Chief Researcher in Wine Biotechnology

The Institute for Wine Biotechnology (IWBT) is an established postgraduate training and research institute that focuses on using visionary training and innovative research to provide the South African wine and grapevine industries with well-qualified human resources, cutting-edge technology, the latest scientific knowledge, and environmentally friendly products and processes.

The research programme of the Institute is team-orientated and includes the in-depth biological study of all wine-related organisms.

In this position an eligible candidate will become part of a dynamic teaching, research and management team.


  • Postgraduate teaching in Wine Biotechnology.
  • Developing/extending an active and dynamic research programme in cellular and molecular biology, with a specific focus on knowledge generation regarding wine-related organisms (especially wine yeast).
  • Continuous publication of research results through articles and conference papers.
  • Developing national and international research partnerships
  • Academic supervision of postgraduate students.
  • Securing of funding in support of research.


  • PhD in Wine Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or a related field.
  • A proven record of published research in peer-reviewed journals and/or other innovation-driven outputs.
  • Ability to obtain research funds.
  • A record of successful postgraduate study supervision
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Sound interpersonal relations.
  • Ability to co-operate and take the lead within a team.
  • Experience in statistical and multivariate data analysis.
  • Experience in bio-informatics.
  • Management experience, more specifically participatory management.

    Application Deadline: 11th September.

    For more information and application, visit: Chief Researcher in Wine Biotechnology Website

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