ITM vacancies

Research assistant maternal and reproductive health
Department of Public Health
Unit of Maternal and Reproductive Health
  Apply before: 31 Jan.


The mission of the Department of Public Health of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (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. The Department is organized in multidisciplinary research groups, including public health specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and health economists. The unit of Maternal and Reproductive Health is part of the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) group. The Group’s objective is to contribute to the improvement of sexual, reproductive, and maternal health mainly (but not only) in low resource settings, through linking scientific research, advanced education, policy support and capacity-strengthening. We use quantitative, qualitative and mixed method inter-disciplinary approaches (e.g. epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, demography) that explain risk and vulnerability as evidence base for improving outcomes.

We are looking for an outstanding junior researcher passionate about sexual, reproductive and maternal health research. Depending on your interest, we will support you to enrol in and complete a PhD degree based on your research. We offer a unique opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team on a variety of research projects, develop a network of research partners globally, and be engaged in teaching and capacity-building activities of the Group.


  • You will work on the group’s core research projects in the domain of maternal, reproductive and sexual health, in particular issues related to improving intrapartum and postnatal quality of care and improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in low-resource settings. You will work under the supervision of prof. Benova on:
  • Carrying out research activities in line with the research plan.
  • Drafting research reports and publishing results in collaboration with other staff members. The research results can be used in preparing and obtaining a PhD-degree.
  • You will contribute to education and capacity building activities of the Group in the domain of maternal and reproductive health.
  • You will collaborate with other groups within ITM and partners outside ITM, including partners in low- and middle-income countries.



  • You have a Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, a related health field or in a social science (sociology, anthropology).
  • You have basic training in qualitative and/or quantitative research skills and are strongly interested in further developing your research skills.
  • You have had exposure to health research, such as research project coordination, implementation, data collection, primary or secondary data analysis, and/or scientific report writing.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English.
  • You are willing to travel overseas.
  • You have good organisational and analytical skills.
  • You are a team-player that can work across cultures respectfully and are open-minded.


  • Knowledge of French and other languages is an asset.
  • A clinical background (nursing, midwifery, medical doctor) is an asset.
  • You have experience working in low- or middle-income countries.


  • An intellectually stimulating, international and socially committed working environment.
  • A full-time contract of 2 years, extendable. Starting date: as soon as possible in 2020.
  • A salary according to the pay scales of the ITM and 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 this vacancy, please contact HR (

Download the application form on Send the form, together with your motivational letter to before 31 January 2020.