ITM vacancies

Researcher on non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
Department of Public Health
Non-Communicable Diseases
  Apply before: 15 Sep.


The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is increasing rapidly, and NCDs are high on the international agenda for sustainable development. Governments and health systems in LMICs are struggling to adopt and implement effective and efficient strategies in response to this growing burden. Research is urgently needed to identify the most cost-effective avenues to scale-up evidence-based programs to provide comprehensive chronic care in different settings.

In its commitment to strengthen the research on NCDs in LMIC, the Public Health Department at ITM is looking for an outstanding research fellow. The researcher will contribute to the development of a comprehensive research agenda on NCDs from the public health perspective and with an emphasis on strategies to enhance prevention, control and care of hypertension and diabetes in constrained settings.

The department is currently coordinating the H2020 project SCale-Up diaBetes and hYpertension care (SCUBY), initiated in 2018 in three different countries (Belgium, Slovenia, and Cambodia) and aiming to:

  1. Analyze the capacity to scale-up integrated NCDs care in each context.
  2. Develop strategies for a national scale-up.
  3. Evaluate the impact of the scaled-up care.


You will work closely with the head of the unit, other NCD researchers and the SCUBY team in a variety of tasks.

  • You will drive, coordinate and conduct research and studies in the NCD program.
  • You will write scientific papers and participate in the writing of programme reports towards donors and health authorities.
  • You will initiate and contribute to research proposals and grant applications of the unit.
  • You will manage the SCUBY project office, communicate among the European Commission and the project partners. You will ensure that the project is implemented according to schedule, review the  deliverables and that reporting and ethical protocols are submitted in due time.
  • You will develop new research proposals in the field of NCD prevention and control in LMIC.
  • You will contribute to the development and continuous update of ITM’s NCD-related courses as well as teaching.
  • You will participate in mentoring junior members of the research team and contribute to ITM capacity building activities, as week as co-supervise or co-teach students in the MPH and other academic programs at ITM.


  • A PhD in health systems, epidemiology or related health discipline in the field of NCD research.
  • Experience in large research project management in different countries is a strong asset.
  • A record of original, first-author manuscripts in one or more of the above-mentioned areas.
  • Knowledge and expertise in carrying out research in LMIC or vulnerable populations.
  • Excellent organisation skills.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent command of English. Knowledge of Dutch and/or French is an asset.

We are especially interested in candidates who can bring strong organisational and analytical skills. A major focus will be placed on consortium management, developing a teaching portfolio and develop new research projects. A pro-active open attitude towards collaborations with other researchers addressing prevention, cure or control of CVDs in vulnerable populations is expected/needed.


  • A stimulating, interesting and socially committed environment with room for personal initiative.
  • You are based at ITM, situated in the centre of the vibrant city of Antwerp.
  • A full-time extendable contract of one year. 
  • Starting date as soon as possible.
  • A gross salary set according to the pay scales of ITM and the Flemish universities and to your work experience.
  • Reimbursement of public transport costs and/or bicycle fee, luncheon vouchers and a private pension scheme.


For more information about this position, please contact Jose L. Peñalvo ( or Josefien van Olmen (  Send your application with ITM application form and motivation letter to before 15 September 2019.