ITM vacancies

Professor of Public Health, non-communicable diseases including nutrition
Department of Public Health
Non-Communicable Diseases
  Apply before: 01 Apr.


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. Activities of the department are organized in units, and currently include health policy, health systems, sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, tropical diseases, antimicrobial resistance and outbreaks. The scientists in the department come from different disciplines and include public health specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and health economists.

The burden of non-communicable and chronic diseases (NCCDs) in low and middle income countries (LMIC) is increasing rapidly and NCCDs are high on the international agenda for sustainable development. The department intends to strengthen its commitment towards NCCDs in LMIC by creating a unit dedicated to this field. For this unit, we seek to appoint a Professor and Head, who will develop a comprehensive, competitive and innovative research agenda, closely linked to training and capacity building in this field.


  • You have a background in medicine, a master degree in epidemiology or public health and a PhD in a relevant research domain.
  • You have a proven record of high-quality public health research on NCDs and/or nutrition in low and middle income countries and have published extensively on this topic.
  • You have a strong academic track record, including successful grant writing, PhD training, leadership and communication, team management and international partnerships.
  • You have a track record in successful research collaboration with other disciplines.
  • You have a demonstrable active knowledge of English and French. You know Dutch or are willing to learn it. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.


  • Your primary assignment is:
    • To develop and perform innovative research to reduce the impact of non-communicable diseases, including nutritional disorders, in low and middle income countries.
    • Your research will focus on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases, development and evaluation of interventions for prevention, the management of non-communicable diseases in resource constrained health systems.
  • You will stimulate a multidisciplinary, holistic approach towards the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. You collaborate closely with the other units in the department, as well as with the other ITM departments (clinical sciences and biomedical sciences), and externally. You will actively collaborate in, and further develop, national and international NCD networks in which ITM participates.
  • You will take up teaching responsibilities in the Master of Public Health, the Postgraduate course in International Health and various short courses. You will contribute to developing modules on non-communicable diseases as well as on nutrition.
  • You will attract and train PhD students within the field of non-communicable diseases.
  • You will actively collaborate with other (senior) researchers in the NCCD Unit based on a clear vision of the unit within the department, the ITM and the national and international environment.
  • You will acquire substantial funding and build a strong international reputation and visibility.
  • You will provide expert advice to national and international organisations and stakeholders in the field of non-communicable diseases.
  • Within the NCCD Unit, you will have line-management duties, including regard to staff safety, well-being and development.
  • As a senior staff member, you will contribute to the departmental and institutional policy development.


  • A stimulating, international and committed working environment in a historical but thriving city.
  • A fulltime tenure appointment in the initial rank of associate or (full) professor, depending on your qualifications.
  • Core support in terms of research staff, facilities and international collaboration.
  • A salary according to the scale of the ITM and the Flemish universities.
  • Additional benefits, including extra-legal pension plan, public transport or bike compensation, meal vouchers.


For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Marianne van der Sande, Head of the Department of Public Health ( Send the completed ITM application form, together with a letter of motivation, to before 1 April 2018.