ITM vacancies

Scientific assistant molecular biology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Unit of Virology
  Apply before: 25 Feb.


In 2013, the Institute of Tropical Medicine started an ambitious research project for active screening, using innovative tools, and elimination of sleeping sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis - HAT) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

For this research project, the Unit of Virology is looking for a scientific assistant to contribute to the development and optimisation of a new molecular diagnostic test for simultaneous diagnosis of the sleeping sickness parasite and arthropod-borne viruses.


You will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Contribute to the development and optimisation of a molecular multiplex diagnostic test (real-time PCR-based) for the simultaneous detection of sleeping sickness and arboviral infections.
  • Perform analytical and clinical validation of this multiplex test.
  • Support the implementation of the test for field screening in DRC.
  • Collaborate closely with researchers of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Department of Biomedical Sciences for the research related to the development of this new test.
  • Work under the supervision of your unit head and/or senior colleagues.


  • A master in biology, biomedical sciences or related field.
  • Experience in the design, development, performing and validation of molecular diagnostic tests (real-time PCR and multiplex PCR) and multiplex of the PCR reactions.
  • Experience in clinical validation in the field of molecular biology is an asset.
  • Knowledge and experience in carrying out research in the field of molecular biology.
  • Willing to travel abroad for conferences of short missions (less than one month).
  • You can work independently, but you are also a team player. You have good communication and reporting skills.
  • Excellent command of English and French, knowledge of Dutch is an asset.
  • Research experience in the domain of molecular biology.


  • An international, stimulating and socially committed environment in the center of the vibrant city of Antwerp.
  • A full-time contract for 1 year, extendable for 6 months.
  • Starting date as soon as possible, but at the latest by 15 March 2019.
  • A 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 Dr. Lieselotte Cnops ( or Prof. Kevin Ariën ( Send the completed ITM application form together with a letter of motivation to Apply before 25 February 2019.