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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Sensory & Consumer Food Studies
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF31703

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 18/02/2020

Job live date: 22/01/2020

Salary: £33,797 pro rata per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Agriculture Policy & Development

Division: Not specified

Hours per week: 0.7 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Part time; Fixed Term

The Schools of Agriculture, Policy and Development and Food and Nutritional Sciences of University of Reading have been awarded for a 2020 EIT Food project “HEALTHSNAP - Healthy Eating by Freshly Made Snacks Personalized According to Individual Preferences” in collaboration with PepsiCo, Siemens, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Givaudan Switzerland and BeYou as partners. The purpose of this innovation project is to support healthy eating by developing a new food manufacturing technology concept for at-site customized production of healthy snacks. The idea is based on integration of ingredient and instant food manufacturing technologies combined with smart user-interface to support individual choices. Among the different activities, Dr. Daniele Asioli and Prof. Lisa Methven are responsible for the consumer study and there is a need of support to conduct this study. Thus we are seeking someone with consumer knowledge and experience in quantitative consumer and sensory methodologies to join our research staff for a six-month contract. Consumers’ preferences and willingness to pay have an important role in the activity since they will be involved in the development and market of the new products.

You will be working within the University of Reading, and in close collaboration with VTT and the other project partners.

You will have:

  • A PhD in sensory and consumer science.
  • Skills in sensory and consumer science, ideally with experience in quantitative methodologies.

Interview date : 26/02/2020

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Principal Investigator

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Contact name:

Dr. Daniele Asioli

Contact name:

Prof. Lisa Methven

Contact phone:

+44 0118-3785426

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+44 (0) 118 378 8714

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The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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