Fully Funded Riddet Institute PhD fellowship –Sensory Science with Prof J Hort

Fully Funded Riddet Institute PhD fellowship –Sensory Science with Prof J Hort

Individual variation in Taste perception: Investigating sensory perception in Thermal Tasters and its impact on food choice behaviour

This Sensory and Consumer Science PhD scholarship is based at the Riddet Institute, Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ, and is funded by the prestigious Riddet Institute. The scholarship pays fees alongside a NZ$30,000 tax free annual stipend.  The PhD is centred on the hot topic of individual variation in taste perception. Taste phenotypes such as Prop supertaster status have been widely studied particularly in relation to its impact on food choice behaviour.  This 3 year PhD is focused on the more recently discovered taste phenotype called Thermal Taster Status whereby 30-50% of the population perceive a taste when their tongue is stimulated by temperature.  These individuals also appear to perceive some other oral sensations as more intense.  This PhD will build on Professor Hort’s recent work on the impact of thermal taster status on sensory perception and food choice behaviour.


Please contact j.hort@massey.ac.nz for further details.  Please send your application in the form of a covering letter addressing why you are the ideal candidate, your CV and your academic transcripts to Mrs Terri Palmer (T.M.Palmer@massey.ac.nz). Closing date for applications is July 31st 2018 with the ability to start the PhD before end October 2018.

Further information: http://www.riddet.ac.nz/jobs

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