MicroSeq2023 - 6-7 September 2023

We invite NSW/ACT ECR and PhD students to MicroSeq2023, an online conference designed to bring together early career researchers in Australia from a broad range of microbiology domains, united by their use of DNA and RNA sequencing technologies to investigate microbes. The first 50 ECR’s and graduate students who are ASM members will receive free registration, kindly provided by ASM. Upon registration, you will receive a link for abstract submission.

We will be accepting abstracts for medium length (10min) and lightning talks (3min).

Abstracts from Australian or New Zealand-based PhD and ECRs will be preferred with prizes for the best medium and lighting talks!

Date: 6-7 September

Cost information: ASM member: $10 Non members: $20

Registration: Opens 26 July 2023,  closes 5 September 2023

For more details, keep an eye on the website: or follow the Twitter account @Microseq_ASM


Biofilm SIG - Speaker Series - Thursday 1st June 2023

We invite you to our next ASM NSW/ACT Branch Biofilm SIG Speaker Series Event from 6-7:30pm on Thursday 1st June at The Teachers Federation College, Surry Hills, NSW (or Join online via Zoom - link provided upon registration).

This is a catered event (pizza and beverages), FREE to ASM Members/Online viewers, $5 for non-ASM Members.

Please register attendance by COB Tuesday 30 May:


LGBTIQ+ Microbiology Network - 6 pm 23 May 2023

Please join us for our LGBTQIA+ Network Presents series featuring Professor Cynthia Whitchurch from the Quadram Institute in the UK on her presentation entitled Morophing Microbes: Understanding and Exploiting Shapeshifting in Pseduomonas aeruginosa on Tuesday the 23th May at 6 pm. 

Cynthia is a Fellow of the Australian Academy and is internationally recognised for her research in P. aeruginosa on biofilm formation, eDNA, explosive cell lysis and morphological transitions. This will be an exciting presentation so don't miss out!

The presentation will be broadcast from the UK and will be available on Zoom (link via TryBooking). Additionally, a group of us will meet at Sydney Uni (location via TryBooking) to watch the presentation and then head for a social gathering afterward so feel free to register and join us.

Register here:

All are welcome!



ASM x JAMS Student Special - Friday 28 July 2023

Calling all Honours, Masters and PhD Students!

JAMS and ASM-NSW/ACT Branch proudly present the inaugural JAMS x ASM-NSW/ACT Student special.

Join us on the 28th of July, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre for a JAM-packed night of student-led research!

  • Food and drinks are provided!
  • Two prizes to be won!
  • Best presentation - determined by our independent judge panel
  • People's choice award - voted by you!

Registration and abstract submission is now live:

  • Submit your abstract within the registration form
  • Abstract submission closes 11:55 pm 14th July 2023


Careers in Microbiology - 6 pm Wednesday 12 April 2023 at WSU Parramatta City Campus

Ever wondered where your microbiology qualifications will take you? Western Sydney University and the NSW-ACT Branch are presenting a Careers in Microbiology event in April. Come along and hear from established microbiologists working in industry, hospital labs, science policy, communication and biotechnology.

Please RSVP here:



2023 ASM Student Travel Awards Night - 6 pm Wednesday 29 March at UTS or online

Congratulations to our finalists!

Please register your in person attendance here:, or join us online via zoom: (Password: 600252)

Nancy Millis 2023 finals



EduCon 2023 - save the date!

Save the date for this year's EduCon which will be held immediately after the ASM2023 Annual Meeting in Perth with the theme of "Diversity, Inclusion and Education for All". Register here, and submit your abstracts for an oral or poster presentation here!

EdSIG is also looking for their next convenor, and they remind you to apply for the following ASM awards: ASM Teacher travel award, ASM David White Excellence in teaching award, and the ASM USA Teacher travel award.


Clinical Microbiology and Diagnostics SIG - Inaugural Event - Tuesday 21st March 2023

Food and refreshments courtesy of AusDiagnostics. Register your attendance at



Biofilm SIG - Speaker Series - Thursday 9th March 2023

Register your attendance by Tuesday 7th March for the upcoming Biofilm SIG March Speaker Series Session:


Summer Student Research Awards - deadline 12 December 2022

The NSW-ACT Branch has 2 x Summer Student Research Awards available, each worth $1,500.

Applications are due on 12 December 2022.

Further information and application form available here: Summer Student Research Awards



NSW-ACT Branch Xmas Party

Thank you to our Xmas Party sponsors Wish-Med and Cepheid.

Tickets available from:




Biofilm SIG - Speaker Series - Thursday 1st December

Register your attendance by Tuesday 29th November for the upcoming Biofilm SIG December Speaker Series Session:




Job Opportunity: Biological Transmission Electron Microscopy Research Scientist

Sandra Crameri has a position available working with infectious (particularly viral) diseases and requiring skills in conducting science using transmission electron microscopy. The position will be based in Geelong Vic., at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness CSIRO and will be of indefinite tenure. If this sounds like a role that you would be interested in and have the expertise for, then she would be very interested to hear from you.

The advertisement for the position and position description can be found here. The advertisement closes on 6 November 2022.



Research Enabler position available at Loam Bio

About Loam:

At Loam, we have the earth in our hands. Our team of scientists and entrepreneurs is united in a mission to realise the potential of microbes to address climate change.

