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Sensory Evaluation Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Virginia Tech

  • Dec. 29, 2017
  • Sensory Evaluation Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Food Science & Technology
  • Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
    United States
  • Review of applications begins 1/29/18, and continues until position is filled.
  • May 2010
  • Post-Doc
  • Food & Nutritional Science
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA

The Department of Food Science and Technology ( invites applications for a 12-month faculty line research position at the Postdoctoral Research Fellow level to be engaged in Dr. Jacob Lahne’s sensory-evaluation group. The position is funded for three (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.

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.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience in grant-writing and management of sensory laboratories.

Facilities: State-of-the-art sensory facilities, located in the Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1, include 10 isolated sensory booths, large food preparation space, and focus group room. Spaces are equipped with observational cameras and microphones for video observation and data capture. Supported with Noldus Observerâ„¢ and FaceReaderâ„¢ software, the laboratory is designed for advancing discovery in human emotions and behavior related to foods and consumer goods. The department also features state-of-the-art pilot plants, including fermentations (enology, brewing, malting, distilling, dairy), high pressure processing, and aquaculture.

Review of applications will begin January 29, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The position start date is May 10, 2018. Contact Dr. Jacob Lahne, Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA:; 540-231-7428.

Application Procedure: Qualified persons are requested to submit all application materials electronically to The following documentation should be included:

  • Letter of application summarizing qualifications relevant to the position description
  • Resume, including a complete list of publications with citations
  • List of 3-4 references with contact information

The search committee welcomes nominations of outstanding potential candidates. Inquiries regarding this position should be directed to the chair of the search committee.

  • Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

    If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department or contact University ADA Services with any questions.

    Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

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  • Jacob Lahne
    Food Science & Technology
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 5402317428


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