Man and woman shaking hands

Welcome to the Microbiology Society’s jobs page, where you can find information about our current vacancies along with opportunities to volunteer and support the work of our members.

The Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects, and their practical uses. We have a worldwide membership of over 5000 members who are based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools and we are one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe. 

The Society is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we value, promote, and seek diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age and we offer a generous benefits package.

Our generous benefits package includes:
  • Flexible working hours
  • Highly competitive salaries with annual cost of living increase
  • 23 days holiday + eight bank holidays and three additional days over the Christmas break
  • 10% employer pension contribution
  • Life insurance including free (health and wellbeing) employee support services
  • Enhanced maternity pay to include 26 weeks fully paid maternity leave and 13 weeks statutory maternity pay
  • Enhanced adoption pay to include 26 weeks of fully paid adoption leave and 13 weeks statutory adoption pay
  • Season Ticket Loan Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • £50 contribution towards eye care


Below is a list of our current vacancies. You can find out more information from our website regarding the work of the Society.  


Below is a list of opportunities for our members to participate in our governance and publishing activities to support the work of the Society.  

Council and Committees Shadowing Scheme

Our Council and Committees Shadowing Scheme gives members an exclusive opportunity to gain insight into the inner working of the Society. By experiencing first-hand the activities and decision-making processes of key governing groups of the organisation, members can add to their CV, gain a wealth of knowledge, get a glimpse behind the scenes, and network with other microbiology leaders. Apply now to find out more about the way we work, so that you can strengthen your future nomination and go on to contribute to the leadership of the organisation through serving on Council and Committees.

Find out more and apply on the Council and Committees Shadowing Scheme page.

International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology Editor

The International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (previously International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology) is the journal of record for publication of novel microbial taxa and the official publication of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes and the Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology Division of the International Union of Microbiological Societies. We are currently looking to appoint new Editors with expertise in microbial taxonomy. Our Editors play a key role in the journal, ensuring that we publish high-quality research, and are engaged with the microbiological community. 

You do not need to have been involved with the Editorial Board or the Society previously to apply. Please read the full job description below for details on how to apply. 

The Microbiology Society is committed to creating an inclusive culture that supports equality and diversity and fully reflects both its membership and the global microbiology community. The Society seeks to actively encourage all practices that reflect a diverse society.

International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology Editor Job Description


Chair of Audit, Risk and Evaluation Committee – External Chair

The Microbiology Society is looking to appoint a new Chair of its Audit, Risk and Evaluation Committee. The Chair of the Committee will use their experience and knowledge in audit and finance to provide an external perspective on the strategic direction of the Society’s work and report back to the Council.

Closing date: 15 September 2022.

Apply now


 Environmental Impact Working Group

The Environmental Impact Working Group has been set up following the Council’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of the Society, and championing the role of microbiology and the Society’s members in meeting the challenges of climate change and sustainability.

The Working Group is tasked with developing the Society’s environmental impact action plan. The action plan will include the impact of both the Society as an organisation and knowledge sharing, encouraging action and supporting change for members. An external environmental consultant or consultancy will be part of the working group to provide expert knowledge and advice in the development of the Society’s action plan.

The working group will report directly to Council and be time limited for 18 months, after which implementation of the action plan will be devolved to relevant groups.

We are looking for up to four members to be part of the Environmental Impact Working group, whether you have specific expertise or are just an interested member. Please complete the form below by Friday 16 September to express interest.

If there are more expressions of interest than spaces on the working group, members will be selected to ensure a diverse working group, and the final selection will be made by the Officers of Council.

If you have any questions contact Helen Jones, Head of Strategy and Transformation:  [email protected].

Environmental Impact Working Group expression of interest form.docx


Image: Tsyhun/Thinkstock.