Want a really sweet job?

Cambridge University if offering the chocoholic's ultimate dream job: a doctorate in chocolate.
Cambridge University is offering the chocoholic’s ultimate dream job: a doctorate in chocolate . Christopher Pike / The National
Cambridge University is offering the chocoholic’s ultimate dream job: a doctorate in chocolate . Christopher Pike / The National

Who doesn’t dream of a job working with the object of one’s affections? Chocoholics might have despaired of ever finding such a job – until now. Cambridge University is seeking a “doctor of chocolate” who will earn a PhD by solving the problem of creating a variety that does not melt in warm climates.

Some might be enthused about the prospect of studying at one of the world’s premier universities, or the full funding that comes with the doctoral project, or the academic challenge involved or even the humanitarian goal of inventing a melt-resistant version of the cocoa confection. But it is probably fair to say that there are many millions of people who see this opportunity in rather simpler terms: being paid to work with chocolate.

Of course the qualifications for the job are a little more rigorous than simply a sweet tooth. A good degree is needed, along with experience with rheological and analytical methods as used in engineering and physical science disciplines, including an aptitude for complex mathematics.

Still, this position is likely to make the chosen applicant very happy and, if they are successful, will delight millions of chocoholics in hot countries like the UAE. One wonders what other dream jobs are out there – a PhD in cat pictures? A doctorate in hugs? We can only hope and wait.

Published: August 18, 2014 04:00 AM

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