Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ivory Filter Flask: 4/10/12 edition

Good morning! Between April 3 and April 9, there were 12 academic positions posted on the ACS Careers website. The numbers:

Total number of ads:   12
- Postdocs: 0
- Tenure-track faculty:  2
- Temporary faculty:   5
- Lecturer positions:  2
- Staff positions:  3
- Ratio of US/non-US positions: 11 / 1

Beijing, China: Peking University (one of the most prominent universities in China) is hiring for its chemistry department ("the college of chemistry and molecular engineering"). They're looking for junior-level faculty.

New York, New York: Tell me, friends, Columbia is looking for an associate research scientist "with some postdoctoral or equivalent experience in synthesis and characterization of endofullerene derivatives of C60 and C70." Is this basically a postdoctoral position? I would like to hear from someone with direct or secondhand knowledge of Columbia's titling.

Wichita Falls, TX: Midwestern State University seeks a B.S. chemist to be a stockroom and inventory manager. Up to $37k! Woooo! (Actually, that's 5k over the median household income.)

Madison, NJ: Drew University seeks a Ph.D. organic chemist to be a 1-year assistant professor of organic chemistry.

Groundhog Day: Thomas Jefferson University's post-baccalaureate program for medical school is seeking a M.S./Ph.D. chemist to be a chemistry instructor. Desperate pre-meds, all day, everyday. Gee, I dunno.

Small college of the week: Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR, student population: 10,464, SA-LUTE!) is looking for a tenure-track professor of organic chemistry.


  1. Concerning the associate research scientist position - I have no knowledge of Columbia's titling. But, where I did my Ph.D (big public midwest school), this title was held by the advisor's "lab lieutenant". Basically, a staff research scientist associated with a particular research group, as opposed to being director or manager of a common facility (NMR lab, MS lab, proteomics, crystallography, or what-have-you).

    1. Pays $hit most likely. 45-50 at best?

    2. Being a public school, this information is available. For the instrument facility managers, who got their Ph.D's from the university, 45-50k is about right. From what I could tell, they worked 9-5 and chose to teach some on the side as well. The lab lieutenant is a different beast. In addition to training a group of a dozen students (no post-docs), you're also editing manuscripts before the PI will even look at them, as well as helping the PI write grants and compile slides for presentations. My guess is 60hr/wk in the lab, and who knows how much the PI pesters you outside of those hours. Perhaps it's not surprising that it required a salary of $100k to get the lab lieutenant to agree to that deal.


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