ITM vacancies

Epidemiologist outbreak events monitoring
Department of Public Health
  Apply before: 01 Dec.


The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) aims to improve health worldwide, in particular among vulnerable populations, through state of the art science. To achieve this, ITM is organised in three departments (biomedical, clinical, public health), which work closely together across disciplines. Recently, a dedicated interdepartmental Outbreak Research Team (ORT) was installed to strengthen ITM’s ability to rapidly develop and implement outbreak-related research, including strengthening interepidemic preparedness.  

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic epidemiologist for a new EU project “Monitoring outbreak events for disease surveillance in a data science context” (MOOD). This project aims to develop innovative tools and services for the early detection, assessment, and monitoring of current and potential infectious disease threats in Europe in a context of global change including climate change. The MOOD innovations will address the challenges of emerging disease detection in a One Health framework based on cross-sectorial collaboration of animal, human and environmental health.

The MOOD project overall will be hosted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences (Unit of Entomology), where the PI is also based. The epidemiologist will be hosted by the Department of Public Health.


  • In close collaboration with the other MOOD project partners and ORT members you will characterise possible indicators, data sources, text mining methods, and adapted data analyses for the detection of diseases of known and unknown origin.
  • You will contribute to the profiling (primarily based on systematic reviews) of prototype pathogens and diseases in particular of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.
  • You will review the challenges related to the detection and identification of unknown disease in relation to diagnostics and assess the added value of the data science approach.
  • You will contribute to the collection of epidemiological data.
  • You will perform short missions abroad, primarily within the scope of MOOD but potentially also as a member of ORT.
  • You perform epidemic intelligence activities within the context of ORT.
  • You will write scientific papers and reports.


  • You hold a master’s degree in medicine, biomedical sciences and/or epidemiology and a strong scientific track record in epidemiology, supported by peer-reviewed publications.
  • You have experience in public health disease surveillance, epidemic intelligence and diagnostics, in particular of zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.
  • You have excellent knowledge of statistics and research methods and have analytical and scientific writing skills.
  • You have advanced experience in working with data analysis software (Stata, R or similar program).
  • You speak and write fluently in English. Knowledge of French, Dutch and other relevant languages is a strong asset.
  • You are a team player, have good communication skills and highly motivated, with a multidisciplinary attitude and affinity with ITM's objectives and spirit.


  • An intellectually stimulating, international and socially committed environment, with room for personal initiative.
  • A fulltime position for two years, extendable to a contract of indeterminate duration.  Starting date 1 January 2020.
  • A salary according to the scales of the Flemish universities and to your work experience, with supplementary extra-legal benefits: a public transport subscription and/or bicycle fee, private pension scheme and meal voucher subscription.


For more information about the assignment and profile, please contact Dr. Wim Van Bortel ( Send your application with motivation letter and ITM application form to before 1 December 2019.