The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is an internationally recognised center for research in parasitic diseases. Within the Department of Biomedical Sciences, our dynamic protozoology group hosts research units that perform basic and translational research on three major vector-borne protozoan parasites, i.e. Leishmania (human leishmaniasis), Plasmodium (human malaria), Trypanosoma (human and animal African trypanosomiasis), with many worldwide collaborators. A main common goal that drives the research within our group is to understand the patterns and drivers of protozoan parasites’ adaptation to changing environments (drug-resistance, immune evasion, co-infection and colonisation of new hosts) and its impact on intra- and inter-host parasite heterogeneity and on their transmission. We have developed worldwide leadership in the use of complementary ‘omics approaches to answer these questions, both in field and experimental conditions.
- You will (co)-lead ‘omics research with the different units of the research group and coordinate a computational biology platform working on protozoan parasites (focus on NGS-genomics and transcriptomics).
- You will acquire funding for the ‘omics research within the group.
- You will build a network of internal and external contacts beyond the boundaries of your specialist field. You will represent the research group’s interests in external fora.
- You will guide and supervise scientific staff, doctoral and master students in computational biology.
- You will focus on research for at least 80% of your time.
- You will write high quality publications for scientific journals and specialist magazines.
- You will contribute to the departmental and the research group’s management.
- You hold a master’s degree in biology, (bio)medical sciences, biochemistry, bioinformatics or a related field in life sciences.
- You hold a PhD in sciences, on a relevant topic such as bioinformatics, computational biology, parasitology, population genetics, molecular epidemiology.
- You have at least 10 years of experience in research.
- You are an expert in computational biology (preferentially in the parasitology field) and have experience in developing computational solutions and implementing computational research infrastructure.
- You have a broad expertise in bio-informatic techniques and you have good programming skills .
- You have experience in analysing whole genome sequence and transcriptome data.
- Experience in proteomics and metabolomics is an asset.
- 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 and other relevant languages 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.
- You have strong training skills.
- An intellectually stimulating, international and socially committed environment, with room for personal initiative.
- A full time contract of two years, extendable.
- A salary set according to the pay scales of the ITM and the Flemish universities.
- Reimbursement of public transport costs, bicycle compensation, luncheon vouchers and a private pension scheme.