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Internship opportunity – PhD. Student, Food Science – The International Potato Center

Job Information

Resource Type- Locally Recruited Position (LRP)
Region- SSA
Closing date- 07/03/2020
Industry- Research and Development
City- Kampala
State/Province- N/A
Zip/Postal Code- CIP

Job Description

The PhD student will support scientists on SweetGAINS project teams related to quality traits, texture and sensory analysis

Key responsibilities:

  • Together with CIP scientists and university advisors consult, design and manage appropriate descriptive, discrimination and consumer guidance tests to enhance product knowledge and report findings in context of project objectives.
  • Work with CIP breeders, food scientists, partners and collaborators and descriptive panelists to carry out appropriate sensory tests to industry standards.
  • Participate in Descriptive Panel Training and Sensory Training as needed.
  • Develop and recommend new test methodologies to incorporate where needed to improve product understanding.
  • Monitor Panelist performance through designed experiments and appropriate stats analysis.
  • Support and enable project leaders to define and progress towards measurable sensory targets.
  • Develop new methods to gain product understanding.
  • Analyze sensory data and write comprehensive reports for project leaders detailing results and conclusions.
  • Communication of results and interpretation to project leader verbally or in writing. Design experiments and apply statistical analysis to monitor panelist performance. Recommend panelist training where needed to ensure accuracy/precision.


  • Currently enrolled or admitted in a PhD. program in Food Science, Nutrition Science or related field in a recognized university.
  • Proven track record and strong applied statistics knowledge and experience.
  • Sensory Science, with experience in Sensory Descriptive Profiling.
  • Working knowledge of applied statistics.
  • Ability to write Excel Macros preferred.
  • Experience in analytical chemistry, method development and product development are desirable.
  • Experience in successfully managing collaborative relationships at work.
  • Fluent in English



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