One Year Masters by Research (MRes) Sensory Science: Understanding Aroma Perception



Division of Food Science, School of Biosciences, in collaboration with Mars.

Closing date for applications: 15th July, 2011

Supervisors: Dr Joanne Hort, Associate Professor in Sensory Science & Dr Neil Desforges, Mars WCPN

Applicants are invited for a one year Master of Research (MRes), sponsored by Mars, in Sensory Science. The project will focus on aroma perception, and more specifically, methods used to assess the contribution of individual volatiles to aroma mixtures. Following a literature review of current practices, the project will develop a protocol to investigate how the overall and individual quality attributes of a strawberry aroma change as the formulation is systematically adjusted.
Applicants must have (or be about to complete) at least a BSc (Hons) 2:1 first degree or equivalent in Food Science, Chemistry or related degree 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 outside the EU would need to find additional fees costs of £10K.
Candidates should send a detailed CV, including university grades/predicted grades, together with the names and contact details of two referees to by July 15th 2011.

Interview date: 2nd August

Start Date:  September 2011

Further information
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