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Sensory Research Scientist 
Ascension12 Consulting, LLC (Direct Hire) - 
Harrisburg, PA




The Sensory Research Scientist, New Business Development, will work independently and as part of a team to design, collect, analyze, interpret, and report sensory and consumer data that provide actionable guidance to cross-functional teams.
The scientist will use his/her knowledge of consumer and analytical sensory methods to support new product development, continuous improvement, and advanced food research initiatives, as well as participate in the development and implementation of sensory and consumer capabilities.
The individual will interact extensively with Product Development, Food Science, Marketing, Quality and Regulatory Compliance, Operations Engineering, Marketing Research, and Manufacturing Operations personnel.
This role’s primary focus is on consumer testing, but the scientist will also apply analytical sensory methods as needed to complement the testing required to meet project objectives.
Summary of major duties: -Participating in recurring project meetings and working with cross-functional team members to define project objectives, identify appropriate type of sensory support needed, and designing test protocols (includes consumer, discrimination, and descriptive testing).-Execution, analysis, and interpretation of sensory/consumer tests, including working with external vendors; communication of results both verbally and in report/presentation format-Development and implementation of new sensory/consumer testing capabilities-Recurring Sensory team meetings to gain and maintain alignment on methods and best practices; administrative meetings-Professional and organizational training
Education and Experience Requirements: – B.S. or M.S. degree in Food Science, Psychology, or Statistics with emphasis in Sensory Science Sr. Research Scientist– B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree in Food Science, Psychology or Statistics with emphasis in Sensory Science Experience: -Research Scientist: 2 - 5 years applicable work experience with sensory and consumer testing-Sr. Research Scientist: 5-10 years applicable work experience with sensory and consumer testing
Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities: * Demonstrated knowledge and application of quantitative and qualitative consumer methods to drive new product development efforts (CLTs, HUTs, focus groups, ethnography). * Demonstrated knowledge and application of sensory analytical methods (descriptive, discrimination). * Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate across and within functions that represent diverse viewpoints * Proficient in the use of Sensory data collection systems (i.e. Compusense, SIMS) * Demonstrated application of multivariate statistics for data analysis and interpretation, as well as experience with statistical analysis software (i.e. SAS, JMP) * Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) * Ability to multi-task and prioritize with limited supervision * Strong written and oral communication skills * Excellent organizational skills

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Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • Food Science: 3 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's


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