Position Profile

Job Title:  Sensory Technologist

Work Unit:  Food and Bio Processing, Programs Section

Ministry:   Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Competition Number:  1042470

Date:  May 2017



This Sensory Technologist position contributes to the Programs Section's Sensory Team by coordinating and conducting sensory panels for both food processing clients and applied research projects for Agriculture and Forestry scientists, and by providing technical assistance to the team's sensory scientists. The position applies specialized knowledge of sensory evaluation methods and procedures in cooperation with other food Processing Development Centre scientists on client driven and applied research projects. The position operates within the mandate of the Food and Bio Processing Branch, which is to foster growth and commercialization of food and bio-based companies serving local and global markets.

This position is housed out of the Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc, with substantial time spent at the Consumer Product Testing Centre (CPTC) in Edmonton.

Responsibilities and Activities


Provide technical support to the Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC) scientists in the areas of sensory evaluation with a focus on consumer evaluation.

Key Activities:

  • Develop and implement consumer studies - work with industry clients to identify project objectives, define testing methodologies, questionnaires, protocols and project budgets and preparation of reports for industry clients.
  • Lead the technical components of consumer evaluation studies, including coordination of team members, consumer screening and recruitment and supervision of data collection. Assist scientists in data analysis and report preparation.
  • Promotion of the sensory evaluation program to staff, clients, panelists and other Agriculture and Forestry staff.
  • Provide ongoing oversight of the consumer sensory database through the development and implementation of recruiting techniques, database design and maintenance.
  • Lead the development and execution of trained panel evaluations, including panel recruitment, panel training, data collection, and assistance with data preparation/analysis.
  • Assist and/or lead the development of new study protocols and methods specific to sensory science, in support of the sensory scientists, to drive program innovation and continuous improvement.

Provide knowledge and technical skills to the agri-food industry, and department branches to maintain and foster a globally competitive industry.

Key Activities:

  • Organize and participate in seminars, workshops, conferences.
  • Work within department processes to promote the Sensory Evaluation Program.
  • Develop information bulletins, infographics and website content relative to the FPDC programs and services.
  • Provide information on sensory evaluation to other department staff.

Maintain and enhance scientific, technical and competency skills in order to support growth in the food processing industry and ensure the FPDC's relevance as a service provider.

Key Activities:

  • Conduct literature reviews, participate in peer reviews, collect and disseminate scientific and technical information, participate on relevant committees and teams.
  • Complete training to enhance knowledge in sensory evaluation and product development and to enhance personal competencies.


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