Laboratory Technician – Sensory

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    5 months ago
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  • Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
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  • Location: Manawatu – Wanganui
  • Date Advertised: 03-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: NZ/080
  • Job Title: Laboratory Technician – Sensory
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College of Sciences
Palmerston North

Du​e to Covid-19 and the worldwide pandemic, we are currently only accepting applications from New Zealand Citizens, New Zealand Residents who are either residing in New Zealand or overseas OR applicants who hold a valid work visa and are currently living in New Zealand

Are you a bit of Foodie? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? We seek a personable, enthusiastic, proactive and well-organised Food Sensory Technician to join the Food Experience and Sensory Testing (FEAST) group in Massey’s School of Food and Advanced Technology.

This is a fixed-term (two year), part-time position (0.6FTE). Massey University has made $2.2M available to Professor Hort to set up a new consumer and sensory science facility and this technical post will be responsible for setting up technical procedures and protocols and supporting the research and training that it undertakes.

To appreciate the role better, note that our consumer and sensory science research involves recruiting human participants to take part in investigations where they are asked us about what they perceive regarding the sensory characteristics or acceptability of different foods. Through robustly designed sensory experiments, the use of physiological recording equipment or focus group discussions, for example, we obtain data to help us better understand the sensory perception of food, drivers of choice behaviour and help industry design better foods for consumer segments.

Applicants should have a minimum of a Diploma in Applied Science, technical experience working in research involving food product development laboratory, food preparation and/or working with human participants or similar; previous experience in a sensory science facility is desirable, but not essential. A background and/or knowledge of hygiene procedures when handling food is also key, as is an understanding of general protocols for handling hazardous materials.

The role will involve working with Professor Hort and the Feast facility Manager to maintain procedures for appropriate hygiene, health and safety practices, standard operating procedures for the lab, data collection software and panel databases. It will provide technical support to postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and both support and develop activities for our training courses, as well as support for the implementation of sensory and consumer investigations.

Applicants are required to be trustworthy as they will work independently as well as part of a team and critically they must show initiative. Excellent communication and administrative skills are required when dealing with our sensory panel members, staff, students and visitors. Additionally, the ordering of consumables and equipment will be part of the daily duties.

For further information on this position please contact Prof Joanne Hort,, who will be happy to discuss the role in more detail.

Please note, only on-line applications received will be considered. Please ensure you include how your previous experience or studies meet the criteria listed in the job description in the cover letter that accompanies your CV.

Closing date: 14 February 2021
Reference number: CS_SFAT_080_01/21

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