New Sensory Science PhD Fellowship

Friday 25th May 2018

UPDATE: The application process is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied.


A new Sensory Science PhD Fellowship at the Riddet Institute under Professor Joanne Hort is now open for application. The project is entitled "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.

For more details on the Fellowship and how to apply, see the listing on our website here: