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 whilst 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.

Society opportunities

Leadership opportunities at the Society

If you are a skilled and experienced leader, we might have the perfect role for you. A number of positions on Council become vacant as of 31 December 2019. We are currently inviting expressions of interest from our membership for the following roles:

  • General Secretary - three years
  • Treasurer-Elect - one year, then three years as Treasurer
  • Chair-Elect of Professional Development Committee - one year, then three years as Chair
  • Chair-Elect of Publishing Committee - one year, then three years as Chair
  • Chair-Elect of Scientific Conferences Committee - two years, then two years as Chair

We have provided guidance on the roles including job descriptions.

All expressions of interest and a paragraph detailing the relevant skills and experience of eligible candidates should be sent to by 28 February. Self nominations are accepted.

Can you help us advance public understanding of microbiology?

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. 

We need your help to showcase why microbiology matters

In November 2018, we launched the first of our member activities that will help us celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2020. We are inviting members to nominate a discovery, event or activity that best showcases Why Microbiology Matters in order to help us demonstrate the impact of microbiologists past, present and future.

We want to demonstrate how the study of microbes helps us to understand our world and our place within it. We want to highlight how microbiologists are involved in addressing challenges that vary from urgent problems demanding immediate solutions such as new and emerging diseases, through to long-term issues, like antimicrobial drug resistance, food security and environmental sustainability.

Find out how to make your nomination. Selected discoveries will be promoted during our anniversary year in 2020.

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

Become a reviewer for 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 an 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.

Members working beyond academia and research needed

We know our member 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. In particular, we are looking for members working in Industry. Please contact Erin Taylor for more information.

We need more Champions

We are looking for enthusiastic members who would like to get more involved with society activities and champion the Society. As a Champion, you will receive full training and guidance to undertake the role and will be supported with resources and will be invited to various events where you will get to meet other Champions and share experiences. As a Champion, you would be expected to take part in two or three initiatives throughout the year that will help raise the profile of the Society.

Key regions where we need more Champions – UK; London, South East, Eastern, South West & North East.

Get in touch today.

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.

Other external opportunities

Inspector, Animals in Science Regulation Unit

This is a unique bioscience opportunity for doctors and veterinary surgeons wanting to play a role in enabling cutting edge biomedical research programmes across the full range of medical, biologiscal and veterinary disciplines.

Please visit the website for more information.

Closing date for applications is 17th February 2019.

Join the Food Standards Agency's Register of Specialists to be commissioned for scientific work

The FSA is seeking to appoint new members to its Register of Specialists. The Register is a list of pre-approved experts from whom the FSA can comission short pieces of ad hoc work under contract to provide scientific and techinical services. We want to expand the Register to bring in additional experts and to cover new ares of expertise and types of work.

Your work will contribute directly to ensuring the safety of food, benefitting UK consumers and the effective, evidence based regluation of food.  Apply now through our website.

Closing date for the current call is midnight on Monday 11 March 2019.