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08-22-2014, 10:42
Who says you're too old to play with your food?

Now your chocolate cravings can land you a job.

The University of Cambridge is seeking a doctoral student to study the “fundamentals” of chocolate, according to the job posting (http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/4702/). The purpose of this “fully-funded” three-and-a-half year program based in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology is to find ways to keep chocolate from melting in warm temperatures. The listing adds the position will be “mainly experimental.” There is just one catch: Only EU nationals can apply.


Studentship for European Nationals: Multidisciplinary PhD on chocolate
An industrial, fully-funded 3.5 year PhD studentship is available to study the fundamentals of heat-stable chocolate , based in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, co-supervised by Prof. Malcolm Bolton (Geotechnical Engineering), Prof. Eugene Terentjev (Soft Matter Physics) and Dr Ian Wilson (Chemical Engineering). Due to funding regulations, the studentship is only available to EU nationals.

The project will investigate the factors which allow chocolate, which has a melting point close to that of the human body, to remain solid and retain qualities sought by consumers when it is stored and sold in warm climates. The project sponsor has existing technology in this field and the project will develop a fundamental understanding of the area which extends beyond the industrial need. The project is mainly experimental and will employ rheological and analytical methods from a range of engineering and physical science disciplines. Theoretical aspects will require good mathematical skills. The supervisors have extensive experience in studying soft solids, including foods.
The desired start date is January 2015. Preference will be given to candidates who can start at this time.


08-22-2014, 11:29
"Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to European nationals."

08-22-2014, 12:24
My wife is German, loves chocolate and still laments the post-WW2 government nationalizing of her grandfather's chocolate factory! :) I better not tell her about this opportunity. :P

08-22-2014, 14:06
What ever happened to the Hershey's Tropical Bar the used to put in D rations?

What kind of chocolate do they put in rations now for tropical and desert?

08-22-2014, 14:16
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