ITM vacancies

Biostatistician Non-Communicable Diseases Group
Department of Public Health
Non-Communicable Diseases
  Apply before: 30 Apr.


The mission of the Department of Public Health of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) 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, for the first time, develop 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 updating of the model.
  • Test model validity and calibration, ranges of uncertainty and sensitivity analyses.
  • Programme risk prediction equations.
  • Database management, and thorough documentation of processes.
  • Lead and contribute to abstract and manuscript preparation.
  • Attend and present research at national and international scientific meetings.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications and related documents.
  • Present research at working group meetings.
  • Contribute to the unit’s coaching and teaching on NCDs at ITM.


  • Master’s level degree in relevant quantitative sciences (e.g. applied computation, biomedical/health informatics, applied mathematics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health Economics).
  • Ability to work with mathematical models, such as Markov and Monte Carlo simulation models, in deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analysis, and ability to solve technical problems in these areas.
  • Strong independent programming/coding skills. Facility with data analysis software, databases software and R, Python, or other statistical software.
  • Experience in public health, health economics and health policy, preferably in NCDs.
  • Team spirit and openness to multidisciplinary interactions.
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills.
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of Dutch is an asset.


  • ITM is an open and international campus where staff, students and researchers work on new international health challenges. Your assignment contributes to its mission.
  • ITM strives for excellence, integrity, specificity and efficiency. It values human dignity and diversity, academic creativity and a critical spirit, solidarity and cooperation, and the well-being of employees, students, patients and clients.
  • ITM is located in the middle of the bustling city centre of Antwerp and is easily accessible by public transport.
  • Together we ensure a pleasant working environment with attention to work-life balance and training opportunities.
  • The assignment concerns a full-time position for two years, extendable. Starting date as soon as possible.
  • 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.


For more information about this position, please contact Prof José L. Peñalvo, Head of the NCDs Unit ( Send the ITM application form with your motivational letter to before 30 April  2020.

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