We are dedicated to developing solutions that boost agricultural productivity and benefit the environment. We are developing soil carbon sequestration technology that uses the power of microbes to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it long term in soil. Our approach will help remove gigatonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere while also helping farming businesses prosper.

About the Role

The Research Enabler is the hero of Loam’s in-vitro R&D program. In the role, you will be ensuring that our laboratories and research facilities are humming, enabling the brilliant research that Loam carries out to be executed efficiently. You will be working with the operations team to ensure that our laboratories continue to grow into enviable research facilities in the coming years. A safe, sustainable and ergonomic work environment will be what you strive toward at all times.

Click here to read more information and to apply 


Would you like to apply for a European fellowship, but don't have a host lab?

We invite expressions of interest from researchers interested in submitting a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship application with the University of Oslo as host organization. We are looking for candidates with a background in microbiology, preferably with a focus on membrane protein characterization and an interest in antimicrobial resistance in a One Health perspective. Interested candidates should contact Roger Simm, Head of Department of the Institute of Oral Biology (


Biofilm SIG - Speaker Series - Friday 17th June!

The Biofilm SIG June Speaker Series is coming up

When: 6-7:30pm, Friday 17th June

Where: The Teachers Federation College, Surry Hills, NSW OR Join Online via Zoom (link provided upon registration)

Cost: FREE to ASM Members/Online viewers, $5 for non-ASM Members

Catered Event of Pizza and Beverages



Hope to see you all there, in-person or online!

This session comprises of two fantastic talks by PhD Candidate Gemma Deakin (Western Sydney University) & A/Prof Scott Rice (CSIRO, Microbiomes for One Systems Health, and Agriculture and Food Westmead):


Free membership for Honours students

 ASM is offering a one-year ASM membership to Australian students undertaking an Honours degree, spanning 2022/2023.
Benefits of membership

  • Being a member of a group of nearly two thousand of Australia’s leading Microbiologists
  • Pay reduced registration fees at many state and national conferences, workshops and seminars organised by, or sponsored by, the ASM
  • Receive the Microbiology Australia magazine
  • Access to the interactive ASM online community portal
  • Free registration to ASM Hour, an online monthly seminar series
  • Student members may be eligible to apply for ASM awards
  • Access to specific events for our honours student members

Application deadline: Currently this is an open call, but you must apply within the first 6 months of your Honours year
Eligibility Criteria
• Must be enrolled through an Australian university or institution.
• Primary Supervisor is a current ASM member (any type).
How to Apply
Complete the google form linked here to apply:
Each application will be reviewed by ASM administration. They will be in touch with applicants upon confirmation that eligibility criteria are met.
Further Information
For further information, please contact Kara Barker or Emily De Pietro at



Queer Microbiology Network.

A network for Queer ASM members and their supporters!

* Let’s openly talk about being Queer in a heteronormative environment.
* Find support.
* Find your people.
* How can we express our Queer identity in our work and/or research?
* Have fun!

This is a hybrid event so you can attend face-to-face or via Zoom (

For more information, contact Maurizio ( or Heema (

When: 31st May at 6 pm

Where: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (1 Bedford St, Newtown)

Bookings: TryBooking -



Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - UNSW

Click here for more information

This is an opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Level A) to contribute towards the research efforts within the area of the gut microbiome’s role in health & disease.

A/Prof Nadeem Kaakoush has received an NHMRC Ideas grant (2022-2024) to conduct research on immunoglobulin degradation within the gut microbiome in the context of faecal microbiota transplantation. This work calls for the specialised skills of a post-doctoral fellow.

You will bring your expertise in molecular and cellular microbiology techniques as well as computational skills gained from your PhD. You would also be responsible for the co-supervision of PhD and undergraduate students working on the project, writing up the results and presenting them. As a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, you will carry out independent and team research within the field working closely and reporting to the Chief Investigator (Scientia Nadeem Kaakoush). A list of the lab’s publications can be accessed here.


Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at UTS

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The UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (CPDRF) scheme is opening for applications from 26 April to 1 June 2022. The CPDRF scheme offers a four-year combination research and teaching appointment at Academic Salary Level B, Step 2 ($110,378 base salary as of 1 May 2022), plus 17 per cent employer-provided superannuation contribution; research project funding of up to A$50,000; access to the UTS International Research Development Scheme; Early Career Researcher development and support, and the option to complete a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching. The Australian Institute for Microbiology & Infection (AIMI, formerly the iThree Institute) is interested in supporting competitive applicants in any field of microbiology, infection, or disease relevant to the Institute. Contact for further information.


Postgraduate research scholarship “Phage therapy for intracellular pathogens”

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Project synopsis: The treatment of intracellular infections due to pathogenic enterobacteria such as Shigella is complicated by complex lifestyles in the human host and by increasing antibiotic resistance globally. The aim of the project is to define phage-antibiotic activities against intracellular enteric pathogens. The successful candidate will gain skills in the development of phage cocktails, basic phage purification techniques, design of diagnostic tools, microscopy, bacterial mutagenesis, bacterial and phage genomics and epidemiology. Work will involve the use of appropriate cell, tissue and/or animal models.

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