Research Fellow Non-Communicable Diseases

Research Fellow
Department of Public Health, Non-Communicable Diseases Unit

The mission of the Department of Public Health of the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is to conduct public health research of international standing, provide postgraduate education of high quality and engage in service delivery with the ultimate goal to advance global health. The department is organized in multidisciplinary units, including public health specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and health economists. Current research domains include health policy and health systems, sexual and reproductive health, infectious disease including neglected tropical disease and antimicrobial resistance, outbreaks, and non-communicable and chronic diseases (NCDs).

The burden of NCDs in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is increasing rapidly, and NCDs are high on the international agenda for sustainable development. The Public Health Department at ITM is strengthening its commitment towards NCDs in LMIC assembling a Unit dedicated to this topic.

We are looking for an outstanding researcher to contribute to developing a comprehensive research agenda on NCDs from a public health perspective and with an emphasis on preventive strategies and policies to tackle the increasing burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes.


As part of a multidisciplinary team of public health experts, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, NCD modelers and decisions scientists at ITM, you will collaborate closely with your head of Unit and other NCD researchers in the department and you interface with international experts and stakeholders. You will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Conduct research related to prevention and control of CVD to reduce its burden, prioritizing epidemiological research on LMIC and vulnerable populations in high-income countries:

- Perform situation analysis and contribute to field  work and capacity building.
- Carry out systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
- Identify and test public health interventions addressing NCDs, in particular CVD and diabetes. Design and implement analytical strategies to evaluate their effectiveness, both by primary data collection and analysis or by secondary data use and data modeling.

  • Develop new research projects and submit innovative grant proposals.
  • Prepare (independently or with others) publications for scientific journals and specialized magazines.
  • Co-supervise and/or co-teach students in the Master of Public Health and other academic programs at ITM.
  • Mentor junior members of the team and contribute to capacity building activities.
  • Build up a network of internal and external researchers addressing prevention and control of CVD in vulnerable populations.


  •  A PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics or related health discipline, related to the field of with cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
  • Sound expertise of epidemiological methods and experience in data modeling.
  • Experience in behaviour change and/or nutritional epidemiology is a strong asset.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical research skills, as well as expert use of STATA and/or R, for both data management and analysis.
  • Knowledge and expertise in carrying out research in LMIC or vulnerable populations.
  • Record of original, first-author, manuscripts in one or more of the above-mentioned areas.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Excellent scientific writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent command of English. Knowledge of French and/or Dutch is an asset.


  •  An international, stimulating and socially committed environment, in the center of the vibrant city of Antwerp.
  •  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.
  •  A full-time contract initially for 2 years, extendable.
  • Starting date as soon as possible.


For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Jose L PeƱalvo, Head of the NCDs Unit ( To apply, please send the completed ITM application form together with a letter of motivation, to before March 15, 2019.

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