Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 575 positions

Job posting: non-tenure track instructor position, University of Minnesota Rochester, Rochester, MN

From the inbox, this instructor position:
The University of Minnesota Rochester (www.r.umn.edu) invites applications for a non-tenure track instructor position in chemistry for its undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS). The position is primarily teaching-focused with the expectation of contributing to departmental and institutional service (90% teaching, 10% service). 
We are seeking a qualified instructor who has significant interest in supporting student learning in a high-contact model inside and outside of the classroom and will work closely with other faculty to coordinate and teach the range of chemistry courses with integrated laboratories needed by students in the BSHS program. We are seeking an instructor prepared to teach undergraduate organic chemistry with a preference for ability to also teach undergraduate biochemistry. 
How To Apply
Active review of applications will begin April 10, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled, with the expectation of an August 2019 start date. 
Full posting here. Best wishes to those interested.

The Academic Staff Jobs List: 31 positions

The Academic Staff Jobs list has 31 positions.

This list is curated by Sarah Cady. It targets:
  • Full-time STAFF positions in a Chem/Biochem/ChemE lab/facility at an academic institution/natl lab
  • Lab Coordinator positions for research groups or undergraduate labs 
  • and for an institution in Canada or the United States
Want to help out? Here's a Google Form to enter positions.

Want to chat about staff scientist positions? Try the open thread.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Petrochemical fire blocking the Houston Ship Channel

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Fallout from a petrochemical fire outside Houston continued for a sixth day on Saturday, with emergency workers struggling to remove volatile fuels from exposed tanks and ship traffic disrupted on the nation’s busiest oil port. 
A fire that burned for three days broke out last Sunday at Mitsui & Co’s Intercontinental Terminals Co site in Deer Park, Texas. It damaged or destroyed 11 giant tanks each holding up to 3 million gallons of fuels used to make gasoline and plastics. 
On Friday, flames again erupted for an hour and halted efforts to remove volatile fuels that leaked when a containment wall breached. There were no injuries reported on Friday.
According to this Houston Chronicle report from Sunday, the fire is out, but the Ship Channel is still closed. It will be interesting to see if this incident has any repercussions - I suppose I don't know what the baseline is for incidents with petrochemical fires in the Houston Ship Channel. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

What was your company's patent award?

Via Twitter, a great question:
Hey @Chemjobber have you ever done an unofficial survey of what chemists get from their companies (if anything) for granted patents? Would be interesting to know how that varies by company
This was one of the typical responses:
Two of the three companies I was co-inventor I got nothing, the third gave us crisp dollar bills. 
I am also curious about which companies put associate/non-PhD level chemists as co-inventors - inventorship seems to vary by company. 
I particularly liked this response:
We got a silver dollar when patent was assigned. It was part of the IP contract that the company "bought" the rights for $1. There was also a plaque for the research hall and one for each inventor. All presented during quarterly award meetings. Peer recognition is a huge prize.
Readers, what's your favorite patent badge of honor?  

The Analytical Chemistry Jobs List: 16 positions

The Analytical Chemistry Jobs List has 16 positions; this is curated by the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry. Want to help out? Fill out this form. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 575 positions

The Academic Staff Jobs List: 31 positions

The Academic Staff Jobs list has 31 positions.

This list is curated by Sarah Cady. It targets:
  • Full-time STAFF positions in a Chem/Biochem/ChemE lab/facility at an academic institution/natl lab
  • Lab Coordinator positions for research groups or undergraduate labs 
  • and for an institution in Canada or the United States
Want to help out? Here's a Google Form to enter positions.

Want to chat about staff scientist positions? Try the open thread.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The weirdest article you will read today

“ISIS was looking for scientists,” said Ahmed, a 36-year-old follower of the so-called Islamic State who holds a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry and drug design. And Ahmed was looking for a chance to put his scientific knowledge to use.... 
...While Ahmed started his work for ISIS by spreading this research and interacting on web forums on behalf of the group in 2015 and 2016, he fully intended to join the lab in Mosul upon his graduation and was confident of his ability to create the desired chemical and biological weapons. At the time, he believed ISIS was already an established state and would continue to expand. 
“I would upload and [my research] would get read by the high command of the Caliphate,” he told us. “They were interested in my posts and asked how we can acquire these chemicals. I also summarized books from a Russian website. There are loads of [scientific] journals I could access on the web and it’s not classified.  I told them everything was in my summary, but also told them, you must have a real lab.” 
...He hoped to branch out from poisons and plagues to explore new technologies for delivering them. “I learned in the engineering world they [ISIS] were interested in anti-aircraft missiles and drones. They complain about coalition jet fighters destroying their troops on the ground. The admin on the website, there was a guy on the website who provided links from a British university to make drones from organic synthesis to make the whole body of the drone. It was some kind of solution, liquid phase synthesis, polymer science. We have already developed anti-aircraft missiles. We were going to use them.”
This is just a weird one, and I'm not convinced (or at least I'd like other corroboration) that ISIS got as involved in chemical weapons research as this fellow (who seems not so reliable) says....

Friday, March 15, 2019

View From Your Hood: blurry Midwest edition

A recent photo while on the road. (Sorry, it's not very good. Send in your pics! They'll be better than mine.)

(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity, please) at chemjobber@gmail.com; will run every other Friday.) 

"We offer competitive salary based on qualifications."

Via friends on Twitter, this perplexing ad:
Organic Synthetic Chemist with PhD Degree
Sun Innovations Inc - Fremont, CA 94539  
$50,000 - $60,000 a year 
A Silicon Valley high-tech company has an opening for a Material Chemist with the following qualifications:
  1. Advanced (e.g. Ph.D.) degree on Organic Chemistry or Material Chemistry, with good synthesis training and skills
  2. Some R&D or product development experience on synthesizing organic and organometallic molecules or materials;
  3. Familiar with the various organic synthesis methods and processes, experts in using and keeping/running chemistry lab and tools.
  4. Knowledge of fluorescent materials and dyes, familiar with relationship of molecular structure and optic properties of molecules
  5. Good communication skill, both verbal and writing;
  6. Energetic, highly motivated and independent in conducting R&D
  7. 2-3 relevant references
We are developing advanced optical materials and devices for the display technologies of the future. We offer a very pleasant and excited small working environment along with the opportunity to be exposed to cutting edge science and technologies. We also offer the potential of significant career growth as a leader in a high tech company, as well as great entrepreneur experience in developing and commercializing advanced technologies in Silicon Valley. 
We offers excellent benefits, including medical insurance, paid holidays and vacations, retirement saving with company matching. We offer competitive salary based on qualifications. 
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $50,000.00 to $60,000.00 /year
That's... not very much money for the Bay Area.