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Postdoctoral Position Ecology of Infections

  • University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium
Application Deadline: May 29, 2024
  • University of Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium
Application Deadline: May 29, 2024

The University of Antwerp is a dynamic, forward-thinking, European university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20 000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape.

The Evolutionary Ecology Group in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, is looking for a full-time (100%) postdoctoral position in the field of Ecology of Infections.


  • You will conduct research in the framework of the project “RESTOREID: Restoring ecosystems to stop the threat of (re)-emerging infectious diseases”;

  • Your research role within the project is participating in fieldwork in Belgium, Tanzania and DRCongo, molecular analysis of environmental samples, and data analysis;

  • You will publish scientific papers related to the research project;

  • In collaboration with partners, you will coordinate the development of a knowledge exchange platform and a digital support tool;

  • You will interact with the other researchers in the project and the international collaborators and assist in the supervision of PhD students in the project;

  • You will participate in the coordination and management of the project, including events organization;

  • You will participate in the provision of academic services: you will represent the research group both internally and externally, help to coordinate service projects, and so on.


  • You hold a PhD in the field of Ecology or similar;

  • You have a solid background in biodiversity studies and/or ecology of infections;

  • You have a good basic knowledge of biodiversity conservation/restoration;

  • Having e-DNA experience is a strong advantage;

  • You have experience in project management and coordination;

  • You enjoy working in an international team;

  • 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 can speak and write fluently in English.


  • We offer a full-time appointment for a period of 3 years. Depending on your earlier work history in Belgium, this will be a postdoctoral scholarship or a staff position;

  • The planned start date is August 1, 2024 or as soon as possible after that date;

  • Your monthly scholarship amount or salary is calculated according to the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP);

  • 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.


  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including May 29, 2024 (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, your academic CV, a list of 2 references;

  • 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 If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof. Herwig Leirs or dr. Luci Kirkpatrick ( or

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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