Cambridge seeking a doctor of chocolate

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Cambridge University have put out an advertisement for a PhD in chocolate. Yes.....chocolate.

The fully funded Multidisciplinary doctorate would be a dream role for a sweet-toothed budding academic.

Promoting the opportunity on their jobs page, the University says the choc doc will need to “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.”

Candidates for the position will have to have, among other things, some experience in experimental investigations. They will also need a 2:1 in a relevant degree (such as physics or chemistry), and four years of University study. In all probability, they will also need to love chocolate – although this is not specified on the page.

The project will be co-supervised by Dr Malcom Bolton (Geotechnical Engineering), Prof Euguene Terentjev (Soft Matter Physics) and Dr Ian Wilson (Chemical Engineering). The desired start date is January 2015.

The closing date for applications is 29th August.



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