Tenure track lecturer position: Evolution of mammals and their pathogens

Within the framework of the FED-tWIN program for sustainable research cooperation between the federal scientific institutions and the universities, the Directorate Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Brussels) and the Evolutionary Ecology Group at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) are jointly presenting a combined vacancy: part-time (50%) structurally independent academic staff (tenure track) at UAntwerp / part-time (50%) scientific researcher (‘coordinator SW2’) at RBINS in the domain of the evolution of mammals and their pathogens more specifically the FED-tWIN profile 'Tracing the origins of recent and future zoonotic epidemics in tropical Africa (OMEgA)'

click here for more information, deadline for applications 29 March


PhD and postdoc opportunities

We are starting three new projects on the ecology of infections carried by small mammals (use the link to see the project summaries)

We are looking for smart and enthusiastic scientists to join our team for these projects:

PhD-students: We offer a starting grant of one year. Extension may be possible, but we will require each PhD-student to also apply for a competitive PhD-grant from the Flemish Research Foundation FWO.  

Postdocs: We can offer a position for a period between 1.5 - 4 years (the projects' salary budget is fixed, but monthly salary costs may vary considerably depending on seniority and, for foreigners, possible tax exemptions). Moreover, there will be opportunities every year to apply for competitive postdoc grants from the Flemish Research Foundation FWO

We are on the outlook for candidates with an interest in population ecology, epidemiology and modelling and who are not afraid to combine field work with diagnostic work in the lab (preferably all this in combination…).

Positions can start from March 2020 or soonest thereafter.

To apply, please send a cv and a brief motivation letter to before 31 January.

See the vacancies list of the University of Antwerp for other formally announced positions


PhD Fellowships

We welcome applications by students who want to obtain their own funding for a PhD study. If you are interested in joining us, please contact one of our professors with a statement of interest about your research, and the external scholarship programme (in Belgium, your own country, or an international funding programme) to which you aim to apply. Note that the University of Antwerp only offers PhD scholarships through project-specific vacancies which are advertised here.

The main funding agency for PhD fellowships in Flanders is the FWO with an annual deadline of 1 March. This call targets both fundamental innovative research, and strategic research aimed at applications. These calls are open to all EU and EEA students. Another possibility is the VLADOC scholarships for developmentally relevant projects (see the VLIR-UOS website).

A number of other possibilities for scholarships are listed on the Scholarships pages of the University of Antwerp.

For general information on the PhD programme, see the website of the Antwerp Doctoral School.

Postdoctoral fellowships and ERC grants

We will welcome and give full support to postdoctoral applications in the fields of evolutionary ecology, infectious disease ecology and conservation biology. We particularly welcome applications related to evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions, ecology of infectious diseases, movement ecology (dispersal, connectivity, invasive species) and evolutionary responses to climate change and urbanization. The lab is member of the Global Change Ecology and ASCID (Antwerp Study Centre for Infectious Disease) excellence centers, which can provide additional support to applicants through dedicated research managers. The Global Change Ecology has a high success ratio for both incoming and outgoing MSC postdoctoral fellows.

Possibilities include but are not limited to the following:


FWO junior and senior postdoctoral fellowships

The new 2018 call offers three-year fellowships for both junior (<3y after PhD) and senior (3-6y) fellowships. International mobility is a positive criterion.

1 december 2018
Human Frontier Science Program postdoctoral fellowships August 2019 (expected)
Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowships September 2019 (expected)

ERC starting grants

October 2019 (expected)