ITM has a longstanding tradition in tropical and cosmopolitan virus research. The Unit of Virology was home to the discovery of Ebola virus in 1976 and consequently the research focus was on haemorrhagic fever viruses (filoviruses, Hanta). Since the mid 1980’s, the Unit of Virology has built a strong portfolio on HIV research: from molecular epidemiology to neutralising antibodies, from sexual transmission and prevention by topical microbicides to HIV immunotherapy and cure. The search for a functional HIV cure has been a major research focus during the past 10 years and is framed in several ongoing international collaborations. Since 2014, the Unit of Virology is gradually expanding its research portfolio on (re)emerging viruses with a particular interest in arthropod-borne virus-host-vector molecular interactions, animal reservoirs, the development of new diagnostics and antiviral strategies. The Unit is running collaborative projects in DR Congo, Peru and Cuba to look at arbovirus prevalence, the development and evaluation of new diagnostic tests and dengue virus - host interactions.
- You will build your own research line within the scope of the unit’s research portfolio.
- You will acquire funding for your own research and research team within the unit, and will contribute to the research funding of the unit.
- You will build a network of internal and external contacts beyond the boundaries of your specialist field. You will represent the unit’s interests on external for a.
- You will work autonomously, will monitor and coordinate research projects within the unit’s portfolio.
- You will guide and supervise scientific staff, doctoral students and master students.
- You will focus on research for at least 80% of your time, and at most 20% of your time to teaching and/or service delivery.
- You will contribute to departmental and unit management.
- You will write high quality publications for scientific journals and specialist magazines.
- You hold a master in (bio)medical sciences, biochemistry or a related field in life sciences.
- You hold a PhD in (molecular) virology.
- You have at least 10 years of experience in virology, preferably in HIV and/or emerging arthropod-borne viruses and in host-pathogen interaction studies.
- You have strong research and team leader skills.
- You have good conceptual, analytical and scientific writing skills.
- You are highly motivated, with a multidisciplinary attitude and affinity with ITM's objectives and spirit.
- You speak and write fluently in English. Knowledge of Dutch, French and other relevant languages (e.g. Spanish) is an asset.
- You are a team player, have good communication skills and can build strong multi-disciplinary working relationships.
- You are quality-driven, service-minded and result-oriented.
- A strong track record in obtaining competitive research funding is an asset.
- An international, stimulating and socially committed environment in the center of the vibrant city of Antwerp.
- A full time fixed term contract of 2 years, extendable.
- 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.