Sensory Research Scientist

  • Location: US - Watsonville, California
  • Job Family: Research & Development
  • Time Type: Full time
  • Job Requisition ID: R0006701
  • Experience Years: 3-5 Years of Experience
  • Employee Type: Regular
  • Remote Type: Onsite

About the Opportunity

Global R&D drives significant value for Driscoll’s Enterprise operating breeding programs and research centers across the globe. Positioned within Global R&D, the Sensory Lab uses sensory and consumer science to study consumer preferences and the value they place on various berry attributes. The Sensory Lab employees are an interdisciplinary team that connects with a broad range of audiences to help quantify the competitiveness of Driscoll’s genetics versus berries from other breeding programs or brands. The role of the Sensory Research Scientist is to design, interpret, and report experiments related to consumers and trained panels. The Sensory Research Scientist will be required to manage and mentor the sensory lab coordinator.


•    Recruit, train, calibrate, and maintain a descriptive panel 
•    Collaborate globally with breeders, Quality Assurance, marketing, product leaders, and other departments to design experiments that provides actionable insights
•    Interpret data independently while also relying on stakeholders for inputs to maximize the value generated from experiments.
•    Tell the story with data by piecing together multiple disciplines outside of sensory during read-out and project debriefs
•    Manage and mentor the sensory lab coordinator to ensure successful lab operations and execution of procedures
•    Ability to customize experiments using innovative and novel methods based on stakeholder requirements
•    Ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative sensory experiments using conventional and novel up-to-date technology and methods
•    Ability to provide interactive sensory tours for visitors
•    Other duties as needed

Candidate Profile


•    PhD with emphasis on Consumer and Sensory Science or Masters in related field with experience 
•    2 – 5 years in sensory and consumer science 
•    2+ years in leading a descriptive panel 
•    2+ years in consumer science
•    4+ years in experimental design
•    Descriptive panel training and analysis of related data
•    Sensory and consumer experimental design using interdisciplinary approach
•    Collaborating with stakeholders across multiple functions and business units
•    Advanced descriptive panel moderator
•    Advanced statistical analysis and interpretation
•    Advanced data visualization and storytelling with data
•    Intermediate people management skills

Preferred Qualifications
•    Advanced Spanish, written and verbal
•    2+ years in product development
•    Track record of providing sensory support through an entire product life cycle 
•    Shows initiative as an independent and team contributor; ability to work effectively with cross-functional groups and maintain strong working relationships
•    Ability to lift 40 pounds
•    Ability to travel (5% minimum travel)
•    Ability to travel internationally without restrictions (valid passport required)
•    Ability to obtain California Driver’s license and be covered under company-sponsored vehicle insurance program

Compensation & Benefits:

The following information is provided in good faith as a general description of the salary range and benefits for the position posted.  The actual compensation offered to the successful candidate is dependent upon experience, skills, education, work location, internal pay equity, and other objective job-related factors.

Salary Range estimated for the Sensory Research Scientist: $91,700 to $110,000 USD.

Driscoll’s is committed to a culture of care and offers an attractive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and disability coverage for positions working more than 30 hours per week. Other benefits include:  401(k) with employer match, profit-sharing participation, paid sick time, paid vacation, paid personal and family care leave, and a free Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  More detailed information regarding the benefits package, will be shared during the application process.

About Driscolls

Driscoll's is the global market leader for fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. With more than 100 years of farming heritage and hundreds of independent growers around the world, Driscoll's is passionate about growing fresh, beautiful and delicious berries. Our values of humility, passion and trustworthiness have guided our mission to delight consumers around the world.

Driscoll's exclusive patented berry varieties are developed through years of research using only natural breeding methods – meaning, no GMOs. From farm-to-table, we focus on delivering a high quality, premium berry experience with our many supply chain partners.

Driscoll's is the trusted brand for Only the Finest Berries™.

Driscoll's es el proveedor líder en la comercialización de Fresas, Frambuesas, Zarzamoras y Arándanos Azules en el mundo. Con más de 100 años de herencia en agricultura y cientos de productores independiente alrededor del mundo, Driscoll's es una compañía apasionada por cultivar Berries frescas, hermosas y deliciosas. Nuestros valores de humildad, pasión y confianza han guiado nuestra misión de deleitar a los consumidores en el mundo.

Las variedades exclusivas de Driscoll's han sido desarrolladas a través de años de investigación usando sólo métodos de mejoramiento natural. De la granja a la mesa, nos enfocamos en ofrecer una experiencia de alta calidad con apoyo de nuestros socios de la cadena de suministro.

Driscoll's es la marca de confianza de sólo las mejores Berries.