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Senior Research Fellow Vector Biology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
  Apply before: 27 Nov.


Within ITM’s Department of Biomedical Sciences, the Insectary Core Group hosts at least seven research units working together on major insect-borne diseases: Units of Entomology, Virology, Malariology, Veterinary Protozoology, Molecular Parasitology, Experimental Immunology, and Eco-modelling. Together, we study the interplay of insect vector-pathogen-host-environment by amalgamating expertise from vector biology over ecology, virology and parasitology to immunology. The Unit of Entomology conducts field and lab research on the biology, behaviour, and ecology of insects transmitting pathogens to humans and animals and the transmission dynamics related to these human and veterinary diseases. Its involvement in the Insectary Core Group is essential in the context of the globalisation and emergence and re-emergence of vector-borne diseases, and innovative vector control.


Embedded in the Unit of Entomology, you will conduct basic and applied biological research in the context of vector biology & ecology and pathogen transmission.

  • As Senior Research Fellow Vector Biology, you will take up responsibility for the mosquito repository (including transgenic mosquitoes) and the establishment of ACL3 insectary in close collaboration with the Virology Unit.
  • You will coordinate insectary-related research projects on the biology and ecology of mosquitoes and other insect vectors.
  • You will develop a research line with focus on pathogen-mosquito-host-environment interactions and acquire funding for insectary research.
  • You will collaborate with other units of the Insectary Core Group and organise scientific exchange amongst these units.
  • You will build a network of internal and external contacts beyond the boundaries of your specialist field. You will represent the research group’s interests in external fora.
  • You will take up responsibilities for training of scientific and technical staff, students and internships in experimental biology, medical entomology, mosquito behaviour and forced salivation assays.
  • You will write high quality publications for scientific journals and specialist magazines.
  • You will focus on research at least 80% of your time and dedicate at most 20% of your time to teaching and/or service delivery. You will collaborate closely with the head of the Entomology Unit. You will contribute to the departmental and the research group’s management.


  • You have a doctoral degree in the field of biology, biomedicine, biochemistry, or other related life sciences.
  • You have at least 10 years of experience (pre- and postdoctoral) in experimental biology and ecology of insects.
  • You have experience in working in an ACL3 insectary and/or BSL3 laboratory and you are familiar with the associated biosafety requirements and guidelines.
  • You have good knowledge of applied research in the life science sector, in particular in vector competence studies.
  • Experiences in ecological studies, genomics, behavioural assays and genetic vector control technology are assets.
  • You have a strong publication record.
  • You have strong conceptual, analytical and scientific writing 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.
  • Coaching and/or training skills are a plus.
  • You speak and write English fluently. 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 two years, extendable. Starting date 1 or 15 January 2021, depending on your availability.
  • A salary set according to the pay scales of ITM and the Flemish universities and to your work experience with supplementary benefits: a public transportation subscription and/or bicycle fee, private pension scheme and meal voucher subscription.


For more information about this position, please contact HR (

Send your CV together with your letter of motivation to before 27 November 2020.

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