10/05/2021
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Early Stage Reseacher (PhD position) / Project tittle: Consumer perception (ESR9)

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Sense Test - Sociedade de Estudos de Análise Sensorial a Produtos Alimentares, Lda
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Agricultural sciencesOther
    Other
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/06/2021 19:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Portugal › Vila Nova de Gaia
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2021
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    TRANSIT-ESR9
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    955431

OFFER DESCRIPTION

We are looking for an Early Stage Researcher (PhD) starting in September 2021.

For this position, your host organisation will be the Sense Test, Lda (www.sensetest.pt), at Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. You will be given the opportunity to work within a network of international partners in the context of the EC-funded Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Innovative Training Network (ITN) TRANSIT (website TRANSIT).

Sustainable food production has become a worldwide priority. Sustainable technologies (high hydrostatic pressure- HHP, pulsed electric field- PEF, ultrasound-US. and nonthermal plasma-NTP) provide clean-label, nutritious food products and solutions to antimicrobial resistance. TRANSIT will train young scientists who will be capable of creating a transformational change to drive the utility of sustainable food technologies through interdisciplinary action. TRANSIT is a research and training programme aiming at integrating microbiology, food processing technology, cost-benefit analyses, quantitative microbiology, and consumer sciences.

TRANSIT will provide a unique combination of hands-on research training, non-academic placements, summer schools and workshops on research-related and transferable skills by the academic and non-academic partners of the consortium.

This ESR project aims to ensure that the application of the technologies is met with strong and widespread market demand, it is essential to take consumer trust, desires and preferences into account as early as possible in the development process. Therefore, strategies to increase trust, as well as sensory quality and consumer acceptance will be quantitatively assessed to address the adoption of such technologies.

We offer

A research project with high value, to be supervised by Prof Luís M. Cunha (Associate Professor at University of Porto) and co-supervised by Professor Lisa Methven (Full professor at University of Reading), where you will work with:

  • Evaluating risk perception and increasing consumer trust in new products from innovative technologies:
    • Consumer acceptance and perceived added value of food products, namely from the nutritional and health-related point of view, will be tested in several EU countries.
    • Dimensions of risk perception will be evaluated through qualitative research.

    • Testing through appropriate methods, such as online choice experiments on food presentation and labelling, and evaluation of different priming strategies (which narrative to use), will be used to increase trust.
  • Survey consumers’ willingness to pay for new products
    • Consumers’ willingness-to-pay and market demand for new products treated by the studied technologies, determining purchase probabilities across new products (and even minimally processed/fresh-cut alternatives) over experimentally varied shopping (e.g., retail store aisles, online grocery stores) and consumption (e.g., relevant meal/snack occasions and settings) contexts.
    • Choice-based conjoint tests and consumer lab studies will be investigated while considering individual consumer characteristics (by purchase patterns and socio/psychometric variables).
  • Evaluation of consumers’ emotional response to new products

    • Consumers’ emotional response will be evaluated by combining extrinsic and intrinsic methods.

    • These will be complemented with the evaluation of perceived wellbeing associated with the new produce
  • Sensory evaluation of new products
    • The impact of different processing conditions on organoleptic properties will be assessed following proper experimental designs (central composite design, incomplete block design).
    • Sensory mapping and description of produce undergoing different processing conditions will be obtained through the use of emerging sensory profiling techniques.
    • Selected produce will also be evaluated following dynamic sensory profiling techniques.

Team and location:

The company Sense Test – Sociedade de Estudos de Análise Sensorial a Produtos Alimentares, Lda. (www.sensetest.pt), operating since 2000, was the first Portuguese SME devoted to sensory analysis. Sense Test provides tools and services to perform product quality evaluation, product development and innovation and offers a wide range of sensory tools: descriptive, comparative and acceptance tests; quality attributes analysis and definition; sensory shelf-life evaluation; and use and training of expert tasters. Sense Test installations at Vila Nova de Gaia comprise a state of the art sensory lab with 18 individual self-confined booths, with a flexible data acquisition system (computer, tablet and webcam), controlled temperature, surrounding sound and lighting conditions. The R&D team at Sense Test was a long track record of collaborative research with Industry and Academy, through several national and European projects. Sense Test has a particularly close collaboration with the Consumer Perception and Sensory Evaluation group led by Prof Luís Miguel Cunha, at the GreenUPorto – Sustainable Agrifood Production Research Centre (https://www.fc.up.pt/GreenUPorto/en/), from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, which will guarantee that the hired ESR will be able to establish close contacts with this research group

Impact and internationality:

You will interact with companies that are active all around the globe, including market leaders in major food industries.

