Roles and responsibilities
As a microbiologist you could be employed in federal, state, territory and local government organisations, including research organisations and hospitals.
You will also find positions in the private sector in a wide range of industries, such as agriculture, food production and pharmaceuticals.
- develop products, such as antibiotics, detergents or cosmetics, that either combat diseases caused by pathogenic micro-organisms or harness the positive capabilities of micro-organisms
- identify the microbes that cause illness, examining their susceptibility to antibiotics and giving advice on appropriate treatment
- prevent and control the spread of harmful microbes
- advise on public health policies
- examine natural products for their ability to inhibit the growth of dangerous microbes and apply their findings to the medical and food industries
- investigate the potential of microbes to improve human and animal health through nutrition
- develop and improve fermented drinks and foods
- research the microbiology of plants and use microbes to control pests, weeds and animal diseases
- study DNA and the use of bacteria to introduce specially engineered genes into an organism in order to fight disease or to change a specific feature of the organism
- use their knowledge of microbiology to minimise the environmental impact of production and aid the clean-up of existing pollution
- investigate the ways in which micro-organisms can be used to improve and enhance products that impact on quality of life, such as food and beverages
Relevant research courses include: