Work and train with us

As one of the largest communities of microbiologists in Europe, the IMI offers unrivalled opportunities to build a research career. Our 200+ staff and graduate students cover a very broad range of microbiology and represent all career stages.

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In particular, we have a large and dynamic community of early career researchers, including many who hold personal fellowships as postdoctoral fellows or principal investigators.

If you are an enthusiastic researcher with an interest in microbiology and infection and are interested in the possibility of building a career within the IMI, then we are always happy to discuss options. We are proud of our record in supporting independent fellows and our success rate in supporting fellowship applications is over 80%. If you have a strong track record and the ideas and ambition to create a research program, then we can work with you to identify funders and help you put together a competitive proposal for submission. And once you’re here, you’ll benefit from our career mentorship scheme, as well as help and guidance from many current and previous fellows. Contact Professor Robin May ( if you would like to informally discuss potential postdoctoral or independent investigator fellowships.

Funded PhD opportunities

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Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance

The Wellcome Trust - University of Nottingham & University of Birmingham Joint 4 Year PhD Training Programme

The programme is open to UK and European Union (HEU) students with an undergraduate degree (at least an upper second) or masters (with a merit/distinction) in a relevant discipline including microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, structural biology, chemistry, biomedical sciences, materials science or pharmacy with an interest in molecular  and cellular bacteriology, antimicrobial agents, antimicrobial resistance and smart materials.

The Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP)

MIBTP is a BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership between the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the University of Leicester. 

Mechanisms of Inflammatory Disease (MIDAS)

Applications are now open for the Wellcome Trust Four YEar PhD Programme in Inflammation (2019 entry). Applications are invited from students trained in the medical, life or physical sciences (including mathematicians, computing and bio-engineering). 

Darwin Studentships

We have several Darwin Studentships available to International Students or EU Students who are not citizens of the UK. These awards are specifically for PhD projects in the area of microbial (preferably bacterial) molecular genetics. Applicants using the University Standard Application form should state that they would like to be considered for a Darwin Studentship. Applications are considered from 31st January each year and excellent candidates are chosen for available projects until all Studentships are allocated. Late applications will be considered if not all the studentships have been allocated.