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.

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

Run activities at new AMR education conference in London

e-Bug, operated by Public Health England, is a free educational programme that teaches children and young people about infection control, hygiene and antibiotics. 2019 marks e-Bug's tenth anniversary and Public Health England has organised a two-day (17-18 January 2019) meeting to showcase current work on e-Bug and highlight novel and innovative projects and research on AMR education. The meeting will include talks, an interactive microbiology marketplace and case studies from e-Bug partners and stakeholders involved in AMR education. It will also provide a platform for participants to share knowledge, network and demonstrate their work on e-Bug and antimicrobial resistance through oral and poster presentations. 

If you are interested in sharing a microbiology activities as part of the microbiology marketplace, please contact Erin Taylor for more information.

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 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. 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 West

Get in touch today.

Industry & expertise needed

We know that 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 have recently identified the need for more members who are working in industry, the clinical environment or mycology to get involved with various society activities.

If you are working in any of these areas and are interested in getting more involved with the society then we want to hear from you. Get in touch today.

Representative for Public Health England’s (PHE) External Advisory Group (EAG) for Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV

We are seeking a member with expertise in sexually transmitted infections and public health to represent the Microbiology Society on PHE’s External Advisory Group for Sexual Health, Reproductive Health & HIV. This position is ideal for anyone knowledgeable about current testing technology for STIs including self-testing and diagnostics as well as antimicrobial resistance.

Meetings are quarterly and expenses are covered by PHE.

Contact the Policy Team for more information.

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 Committee’s. 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.