Fully Funded PhD Scholarship

The role of emotions, personality traits and sensory sensitivity in food preferences in children (preadolescents)

The University of Florence has a three-year PhD position available, from autumn 2018, within the ITN Marie Curie project Edulia (www.edulia.eu), in the Division of Food Science and Technology, Department of Agricultural Food and Forestry Systems – GESAAF- (Florence, Italy).

We are looking for motivated candidates who can work independently as well as a part of an international team. The work place will be at University of Florence (Florence, Italy), but the candidate will be required to spend a period in Norway (Nofima). The candidate will also spend a short period in the Sammontana company (Empoli, Italy), Italy’s largest domestic ice-cream manufacturer, within the Research & Development Division. Further mobility in the partner institutions involved in the project will also be possible.

The PhD project aims at the development of age and product specific methods to measure emotions elicited by food in preadolescents (9-12 y.o.) and at the investigation of the relationships between individual variation in sensory sensitivity and emotions and liking for foods.


  • MSc or equivalent within a relevant scientific area (e.g. Food Sciences, Food Science and Technology, Nutrition, Psychology).
  • Proved knowledge and experience in Sensory and Consumer sciences and Competence in data analysis tools applied to sensory and consumer sciences (e.g. XLSTAT, R, data collection software)
  • Languages: excellent working knowledge (written and oral) of English. Knowledge of Italian or other Latin languages is preferential (oral and written), especially as the student will be working with children.
  • Early stage researcher (ESR): at the date of recruitment they should be in the first four years of their research careers (fulltime equivalent research experience) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. ‘Full-time equivalent research experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling to embark on a doctorate.
  • The candidates can be of any nationality; however, at the time of recruitment, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.
Publish Date:
Institute Name: University of Florence
Degree/Course: PhD
Deadline: May 20, 2018
Country: Italy, Florence
Course Start:
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