PhD Sensory Science: Emotional Response to the Sensory Properties of Beer

PhD SENSORY SCIENCE: EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO THE SENSORY PROPERTIES OF BEER

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Sensory Science Centre, Division of Food Science, School of Biosciences, in collaboration with SABMiller

Closing date for applications: 31st July 2011

Supervisor: Dr Joanne Hort, Associate Professor in Sensory Science

Applicants are invited for a three year PhD studentship, sponsored by SABMiller Breweries, in Sensory Science.
The sensory properties of beer are known to be key drivers for consumer liking but more recently the link between the emotional response, liking and sensory properties has been highlighted. Working in the Sensory Science Centre at the University of Nottingham, the successful applicant will investigate the sensory properties and emotional response to a range of beer products. The investigation will also consider differences in behavior across different population groups, for example why do men drink more beer than women. Is it the taste or the emotional response?
Applicants must have (or be about to complete) at least a BSc (Hons) 2:1 first degree, or equivalent, in Food Science, Psychology or a related subject, and show a keen interest in sensory perception. The project will require a student who is highly motivated and can work independently and as part of a team. Good time management and organizational skills are also vital. Excellent English language, both written and oral skills are essential, especially as the student will be working with human volunteers.
The scholarship is open to UK and EU students and covers fees and a stipend of £14K for the year.
Candidates should send a covering letter, detailed CV, including university grades/predicted grades, together with the names and contact details of two referees to joanne.hort@nottingham.ac.uk by July 31st 2011.

Start Date: October 2011

Further information:
Visit the Sensory Science Centre page or contact joanne.hort@nottingham.ac.uk.

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