Thursday, August 4, 2011

Daily Pump Trap: 8/4/11 edition

Good morning! Between August 2 and August 3, there were 9 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 1 (11%) was academically connected.

Denver ACS: There are 37 positions posted for the Denver ACS Career Fair. There are 0 positions posted for the Virtual Career Fair.

Minnesota?: 3M is looking for Ph.D. chemists to become research scientists; looks like a general 'product development' position. Sounds good for someone.

Process chemistry: Gilead Sciences and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals are both looking for process chemists. Gilead is looking for (it appears) a relatively new Ph.D. chemist, while Ironwood desires a M.S./Ph.D. chemist with 5+ years of experience in the specialty.

Hmmm: FDA is looking for a Ph.D. chemist to be a postdoc at their St. Louis facility; NMR spectroscopy of biologic drugs seems to be the push. A 15 month contract? You gotta be kidding me, buddy (unless it's renewable.)

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and show (respectively) 321, 776, 4356 and 78 positions for the search term "chemist." 


  1. It's funny you finally exposed this Gilead job. It has been posted since feb 2011 and briefly in April they had added 3 more. They were even soliciting applications from several universities including the one I'm at. Guess now I'll have more competition if I give up on academia and go for this ; )

  2. Yeah, this is the second time that I can remember that they've posted this position on ACS Careers in the recent past.

    Interested in talking about your job search? E-mail me at chemjobber -at- gmaildotcom.

  3. @Anon7:22 At least you're at an elite university/department and hopefully working for an elite professor. Maybe this is true of all renowned/semi-renowned pharma, but Gilead's hiring practices seem particularly inbred. The 12 people I know there come from from a whopping total of 3 academic research groups.