Current opportunities

Members are fundamental to the work we do as a Society and play an integral part of our 2018-2022 strategy. Working together enables us to influence, create a framework for our Divisions and communities while supporting outreach activities.

Volunteering offers a variety of opportunities. For some it offers the chance to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. For others it is a way to "give something back" and make a difference in the world of microbiology.

We offer volunteering opportunities for members to shape the future of the Society and develop leadership and strategy skills. We also offer public engagement, event organisation, editorial board and science communication opportunites. Find out how you can get involved today.


We offer a range of opportunities for members who want to develop leadership and strategy skills to join our Committees, Council, Divisions and Journals.

Journal of General Virology Deputy Editor-in-Chief

We are currently looking to appoint a Deputy Editor-in-Chief to work closely with the incoming Editor-in-Chief, Professor W Paul Duprex (University of Pittsburgh), on both editorial strategy and operational matters for the journal.

Please see the full description for more information on how to express interest.

Journal of General Virology Editors

We are currently looking to appoint at least four new Editors with expertise in plant viruses, large DNA viruses, positive-strand RNA viruses and viral taxonomy.  Our Editors play a key role in the journal, ensuring that we publish high-quality research, and are engaged with the virological community. 

Please see the full description for more information on how to express interest

Interested in plant science and policy? 

We are currently seeking interest from members who would like to represent the Microbiology Society on the UKPSF Advisory Group.

The UKPSF is a special advisory committee of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) that advises and directs the RSB’S plant science policy and activities. Their aims are to promote the importance of plant science, provide a forum for discussion, debate and information exchange that is independent and inclusive across the breadth of plant science as well as provide a focus and contact point for UK plant and crop science. They liaise with Government, devolved administrations, funding bodies, industry, scientific bodies, learned societies, community research groupings, those involved in the setting of education curricula and end users to achieve their aims.

Please contact Erin Taylor to register your interest in this role by 05 December 2019.

Join the Journal of Medical Microbiology Editorial Board

Our Editors are a key part of our community, helping us publish the best, most interesting microbiology. We are currently seeking members to join the Editorial Board for the Journal of Medical Microbiology. We are particularly interested in hearing from members who have interests in the following areas: Antimicrobial resistance; clinical microbiology; disease; diagnosis and diagnostics; molecular and microbial epidemiology; microbiome and microbial ecology in health; one health; emerging zoonotic and environmental diseases; pathogenesis; virulence and host response and prevention; therapy and therapeutics.

For more information, please contact

Engagement, influence and impact

Do you have any microbiology related images?

If you are keen to showcase some of the work within your field of microbiology, this could be the opportunity for you. As part of our 75th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we are asking for members to submit images that demonstrate how microbes help us to understand our world. Find out how you can submit your image today.

Help us advance public understanding of microbiology with your expertise

We often receive media requests from journalists or production companies who are looking for an expert opinion or comment. Empowering our members to communicate to the public is vital to raise the profile of microbiology and advance public understanding. 

If you would be interested in speaking with journalists when relevant enquiries come in, please register your interest here. 

Are you working in industry?

We know our members have a unique depth and breadth of knowledge about their discipline. Our role is to help unlock and harness the potential of that knowledge by bringing together and empowering communities that shape the future of microbiology.

We are currently conducting a series of interviews to showcase our members and encourage anyone working outside academia to get in touch and share their views. We are actively seeing female members working in industry. Please contact Erin Taylor for more information.

We need more Society Champions

We are looking for enthusiastic members who would like to get more involved with society activities and champion the Society. All Champions will receive guidance needed to undertake the role, will be supported with resources and have the opportunity to share experiences.

We are particularly interested to hear from members in the London and South East areas, as well as members who are at a stage of their career where they want to give something back to the microbiology community.

Get in touch today.

Contribute to Microbiology Today

Contributions to Microbiology Today are always welcome. You may wish to submit an article, suggest a topic for a future issue or become a book reviewer.

Please see here for more information and how to express interest.


Gain an insight into the work of the Society through our Shadowing Scheme

This fantastic opportunity is open to all members who would like to get more involved and help shape the future of the organisation. Successful applicants will be given the chance to familiarise themselves with the Society’s governance structures, and the work and responsibilities of Council and Committees. Meetings are usually quarterly and expenses will be paid. Applications to shadow Committees are accepted on an ad-hoc basis. Find out more about the scheme and application process today.

Access Microbiology Mentee Scheme

Access Microbiology is the newest journal from the Microbiology Society.This unique, fully open access publication covers the full spectrum of microbial life, and all approaches to the science of microbiology.One of the aspects of Access Microbiology that makes it unique is the editorial board; early career researchers who want to develop editorial skills are paired with experienced editors who they can go to for queries and advice on editorial matters.

Editor Mentee roles are open to members of the ECM Forum who meet the following requirements:

  • qualified to PhD level (or equivalent) or above in a relevant subject
  • current active researcher
  • have five or more recent publications in peer-reviewed journals of comparable impact and reputation to our journals.

Contact Hilary Logan for more information and to express interest in the scheme.

Access Microbiology Reviewer Mentee Scheme

Access Microbiology is the newest journal from the Microbiology Society. This unique, fully open access publication covers the full spectrum of microbial life, and all approaches to the science of microbiology. Building on the success of the journal's unique editorial board, we are now opening up space for early career researchers who want to develop review skills.

Reviewer Mentee roles are open to members of the ECM Forum who meet the requirements:

  • completing a PhD (or equivalent) or be undertaking post-doctoral research
  • have the support of their PI or another mictobiologist who is willing to act as Reviewer Mentor

Contact Hilary Logan for more information and to express interest in the scheme.

Peer Review

Reviewers needed for our Society Grants

The Microbiology Society awards over 800 grants each year, and our research grants provide essential research experience to early career researchers. We support undergraduate projects via the Harry Smith Vacation Studentships and facilitate new collaborations and technique acquisition via the Research Visit Grants. We are always looking for new reviewers, particularly in prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbiology, and applied research across the board. To register your interest please contact

Review our Society Journals

We are seeking members who are interested in becoming a reviewer for our peer-reviewed journals. Reviewers are selected for their expertise and experience and need to:

  • be qualified to PhD level (or equivalent) or above in a relevant subject
  • be a current active researcher
  • have one or more recent publications in peer-reviewed journals of most comparable impact and reputation to our journals

To be considered, please contact with an up-to-date CV.

Other external opportunities

Microbiology Lead Editor for work on Curriculum Review

The National School of Healthcare Science has begun the review of the Scientist Training Programme Curriculum and are recruiting an experienced registered Clinical Scientist to be the Lead Editor for the Microbiology Curriculum Review Group.

For more information, please visit website.

Members involved in the Microbiome

Society members from Public Health England (PHE) are investigating the understanding and attitudes of adolescents around the microbiome and its role in health and AMR. Results from the study will inform on the design of interventions to motivate young people to follow 'Microbiome friendly' behavious such as diet and appropriate antibiotic use.

PHE are seeking Microbiology Society members who are working within the microbiome field to comment on study design and be involved in resource development in the future.

Please contact Catherine Hayes for more information.

Future Leaders Fellowships

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. This cross UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) scheme supports early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' Institutes and laboratories.

Visit the website for more information.