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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 252765-TE
Work type: Onsite, Temporary
Location: Madison
Categories: Temporary Employee

Job Summary:

We are looking for individuals passionate about all types of foods, but especially cheese, pizza and other dairy products. Once hired, we will train you to become part of a group of expert tasters capable of verbally describing their sensory experience on the basis of appearance, texture, taste and aroma attributes for research and product development purposes. Panelists should expect to be tasting up to 24 cheese samples and 12 pizzas a week along with other food products. Panelists would need to be available for 3-hour consecutive periods (1 session) and up to 3 sessions per week.


1. Responsible for describing a range of food products in terms of appearance, texture, aroma, and flavor. Recognize and learn these attributes and evaluate them accurately and reliably using the prescribed scales and scale references. 20%

2. Actively participate and collaborate in descriptive panel discussions describing product attributes, attribute definitions, creation of scales, and reference anchoring. 20%

3. Responsible for completely and accurately entering own scoring data into electronic ballots. 10%

4. Responsible for accurately following instructions on sample evaluation, use of scale and ballot completion given by the Descriptive Panel Leader(s). 20%

5. Attend and participate fully in all training discussions given for each product area and project to ensure continued understanding of product attributes and scale references. 20%

6. Actively participate in panelist performance monitoring studies, bi-annual taste acuity rescreening and subsequent retraining when necessary to ensure consistent performance in attribute evaluation. 10%

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Previous sensory panelist experience preferred

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Schedule:

Scheduled hours will vary. Panelists will need to be available for 3-hour consecutive periods (1 session) and up to 3 sessions per week.

Work Type:

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended based on need and/or funding.


Minimum $15.00 HOURLY
Depending on Qualifications

Additional Information:

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

How to Apply:

To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. You will be asked to upload a resume and cover letter briefly describing your qualifications relevant to the position.


Tina Chorlton
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:

Professional Consultant(TE010)



Employment Class:

Temporary Employment

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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