Masters by Research Studentship

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Dundee, SCOTLAND
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 21 May 2017

Reference: THW/17/059651/000020

Salary Details: £14,553 Stipend (pa)

Contract Type:Temporary/Fixed term

Contract Term:Part time

Masters by Research Studentship
Stipend: £14, 553 (pa)

Project Title: Developing a successful food new product development tool linking affective testing (using facial electromyography) with sensory attribute selection: a Masters study

Abertay University’s Graduate School is fully-funding new Masters studentship, which comprises a tax-free stipend of £14,553 a year, tuition fees paid and a generous study package, e.g. limited research consumables, travel budget and training when appropriate. The pan-University Graduate School offers an integrated training programme to the postgraduate community within a single centre, serving to inculcate interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers.

Project description: Despite the increase in general knowledge about how to select a healthy diet, some people still consistently do not make healthy food choices. This has a potential impact on the health and wellbeing of people living in environments where food is abundant. In addition, the food industry has high failure rate in terms of new health food product launches. Understanding the relationship between how people rate foods in terms of their sensory characteristics and how these ratings relate to "liking" is a key part of optimising the new product development process. As of yet no formal technique has been developed and validated which can reliably predict this relationship. A new area measuring facial muscular activity as measured by electromyography combined with affective testing, have shown initially some very promising results. This Masters project will uniquely combine real-time eating physiological measures of subjects whilst observing simultaneously sensory and facial responses to understand the cognitive processes in how we evaluate our foods during the eating process.

Supervisory team: Dr John Grigor (Abertay Uni), Dr Andrea Szymkowiak (Abertay Uni), Dr Paul Robertson (Abertay Uni), Dr Jon Wilkin (Abertay Uni) and Dr Peter Canon (Massey University, NZ) .

Entry requirements: Candidates must have, or expect to obtain a first class or upper second-class honours degree in psychology, computer science and or related discipline, food science and or related discipline.

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English, the University requires IELTS of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.5) or an equivalent qualification accepted by the Home Office.

The student will be trained in Facial Electromyography, Oral Processing, Sensory Testing and Statistical Modelling, Computed Tomography X-Ray Scanning (including software training) and Textural Analysis.

The Studentship is available for an October 2017 start for a period of up to 1.5 years.

Further details on this project can be obtained from Dr John Grigor (

Further information on Abertay University may be obtained from the Graduate School, University of Abertay Dundee, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG, Tel:+44 (0)1382 308150, email:

Applicants should submit through HIREWIRE submitting a personal statement of application detailing why you are interested in undertaking this project and a CV. (NOTE: HIREWIRE ONLY ALLOWS YOU TO SUBMIT ONE DOCUMENT, PLEASE MERGE YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS).

If you are selected for interview you will be required to complete an online Research Student Application Form which includes the submission of a research proposal. Guidance on how to write the proposal can be found here:, under 'how to apply'. Applicants are also encouraged to contact Dr Grigor ( for advice on developing a proposal prior to submitting it.
The closing date for submissions is Sunday 21st May 2017. Submissions after this date will not be considered.

Closing date:21 May 2017

Advert | (Word Document 225k)

If you have questions about this role, please contact: HR Recruitment, HR Services, Tel: 01382 308031, Email: ,

Note: Only one document can be uploaded. If you wish to submit any additional information please include it within the application form.

Use our quick and easy online application method

View or Apply