ITM vacancies

Research Assistant
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Unit of Veterinary Protozoology
  Apply before: 26 Jul.


The Unit of Veterinary Protozoology focuses its research on African trypanosomiasis. We perform basic and applied research on both the parasite (Trypanosoma sp.) and the blood-feeding insect vector, the tsetse fly. Within the framework of a sleeping sickness elimination program we are now recruiting a research assistant to develop and optimize an ELISA-test to measure anti-tsetse saliva antibodies in humans bitten by the tsetse fly. This test will enable the estimation of exposure of a population to tsetse flies and will be a highly valuable tool in the elimination program.


  • You will develop and evaluate an anti-tsetse saliva ELISA-test based upon total tsetse saliva.
  • You will express and purify a recombinant tsetse saliva protein.
  • You will develop and optimise an anti-tsetse saliva ELISA-test based upon the purified recombinant protein.
  • You will present your research at scientific conferences and write a scientific manuscript.
  • You will apply for external research scholarships.


  • You have a master’s degree in biochemistry, biological, biomedical, or in other relevant sciences.
  • You have a good understanding of serology, molecular biology and protein expression methodologies.
  • You have hands-on experience with ELISA, PCR, recombinant protein expression and purification.
  • You have good analytical and problem-solving capacities.
  • You work accurately and well-organised and have good communication skills.
  • You have a good active knowledge of English (both written and spoken).


  • An intellectually stimulating, international and socially committed environment.
  • A fulltime employment for one year, starting date 1 September 2019.
  • A salary according to your work experience with supplementary extra-legal benefits: reimbursement of public transport costs and/or bicycle compensation, luncheon vouchers and private pension scheme.


For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Jan Van Den Abbeele , head of the Unit of Veterinary Protozoology ( or +32 (0)3 247 62 62). Send the completed ITM application form with a letter of motivation by e-mail only to by 26 July 2019.