ITM vacancies

Scientific assistant Entomology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
  Apply before: 24 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 the ITM appeal to you as a workplace? If so, we would be delighted to welcome you as a Scientific assistant Entomology at the Unit of Entomology of the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

The Unit of Entomology aims to contribute to public health surveillance for the control and elimination of vector-borne diseases. It conducts field and laboratory research on the biology, behaviour, and ecology of insects transmitting pathogens to humans and animals and the transmission dynamics of these human and veterinary diseases. It monitors native and exotic mosquitoes and other insects, studies the vector biology and ecology, assesses the environmental risk and tests the efficiency of old and new vector control tools and strategies, monitors vector population dynamics before, during and after vector-borne disease outbreaks, and contributes to One Health solutions for real-life vector-borne problems. The Unit of Entomology contributes to transdisciplinary vector-borne disease research in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Within the framework of the VectorNet project and the institutional capacity building with DRC we are recruiting a research assistant.


  • You are in charge of performing systematic literature reviews on topics related to the vector status of selected vector-borne diseases.
  • You will support the literature review on vector control of Aedes mosquitoes in Africa.
  • You support our partner in DRC in identifying and achieving targets in medical entomology, particularly in ecology and control of Aedes mosquitoes.
  • You will draft study protocols related to the ecology of Aedes mosquitoes
  • You will perform short missions to DRC for to follow-up of entomological field studies in DRC.
  • You work closely with scientific staff who coordinates the projects VectorNet and institutional capacity building with DRC.
  • You provide support with report writing and analysis of the collected literature data.
  • You will collaborate to the drafting scientific manuscripts.
  • It is estimated that 80% of your time will be devoted to VectorNet and 20% to the institutional capacity building with DRC.


  • You have a Master's degree in Biology or equivalent, expertise in medical entomology and vector-control is an asset.
  • Experience with systematic literature review is an added value.
  • You work independently, have good communication and organisational skills and a flexible approach to work.
  • You have good analytical and problem-solving capacities.
  • You work accurately and well-organized and have good communication skills.
  • You have a good active knowledge of English and French (both written and spoken).


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 as research assistant until 31/12/2023. Starting date: as soon as possible.
  • 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.


Apply for this post and send your letter of motivation and CV -to before 24 August.

For more information about this position, please contact HR (

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

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