ITM vacancies

Scientific Fellow Emerging Infectious Diseases
Department of Clinical Sciences
Emerging infectious diseases
  Apply before: 31 Aug.


More than 480 staff members at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) contribute every day to improving the health of millions of people worldwide. Our researchers conduct more than 200 scientific projects in the fields of tropical medicine and international health. Our teaching staff welcomes more than 500 professionals from around the world each academic year to attend our highly regarded medical courses. Tens of thousands of travel and STI consultations take place in our clinic each year, and our internationally recognized reference laboratories examine many hundreds of thousands of samples.

There is only one way we can accomplish these very diverse tasks: thanks to a great passsion for our mission. Does ITM appeal to you as a workplace? If so, we would be delighted to welcome you as a Scientific Fellow emerging infectious diseases at the Unit Emerging Infectious Disease of the Department of Clinical Science.

ITM’s Department of Clinical Sciences strives for optimal diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tropical and globalized infectious diseases. The department has long-standing expertise in clinical research on treatments, vaccines, and diagnostics for infectious diseases mainly in lower-resource settings, but also in Belgium. The Department of Clinical Sciences recently established a new Research Unit on Emerging Infectious Disease led by prof. Laurens Liesenborghs, with the aim of conducting clinical research on emerging infections and outbreaks. Current research topics include Monkeypox, Ebola Virus Disease, COVID-19 and respiratory infections and multidisciplinary outbreak research.

We are looking for a motivated research fellow to support the emerging infectious disease unit and participate in current research activities, preferable on a postdoctoral level.


  • You will work as a scientific fellow in the Unit of Emerging Infectious Disease and contribute to the core tasks of the unit within ITM: research, capacity building, education and training
  • You will support and reinforce research activities in the field of emerging infectious diseases, in collaboration with other actors within and outside our institution.
  • Your research will focus mainly on emerging infectious diseases in partnering countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (DR Congo, Guinea, Burundi and Ethiopia), but potentially also in Belgium/Europe
  • You will manage research projects which includes project planning, coordination, implementation, and data analysis
  • You will work closely together with researchers from other disciplines and guide and support junior colleagues, including master and PhD students
  • You will work closely with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and contribute to building research capacity in partnering countries
  • You will regularly perform short missions to partnering countries for training, implementation of research activities or outbreak investigations
  • You will develop new ideas and projects in collaboration with the partners in the South.
  • You will write reports and contribute to scientific publications.
  • You will contribute to grant applications for research funding
  • You will build up and maintain a network of internal and external contacts beyond your own specialist field


  • You are a medical doctor or have a master’s diploma in biology, biomedical sciences, veterinary medicine, or an equivalent field.
  • You have a scientific track record, including publications, project formulation and fund raising in the field of emerging infectious diseases
  • A PhD in a relevant field is a strong asset
  • You have experience in collecting, managing, and analyzing clinical or epidemiological data. An additional specialization in epidemiology, biostatistics, or clinical trials is an asset.
  • You have significant field experience in low-resource settings and possess strong cross-cultural competencies
  • You are flexible to travel on a short-term notice and are comfortable working in remote and challenging settings
  • You are a strong team player and open to multi-disciplinary work
  • You are quality-driven and result-orientated with robust conceptual, analytical and communicative skills.
  • You are fluent in English (at least C1) and French (at least B1); knowledge of Dutch, Spanish or other languages is an asset
  • You will be offered a renewable contract of 1 year, but will also be asked to apply for a scholarship if possible


ITM is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive institute. We strive for excellence and relevance, integrity, sustainability and persistence and fairness. Your assignment contributes to the socially relevant mission of ITM. We value human dignity and diversity, academic creativity and a critical spirit, solidarity and cooperation, and the well-being of employees, students, patients and clients. We offer you:

  • A full-time contract of 1 year, renewable.
  • Starting date: as soon as possible in 2022.
  • A collegial working environment with attention to work-life balance and individual growth and development.
  • A workplace in the middle of the vibrant city of Antwerp, easily accessible by public transport.
  • A salary set according to the pay scales of ITM and the Flemish universities and to your work experience with some supplementary benefits, such as private pension scheme and meal voucher subscription.
  • An immigration and relocation assistance package, if applicable.


Apply for this post and send your letter of motivation and CV to before August 31, 2022.

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Only applications with CV and letter of motivation will be accepted.

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