More Information

Benefits

  • A full-time position for 3 years.
  • A fully financed research project: Exact salary will be confirmed upon and will be based on € 26,698 per annum, to be paid in 14 instalments and mobility allowance of €600/month. Additionally, researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on the family situation. Taxation and Social (including Pension) Contribution deductions based on National and company regulations will apply (see the Marie Curie Career development information).

Eligibility criteria

As the project is funded within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), researchers can be of any nationality but need to demonstrate transnational mobility. To be eligible applicants must satisfy the requirements that apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers, therefore on the date of appointment (their start date) applicants:

  • must not have more than 4 years of research experience;
  • must not hold a PhD;
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the country where the post is based for more than 12 months in the previous 36 months;
  • must be available to start the PhD in September 2021 and must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract;
  • must be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree to enrol in the graduate school.

Selection process

  • Applicants will be reviewed without regard to sex, race or nationality. Applications from female scientists and engineers and ethnic minorities are particularly encouraged;
  • Applicants must fulfil the EC eligibility criteria set by the European Commission (see above);
  • Important: to apply, upload a 1-2 page CV (please specify your residence/workplace in the last 3 years), 1-page motivation letter (please mention the PROJECT TITLE and briefly address each skill as listed above, and address your research interest in relation to the research project), full university transcripts (with overall and individual grades) for both undergraduate and MSc Degrees;
  • All other formats and document content (e.g., longer CVs) will NOT BE CONSIDERED for the application process. All documents to be submitted in pdf format, named with a clear identification of contents and candidate’s first and last name (ex: CV_JohnDoe; MotivationLetter_MarieJane);
  • Applications must be sent by e-mail to: info@sensetest.pt, indicating the Project name and the applicant’s name in the message subject. All attached pdf files must be legible and free of virus.
  • By sending your CV, motivation letter and University transcripts, you agree that this information - while kept strictly confidential - will be processed and stored by the Sense Test, Lda for the time span of the recruitment process;
  • Include the names and contact information of up to two referees in your application; if possible add letters;
  • Selection will be made through structured skill-based review evaluation from CV, motivation letter and grades. After selection for the shortlist, an (online) interview conducted by at least two people (if possible from the TRANSIT network) will follow. Additional information may be requested for the (online) interview;
  • As there are multiple positions available in TRANSIT (https://transit-itn.com/), applicants are advised to indicate whether they have applied to or plan to apply to other positions in this consortium.

Additional comments

Further information (not for submitting applications)

For more information about this position, please contact Dr Luís M. Cunha (Associate Professor at FCUP), supervisor of the PhD project, e-mail: lmcunha@fc.up.pt.

For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact Mr Rui Costa Lima, Managing Partner at Sense Test, e-mail: rcl@sensetest.pt.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Other: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    PORTUGUESE: Excellent
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

We are looking for outstanding candidates with the ability to excel in research. The candidates must be eager to learn and gain new experiences, as well as be part of the local team, engage with consumers and sensory panellists. Specific skills needed for the position are:

  • Food Science, Food Technology, Agricultural Engineering or Nutritional Sciences background, complemented with a Master’s degree in Food Science and Technology, Consumer Sciences or Sensory Evaluation. Familiarity with quantitative research methods and knowledge of qualitative methods in Consumer Sciences and Sensory Evaluation and previous experience in report writing, including scientific peer-reviewed papers, will be considered an asset.
  • Networking and communication skills: you should have a goal-oriented and well-organized personality, you should have the capability to learn rapidly and sustainably, and you should have high proficiency in spoken and written Portuguese and English.
  • Drivers' licence will be considered as an advantage.

Specific Requirements

As the project is funded within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), researchers can be of any nationality but need to demonstrate transnational mobility. To be eligible applicants must satisfy the requirements that apply to all Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researchers, therefore on the date of appointment (their start date) applicants:

  • must not have more than 4 years of research experience;
  • must not hold a PhD;
  • must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the country where the post is based for more than 12 months in the previous 36 months;
  • must be available to start the PhD in September 2021 and must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract;
  • must be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree to enrol in the graduate school.

Additionally, In this ITN consortium, each recruited researcher will be seconded to other beneficiaries and/or to partner organisations for a duration of up to 30% of his/her recruitment period. For this project currently, two secondments are planned: 2/3 months in the UK, at the University of Reading, as wells as 2/3 months in Germany, at the Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik e.V. (DIL). Also, attendance in off-site training events and meetings is expected. All travel is fully funded. Therefore, the successful candidate should specify he/she is willing and able to travel.

 

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Sense Test - Sociedade de Estudos de Análise Sensorial a Produtos Alimentares, Lda
Portugal
Vila Nova de Gaia
4400 – 345
Rua Zeferino Costa, 341

EURAXESS offer ID: 638401

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