Sensory Scientist Future Flavour

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A better business. A better world. A better you.

Location: Unilever Global Foods Innovation Centre (HIVE), Wageningen

Working hours: 32-40 hrs / week

Local conditions apply

Would you like to contribute to the transformation of the food system by supporting the development of new, disruptive solutions for healthy and sustainable foods?

Then join us in our ambition to make healthy and sustainable foods taste absolutely fantastic!

About Unilever

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. It has 161,000 employees. Over half (58%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes around the world, including Knorr, Dove, Hellmann's, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry's, Marmite, Unox, Magnum and The Vegetarian Butcher.

At Unilever we have set out to make a difference to those big issues that matter most to our business and to the world. Our goal: transformational change at a system level. Fundamental changes to whole systems are needed if we are to make a genuine difference. Our transformational change agenda combines direct action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals with partnerships and external advocacy to create change on a systemic scale – while creating business opportunities and delivering relevant innovations at the same time. Our purpose-led, future-fit Unilever Compass strategy is guiding us and is built on three beliefs: brands with purpose grow; companies with purpose last; and people with purpose thrive.

It is Unilever’s ambition make sustainable living commonplace. At Hive, Unilever R&D’s new Global Foods Innovation Centre in Wageningen, the Netherlands, Unilever brings together multidisciplinary teams to deliver this ambition. We are exploring new technologies that ultimately lead to breakthrough innovations that are good for People and Planet.

To achieve that ambition, we are strengthening our sensory capability and therefore we are looking for an experienced sensory scientist.

Our Team

The Science & Technology (S&T) team in the Foods & Refreshment (F&R) division is an agile team of enthusiastic world-class scientists with a clear purpose:

  • We are indispensable partners in F&R who deliver competitiveness through science and technology

  • We unlock the world’s ecosystem to solve problems for today and create inspiring opportunities for tomorrow

  • We build on each other’s strengths to magnify our impact

We combine key capabilities across the end-to-end spectrum of food science, biotechnology & engineering with unique knowledge on flavour & formulation sciences, all underpinned by digital modelling capabilities, to deliver differentiating innovations to market that meet consumer needs every day. The S&T team has a passion for continuous learning and works according to agile principles with a strong can-do mindset.

The Job

The position sits within the Future Flavour platform and focuses on providing sensory science research for the development of foods that are healthy and sustainable. The work will cover the entire range from setting up sensory studies to data-based modelling.

The applicant should have passion, drive and commitment to develop and apply sensory science in order to help create foods that provide exciting and pleasurable experiences in line with Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan. Essential to the role are excellent skills in sensory science and multi-sensory integration combined with experience in modelling of sensory data. As lead sensory scientist, you will use your experience to set the agenda for sensory research in S&T and develop strategies to create sensory models for current and future generations of healthy and sustainable foods and ingredients.

What you will do

  • Develop and lead science-based project proposals in line with the needs of S&T development teams;

  • Independently lead sensory research and manage the delivery of agreed project milestones;

  • Provide up-to-date expertise within the field of sensory science, particularly in the area of perception psychophysics and multisensory integration;

  • Generate and develop new ideas for the Unilever business and lead project activities in the area of sensory science and multisensory integration;

  • Analyse, interpret and present quantitative data;

  • Define modelling needs with internal modelling experts and analytical scientists; Build an internal and external network in sensory science and sensometrics.

All about you

  • Doctoral degree (PhD) in sensory perception / multisensory science;

  • A strong publication record in the field of (multi-)sensory science and perception;

  • Experience in conducting business relevant (multi-)sensory perception research;

  • Practical experience of (scientific) research in a business environment;

  • Experience with modelling sensory data;

  • An active, international academic network;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills (in English);

  • An interest in working outside your current area of expertise, and ability to do so;

  • Good computer and programming skills with experience in relevant programming environments and languages (SAS/JMP, R, Python) are desirable;

  • Experience in the selection and use of data interpretation, data analysis and data storage protocols is desirable.

What do we offer?

Unilever is the place where you can be yourself and bring your purpose to life with the work that you do – creating a better business and a better world.We offer an exciting & dynamic work environment where you can make things happen. Furthermore, we offer some great reward and benefits!

  • Attractive total remuneration package; excellent company pension, bonus, share scheme

  • Flexible cross-disciplinary career opportunities and a wealth of training opportunities & wellbeing resources whenever and wherever

  • Plenty of company-paid holidays to further ensure your work-life balance is maintained

  • We encourage an inclusive culture, which comes to life with interchangeable public holidays, paid paternity leave of 6 weeks and our transgender policy

  • At the moment, we work from home. We will ensure you are well equipped for this. Once back to work, you can enjoy our tasty canteen with food prepped with own products

  • Informal culture and being the first one trying our new products

Excited about the role?

Join Unilever and our team! To apply, you must do so online. Please do not forget to upload your CV and a motivation letter. Your application will be reviewed against our requirements and we will be in touch shortly after the closing date to provide you with an update on the status of your application.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Please note this is a Direct Search led by Unilever. Applications from agencies will not be accepted, nor will fees be paid for unsolicited CVs.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Unilever is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

By highlighting the gender diversity at the workplace, Unilever encourages women equally men to apply. If you look for a job after a long career break or after any type of leave, do not hesitate to apply.

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