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.

There are no opportunities at present. For more information, please contact Erin Taylor.

Engagement, influence and impact

Do you work in an area of microbiology relevant to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

If you work within an area of microbiology relevant to the SDGs or have wider relevant experience that you would like to share, we want to hear from you. By completing our short questionnaire, the responses will be used to inform the work we are carrying out to inform and influence the SDGs. Evidence is welcomed in the form of literature, data, reports or case studies. Submit your evidence today.

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.

Do you have a story to tell about the Microbiology Society?

As part of our wide-ranging programme of events and activities to showcase why microbiology matters as part of our 75th anniversary celebrations in 2020, we want to hear from members who have a story to tell from the last 25 years (between 1995-2019) of the Society's history.  Has being a member of the Society affected your career opportunities and/or personal development? Do you have a personal highlight from any of our events? If the answer is year, please contact Erin Taylor.

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 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 Champions in London and the South West of England

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. 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.

Access Microbiology Mentor/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.

Please note minimum 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 Nicola Davies 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 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.

Other external opportunities

UK Research and Innovation seeks to appoint Council members

UK Research and Innovation is seeking to appoint further Council members for each of the nine Councils. Council members play a cructial role in UKRI's strategy development and governance - providing input, intelligence and feedback from their committees and stakeholder groups and working closely with their Executive Chairs to deliver their council's aims and objectives.

Closing date: 29 July

Visit the website for more information.

PhD research project position

An Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is available for immediate start in the Marie Sktodowska-Curie Actions European Join Doctoral Programme YEASTDOC.

The mentored PhD research project is based in INRA Montpellier, France and the University of Leicester, UK.

Closing date: 6 June 2019

Visit the website for more information and how to apply.

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.

Attend and run activities at Dr Jenner's House, Museum and Garden

Dr Jenner's House, Museum and Garden is the former home of Gloucestershire scientist Edward Jenner: the man who told the world how to vaccinate, and whose work ultimately led to the eradication of smallpox. On 26 Monday August 2019 they are hosting an event 'Science All Around' which is based on the idea that Jenner took much of his inspiration from looking at the world around him and so they want to explore the process of scientific discovery and encourage visitors to see science in the everyday.

If you are interested in sharing a microbiology activity as part of the event, please email Erin Taylor.