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Food Scientist (KTP Associate) (Fixed term)

Biosciences, Food, Nutrition & Dietetics

Location:  Sutton Bonington
Salary:  £34,000 to £42,000 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience.
Closing Date:  Friday 01 March 2024
Reference:  SCI025924

University of Nottingham (UoN) invites applications for a Food Product Scientist to join our exciting collaboration with Unilever PLC. Based at Unilever’s Colworth R&D site in Bedford, you will report to the Science and Technology Product Scientist, working within Unilever’s Ice Cream Product and Process Science team. 

Fully supported by UoN’s world leading academic experts in flavour, sensory and consumer science, and food physics, you will lead a strategic project to develop a formulation toolbox for the design of ice cream sauces. 

As an enthusiastic graduate, this is a career-development opportunity for you to manage a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which will support Unilever in the delivery of its strategy for nutritional responsibility.

Through the KTP, you will be delivering a high-profile and commercially strategic project that will enable Unilever to gain new capabilities in the key technical areas of sensory science, flavour chemistry and food physics.

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to develop commercially viable, innovative solutions and communicate complex information to a variety of audiences within Unilever, its supply chain and stakeholders. An awareness of commercial drivers and previous industrial experience is desirable, but not essential.  

You should hold a BSc/MSc (2:1 or first) in relevant subject field (Food Science/Food Science and Nutrition or equivalent) with relevant research and/or industry experience. A PhD in a relevant subject field (e.g. Sensory Science, Flavour Science/Chemistry, Food Science) is desirable.. We are looking for candidate who has knowledge of Flavour Science, Sensory and Consumer Science, as well as basic Food Physics (e.g.Rheology) knowledge.  

As a people-orientated individual, you will have the ability to influence and engage collaboratively with Unilever, UoN and other stakeholders. As a proactive person, you will have the passion and desire for creating something new and be enthusiastic and motivated to organise your own time effectively and have a flexible approach to prioritising work tasks. 

Throughout the KTP, you will be fully supported and mentored to nurture your talent. You will have your own budget of £2,000 pa for training and CPD, helping you develop your skillset and reach your personal and professional career goals. 

UoN is committed to providing competitive employment packages whilst supporting the well-being of its staff to help them reach their full potential. As an employee of UoN, you will have access to the University’s resources and a range of benefits and rewards, including staff discounts, travel schemes and an attractive pension scheme.

KTP is a UK Government scheme promoting sustained and mutually beneficial relationships between universities and industry. This is a full-time, fixed term contract for 34 months. Arrangements for job share may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to by email to: Dr Qian Yang (staff) Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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