Thursday, March 29, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 3/27/12 edition

Good morning! Apologies for the late posts -- work has cramped my posting style a little. Between March 22 and March 26, there have been 94 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 16 (17%) are academically connected and 47 (50%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources.

Unknown, unknown Eugene, Oregon: Life Technologies wishes to hire a B.S./M.S./Ph.D. analytical chemist for organic and inorganic materials testing. Where is this position? I dunno.

Camden, South Carolina: INVISTA is searching for a Ph.D. polymer chemist ("Surface Chemistry, Physical Organic Chemistry, Materials or Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Science or Polymer Physics", actually) for its Stainmaster division. They also have another position (?), with somewhat similar qualifications. For this position, they want 3 years of experience, knowledge of surface chemistry, emulsions and polyamide and polyester chemistry.

Los Angeles, CA: Do you know statistical process control? Of course you do! Paper Pak Industries would like to hire you to be its quality assurance manager. (Why are they in ACS Careers?)

Shreveport, LA: Dr. Reddy's wishes to hire a B.S. chemist with 5-10 years of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing to be a manufacturing coordinator. Sounds like fun. 


  1. Do you mind making a comment/post on exactly what Kelly Scientific is and how trustworthy/reliable/useful posts from them are? Should they be taken just as seriously as job ads from actual companies?

    1. I think their positions are legitimate. That said, they offer a lot of entry-level or temp-ish positions. A lot of their positions are just barely related to chemistry.

      I think people need to realize that their incentives are not always completely aligned with the employee.

    2. I've had almost universally positive experiences with recruiters, but I agree with CJ that you must always remember they aren't necessarily your friend. They all have skin in the game and for that reason can be a great ally in your job search, but don't ever forget that they are using you as leverage to earn themselves a paycheck.

      That being said, I have had my name in the Kelly system on multiple occasions and found them to be no help. I think they're so big and flooded with candidates that if you aren't the absolute cream of the crop you'll have a hard time getting placed. I do think the jobs are real though, but now more than ever, they have more candidates than openings.