Are you looking for clinical microbiology teaching jobs in higher education?
You could be a clinical scientist working in a healthcare environment or maybe you’re on the way to finishing a doctorate in microbiology.
If you’re interested in using your knowledge and skills to train students working towards a clinical science career, you might be interested in teaching fellowship roles.
This job profile gives an overview of a typical clinical microbiology teaching fellow role, the qualifications and experience you’ll need and where your university teaching career can take you next.
What does a Clinical Microbiologist do?
Clinical microbiologists are registered health professionals who are involved in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and infections caused by bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal microorganisms (for example, MRSA or norovirus).
They work in hospital pathology/diagnosis laboratories, medical schools and private sector biomedical labs. Many clinical microbiologists also contribute to clinical trials and drug development.
Clinical Microbiology Teaching Fellow jobs
Teaching fellows provide education and training to students following MSc degrees in medical/clinical microbiology or biomedical sciences. This is a teaching-only position, although there may be scope for research activities, depending on your qualifications and the nature of the role.
- Delivery of laboratory classes, lectures and tutorials to postgraduate students.
- Course and module design and development.
- Contributing to the professional development of students.
- Networking with colleagues and external partners in the sector.
- Supervising student work placements and training.
- Facilitating and marking assessments.
- Updating specialist and professional knowledge in clinical microbiology.
How to become a Clinical Microbiology Teaching Fellow
Candidates for this position would have experience working as a clinical scientist in a teaching hospital or private sector biomedical facility. Most employers would require the following qualifications and experience:
- State registration as a biomedical or clinical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
- A PhD in Microbiology, Virology, Infection or a related area. Equivalent professional experience and qualifications as a clinical scientist may also be acceptable, depending on the role.
Experience and knowledge
As this is a teaching-only role, you would need to demonstrate evidence of delivering high-quality microbiology education and training, particularly at postgraduate level. You would also be required to demonstrate current knowledge of clinical diagnostic laboratory practices and have professional experience working as a clinical or biomedical scientist in a teaching hospital or similar.
The role requires the ability to communicate complex scientific concepts in a clear and engaging way and to help students into biomedical sciences careers. Having practical and transferable knowledge of working in the sector is essential.
Membership with the Institute of Biomedical Science or a similar professional body would be desirable.
What’s the pay?
A clinical microbiology teaching fellow can expect a starting salary in the range of £38,333 to £44,155, depending on qualifications and experience.
What can it lead to?
On gaining experience in higher education teaching and training, the next step would be to apply for a senior teaching fellow position in clinical microbiology. Alternatively, if you already have a doctorate, you could move into a full-time lecturing and/or research role in a university.
Where can I find Clinical Microbiology teaching jobs?
You will find clinical microbiology teaching jobs in schools or faculties of medicine and biological sciences. Teaching-only jobs in higher education offer flexibility and variety to those who are already working as clinical scientists in a healthcare setting. They are popular roles and application rates can be high.
You will find a wide range of clinical teaching fellow jobs at jobs.ac.uk. Take a look at our current roles and sign up for a jobs-by-email alert to make sure you’re first in line for any new opportunities.
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