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PhD Opportunity | Stellenbosch University | South Africa

Posted by kaury.balcom | April 2, 2024

EU-funded PhD opportunity in South Africa in Wine Science Communication

We are seeking a full-time PhD student to join the three-year ‘Eco2Wine’ Project, which focuses on closing the gap between microbiomics, winemakers and the public. Wine microbiomics aims to use the microbial biodiversity naturally associated with healthy vines and vineyards as a tool for winemaking innovation to produce sustainable, eco-friendly wines while improving vineyard management and offering consumers a broader choice of wines. More information is available in this announcement.

The student will be based at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and spend time with global project partners in other wine-growing regions.

Since effective science communication is one of the core areas of interest in this programme, this PhD project will combine science communication research and practice. The study will explore best practices in making research findings accessible and relevant to industry and other interest groups, as well as strategies for meaningful dialogue with communities with a long tradition of involvement, including those that can offer insights from local knowledge systems. In addition to the research role, the candidate will be actively involved in the strategic communication of research from the Eco2Wine network, setting up dialogues with target groups and helping to produce communication materials and tools, including a website, short videos, popular articles and research summaries.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in social sciences, preferably in communication science, science communication, or science and technology studies. Experience in science communication practice, multimedia content creation, and public engagement will be an advantage. According to EU rules, the candidate appointed in South Africa may not have lived or worked in South Africa in the 12 months before the appointment.

How to apply

Please complete this application form and send all the relevant documentation via email to by Monday, 6 May 2024, at 11.59 pm (GMT), with a copy sent to If you have specific questions about the science communication position, you are welcome to contact Professor Marina Joubert via email at