Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Daily Pump Trap: 8/16/11 edition

Good morning! Between August 11 and August 16, 41 new positions were posted on the ACS Careers database. Of these, 11 (27%) are academically connected.

Denver ACS: 110 positions for the Career Fair, 1 position for the Virtual Career Fair.

Boston, MA: Aspen Aerogel is looking to fill 5 positions, including a patent agent position for a B.S./M.S. chemist.

Indianapolis, IN: DowAgrosciences is looking for a Ph.D. organic chemist for pesticide/herbicide research and to drive the organic movement crazy; "[e]xperience in synthetic methodologies, synthesis problem-solving, and total synthesis is highly desired." That last one is unusual these days.

Stamford, CT: Cytec Industries desires a Ph.D. chemist to fill a postdoctoral fellowship. "[S]trong research and coursework emphasis in the synthesis and structural characterization of ligands and metal extraction testing" wanted.

Zeroes!: Promega Biosciences is looking for Ph.D. organic chemists with 0-3 years of experience. "Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of fluorescence and bioconjugation technologies and/or proteomics."

Uh, NO: A medical device company wishes to hire a B.S. chemist with 4+ years experience in synthetic chemistry. A bit of chutzpah with the claim of a "fantastic salary of $60-65K"; are you kidding me? It's Irvine and you're wanting to get patted on the back for 60K for an experienced synthetic chemist?

Milwaukee, WI: Cambridge Major is looking to hire experienced analytical and analytical R&D chemists. They have B.S./M.S. positions open, as well as a M.S./Ph.D. position. Too bad that the ACS Careers ad is non-functional. (Check out the silent CML blog -- funny, that one.)

Eh?: An ad gone wrong here. Wha' happened?

Wall, NJ: Bel-Ray Company is looking for a senior "Reserarch and Developent Chemist" [sic]. Experience with a lubricant company and lubricant product development desired. (I'm leaving all the bad jokes aside -- mature, no?)

Las Vegas, NV: The Clark County Water Reclamation District desires an B.S. chemist for wastewater testing. Vegas, baby!

China Corner: 3M and DuPont hiring in Shanghai.


  1. I'm getting paid less than 60K, and I'm a MS synthetic chemist with 5 years industrial experience.

  2. Yes, aside from the location, $65k for a BS is actually pretty good!?

  3. I agree. A few years back, an MS chemist could climb past $70K. Now, $60K is becoming a top rate. My friends in engineering (mechanical) also seem to be complaining about strange salaries in expensive areas....

  4. @ 3:28
    I know more than one PhD who has not made it past 60. You should see their faces when they read salary survey.

  5. I guess I have a problem with them describing it as a "fantastic" salary. Okay? Sure. Above average? Why not. Fantastic? In Irvine? Probably not. (just a guess.)


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