Medical staff member: Allergy and Clinical Immunology – Department of General Internal Medicine

  • Reference 2037
  • Apply before : 30 December 2021
  • Employment percentage 80% - 100%
  • Campus: UZ Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium
  • Period: Permanent employment contract

Background

Based within our tertiary university training centre, the Allergy and Clinical Immunology care programme focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of adult patients with a dietary, medication or insect venom allergy, with a specific focus medication allergies, diagnosis of anaphylaxis, insect venom desensitisation and (non-malignant) mast cell disorders. The Clinical Immunology section is also concerned with the diagnosis and monitoring of adults with primary immune deficiencies and hereditary angioedema. The department works closely with other departments within and outside the hospital, including dermatology (contact allergies, eczema, mastocytosis), paediatrics, ear, nose and throat diseases and pneumology.

The Allergy and Clinical Immunology care programme also has a strong academic focus, with its own research laboratory (Allergy and Clinical Immunology Research Group, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, KU Leuven) which links together the various clinical groups with an interest in allergies and primary immune deficiencies.

The UZ Leuven Allergy and Clinical Immunology care programme currently employs two full-time staff members and several consultants, and we are looking for an additional staff member (80-100%) to start on 1 September 2021.

Job description

• Clinical activity:

Depending on your background, you will follow an induction period during which you will be given sufficient time and training to enable you to provide proper supervision of the various care programmes (diagnosis and treatment of dietary, medication and insect venom allergies, mastocytosis, primary immune deficiencies and angioedema). The intention is that you will progress to an academic appointment (see below). Your principal activities will take place in the ambulatory centre (consultation, hospital outpatient: consultations, specialist skin tests, provocation tests), and a limited amount of activity for hospitalised patients. Depending on your interests, options for super-specialisation can be defined.

Integration in the shift system will depend on your medical background.

• Scientific research and teaching:

An interest in scientific research (clinical, translational and/or fundamental) is recommended. You will rotate into the existing research projects. Depending on your background and ambitions, you may also start up your own projects.

You will share in the responsibility for training research assistants, with teaching and coaching being regarded as elementary components. Depending on your interests and ambitions, a fuller teaching assignment may also be sought.

This role as a staff member of UZ Leuven does not necessarily entail a commitment to appointment as a member of the independent academic staff of KU Leuven (assistant/associate/full professor), but if this is your ambition (or is already the case) we will offer you full support.

What you can offer

  • You have a particular interest in allergy and clinical immunology.
    You hold a qualification recognised in Belgium/the European Union as a physician specialising in internal medicine (subdiscipline), or will obtain this qualification before joining our department.
  • Language requirements: Dutch to level C1
  • Recommended (but not compulsory):
    • you have obtained a doctorate in biomedical sciences. You have the ambition of commencing and/or completing a doctoral thesis during your period as a staff member.
    • You have six months’ or more experience working at a centre outside Belgium following your recognition as a specialist.

What we offer

  • A challenging, varied role as a member of a young, dynamic team with a highly varied range of pathology tasks.
  • You will be employed at UZ Leuven under the staff member status.

Interested?

Send your application letter together with your CV, stating reference number 2037, before 30-12-2021 to UZ Leuven, marked for the attention of the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Gert Van Assche, by email to gert.vanassche@uzleuven.be and Professor Eric Van Wijngaerden, Head of General Internal Medicine, eric.vanwijngaerden@uzleuven.be.

For more information, please contact rik.schrijvers@uzleuven.be.

Laatste aanpassing: 4 oktober 2021