10 April 2024

We are looking for a full-time PhD student to join our three-year ‘Eco2Wine’ Doctoral Network Programme, focused 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 innovation in winemaking, 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 position is advertised via Euraxxess portal and applications are open until 6 May 2024.

The student will be based at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, but will also spend time with project partners in other wine-growing regions of the world.

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 practice in making research findings accessible and relevant to industry and other interest groups, as well as strategies for meaningful dialogue with communities that have 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 the fields of communication science, science communication or science and technology studies. Experience of 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 dnenrol.eco2wine@icvv.es by Monday, 6 May 2024, at 11.59 pm (GMT), with a copy sent to marinajoubert@sun.ac.za. If you have specific questions about the science communication position, you are welcome to contact Professor Marina Joubert via email at marinajoubert@sun.ac.za.