About Cana:

Cana is a stealth mode startup changing the world through products that inspire a more thoughtful approach to everyday consumption.

About the role:

Cana is looking for an Associate Scientist to help design and operate our sensory program for evaluating product formulations.


  • Manage sensory testing to support product formulation at all stages of development (early R&D to final launch)
  • Prepare samples and run all aspects of sensory testing including informal panels, blinded panels, expert panels and/or panels with external collaborators
  • Develop and maintain a flavor lexicon for internal/external sensory benchmarking
  • Provide input from sensory testing to guide product formulation and optimization

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • 3-5 years of experience managing sensory testing, bonus points if it is in a start-up or small company environment
  • Experience with a wide variety of sensory testing methodologies used in product development and consumer feedback (equivalence testing, descriptive testing, consumer focus groups, etc)
  • Extensive familiarity with sensory sciences and understanding of taste panel data interpretation
  • Understanding of the science and chemistry of flavor and how to match that to perception
  •  Experience doing sensory testing on wine or alcoholic beverages
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit with an ability to roll your sleeves up and make things happen
  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Sensory Sciences or related

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