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.

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

CURRENT VACANCIES

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

Grant and Professional Development Officer

Full time Permanent Contract £26,000–£29,000 + Benefits

About You

We are looking for a Grant and Professional Development Officer to join our dynamic team, based in central London (currently hybrid working). Over the coming months and years, the postholder will be responsible for supporting progress on the Society’s digital professional development offering, working across the organisation to put together a compelling offering for microbiologists working in all sectors, with specific responsibility for the successful delivery of the Society’s grants programme and Prizes and awards portfolio.

The candidate will have strong organisational skills and a meticulous attention to detail, with the ability to co-ordinate conflicting priorities, work accurately and to tight deadlines.

To Apply

To apply and for further details, please see the job description below. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and therefore early application is advisable.

Apply now

 

Grants and Professional Development Officer Job Description


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.

Journal Development Editor

Full Time Permanent Contract £35,000–£40,000 + Benefits

About you

The Journal Development Editor is responsible for supporting the strategic development and delivery of editorial development plans, generating increasing high quality content in our titles, and supporting the ongoing movement toward open science. The postholder will ensure we support the microbiology community, working closely with colleagues, external stakeholders and with microbiologists in academia, industry, and clinical environments.

The postholder will contribute to and support the Associate Director of Members' Programmes in the delivery of all of Council's strategic objectives and particularly in relation to advancing the understanding of Microbiology and championing the contribution made by Microbiology, our members and their work in addressing global challenges.

To apply

To apply and for further details, please see the job description below. 

Apply now

 

Journal Development Editor job description


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.

Commissioning Editor

Full time Permanent Contract £35,000–£40,000 + Benefits

About You

We are looking for a Commissioning Editor to join our team, based in central London (currently hybrid working). The Commissioning Editor is responsible for supporting the development of high-quality content in our journals through targeted commissioning of authors for a variety of content such as original research articles, reviews and front matter content. The postholder will be capable of conducting independent bibliographic research on specific topics, synthesising that information into targets, and presenting this to the Editors for their buy-in and consent to invite. The postholder will ensure we support the microbiology community by developing content for the front matter of the journal, including behind the article pieces, and meeting reports.

The postholder will contribute to and support the Associate Director of Members’ Programmes in the delivery of all of Council’s strategic objectives and particularly in relation to advancing the understanding of microbiology and championing the contribution made by microbiology, our members and their work in addressing global challenges.

To Apply

To apply and for further details, please see the job description below. 

Apply now

 

Microbiology Society Commissioning Editor JD 2022.pdf

 


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.  

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

Journal of Medical Microbiology Editor Roles: Call for expressions of interest

Journal of Medical Microbiology is the go-to interdisciplinary journal for medical, dental and veterinary microbiology, at the bench and in the clinic. We are currently looking to appoint new Editors with expertise in clinical microbiology, clinical mycology, microbiome, and/or pathogenesis, virulence and host response. 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.

Journal of Medical Microbiology Editor Job Description


Benefits include two nights of accommodation and two days of registration at the Annual Conference, with an allowance for travel and meal expenses. Editors are also provided with one fee-free Open Access article in any of the Society's journals in each calendar year; access to a ring-fenced conference travel fund for promoting the journal; and free online access to the journal.

The closing date for applications is 16 May 2022.

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.

Chair of Audit, Risk and Evaluation Committee – External Chair

Microbiology Society is partnering with Nurole, the leading board-level hiring platform, to find a new Chair of its Audit, Risk and Evaluation Committee. You can find out more and register your interest at the following link: https://www.nurole.com/microbiologysoc-committeechair. For any questions about the role, please Joanne Manning, Chief Operations Officer [email protected]

Opportunity to represent the Microbiology Society on the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations Steering Committee

The Microbiology Society is currently seeking a member to act as our representative on the UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (UKSMI) Steering Committee.

The UKSMI Steering Committee develops standard guidelines for microbiology investigations. As microbiologists don’t all have access to diagnostic laboratories or are able to keep up with changes in diagnostic practice, these guidelines have become a valuable resource to broaden their understanding of the clinical and diagnostic challenges regarding a variety of pathogens. The UKSMI Steering Committee works with Public Health England, the NHS, the Royal College of Pathologists, and professional and learned societies like the Microbiology Society, to develop and endorse these standards.

As a Microbiology Society representative on the Steering Committee, you will be invited to attend bi-annual meetings, participate in discussions to help re-draft UKSMI documents and ensure the quality of diagnostic services in the UK remains high.

The deadline to apply for this position is 15th May.

You must be a member to apply for this position. If you would like to receive more information or apply for this position, please contact [email protected]

MICROBIAL GENOMICS DEPUTY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: 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.

The Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Microbial Genomics will play a key role in the journal, ensuring that we publish high-quality research, and are engaged with the microbiological community. You will also have responsibility for soliciting content for the journal, by suggesting reviews or original articles for submission. Your main tasks will be to work closely with the incoming Editor-in-Chief, Professor Samuel K. Sheppard (University of Bath, UK), on editorial strategy for the journal. You will provide guidance on publishing ethics and governance, and help review Editor performance.

When the Editor-in-Chief retires in July 2025, the expectation is that you will take on the role of Editor-in-Chief, after ratification by Council.

Person specification
  • Demonstrated excellence in an area of microbial genomics, preferably with a wide breadth of expertise.
  • Have an excellent network of international contacts in a range of specialities in your discipline(s).
  • Maintain an active microbial genomics research profile.
  • Previous editorial experience, preferably with Microbiology Society journals.
  • Maintain an active research profile. Preferably have some presence on social media, e.g. Twitter.
  • Have an understanding, or ideally have been a member, of the Microbiology Society, and the central role that publishing in society journals has in continuing their activities.

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 Deputy Editor-in-Chief Job Description

 

The closing date for applications is 12 June 2022. The appointment will be subject to approval by Council.

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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