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Senior research fellow ‘Trypanosomatid diagnostics’
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Veterinary Protozoology
  Apply before: 30 Sep.


Embedded in the scientific Unit of Veterinary Protozoology, you will conduct basic and applied research, on the development of innovative diagnostics for trypanosomatid infections (trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis) in human and animals. You will provide scientific support to ITM's diagnostics production unit (Applied Technology & Production - TT&P) to improve and optimize the production of diagnostic reagents. You will take up responsibilities for training, reference testing and expert advice for international organisations such as WHO, OIE and FAO.


  • Coordinate the diagnostics-related research projects within the unit’s portfolio.
  • Develop a research line with focus on innovation and optimisation of diagnostics for infections with trypanosomatid parasites in human and animals (Trypanosoma sp., Leishmania sp.) to support WHO elimination goals.
  • As senior research fellow ‘trypanosomatid diagnostics’ you will work closely together with the head of Applied Technology & Production for the development and/or improvement of novel or existing diagnostics.
  • Provide teaching training in diagnostics for trypanosomatid infections.
  • Take up responsibilities to support the continued designation of ITM as the
    • WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training on Human African Trypanosomiasis Diagnostics
    • OIE Reference Laboratory for Surra
    • FAO Reference Centre for Animal African Trypanosomosis and its vectors
  • Provide scientific support to the WHO Reference Laboratory for HAT at INRB, Kinshasa, DRC.
  • Write project proposals to acquire funding for the unit’s diagnostics-related research.
  • Supervise scientific staff and PhD, MSc and BSc students.
  • Write scientific publications in international journals and specialist magazines.


  • You have a doctoral degree in the field of biology, (bio)medical or veterinary sciences, biochemistry or a related field in life sciences.
  • You have at least 10 years of experience  (pre- and/or post-doctoral) in parasitology, in particular in the field of diagnostic R&D and/or African trypanosomiasis (AAT and/or HAT).
  • Knowledge of laboratory animal science (LAS) and holder of Federation for Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) C-certificate is an asset. The candidate is requested to obtain the certificate within a period of 12 months upon appointment.
  • You have experience in conducting research in endemic countries.
  • A strong track record in obtaining competitive research funding is an asset. You have good knowledge of applied research in the life sciences sector, in particular in vitro medical diagnostics.
  • You have strong research and team leader skills.
  • You have strong conceptual, analytical and scientific writing skills.
  • You have strong training skills.
  • You are independent and result-oriented, and have good planning and organisational skills.
  • You are a team player, have good communication skills and strong capacity for building multi-disciplinary working relationships.
  • You speak and write fluently English and French; knowledge of Dutch is an asset.


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. We offer you:

  • A full-time contract of 2 years, renewable.
  • 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 with your letter of motivation to before 30 September 2020.

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