ITM vacancies

Professor of Maternal and Reproductive Health
Department of Public Health
Unit of Maternal and Reproductive Health
  Apply before: 01 Apr.


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. Current research domains include health policy and health systems, sexual and reproductive health, infectious disease including neglected tropical disease and antimicrobial resistance, non-communicable and chronic diseases, and outbreaks. The department is organised in multidisciplinary units, including public health specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and health economists.  

The group of Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Department of Public Health focuses on a broad range of issues from HIV and other STI, sexual health to family planning and maternal and neonatal  health. Within this group ITM seeks to recruit a Professor of Maternal and Reproductive Health to develop a comprehensive and innovative research agenda closely linked to training and capacity building in this field. The thematic focus is on maternal health, prevention of mortality and morbidity related to pregnancy and child birth, as well as reproductive health including prevention of unwanted pregnancy and promotion of sexual health among adolescents and young women in a context of low and middle income countries (LMIC). The research portfolio is expected to include programme, health policy and health system dimensions.


  • Develop an innovative research portfolio in the field of maternal and reproductive health in LMIC, including acquiring external funding and developing new partnerships and strengthening the  international reputation and visibility of ITM’s work in this field.
  • Attract and train PhD students.
  • Participate in teaching responsibilities in ITM’s Master in Public Health and in the Postgraduate Course in International Health, and in the development of new course modules or specialised courses.
  • Contribute to ITM’s international capacity strengthening programmes.
  • Provide expert advice to national and international stakeholders in the field.
  • Lead a team and take hierarchic responsibilities regarding management, quality and safety. Develop a strategy and policy for the unit.


  • You have a master in medicine (medical doctor) or an equivalent track.
  • You have a Master in Public Health (MPH) or equivalent.
  • You have a PhD in a relevant research domain.
  • You have a proven track record of high quality research on maternal and/or reproductive health in LMIC, including extensive publications on these topics.
  • You have a  strong methodological focus on quantitative and/or qualitative methods and affinity  with context and health systems in LMIC.
  • You have strong academic track record in successful grant writing, PhD training, research collaborations.
  • You have a good record of extensive international partnerships and networks.
  • You are a leader, strong communicator and team manager.
  • You have demonstrable active knowledge of English, and preferably French. You know Dutch or are willing to learn it. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.


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


For more information about the assignment and profile contact Prof. Marianne van der Sande ( or Prof. Marie Laga ( Send your application with ITM application form and motivation letter by e-mail to by 1 April 2019.