Are you looking for lecturing jobs in microbiology?
Microbiology provides a foundation for applied research across medicine, science, engineering and technology. Microbiology lecturers undertake individual and collaborative research while teaching and training the large number of students attracted to this popular field each year.
This section of our Academic Jobs in Biological Sciences series provides an overview of lecturing jobs in microbiology and where you can find these positions at jobs.ac.uk.
What does a Microbiologist do?
Microbiologists study the properties and interactions of microbes (microorganisms) such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, prions and algae. This research is vital to the preservation of life and has led to advances in a vast range of sectors – from vaccine development to the fight against marine pollution.
Microbiologists work in healthcare settings as biomedical scientists and technicians, as researchers in universities and research institutes and within a diverse range of industry sectors, such as pharmaceuticals or agriculture.
Lecturing jobs in Microbiology
Microbiology lecturers develop and research specific areas, such as immunology or cancer biology. They also deliver multi-disciplinary teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students following related programmes.
- Pursuing high-quality individual/collaborative microbiology research.
- Applying for external research funding (individually/collectively).
- Publication of research outcomes in internationally-recognised journals and papers.
- Delivery of lectures, practical/laboratory classes and tutorials at all levels.
- Curriculum innovation and development
- Setting and marking examinations and assessments.
- Networking with experts in the field and forging new partnerships.
- Mentoring and supervision of student research projects at all levels.
How to become a Microbiology Lecturer
The majority of lecturing jobs in Microbiology require candidates to have the following qualifications and experience:
A first degree in Microbiology and/or Master’s qualification and a PhD in microbiology (or a related area) are essential for the role.
Having a recognised higher education teaching qualification and/or membership of Advance HE would be desirable criteria for the majority of lecturer positions.
You would need to demonstrate evidence of established (and published) contributions to research in your area. Most microbiology lecturers would have completed one or more postdoctoral research projects in an area which aligns with the research priorities of the department.
Experience having worked as a microbiologist or research scientist in the commercial sector or within a clinical setting would be an advantage.
You would also need to demonstrate evidence of delivering higher education teaching, at least at the undergraduate level.
What’s the pay?
A lecturer in microbiology can expect a salary in the region of £38,474 to £44,414 p.a., depending on teaching experience and research output.
What can it lead to?
On completion of several years in post as a lecturer, you could apply for a senior lecturer or associate professor position in a university. Most institutions have an established academic career pathway that ensures the promotion of lecturers, depending on research outcomes and publications and the quality of teaching practice.
Alternatively, some Microbiology lecturers might consider moving to a research-only senior associate role in a university, research institute or foundation, healthcare setting or in research-intensive industries, such as pharmaceuticals or biotechnology.
Related job profiles:
- Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology
- Lecturer in Microbial Ecology
Where can I find Microbiology Lecturer jobs?
Microbiology remains a popular and widely-taught programme for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and you will find Microbiology lecturer jobs in institutions worldwide. Most jobs are advertised as full-time and permanent, which means that competition for available roles can be intense.
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