Jobs

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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.


CURRENT PAID VACANCIES

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

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

VOLUNTARY OPPORTUNITIES

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

Editor of Microbiology Today (with one year as Deputy Editor)

The Society is looking to appoint a member who is interested in being the next Editor of our highly regarded magazine, Microbiology Today. The person appointed will be Editor from January 2024 to December 2027, but will also serve a year as Deputy Editor, shadowing the current Editor, Chris Randall, throughout 2023.

The Editor of Microbiology Today helps guide the direction of the magazine and its scientific content, providing an overview of relevant and topical themes that will inform our members and raise awareness of new and innovative aspects of microbiology.

If you’re interested, please read the full role description below and send a paragraph expressing your interest in the role and your CV to [email protected]. The closing date for applications is 1 November 2022.

The role is open to all members but we are looking for experience in line with the qualities listed below. The role is not paid but travel expenses for meetings are reimbursed. The Editor is also an active member of one of the Society’s Committees which align with the Society’s strategic objectives, and which adds to the valuable professional development opportunities the role provides. 

Desirable qualities for the position include:  

  • Enthusiasm about the communication of microbiology to key stakeholders, including other scientists, parliamentarians, policy-makers and the general public. Experience and/or understanding of the role of science communication is beneficial (but not essential)
  • Awareness of editorial processes and experience of publishing articles widely.
  • An interest in a wide range of subjects across the whole of microbiology
  • A good network of contacts with different areas of specialism
  • Active in the microbiology community
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to deal with sensitive issues
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines

As we launch the Society’s ambitious new strategy, our magazine is key in achieving our objective to advance understanding of microbiology and champion the contribution made by microbiology, our members and their work in addressing global challenges. We are looking for someone who will help ensure it continues to be so.

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.

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

Microbial Genomics editors: call for expressions of interest

Microbial Genomics pioneers all areas of genome research spanning the breadth of microbial life including viruses, bacteria, archaea and microbial eukaryotes. We welcome articles showing novel insights, new applications, or innovative approaches using genomic data. Content ranges from comparative and functional genomics of model organisms to population-scale evolution, epidemiology and microbiome studies, and real-world genomics applications with clinical, veterinary or environmental relevance.

Editors of Microbial Genomics play a key role in the journal, ensuring that we publish high-quality research and are engaged with the microbiological community. Your main tasks will be arranging peer review of manuscripts submitted to the journal and, with the support of your Senior Editor, making editorial decisions based on this. You will also have opportunities to contribute to the strategic direction of the journal.

Person specification
  • Demonstrated excellence in an area of microbial genomics, including Pathogens and Epidemiology.
    Individuals with expertise in other areas of microbial genomics are also encouraged to express their interest in the role.
  • Maintain an active microbial genomics research profile.
  • Have an excellent network of international contacts in a range of specialties in the discipline.
  • Have an understanding of the role of the Microbiology Society in promoting microbiology in the UK and the central role that publishing in society journals has in continuing these efforts.

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

Microbial Genomics Editor Job Description


The closing date for applications is 31 October 2022.

The Microbiology Society is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. We value, promote and seek diversity.

 


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