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The Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech invites applications for a 12-month research faculty position at the Postdoctoral Research Fellow level to be engaged in Dr. Jacob Lahne's sensory-evaluation group. The position is funded for 3 years, with the possibility of extension contingent on the availability of funding. The successful candidate will join a highly collaborative and dynamic Food Science program that engages across the campus, the country, and the world.
Position Responsibilities and Expectations:
1.Assist Dr. Lahne in the development and execution of his research agenda in the sensory evaluation of foods and beverages, with a focus on fermented and distilled beverages, craft foods, and Virginia agricultural products. 2.Pursue sponsored research opportunities through grant-writing. 3.Develop an independent research agenda that complements the sensory laboratory's current research. 4.Oversee the execution and management of industry-funded research projects. 5.Support graduate students in completing sensory research. 6.Supervise and manage the day-to-day running and maintenance of the sensory laboratory facility in the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1 (HABB1). 7.Contribute to the writing and publication of research findings.
PhD in Food Science (or related field) with a concentration in sensory evaluation and science.
Experience conducting sensory-evaluation experiments and trials, including (but not limited to) Descriptive Analysis, consumer tests, and qualitative data collection (e.g., focus groups, interviewing).
Experience with sensory-evaluation software packages (e.g., Compusense, RedJade, FIZZ).
Competence with quantitative data analysis for sensory evaluation (ANOVA, multivariate methods), preferably using the R statistical package.
Preference will be given to candidates with experience in grant-writing and management of sensory laboratories.
Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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