ITM vacancies

Researcher / Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Public Health
Sexual and Reproductive Health
  Apply before: 31 Aug.


The mission of the Department of Public Health of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) is to conduct public health research of international standing, provide postgraduate education of high quality and engage in service delivery with the ultimate goal to advance global health. The department is organized in multidisciplinary research groups, including public health specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and health economists. The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) group’s objective is to contribute to the improvement of sexual, reproductive, and maternal health mainly (but not only) in low-resource settings, through linking scientific research, advanced education, policy support and capacity strengthening. We use quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method inter-disciplinary approaches (e.g. epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, demography) that explain risk and vulnerability as evidence base for improving outcomes.


  • You will work on the group’s core research projects in the domain of maternal, reproductive and sexual health, in particular issues related to improving intrapartum and postnatal quality of care and improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in low-resource settings.
  • You will develop your own research lines, including by leading and contributing to research grant applications.
  • You will contribute to education and capacity building activities of the group in the domain of maternal and reproductive health.
  • You will report to Dr Lenka Benova and collaborate with other research groups within ITM and partners outside ITM, including partners in low- and middle-income countries.


We are looking for an outstanding postdoctoral researcher passionate about sexual, reproductive and maternal health research. This is a unique opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team on a variety of research projects, develop your own research ideas, broaden your network of research partners globally, and deliver high-quality teaching and capacity-building activities of the group.


  • You have clinical training as a medical doctor, nurse or midwife.
  • You hold or are nearing completion of a PhD degree in public health, epidemiology, a related health field or in a social science with strong methodological background (sociology, anthropology).
  • You have experience in conducting rigorous sexual, reproductive and/or maternal health research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English.
  • You are willing to travel overseas.
  • You have good organisational and analytical skills, are a team-player who can work across cultures respectfully, and are open-minded.


  • Knowledge of French and other languages is an asset.
  • You have experience working in low- or middle-income countries.
  • You have led or participated in writing research grant applications for competitive calls.

ITM is an open and international campus where staff, students and researchers work on 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.


  • A full-time contract of 2 years, renewable (the position is budgeted for 3 years).
  • Starting date: as soon as possible in 2020.
  • A salary set according to the pay scales of ITM and the Flemish universities and to your work experience with supplementary 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 this position, please contact HR ( Send your CV together with your letter of motivation to before 31 August 2020.

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