafting grant applications for additional outbreak research proposals.
  • You will elaborate and update generic research protocols and will work closely with the ITM Clinical Trials Unit to explore innovative ways to conduct clinical research during outbreaks/emergencies.
  • You will contribute to systematic reviews on current generic and disease-specific management of potential infectious threats (arthropod-borne, respiratory, feco-oral …) in view of epidemic preparedness.
  • You actively take part in the departmental research on evidence-based medicine and clinical decision-making, with a focus on diseases with an epidemic potential.
  • You will participate in research on febrile illness in the tropics and in travelers during inter-epidemic periods.
  • You will write or contribute to scientific publications.
  • You will contribute to the educational activities related to outbreak management provided by the department.
  • You will contribute to the unit’s and the ORT’s key outputs and activities.


  • An intellectually stimulating, international and socially committed environment, with room for personal initiative. You are stationed in Antwerp but you may frequently travel for extensive periods of time to outbreak areas.
  • A fulltime position up to 31 December 2019, extendable. Starting date as soon as possible.
  • A  salary according to the pay scales of the Flemish universities and to your work experience, with supplementary extralegal benefits: a public transport subscription and/or bicycle fee, private pension scheme and meal voucher subscription.


For more information about this position, please contact please contact Prof. Johan van Griensven ( Send your application with motivation letter and ITM application form to by 22 February 2018.