Thursday, April 5, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 4/5/12 edition

Good morning! Between April 3 and April 4, there have been 39 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 7 (18%) are academically connected and 22 (56%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources.

Do you get into raves for free?: Cyalume Technologies (the lightstick makers) is looking for a M.S. chemist to be a lead senior chemist. Looks like a combination of QC and development work.

Yeah, that: National Oilwell Varco is looking for a B.S./M.S. chemist at its Houston, TX location. You'll be, uh, well, check it out:
This position is predominantly responsible for the research and development of new products and technologies related to the NOV Tuboscope Coating Product Line. Performance testing of both commercial and experimental products utilizing FTIR spectroscopy, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermogravimetric Analysis, Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography and various ASTM type physical test. 
Uh, good luck with your tuboscope. Polymer chemistry / coating formulation experience desired.

Do you get free toothpaste?: Procter and Gamble is recruiting for its annual doctoral student internship program. 20-30 positions available. Apply by April 15th! Internships can possibly lead to staff positions (why don't more companies do this?)

Torrance, CA: Phenomenex is looking for a Ph.D. analytical chemist to perform R&D into new separation technologies; 3 years of sol-gel (what's that?) experience desired.

Cambridge, MA: Vertex is looking for a formulation scientist. Here are the desired qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications: A PhD or MS degree with a life science concentration (educational concentrations in chemistry, pharmaceutics or engineering). 0-5 (PhD) or 3+ (MS) years pharmaceutical industry experience. 
Experience working with small molecule new chemical entities (NCEs) for oral delivery. Experience with formulation development of poorly soluble compounds would be advantageous. Proven experience managing the scale-up and manufacturing of solid oral dosage forms. Proven ability to apply the principles of the basic sciences, such as physical and organic chemistry, thermodynamics, and materials science, to preformulation and formulation development, using a rational, scientific approach.
If you're a Ph.D. with zero years of industrial experience, how do you get this position? Here's all I could come up with: you're a Ph.D. candidate at a College of Pharmacy, where you've been doing pharmaceutics research, i.e. solid-state organic chemistry research aimed at API stability/delivery, etc. Readers, am I right? 


  1. Re Vertex position - you're right(ish). Not just college of pharmacy, there are numerous research groups doing drug delivery academic research. Depending on your group's focus you could be doing everything from theoretical modeling to new excipient design, etc. The formulators I work with generally did PhD's in a form of engineering, be it chemical or biotechnological, although some polymer / materials groups are doing the same kind of stuff. It's all in that gray area between disciplines.

  2. P&G is cutting its workforce.

  3. Actually there are such PhDs.

    Lot's of people doing drug delivery research at MIT and Brown for example... I know because i worked with some at my last job, particularly from Bob Langer's group at MIT... I was at a startup that began in Cambridge MA that did drug delivery for hydrophobic drugs. Wish things had gone better for them ... If they had, I would still be there! ;)

    I agree it's a very "gray area between disciplines" having been involved with it for over a decade. Interesting and challenging and you really do need a very broad knowledge base it solve all the problems that come up. It's mishmash of material science, physical and analytical chemistry, traditional formulation work and engineering.

  4. I have seen posters up advertising the P&G internship program (I'm a graduate student looking to graduate next year). Great question Chem Jobber; why don't more companies do this? I have no idea. Its a win win. Company gets to test out a potential employee, probably only needs to pay the graduate stipend (god knows that isn't a lot of money!) for a few months, and everyone wins. Oh wait, the graduate advisor has one of their project's delayed by 3 months...of course that's unacceptable. Graduate students are supposed to be in the lab because we love doing science, we didn't go to graduate school to become scientists and secure full-time employment? Nope. (sarcasm)