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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Research Assistant to work in Germany wanted

The collaboration between CPUT and Koblenz University of Applied Sciences (KUAS) has yielded a life-changing job opportunity for a CPUT student to work as a Research Assistant in Germany.

The Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate will work in Koblenz for up to three years. A suitable candidate must have an outstanding Master’s Degree in marketing, market research, brand management, business administration or any related area.

The successful candidate will complete a doctorate in the area of brand management at CPUT during their employment, among other responsibilities.  Applications should be emailed to by 31 August 2020.

The collaboration started when Professor Holger Schmidt (KUAS) spent a semester of his sabbatical at CPUT and collaborated with Dr Pieter Steenkamp from the Marketing Department on a brand management-related research project.

The collaboration resulted in a memorandum of agreement between the two institutions which was signed in 2019, with the Marketing Department being the custodian of the agreement at CPUT.

Steenkamp said the opportunity furthers CPUT’s internationalisation strategic imperatives and the student will be co-supervised by himself and Schmidt.

“Given the challenges in South Africa with access to quality education and employment, exacerbated by COVID-19, this opportunity will be life-changing for one of our students. At the end of the programme, the fortunate individual will be able to write Dr in front of their name and three years of international experience behind their name. Their life will never be the same again. This is how we are ‘Creating Futures’ at CPUT,” he said.

Mandy Jones, Head of Department: Marketing, said: “Every time our students get to experience different cultures, they grow, and this opportunity will be no different. Our investment in this partnership over the years has borne fruit for a life-changing opportunity for one of our postgraduate students.”

For more information about this vacancy contact Steenkamp on or Schmidt on

Written by Kwanele Butana


Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.