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Riddet Institute PhD fellowship –Sensory Science
Title: 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, and is funded by the prestigious Riddet Institute. It 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 PhD is focused on the more recently discovered taste phenotype called Thermal Taster Status where by 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.
We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to investigate Thermal Taster Status. This will involve validating a thermal taste phenotyping protocol to use to recruit participants for further investigations concerning the sensory perception of Thermal tasters and their food choice behaviours.
You will have:
The three-year studentship, funded by the Riddet Institute, includes an annual tax-free stipend of NZD$30,000 plus tuition fees. As the successful candidate you will be enrolled and located at Massey University in Palmerston North, and will
PhD Supervisors: Professor Joanne Hort
How to Apply
For further information on the PhD opportunity, please contact email@example.com and Professor Hort will be happy to discuss the research opportunity further with you.
Closing date for applications is 31 July 2018 with the ability to start the PhD before end October 2018.
Please send your application in the form of a (1) covering letter addressing why you are the ideal candidate, (2) your CV and (3) your academic transcripts to Mrs Terri Palmer (T.M.Palmer@massey.ac.nz).