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Scientific fellow, Unit of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Sciences
Unit of Epidemiology and Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases
  Apply before: 06 Apr.


The main current projects of the Unit of Neglected Tropical Diseases relate to visceral leishmaniasis and the interaction with HIV, with ongoing clinical and laboratory research in Ethiopia. The scope has now been extended to cutaneous leishmaniasis and other neglected diseases. A key component is a capacity building project with the University of Gondar in Ethiopia. The unit is also involved in an international clinical research network for epidemic response in Sub-Saharan Africa (ALERRT, and contributes to the ITM outbreak research activities.


  • You will contribute to the core tasks of the unit within ITM: research, capacity building, education and training, reporting to Prof Johan Van Griensven, unit head.
  • You will reinforce and support a range of scientific activities in the unit, predominantly ongoing clinical and laboratory research projects in Ethiopia, under the guidance of the project leader, and in close collaboration with other ITM staff and ITM’s international partners.
  • You will coordinate the implementation of capacity building projects in Ethiopia, and will be responsible for the daily management.
  • You will develop new ideas and projects in collaboration with our partners in the South.
  • You will write scientific reports and protocols.
  • You will contribute to the unit’s involvement in the ALERRT project.
  • You will mentor and support overseas students (visiting or remote) in the unit.
  • You will contribute to grant applications for new research projects.
  • You will assist the unit head with the organisational aspects of the unit.
  • You will regularly visit the study sites abroad, visits take up to four weeks.



  • You attained master's degree in Medical or Biomedical Sciences with additional training, preferably at master’s degree level, in infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, clinical trials, or other relevant topics.
  • Experience with patient-centred laboratory or clinical research is essential.
  • You have overseas experience or experience coordinating projects in resource-limited settings.
  • You have research experience, preferably in low- or middle income countries, including developing research protocols, submitting research grants, research implementation, data analysis, and the publication process.
  • You have published your research findings on relevant topics in international journals or conferences.
  • You are able to teach international students with an interactive approach.
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English and preferably good knowledge of French.
  • You are willing to conduct short overseas assignments, sometimes on short notice.
  • You are a team player and have good communication skills.


  • A PhD and training in Good Clinical and Laboratory Practices and in statistics is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Dutch and other languages is an asset.


  • A stimulating, international and committed working environment. You are based at ITM, located in the vibrant city centre of Antwerp.
  • A full-time contract of 2 years. Starting date as soon as possible.
  • A salary according to the pay scales of ITM and Flemish universities, and to your professional experience with supplementary benefits: private pension scheme, public transport subscription and/or bicycle fee and meal vouchers subscription. 


For more information about this position, please contact HR ( Send the ITM application form with your motivational letter to before 6 April 2020.

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