Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Food and Sensory Science, Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF42395

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 02/09/2022

Job live date: 10/08/2022

Salary: £31,406 – £33,309 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Chemistry Food & Pharmacy

Division: Food and Nutritional Sciences

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full time / Fixed term up to 33 months

“Increasing UK Dietary Fibre – The Case for the Great White British Loaf” comprises a team of behavioural scientists, economists, wheat experts and mathematical, climate and food chain modelers based at the Universities of Reading, Leeds and Rothamsted Research, working with industrial members and their representative bodies across the UK wheat supply chain. The objective is to investigate how the UK wheat supply can sustainably transform to supplying fibre-rich white bread to UK consumers assist in increasing overall UK dietary fibre intake.

You will be one of seven PDRAs working across the project. The post holder will be based in the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy and will work in the areas of bakery science, food physical properties, sensory and consumer science. The successful candidate will contribute to the product development work from the technical characterization of flours to the development and evaluation of the breads, to the assessment of its sensory properties and consumer acceptability. The candidate will also work in the development of consumer behavioural studies in collaboration with some UK retailers. 

​​​​​​​​​​​Specific duties linked to the post include:  

  • excellent organisational skills, able to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously while maintaining attention to detail
  • excellent oral and written communication skills, able to support successful collaboration between the project partners, and able to write scientific publications for dissemination
  • experience of and a high level of understanding of food physical properties, qualitative sensory analyses, and quantitative consumer trials
  • a PhD in Food Science, or a closely allied discipline

The role is available on a fixed term basis for up to 33 months. To help kick start the project before the relevant objectives for this role begin, the first three months will be part-time (0.9 FTE) and the remainder of the contract will be on a full-time basis totalling up to 33 months.

Interview date: 16 September 2022

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