Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daily Pump Trap: 2/10/11 edition

Good morning! Between February 8 and February 9, there were 55 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 4 (7%) were academically connected; 1 (2%) position is from Kelly Scientific Resources.

Merck (cont.): I don't know who's asleep at the switch, but someone is. 41 (75%) of the newly posted positions were with Merck. While there were some actual chemistry or science-related positions (such as a senior DMPK scientist), there were more positions for utility engineers, administrative associates and copy editors.

Oh, by the way, hepatitis is spelled with an "a" as opposed to an 'i', and commercialization has 2 'a's.

More jobs from the Company: CIA is searching for B.S./M.S. chemists (at minimum) for their Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation, and Arms Control Center (WINPAC). "WINPAC seeks engineers and scientists to analyze challenging national security issues such as foreign weapons development, weapons proliferation, and information warfare and emerging technologies." Good luck figuring out what's going on in Elbonia.

San Jose: Cheil Industries is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. chemist that must have experience in dye chemical/chromophore synthesis. Good luck!

A broader look:, and show (respectively) 282, 682 and 4,749 positions for the search term "chemist."


  1. I HATE how companies get away with obvious and embarrassing misspellings but if I were to have that on my resume it'd go in the trash. They should get fined or pay a small reward to people who point that out. One that I'm seeing more and more is "Principle Investigator"

  2. @Anon6:14 - At least they're not asking for an "unprincipled investigator"!


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