Postdoctoral Research fellow in Clinical Bacteriology: Belgium

The Institute of Tropical Medicine  (ITM) is  looking for a postdoctoral research fellow (bio)medical profile with expertise in clinical bacteriology and research in low-resource settings. This position is opened in the unit of Tropical Laboratory Medicine (Prof. Jan Jacobs) and aligns with the interdepartmental research team “Bacterial Infections in the Tropics”. Networks for surveillance of invasive bacterial infections and antimicrobial resistance are to be set-up in low-resource settings (particularly sub-Saharan Africa), in close collaboration with the other disciplines of the BIT team such as diagnostics development, molecular biology and epidemiology.


  • you will work as a post-doctoral research fellow in the unit of Tropical Laboratory Medicine, while liaising and collaborating with biomedical and public health researchers in the interdepartmental research group “bacterial infections in the tropics”
  • you will implement and coordinate projects that aim to set-up surveillance networks of invasive bacterial infections and their antimicrobial resistance, in particular sub-Saharan Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • you will actively take part in the interdepartmental research on microbiology and antibiotic resistance
  • you will network with international stakeholders in antimicrobial resistance
  • you will contribute to application for external funding for these activities
  • you will support educational activities in the scope of the above

Your profile:

  • you are a (bio)medical scientist familiar with a PhD related to clinical microbiology
  • you are trained and proficient in aspects clinical microbiology including hands-on bacteriology
  • you have relevant field experience (> 4 years) in low-resource settings
  • you have good conceptual, analytical and scientific writing skills
  • you have an interest in research in tropical infectious diseases
  • you have the flexibility to travel at regular basis for short missions to low resource settings
  • you speak and write fluently in English and French. Knowledge of Dutch and other relevant languages (Spanish, Portuguese) is an asset
  • you are a team player who can build strong multi-disciplinary working relationships
  • you are quality driven, service minded and result orientated

For more information about this position, please contact prof. Jan Jacobs ( Send your application with motivation letter and ITM application form to, by 31/05/2018. Please use the application form available as a download on

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