The Associate Sensory Scientist is a hands-on position that involves sample collection and preparation, panel set up, cleaning, and maintaining sensory facilities.
Execution of sensory panel activities is a significant part of the role. This involves the evaluation of hops, hop products, and hoppy beers.
The Associate Scientist completes harvest hop quality evaluations, assists with raw material streaming decisions, engages in hop flavor developmental projects, and provides technical support for internal and external customers and hop education programs.
The role requires using computer software for test building, data collection, data analysis, and report writing.
This position requires frequent communication with sensory panelists and members of the Brewing, Breeding, and R&D departments.
55% - Innovations Support:
Collaborate on cross-departmental projects with Brewing, Breeding, and R&D teams.
Provide support for hop education programs (Hop Flavorist, Hops Academy)
Assist with hop quality evaluations and streaming of raw materials into product programs.
40% - Sensory:
Execute sensory panel activities. Prepare hop and beer samples. Prepare digital ballots and experimental designs using sensory software. Schedule panelists and monitor sensory booths during training and testing sessions. Conduct appropriate sensory activities to address customer needs.
Analyze sensory data, run statistics, and build necessary graphs and visualizations. Assemble standardized sensory reports. Communicate sensory results to team.
Attend and help facilitate (when applicable) conferences and sensory-related events
5% - Other duties as assigned
Conditions of Employment:
Must comply with all John I. Haas, Inc. policies and procedures, including successful passing of a pre-employment background check and drug test.
Position requires a high degree of latitude and time flexibility. When no special circumstances exist, working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (one hour lunch) Monday through Friday.
Position requires working with hops and other beer/beverage ingredients. It will require tasting of beer and other alcoholic beverages. The employee must be able perform assigned duties with hops, beer and other related ingredients.
Able to work in and around an analytical laboratory setting containing chemicals, solvents and hop products.
B.S. in Food Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences or related field
Sensory Panel experience
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel
Strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, including success collaborating with others and working in a team environment
Beer, alcohol, or beverage-focused sensory analysis
Sensory experience in Descriptive Analysis, Preference Testing, Difference Testing, Consumer Testing, and Shelf-Life Testing
Sensory Panel experience in a professional (e.g. not solely through college course) environment
Compusense Cloud software experience
Proficient in statistics software XLStat or JMP
Passion for hops, beer, brewing, or homebrewing
Proficient in SharePoint
Additional Salary Information: Will discuss compensation in detail if selected for phone interview.
Internal Number: 1055
About John I. Haas, Inc.
John I. Haas, Inc. is an innovative, passionate, team oriented, and customer driven company. We succeed due to the integrity of our employees and take adding to our “family” seriously. We are an equal opportunity employer, believe in educational opportunities, and offer excellent health benefits to our employees and their families. John I. Haas is one of the world’s largest suppliers of hops, hop products, and solutions and a proud member of the BarthHaas Group. With branches in Germany, the USA, the UK, Australia and China, the BarthHaas Group conducts business on every continent and is a world leader in breeding, growing, processing, and marketing hops and hops products.
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