Monday, August 3, 2015

This week's C&EN

A few of this week's C&EN stories:
  • Good cover story by Lisa Jarvis and others on life in the bustling life sciences metropolis that is Boston. 
  • Looks like we'll have two candidates for ACS president-elect: Bryan Balasz and Allison Campbell. (article by Sophie Rovner)
  • Sarah Webb has a conversation with Martin Burke about his new robotic synthesizer.
    • Burke likes to use the word "bottleneck": "Until now, synthesis has represented an important bottleneck in gaining access to all of that function." I don't think that's actually true - I don't think synthesis has been a bottleneck for access to materials. It's cost of synthesis that is a barrier, or design that is the slow step. 
  • This piece on, among other things, the gap between US and Chinese patent numbers by editor-in-chief Bibiana Campos Seijo is.... interesting. 
    • I'd like to know if there's a quality/quantity divide on US/China patents. Is the numerical comparison valid? Perhaps there needs to be a financial comparison (i.e. these patents have derived this value, those patents have derived that value. Probably a difficult comparison to make.) 
  • I thought this piece about gaps in one's employment history was pretty good. 

Podcast: Brandon Findlay and Chemjobber

Brandon Findlay of Chemtips recently has accepted a position as an assistant professor; he and I talk a little about the process of finding and getting a job in Canadian scientific academia.

0:00 to 5:00: Introduction
5:00: Beginning the search
6:50: Which websites were useful for searching for academic jobs in Canada?
9:00: Skype interviewing
12:30: Useful online resources, including Doc Becca's academic job search posts (apologies for sound quality here)
13:15: The onsite interview, including Brandon's incredibly clever jet lag hack
22:30: Letters of reference
24:40: Getting The News
27:30: What will the Findlay Lab tackle?
33:00: Praise for Ken Hanson's "Get A Job, Ken" posts.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Job posting: petrochemical testing chemist, Philadelphia, PA

Via Reddit:
Hello, we are hiring a chemist or two in New Jersey, just south of Philadelphia. We do testing on petrochemicals such as crude oil, jet fuel, diesel, gasoline, and heating oil. If you are interested, please apply at the link below and send me a message letting me know a bit about yourself. Please note the chemist position is for an experienced chemist with 5+ years experience. 
We also have a technician spot open for new or less experienced chemists. You can apply on the same site and I'll have your information. Thank you!
Link here. Best wishes to those interested.  

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 7/30/15 edition

A few of the industrial positions posted on C&EN Jobs this past week:

Kingsport, TN: Eastman Chemical is doing a little hiring: 3 positions, including a Ph.D. organic chemist position.

Don't see one of these very often: Ascend Performance Materials (Pensacola, FL) is looking for a nylon process engineer. Not exactly the most common of positions, for sure. (Ascend is apparently one of the world's largest processors of nylon?)

Charlotte, NC: Nor one of these - Albemarle Lithium looking for a Ph.D. inorganic chemist.

Fremont, CA: Spectranetics is looking for a B.S. chemist to perform QC testing of "drug-device combination products."

Wichita , KS: Flint Hills Refinery is looking for an experienced M.S. chemist to perform analytical work.

ACS Boston Career Fair Watch: 97 positions so far. Looks good, I think.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Endeavorist seeking part-time workers

From the inbox, a scientific crowdsourcing site looking for help:  
Endeavorist Ambassador position: part-time, virtual, potential for some serious beer money.  
Help us bring curious people together to crowdfund education, business ventures, or experiments- and get paid to do it!  
Endeavorist Ambassadors represent and promote Endeavorist within their academic and social environments, primarily with the purpose of driving new, active users to the platform. They are passionate individuals who understand the scope and mission of Endeavorist. Help us  identify open-minded students and researchers in need of funding for their projects, and encourage them to crowdfund their work via Endeavorist. 
For every campaign that is launched by the ambassador, we pay $100. If the campaign successfully completes, we pay $50 or 2%, which ever is greater.  
Applicants can read more about responsibilities here or email for more information. 
Best wishes to those interested.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


I want to wait a respectful amount of time before I comment on it, but I do want to express my profound sadness that there have been layoffs at C&EN. Best wishes to those affected. 

Daily Pump Trap: 7/29/15 edition

A few of the positions posted on C&EN Jobs:

Albany, NY (among others): I see that AMRI is hiring, with 7 positions posted. (AMRI still has a facility in Buffalo? Or was it the Syracuse one that was closed?) 

Tewksbury, MA: Cambridge Isotopes is looking for an experienced Ph.D. synthetic organic chemist. Also, a group leader. 

Boston, MA: Kala Pharmaceuticals is looking for an experienced process chemist for crystallization development. ("API nanocrystals"? That's a new one.)  

Stamford, CT: Cytec Industries posted 3 positions, including an organic chemist position (experience with phosphorus and sulfur chemistry desired.)

Sunrise, FL: Partikula is looking for, well, you: 
You are a highly motivated scientist with a strong organic and/or metallic polymer chemistry background. You will become an integral member of a top-caliber team focused on the discovery and development of novel anti-cancer therapies based on cancer metabolism and apoptosis, branching out to other diseases over time.
Best wishes, you. (All of you.) 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ivory Filter Flask: 7/28/15 edition

A few of the academically-related positions on C&EN Jobs:

Looks like the academic season is heating up...

Sherman, TX: Austin College is looking for an experimental physical chemist.

Jupiter, FL: Scripps Florida looking for 2 professors ("all areas of organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, natural products chemistry, or chemical biology.")

Spokane, WA: Whitworth University is looking for an interdisciplinary chemistry professor:
An interdisciplinary chemist is preferred (such as materials, computational, environmental, bioorganic, or biophysical chemistry) but other areas of expertise considered. 

Manhattan, KS: Kansas State is looking for a professor of chemical engineering at all levels.

Portland, OR: Reed College is looking for an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry.