Fully funded PhD fellowship in Sensory Science, Massey University, New Zealand

Multimodality of texture perception in milk

Funding: Scholarship 3.5 years

The opportunity:

This exciting 3.5 year PhD scholarship in Sensory and Consumer Science offers the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification whilst also gaining insights into research and development within Industry.

The successful applicant will be based in the Food Experience and Sensory Testing (Feast) Laboratory at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ, and is fully funded by Fonterra Research and Development Centre.

Fonterra is a global dairy nutrition company owned by 10,000 farmers. They are a world leading dairy exporter shaping the industry in quality and innovation and share the goodness of dairy nutrition with the world through their brands, farming and processing operations across four continents.

The candidate:

An outstanding PhD candidate to investigate mouthfeel perception.  This will involve both qualitative studies with consumers and quantitative research including recruiting and training a sensory panel to evaluate and model the sensory factors driving mouthfeel perception in milk.

  • Previous experience with sensory evaluation is preferred.
  • Candidates should have a minimum of an Honours degree with First or Second Class Honours (Division 1) in Food Science, Food Technology or a related discipline
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills (IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent required, if English is not first language).  The ability to speak mandarin would be beneficial but is not essential.

The scholarship: provides funding for a generous tax-free stipend of NZ$35,000 per annum and tuition fees.

For further information: Please contact Professor Joanne Hort (j.hort@massey.ac.nz) who will be happy to discuss the research opportunity with you further.

Closing date for applications: March 30th 2020 with an ability to start the PhD before end June 2020. Please send your application in the form of a (1) covering letter addressing why you are the ideal candidate, (2) your CV and (3) your academic transcripts to Jen Larking j.larking1@massey.ac.nz

Further information – Feast lab: see www.massey.ac.nz/feast; Massey University: see www.massey.ac.nz, Postgraduate study: see www.massey.ac.nz/massey/postgraduate ; Fonterra: see https://www.fonterra.com/nz/en/about.html

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