ITM vacancies

Professor of Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
Department of Public Health
  Apply before: 24 Aug.


The mission of the Department of Public Health of the Institute of Tropical Medicine 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. Present research domains include health policy and health systems, sexual, reproductive & child health, infectious disease including neglected tropical disease and antimicrobial resistance, and outbreaks. The department is organised in multidisciplinary units, including public health specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and health economists.

Due to the recent retirement of two chairholders, the Unit of Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases currently focuses mainly on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) targeted for elimination, such as leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness. The ITM wishes to re-expand its portfolio on the epidemiology and control including ‘global’ infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, with focus on low- and middle-income countries. Also other infectious diseases such as dengue, leprosy, or helminthiases may become part of the portfolio. Methodologically, a strong focus and expertise in quantitative epidemiological and biostatistical methods is expected.

To that end, the ITM seeks to recruit a Professor of Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases. In synergy with the current head of unit and staff, he/she will develop a comprehensive, competitive and innovative research agenda, complementary to the existing research lines, and closely linked to training and capacity building in this field. 


  • Your primary assignment is to develop and perform innovative research to reduce the impact of infectious diseases in low and middle income countries. Your research will focus on the epidemiology, development and evaluation of public health interventions.
  • You will collaborate closely within the unit and with other units in the department, as well as with the Department of Clinical Sciences and Department of Biomedical Sciences and with external partners.
  • You will actively collaborate in, and further develop, national and international networks in which ITM participates.
  • You will take up teaching responsibilities in ITM’s Master of Public Health, the Postgraduate Course in International Health, and international expert courses. You will initiate and/or contribute to the development of new teaching modules, including distant and blended learning.
  • You will attract and train PhD students within the field of epidemiology and disease control.
  • You will actively contribute to ITM’s capacity strengthening and collaboration programmes in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • You will acquire internal and external funding and build up international reputation and visibility.
  • You will provide expert advice to national and international stakeholders in the field.
  • You will take up hierarchic responsibilities regarding management, safety and quality.
  • You will actively contribute to the vision, strategy and policy of the unit, the department and the ITM in function of the national and international environment.


  • You have a (bio)medical background or comparable expertise, a Master degree in epidemiology or equivalent, and a PhD in a relevant research domain.
  • You have a proven record of high-quality public health research on epidemiology and control of infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries and have published extensively on this topic.
  • You have a proven track record and excellent skills in biostatistics, epidemiological study design and data analysis.
  • You have a strong academic track record, including successful grant writing, PhD training, leadership and communication, team management and international partnerships.
  • You have a track record in successful research collaboration with other disciplines.
  • You have a demonstrable active knowledge of English and French. You know Dutch or are willing to learn it. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.


  • A stimulating, international and committed working environment in a historical but thriving city.
  • A fulltime tenure appointment in the initial rank of associate or (full) professor, depending on your qualifications.
  • Core support and access to internal programmatic and competitive funds in terms of staff, functioning, facilities, international collaboration.
  • A salary according to the scale of the ITM and the Flemish universities.
  • Additional benefits including extra-legal pension plan, public transport or bike compensation, meal vouchers.


For more information about the vacancy, contact Prof. Marianne van der Sande, Head of the Department of Public Health ( or Prof. Marleen Boelaert, Head of the Unit Infectious Diseases ( Download and send the ITM application form with your motivation letter to vacatures@itg.beApply before 24 August 2018.