ITM vacancies

Research fellow Epidemiology for the outbreak research team
Department of Public Health
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  Apply before: 22 feb.

  Introduction

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 Public Health focuses on the health of populations, through research on the epidemiology and control of tropical diseases as well as on the organisation of health systems.

We are looking for an experienced epidemiologist who will contribute to the understanding of transmission drivers of outbreak-prone diseases, the design and evaluation of spatio-temporal models for the early detection of outbreaks, and the development and evaluation of outbreak prevention and control intervention strategies. This position is opened in the Department of Public Health (in the team of Prof. Marianne van der Sande). Research protocols to prevent, assess and manage outbreaks and epidemics are to be developed together with the other disciplines in the ORT (such as clinician, social science, diagnostic microbiology, molecular biology, health systems and policy and ecology).

  Profile

  • You hold a PhD and a Master’s degree in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and/or Epidemiology.
  • You hold a scientific track record in epidemiology, supported by peer-reviewed publications.
  • You  have good knowledge of statistics, research methods and project management.
  • You have epidemiological field experience, preferably including outbreaks; experience in LMIC is a strong asset.
  • You have good conceptual, analytical and scientific writing skills.
  • You have experience 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.

  Assignment

  • You will contribute to the development of the interdisciplinary outbreak research team. 
  • You will analyse existing data, develop research protocols and conduct epidemiological field studies.
  • You are responsible for the epidemiological quality and soundness 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 a teaching module on outbreak investigation, follow-up outbreak alerts, prepare generic protocols and prepare study-documents for external funding.
  • You are responsible for the management and analysis of epidemiological data.
  • You will write scientific papers and reports.
  • You will regularly perform international missions for outbreak research-related assignments.

  Offer

  • 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.

  Interested?

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Marianne van der Sande, Head of Department (mvandersande@itg.be). Send your application with motivation letter and ITM application form to vacatures@itg.be before 22 February 2018.