Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Will Compute For Cash

From an astute reader, an interesting offer on the Boston Craigslist:
We are seeking a Computational Biologist For Part-time Work and/or Tutoring in PERL/R. 
The right individual should have some interest in Genome-Wide analysis of nascent transcription via GRO-seq methodology to help analyze data, and will be comfortable providing tutoring to a student who is writing PERL/R Code. 
Hours are flexible, and the approximate time commitment would be July 5 - August 15, 8-10hrs per week. 
Compensation will be $25 to $30/hour (cash) (emphasis CJ's), plus authorship on manuscript. 
Please call or send an e-mail if you would like more information or are interested in the position. 
Thank you!
So, I brought my driver's license and my Social Security card. What? You don't want it? Sigh. What about my future Social Security earnings? Don't you want to run for Congress someday? 

4 comments:

  1. This isn't just a random compute for cash craigslist gig, it appears to be posted by a PI at a respected research institution (MGH) advertising to pay scientists under the table, rather than going through the channels and hiring someone to conduct his research and train his students. Sad.

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  2. sounds good for an out of work chemist who relies on unemployment to attempt to survive.

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  3. Various search terms for boston jobs yield this:
    July 29

    Scientist - 23 Results
    Chemist - 10 Results
    Biologist - 2 Results

    I hope these low numbers simply mean the science profession is sticking to doing business over the table.

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  4. Oh man, this would have been my dream gig back in the day when I was a tourist who overstayed his visa. This kind of under-the-table science job would have tied me over and I wouldn't have had to go to grad school to stay in the States. The language tutoring and construction gigs were either not enough or too dangerous. Then again, probably I wouldn't have met my fiance (phd program) either.

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