ITM vacancies

Research Fellow Unit of Health Systems & Unit of Equity and Health
Department of Public Health
  Apply before: 15 Jul.


The Health Systems Unit focuses on the organisation and management of (local) health systems and more specifically on stewardship and governance, urban health and research and evaluation methods for complex interventions.

The Equity and Health Unit focuses on health care delivery at district-level and social health protection in a Universal Health Coverage perspective.

Both units have a large teaching portfolio, including the Postgraduate Certificate Course Tropical Medicine and International Health and the Masters of Science in Public Health. The two units work closely together and have opened this vacancy jointly.

We are looking for a post-doctoral research fellow who will contribute to the units’ research agenda, educational programmes and capacity development programmes.


  • You will initiate and contribute to research proposals and grant applications of the units.
  • You will autonomously develop and implement research studies fitting the units’ research agenda in collaboration with your colleagues.
  • You will write scientific papers and programme reports for donors and health authorities.
  • You will ensure a teaching portfolio and coach students in the MPH Health Systems and Disease Control, including in course component Health systems and Policy and the advanced course component Social Protection in Health for Universal Health Coverage.
  • You will teach part of Fundamentals of Public Health in the Postgraduate Course Introduction in International Health.
  • You will supervise PhD students.
  • You will drive and contribute to the capacity development programmes in which both units are involved in countries like DR Congo, Benin and South Africa.


  • You have a Master’s degree in medicine, nursing, social sciences or public administration.
  • You hold a PhD in public health, social science, medicine or political science.
  • You have relevant professional experience in health care delivery, health system management or health policy.
  • Having a MPH and having professional experience in low-resource settings are assets.
  • You have a relevant experience or a keen interest in urban health, equity and/or social exclusion.
  • You have a strong interest in research methodology and interdisciplinarity.
  • You are a team player and are highly motivated. You have good communication skills and an affinity with ITM's objectives and spirit.
  • You have a demonstrable active knowledge of English and French and good scientific writing skills.


ITM is an open and international campus where staff, students and researchers work on the new international health challenges. We strive for excellence, integrity, specificity and efficiency. Your assignment contributes to our mission. We value human dignity and diversity, academic creativity and a critical spirit, solidarity and cooperation, and the well-being of employees, students, patients and clients. Together we ensure a pleasant working atmosphere with attention to work-life balance and opportunities for training. We offer you:

  • A fulltime position for 1 year, extendable. Starting date: 1 September 2020.
  • A salary according to the pay scales of the ITM and Flemish universities and to your work experience, with supplementary extra-legal benefits: a public transport subscription and/or bicycle fee, private pension scheme and meal voucher subscription.
  • An immigration and relocation assistance package.


For more information about the assignment and profile, please contact HR ( Send your CV with motivation letter to before 15 July 2020. 

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