The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp aims at the advancement and spread of science that contributes to infectious disease medicine and to public health globally with focus on low- and middle income countries, inclusive of their global dimensions. ITM provides fundamental, translational and applied scientific research, delivers advanced education and provides medical, scientific and societal expert services. ITM is an open and international campus where staff, students and researchers work on the new international health challenges.
The mission of the Department of Public Health 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. Within the department, the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Group is dedicated to address the rising burden of chronic NCDs, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. The Unit’s research and academic activities relate to the prevention and control of NCDs, from a public health perspective, and with an emphasis on identifying determinants of NCD development, and the formulation of effective strategies to address them.
We are looking for an outstanding biostatistician to join the NCDs Group and contribute to the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) project “A novel life course microsimulation model linking diet to NCDs”. The main aim of the project is to develop, for the first time, a life course obesity-diabetes-CVD-cancer microsimulation model that links diet to NCDs across the life course. The model will be developed and validated for Belgium, using representative data and established resources, and used to quantify diet-related NCDs burdens in Belgium, accounting for population’s heterogeneity.
As part of a multidisciplinary team of public health experts, and epidemiologists, you will collaborate in building a disease microsimulation model. Working closely with the Unit head and other NCD researchers at ITM and within the project consortium, you will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Methodology development, mathematical coding, input incorporation, and continuous update of the model
- Programing of risk prediction equations, disease progression, and competing risks
- Database management, and thorough documentation of processes
- Lead and contribute to abstract and manuscript preparation
- Present research at working group meetings
- Contribute to the Unit’s coaching and teaching on NCDs at ITM
- PhD degree in relevant quantitative sciences (e.g. applied computation, biomedical/health informatics, applied mathematics, biostatistics, epidemiology)
- Experience working with stochastic models and simulations, such as Markov and Monte Carlo models, and ability to solve technical problems in these areas
- Strong independent programming/coding skills.
- Expert use of R. Knowledge of other languages (Python, C++) is an asset
- Knowledge of epidemiological concepts, particularly related to NCDs
- Team spirit and openness to multi-disciplinary interactions
- Strong writing and oral communication skills
- Fluent in English
ITM is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive institute. We strive for excellence and relevance, integrity, sustainability and persistence and fairness. Your assignment contributes to the socially relevant mission of ITM. 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. We offer you:
- A full-time position until 31/12/2023. Starting date as soon as possible.
- A pleasant working atmosphere with attention to work-life balance and individual growth and development. ITM is located in the middle of the vibrant city of Antwerp and is easily accessible by public transport.
- A salary set according to the pay scales of ITM and the Flemish universities and to your work experience with some supplementary benefits such as private pension scheme and meal voucher subscription.