ITM vacancies

Scientific Fellow clinical infectious diseases
Department of Clinical Sciences
  Apply before: 31 Aug.


More than 480 staff members at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) contribute every day to improving the health of millions of people worldwide. Our researchers conduct more than 200 scientific projects in the fields of tropical medicine and international health. Our teaching staff welcomes more than 500 professionals from around the world each academic year to attend our highly regarded medical courses. Tens of thousands of travel and STI consultations take place in our clinic each year, and our internationally recognized reference laboratories examine many hundreds of thousands of samples.

There is only one way we can accomplish these very diverse tasks: thanks to a great pass-sion for our mission. Does ITM appeal to you as a workplace? If so, we would be delighted to welcome you as a Scientific Fellow at the Department of Clinical Science.

The Department of Clinical Sciences concentrates on patient-based research, training and services in low-resource settings , with emphasis on tropical and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS. It also runs the Medical Services of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM).

Multi-disciplinary outbreak research is an important component of work at ITM, conducted by experts across the departments with a wide range of expertise. This includes clinical research, epidemiology, social science, diagnostic microbiology, molecular biology, health systems and policy and ecology.

We are looking for a medical doctor with expertise in infectious diseases and research in resource-constrained settings to strengthen clinical research on outbreaks and emerging infectious diseases, especially but not exclusively in low and middle income countries. You will be part of a core team consisting of researchers across the departments dedicated to research on emerging infections and outbreaks.


  • You will work as a scientific fellow in the Department of Clinical Sciences and play an active role in outbreak research and research on emerging infectious diseases, in collaboration with biomedical and public health researchers.
  • You will also play an active role as a member of a collaborative cross departmental group focussed on outbreak research (ORT) to find synergies across departments and units.
  • You are responsible for the scientific management and coordination of our research activities in the field of epidemic-prone infectious diseases, in collaboration with other actors within and outside our institution, in low-resource countries and in Belgium/Europe.
  • You will regularly perform short missions for outbreak investigation-related assignments, which may lead to the identification of research gaps and the implementation of relevant clinical research activities.
  • As the outbreak project’s scientific fellow you will contribute to the management of the outbreak project which includes: project planning, coordination and implementation.
  • You will elaborate and update generic research protocols and will work closely with the ITM Clinical Trials Unit to explore innovative ways to conduct clinical research during outbreaks/emergencies.
  • You will contribute to drafting grant applications for additional outbreak research proposals.
  • You will join in the departmental research on evidence-based medicine and clinical decision-making, with a focus on diseases with an epidemic potential.
  • You will write reports and contribute to scientific publications.
  • You will contribute to the educational activities related to outbreak management provided by the department.
  • You will build up and maintain a network of internal and external contacts beyond your own specialist field, including external representation of and active lobbying for ITM’s interests.


  • You are a medical doctor. Clinical specialisation in infectious disease, internal medicine or paediatrics or a master in tropical/infectious diseases is a strong asset. An additional specialisation in epidemiology is an asset.
  • A PhD in a relevant field is an asset. You have a scientific track record, including publications, project formulation and fund raising.
  • Significant field experience (> 2 yeas) in low-resource settings. Experience in epidemic preparedness and outbreak response is an asset.
  • Relevant and extensive experience in clinical research and an interest in research in tropical and emerging infectious diseases.
  • Quality-driven and result-orientated with robust conceptual, analytical and communicative skills.
  • Flexibility to travel to low resource settings for outbreak investigation on a short-term notice.
  • Team spirit and openness to multi-disciplinary interactions
  • Fluency in English and French; knowledge of Dutch, Spanish or other languages is an asset


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 fulltime contract for 2 years, renewable. Starting date as soon as possible in 2022.
  • A collegial working environment with attention to work-life balance and individual growth and development.
  • A workplace in the middle of the vibrant city of Antwerp, easily accessible by public transport.
  • A salary set according to your work experience with some supplementary benefits, such as private pension scheme and meal voucher subscription.
  • An immigration and relocation package, if applicable.


Apply for this post and send your letter of motivation and CV to before 31 August 2022..

For more information about this position, please contact HR (

Only applications with CV and letter of motivation will be accepted.

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