Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Daily Pump Trap, 6/21/11 edition

Good morning! Between June 16 and June 20, there have been 111 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 7 (6%) are academically connected and 1 (1%) is from Kelly Scientific.

Freeport, TX: BASF is looking for a B.S./M.S. chemist with 6+ years experience in plant support to be a QC/QA specialist. You'll be in the acrylic monomers business unit.

Sunnyvale, CA: Serious Materials, Inc. is a startup working on liquid crystals and other polymeric materials. They're looking for a B.S./M.S./Ph.D. chemist or materials scientist.

Experience matters: Genentech is looking for a senior Ph.D. analytical chemist to run their analytical support group within Discovery Chemistry. 10+ years experience in drug discovery desired.

Also, Genentech is looking for a Ph.D. organic chemist for its process chemistry group. 1-5 years of experience desired, although the following is a little confusing:

Candidates with over nine years of experience and significant industry accomplishments in terms of marketed products/industrial innovation will be considered for the Senior Scientist role.

Look, if you got a Ph.D. with over nine years experience and all of these industry accomplishments, shouldn't you be offering a fairly senior title? "Associate Principal Scientist" would seem to be appropriate.

Over there: Shanghai Syncores Technologies ("a wholly owned subsidiary of  Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals")  is looking for group leaders, from bench-level to senior VP. 5+ years experience in the pharmaceutical industry desired.

MERRRRRRRRRCK!: Are you a chemist? Do you like chemistry? Merck wants to know if you want to be a senior tax analyst in New Jersey or a customer category manager in Bentonville, Arkansas (working with WalMart, no doubt.) Look, folks, are you freakin' kidding me? 


  1. I tried to look at the position with Serious Materials and it's already been taken down. Apparently they already had a candidate chosen.

  2. My Merck favorite is Fill Operator. Alas, I lack the Associate Degree in electromechanical technologies. ACS Careers: posting jobs on autopilot because we can--not that it makes any sense.

  3. The Genentech position is vaguely phrased in order to allow the hiring of a senior-level researcher; after all, there's no shortage of experienced AND accomplished process chemists available for employment. Vague phrasing allows job openings to be promoted or demoted easily; in the past year I've witnessed hiring of people who were over-qualified for a BS position as well as under-qualified for senior scientist ranking.

    Anyway, why doesn't Genentech just cut to the chase and state that academic pedigree is a key hiring consideration?

  4. Academic pedigree is a key hiring consideration for any PhD position within pharma. That's always been the case.

    It's far more important where you went to school and who you worked for than your actual ability as a chemist.

  5. Has anyone noticed that we all respond to normal CJ posts with our names, but suddenly, when we're dissing on Genentech and Merck, we all switch over to "Anon"?

    Hey, don't look over here, 'cause I've done it to. I don't wish the wrath of the Great Pharma Gods to come down and smite me.


looks like Blogger doesn't work with anonymous comments from Chrome browsers at the moment - works in Microsoft Edge, or from Chrome with a Blogger account - sorry! CJ 3/21/20