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Postdoctoral researcher Microbiological laboratory methods for whole genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis directly from sputum

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    University of Antwerp
    Biological sciencesOther
    Medical sciencesOther
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    15/11/2020 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Antwerpen


Departement : Instituut voor Globale Gezondheid
Regime : Voltijds

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (University of Antwerp) is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of Family and Population Health for a

Postdoctoral researcher in the area of microbiological laboratory methods for whole genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis directly from sputum.

You will be employed by the University of Antwerp (UA) in Belgium and will work at the UA and at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) Antwerp.

You will work under the supervision of Prof. Annelies Van Rie in the TORCH (Tuberculosis Omics ResearCH) consortium (https://torch-consortium.com). This consortium is a close collaboration between the University of Antwerp (Prof Van Rie) and Stellenbosch University in South Africa (Prof. Rob Warren). At ITM, you will work under the supervision of Prof. Bouke De Jong.

Job / study description

  • You will fully dedicate your research to the field of whole genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis directly from sputum.
  • This project will focus on optimizing the decontamination, lysis, mycobacterial enrichment, and DNA extraction steps.
  • Your main tasks will be designing and performing the laboratory experiments related to performing WGS directly from sputum. You will work in close collaboration with other team members, coordinate the activities at the different laboratories and groups (University of Antwerp, ITM, Stellenbosch University), coordinate the data management and data analysis, and initiate the dissemination of results of research projects.
  • You will perform some service tasks, both internally at the department and externally.
  • Your appointment is with the University of Antwerp, while some of the work will be done at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a PhD degree in molecular biology or another relevant field (or you will have obtained it by the starting date).
  • If you do not have a PhD, but have the relative laboratory experience and academic background, you can apply for a PhD position within our group to work on this project.
  • You have a minimum of 1 year hands-on relevant microbiology laboratory experience. Experience with DNA extraction and whole genome sequencing would be an advantage.
  • Experience working with M. tuberculosis or other infectious pathogens is preferred but not a strict requirement.
  • Applicants from Africa and the EU are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • 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 act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).

 We offer

  • A full-time appointment as a postdoctoral scholarship holder for a period of 18 to 24 months.
  • An appointment that will start earliest on 1 Dec 2020 and latest on 1 Feb 2021.
  • Your gross monthly salary is calculated according to the pay scale for a principal research fellow in the contract research staff category (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment at University of Antwerp Campus Drie Eiken and the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

 How to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 15 Nov 2020 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the ‘Apply’ button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, a copy of your academic CV.
  • A pre-selection will be made from the submitted applications. The (online) interviews of selected candidates will take place in the second half of November 2020.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to jobs@uantwerpen.be
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Van Rie (annelies.vanrie@uantwerpen.be).

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.

More Information

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Required Research Experiences

    Biological sciences
    4 - 10
    Medical sciences
    4 - 10
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Antwerp
Prinsstraat 13

EURAXESS offer ID: 570914
Posting organisation offer ID: 149789


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