Friday, September 24, 2010

Daily Pump Trap: 9/24/10 edition

Good morning! Between September 21 and September 23, there were 26 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 11 (42%) are academically connected.

Woburn, MA: Organix is a privately-help organic chemistry CRO; they're advertising for postdocs. Curious to know if anyone has worked with/for them.

Fremont, CA: Bruker is looking for a B.S/M.S./Ph.D. chemist to perform technical support and teaching for its instruments; at least 3 years relevant experience desired.

Poor you: The Transportation Security Administration is looking for a Chief Scientist to "serve as TSA's expert in explaining the advances in science and technology for the detection of explosives, explosive devices, or components of such devices and how they can improve our ability to counter their use and resulting impacts." If you get the job, do you have to still take your shoes off at the airport?

Longmont, CO: Matheson Tri-Gas desires a Ph.D. chemist with knowledge in "fundamental reactions and interactions in silicon based semiconductor etch and chemical vapor deposition processes"; "Detailed knowledge on molecular modeling and molecular interactions between molecules and surfaces" desired. Sounds like a good position for someone.


  1. I was rejected for a position with organix a while back. My suspicion is that they really prefer Chindians who have just completed their doctorates at US universities.

  2. Interesting -- the one person that I know that worked there as a PD was most certainly not a, uh, Chindian. (Gosh -- such a term; is there something better/more descriptive?)

  3. @Chemjobber: You overlooked a PhD MedChem position at Astellas in Skokie, IL.

  4. @A7:48p: I don't blog on every position, just the ones that I find noteworthy for one reason or another. It's a nice lookin' position, though.

  5. @Anonymous 6:09PM - Hey now, I happen to like the Chindians, or rather, like their food. Mmm...dim sum and dosa! Anyway, you shouldn't be dissuaded by your presumed advanced degree in chemistry from making blurting outright racial slurs. Go ahead, I dare ya. A PhD in bigotry doesn't require memorizing pKa tables and bond lengths.

    Before you continue blaming the Third World for "stealing" American jobs, remember that your WASP executive boards with their MBAs/JDs/MDs ultimately decided to nurture pharma growth in Bangalore and Shanghai. Besides, you gotta admire the Chindians for their social networking skills...they put Linkedin to shame. Several Chindian ex-coworkers of mine found equivalent jobs at companies that supposedly were on hiring freezes.

  6. The family units of Chindidans can stand to the poverty, stress, and constant relocations that are needed to succeed (or even survive) in science. I mean, wife won't demand divorce papers if husband is away working 80 hours a week ... at least not yet ... they can also work for less, because ... for the most part an education in science in China or India is covered by the state (or most any other nation) Many scientists are held back by the student loans of their undergrad degrees or even more depressing, trying to maintain sanity, a life, or attempt to raise a family while parents are in grad school.

    American scientists can start off their degree in more debt and more isolation than a typical "Chindian" ... which is ridiculously demoralizing as is.

    Most American families can't seem to figure out why their "scientist-hardworking-genius" has the hardest time getting their crap together, has no money, no significant relationships, and is always broke chasing postdocs. Foreign scientist generally don't have that social stigma to face.

    The biggest fault of U.S scientists is our prior financial obligations and our cultural expectations.

  7. @anon 12:04: You bring up some interesting points. As much as we like to disparage & vilify the Chindians, we may have to adopt some of their socioeconomic practices in order to stay competitive. (With the exception of reheating funky-smelling food in the common microwave.) I know, this is an unimaginable and frightening prospect! Although most Americans are of European descent, one can argue that our country has more in common with the developing world than the EU. We have a huge, diverse, & fecund population, work long hours, spend a lot on military defense, & suffer from widespread corruption. Our infrastructure, even in places like New York or Chicago, is pathetic in comparison to London or Berlin. Plus, like the Chindians, we are very many of us want fancy houses, brand-name merchandise, & kids attending Ivy League schools? The Europeans, on the other hand, are complacent with their mandatory six-week vacations & social welfare systems. Hell, the French will riot against any proposal to increase their work hours or retirement age! Although I don't relish the thought of living the Chindian lifestyle, many of my friends in industry have resumed stressful work schedules reminiscent of grad school. Those in big pharma are concerned that because of EU labor protection laws, recent layoffs slated for European sites will ultimately be allocated back to the US. Anyway, I guess I'll continue spending a buck each week on a Powerball ticket.

  8. I have to agree with 12:04PM completely. This is a major barrier to Americans even thinking about science anymore. Americans certainly could work the hours, accept the pay and put in the years of hard work the chindians do. But they'd be very alone, I've been in that situation and gave up on it. Yeah, the chindians will take my job and work those miserable hours, but they at least have respect and companionship while they are at it. Americans don't. You're just a loser if you work that hard. Though, I think the tide is turning and Americans may have to start accepting some hard work as normal.