South African Research Chair in Science Communication - Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch

  • Stellenbosch
  • Salary: Market Related
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Sectors: General, Research
  • Posted by Stellenbosch University on Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Reference: LSW20/027/0220
  • Apply before Friday, March 13, 2020 - 22 Days left

Vacancy Details

Employer: Stellenbosch University


Stellenbosch University

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)

South African Research Chair in Science Communication

(Ref. LSW20/027/0220)



Stellenbosch University seeks to appoint a new Chair to head up the South African Research Chair in Science Communication. The Chair is devoted to research on all aspects of science

communication, it is expected to aid in establishing a national research capacity in the field as well as to establish and maintain connections to the international community of scholars in this

field. Its research is to address issues of international interest as well as issues of national concern.


Five focus areas constitute the Chair’s research programme:

  • Perceptions and expectations of science among different parts of the SA population (rural, semi-urban and urban);
  • Mass media reporting of science as a source of public perceptions;
  • Science communication and social media – range, formats, quality control, credibility;
  • Science communication and scientific advice for policymaking and specialized target groups; and
  • Science communication by scientists and scientific organisations – motives, audiences, formats.



The incumbent will be taking over the Chair for the period 2020-2024. Specifically, the new chair will:


·          Developing and supervising master’s and Doctoral students in Science Communication in the Science and Technology Studies degree programmes offered by CREST;

·         Maintaining a high number and high quality of research output in the form of accredited and peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, conference proceedings;

·         Maintaining the number and throughput of postgraduate students trained and graduated annually at master’s and Doctoral level;

·         Providing reports internally to the Director: CREST, the DVC: RIPS and externally to the NRF and any other reports as required;

·         Enhancing, supporting and contributing to the research culture of CREST;

·         Attracting and retaining excellent international and national collaborations in the field;

·         Developing, supporting and funding cohorts of post-doctoral fellows;

·         Writing proposals in order to attract external funding to support the activities and resources required for the Chair.

Required Skills

  • good verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent skills in managing a diverse research team

Candidate Requirements


·         Currently be a full professor or appointable at the level of a full professor;

·         A PhD in the social sciences or humanities (preferably in science communication, sociology of science, science studies or communication and media studies);

·         Demonstrated experience as supervisor of master’s and Doctoral students;

·         Established record of being an examiner of master’s and Doctoral students;

·         Evidence of scholarly books and articles in international peer-reviewed journals;

·         Successful and proven track record in securing and managing research funds;

·         Successful track record in research management;

·         Excellent skills in managing a diverse research team;

·         Good verbal and written communication skills.


If from outside South Africa, the incumbent must be willing to devote at least 50% of his/her time to the Chair.




  • .Experienced in social science research methods.
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Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the four top research universities in South Africa. It takes pride in the fact that it has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students of which almost ten percent are international students.

The University lies in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands. The University has ten faculties, of which eight – AgriSciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Theology and the larger part of Economic and Management Sciences - are located on the main campus in Stellenbosch with the Faculty of Health Sciences situated on the Tygerberg campus and the Faculty of Military Science in Saldanha. The University's Business School is situated at the Bellville Park campus.