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Positions available with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology are advertised on the University of Otago jobs website.

Careers in microbiology, immunology and virology

An Otago graduate of Microbiology and Immunology will be limited only by their imagination. The American Society for Microbiology states that: “In recent years there has been an explosion in the types of job opportunities that are available to those with microbiology training, since microbes and their actions pervade all aspects of our increasingly complex society”.

Recent developments in fields such as biotechnology, aquaculture, molecular biology, microbial genetics, immunology and medicine have increased the demand for graduates with a microbiology and immunology major. The range of job opportunities continues to expand. Along with the traditional areas of teaching and research, graduates work in medical or veterinary laboratories and biotechnological and agricultural industries. Graduates are also employed as managers and advisers in government agencies.

A microbiology degree can be used as a stepping stone for entry into professional courses such as dentistry and medicine. Alternatively, postgraduate courses in the department allow you to specialise in an area of your choosing and be a part of a world-class research environment.

Graduate profiles

Don't just take our word for it, read what our graduates have to say about their time studying with us and where it's taken them! Click on an image to read the profile, or use the links below.

Rachel McIvor profileJosh Ramsay profileDanni Chen profileRon Dy profileRochelle Enright profileAbby Sawyer profileChris Tomlinson profileLisa Flanagan profile