Friday, July 10, 2009

Welcome, "In the Pipeline" and "The Sceptical Chymist" readers!

Yesterday was a bit of a big day here at Chemjobber, with both Derek Lowe and The Sceptical Chymist linking.

If you're looking around for the first time, let me try to explain what I'm up to. I publish the Chemjobber C&EN Index, where I attempt to log and track the job ads in the back of Chemical and Engineering News. As you can imagine, things haven't been looking good recently. I also track the ACS Careers website with the Daily Pump Trap (de-emphasize the daily.)

Among other things, I've been tracking the story of Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji, a research associate at UCLA who died from burns suffered during the use of tBuLi. I have yet to do much original reporting, but I have been trying to offer the bench chemist's perspective of this tragic case, especially as the details of the reaction she was running have been slowly trickling out.

Hope you enjoy and stay!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for providing this service. C&EN is pretty depressing lately as far as job postings are concerned, from what my colleagues tell me. (I'm protesting ACS and don't have a membership - they keep encouraging more people to go into chemistry when it's oversaturated, and those with jobs are overworked with no real future in most cases, other than potential unemployment.) I just found out this weekend that two of my classmates, one a PhD polymer sci and the other a MS computational chemist, got laid off. Looks like companies are expanding beyond the annual end of year layoffs.

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