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 Biomedical Sciences focuses on pathogen and vector-based research, training and services, with emphasis on tropical and infectious diseases in resource-limited settings.
We are looking for an experienced entomologist who will contribute to the understanding of transmission drivers of outbreak-prone diseases, the design and evaluation of multi-disciplinary early warning systems, and the development and evaluation of outbreak prevention and control intervention strategies. This position is opened in the Unit of Medical Entomology, Department of Biomedical Sciences. 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, clinician, diagnostic microbiology, molecular biology, health systems and policy).
- You hold a Master in Biology, Biomedical Sciences or related field.
- You hold a PhD in a relevant field.
- You have good knowledge of vector-borne disease ecology, vector control, vector biology, statistics, research methods and project management.
- You have entomology field experience, preferably during outbreaks. Experience on the implementation of vector control strategies in LMIC and hands-on experience in molecular biology techniques (PCR, NGS) is a strong asset.
- You have good conceptual, analytical and scientific writing skills.
- You have experience in working with data analysis software (Stata, R or similar program).
- You are highly motivated, with a multidisciplinary attitude and affinity with ITM's objectives and spirit.
- You have the flexibility to travel to low resource settings for emergency outbreaks 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 oriented.
- You will contribute to the development of the interdisciplinary outbreak research team.
- You will analyse existing data, develop research protocols and conduct studies on vector-borne disease ecology and vector ecology.
- You are responsible for the entomological components of outbreak studies.
- You will perform short missions to low-resource settings for outbreak investigation-related assignments.
- You will train and coach international scientists, students and local field teams.
- In between outbreaks, you will perform relevant inter-epidemic research, develop teaching modules on outbreak investigation, follow-up outbreak alerts and prepare generic protocols.
- You are responsible for the management and analysis of data on vector control strategies.
- You will actively look for external funding.
- You will build a network of internal and external contacts in your specialist field.
- You will prepare publications for scientific journals and specialist magazines.
- You will regularly perform international missions for outbreak research-related assignments.
- 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 vouchers subscription.