College: Health and Agricultural Sciences
School: Agriculture and Food Science
Post Title: UCD Post-doctoral Research Fellow Level 1
Project: Sensible Solutions: Developing Sensible Sensory Solutions to Support for the Irish Food & Research Sectors
Post Duration: 2 years + 1 year subject to review
Reports to: Dr. Amalia Scannell
HR Reference No. 009140
HR Administrator: Sinead Gillen

This position, centered within the UCD Institute of Food and Health team, is responsible for recruitment and training of 2 new external Sensory Panels to assess meat and dairy Products. The successful candidate will be required to plan and run of organoleptic tests to determine the sensory performance of new products and new technologies. The individual will apply knowledge of food systems, the human senses, analytical systems and statistical models to describe and quantify the organoleptic differences between food products and ingredients. Responsibilities intrinsic to this post include design and execution of test protocols, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting, and training of descriptive analysis panels. In addition to internal tests, the Sensory Scientist will organise and run consumer tests to provide direction for the New Product Development programme within the UCD Institute of Food and Health. Therefore it is essential that the candidate should be an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with high energy levels who can deliver project work on-time and to the high standards expected.

This is a research focused role, where you will conduct a specified programme of research supported by research training and development under the supervision and direction of a Principal Investigator. The primary purpose of the role is to further develop your research skills and competences, including the processes of publication in peer-reviewed academic publications, the development of funding proposals, the mentorship of graduate students along with the opportunity to develop your skills in research led teaching.

In addition to the Principal Duties and Responsibilities listed below, the successful candidate will also carry out the following duties specific to this project:

  • Recruit, train and monitor 3 sensory panels to assess food products to a high and consistent standard using ISO and other relevant Standards.
  • Manage procurement issues related to the project
  • Write progress reports for the funding body and technical reports detailing the finding of sensory trials

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