Junior Research Professor in Disease and Vaccine Monitoring

University of Antwerp Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


Department: Vaccine & infectious disease institute
Regime Full-time

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As part of its dynamic research policy, and supported by the University Research Fund (Dutch: Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds, BOF), University of Antwerp / Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences / Centre for the evaluation of vaccination has the following full-time vacancy: junior research professor (tenure track ZAPBOF), disease and vaccine monitoring


As a member of the Tenured Senior Academic Staff (Dutch: Zelfstandig Academisch Personeel, ZAP), you will contribute to the University of Antwerp’s three core tasks: research, services and education. Your role also includes organisational and managerial aspects. As a research professor, your role will consist primarily of academic research with some limited involvement in the educational programmes for a maximum of 10 years.


  • You will expand high-quality scientific research in disease and vaccine monitoring with a focus on the use first void urine as a genital tract liquid biopsy.
  • You will initiate new lines of research and coordinate the progress of scientific research projects. You will also participate in ongoing research programmes.
  • You will acquire and manage national and international research funding.
  • You will publish in international journals and specialist literature.
  • You will develop an international scientific network.
  • You will supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.


  • You will play a role in the provision of both academic services and service to society, within the institution and externally..
  • You will also manage a scientific advisory board on Human Papilloma Virus Prevention and Control


  • You will provide high-quality education in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • Your limited teaching role will evolve along with the study programmes. The courses you will teach in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences include Vaccinology within module Microbiology and Infectious Diseases bachelor 2.

Organisation and leadership

  • You will accept coordinating responsibilities in the core tasks of research, services and/or education such as managing a scientific advisory board on Human Papilloma Virus Prevention and Control and you will contribute to policy. 
  • Your leadership style will be motivating and coaching. You will be attentive to your employees’ growth and development processes.


  • You hold a PhD in Medical Sciences.
  • Preferably you can demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of postdoctoral experience (when you start work, at the latest).
  • You have been awarded an ERC Starting Grant in the past
  • You have an international academic portfolio and you conduct high-quality
  • academic research.  You have shown to be able to attract funding in the field of disease and vaccine monitoring using first void urine samples.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision. You are motivated to develop your teaching skills further through the professionalisation opportunities available.
  • If you do not speak Dutch, the administrative language of the university, you should be willing to obtain a CEFR B2 level of proficiency in Dutch within five years after your appointment. As soon as you take on teaching duties as a programme component coordinator, you should be able to demonstrate a CEFR C1 level of proficiency in the language of instruction. The University of Antwerp supports international staff members through an integration trajectory and offers tailor-made language coaching in compliance with Flanders’ statutory language regulations
  • You demonstrate leadership potential and organisational skills.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer a full-time ZAPBOF appointment as a tenure track assistant professor for a period of five years. Following a favourable evaluation, this period is followed by permanent appointment (tenure) as an associate professor.
  • In the event of a positive evaluation after the first five-year period, you may continue in your role as a research professor with limited teaching responsibilities for a maximum of ten years in total, allowing you to further strengthen your research portfolio. This tenure track ZAPBOF period is then followed by a standard position as a member of the Tenured Senior Academic Staff with a mixture of teaching, research and service responsibilities.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scales for Senior Academic Staff.            
  • We offer an attractive starter package consisting of a four-year PhD project and € 25 000 of consumables;      
  • You will receive ecocheques, and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.                                                                                                                                             
  • The planned start date is 1 October 2022 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Drie Eiken in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here and discover all the other benefits.

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including May 23, 2022 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on 'apply', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following documents: All documents must be submitted in English.
    1. your motivation letter,
    2. the completed job application appendix for ZAP,
    3. your academic CV,
    4. a detailed research plan for the next five years (approx. 5000 words.),
    5. a report on your previous scientific research activities (maximum 1000 words),
    6. an abstract on the scientific content of the research plan (maximum 500 words or 4000 characters).
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to jobs@uantwerpen.be. If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact dr. Pierre Van Damme, vice-dean, pierre.vandamme@uantwerpen.be.
  • If you have any questions about the typical appointment framework for this research role, please contact the TTZAPBOF officers in the Department of Research Affairs & Innovation, Ms. Marianne De Voecht (0032 3 265 30 29) or Ms. Birgit Houben (0032 3 265 31 39)

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

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