“There is no love sincerer than the love of food”
A sensory scientist is the individual in the research and development department (R&D) who is the liaison between R&D and the consumer. Through testing, they determine what the consumer wants. They manage and train sensory panels who determine which food qualities are present in products. They work closely with product development teams, providing cross functional support to teams by designing, executing, analysing and reporting of tests. They provide technical recommendations based on knowledge of food chemistry, packaging, and product development as it applies to sensory and consumer research. They keep current with advancements in sensory and consumer research, ingredient technology and food science by taking advantage of technical journals, and networking with colleagues and experts in the field.
Research departments i.e. within a University
Sensory Evaluation Scientist
Knowledge of food chemistry, packaging, and product development
Keep up to date with current advancements in sensory and consumer research, ingredient technology and food science
Teamwork, partnership & collaboration skills
Communication (e.g. people skills, relationship building)
Project management skills (e.g. organisation, time management, problem solving)
Ensure your study is a priority and get good grades. But while you study..
Think, breathe and feel food. Opportunities will present themselves to you to learn about the area of sensory evaluation, try and take as many of these opportunities as possible. These opportunities may not all be successful but this may teach you more about yourself than the successes.
Many large food organisations have a Graduate Program or an Internship and these opportunities will expose you to all areas within the food industry including Sales, Finance, HR, etc. so that you gain a comprehensive understanding of the industry.
Surround yourself with knowledgeable and passionate people in the food industry.
Find a mentor.
Deakin University offers a practicum unit and short-term volunteer placements within the food industry.
The elective HSN360 gives you the opportunity for an adventure and to gain an international perspective on food and nutrition. Experience global food, health and food services industries.
Apply for all relevant jobs in the industry, don't wait for the perfect job.
Join professional organisations such as the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST)
Bachelor of Nutrition Science
HSN101 - Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health
HSN105 - Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems
HSN104 - The Science of Food
HSN106 - Food Fundamentals
HSN204 - Food Safety
HSN206 - Food Analysis and Quality Assurance
HSN223 - Sensory Evaluation of Food
HSN315 - Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation
HSN319 - Consumer and Sensory Innovation of Food
HSN320 - Trends in Product Development
Sherie Liang is a Deakin graduate that has started her own food and beverage business. Her main role is as a Product Developer. Watch the video to understand more about her role. [video 3:30 mins]