Thursday, June 21, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 6/21/12 edition

Good morning! Between June 14 and June 20, there have been 98 positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 11 (11%) are academically connected and 65 (66%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources.

San Diego!: Takeda has posted 5 associate-level medicinal chemistry positions. They're pretty vague about education level and/or experience; I think it's a safe assumption that they're for B.S./M.S. chemists.

Chicago, IL: Abbott is searching for a synthetic chemist for a position producing radiolabeled APIs; B.S. + 12 years, M.S. + 10 years or Ph.D. + 3 years.

Zeroes!: Merck (Boston, MA) is looking for a Ph.D. analytical chemist with 0-3 years of experience. HPLC, X-ray diffraction work or drug delivery experience preferrred.

Menlo Park, CA: Pacific Biosciences would like to hire a Ph.D. chemist to, well, you look:
Pacific Biosciences seeks a surface scientist to join a team to develop and characterize novel surfaces for cutting-edge, single-molecule, DNA-sequencing applications. The successful candidate will have strong hands-on skills in the modification of a variety of solid substrates for biological immobilization as well as quantitative analysis of surface physical and functional properties. Experience in the following areas is essential: 
  • Silane chemistry
  • Metal/metal oxide passivation and corrosion characterization
  • Physical and functional surface characterization using XPS, Auger, AFM, ellipsometry, SEM
  • Surface-based assay development for biological applications
  • Analysis of large complex data sets using JMP, R, or Matlab
Familiarity with nanofabrication techniques, organic synthesis and process scale-up is highly desirable.
Oh, and 2+ years of industrial experience would be nice.  I'm not a huge believer in the H-1B theory of overly specific job ads (in that I think it's invoked more often than it is true), but this ad seems so specific that it's tailored for one person (especially the nanofabrication and organic scale-up bit.)

Do you want out?: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox, P.L.L.C. (Washington, D.C.) would like to hire a Ph.D. organic or medicinal chemist for a position as an IP technical specialist. Kenyon and Kenyon (New York) would like to hire a Ph.D. organic chemist as a technical proofreader. (Woo!)

Part two in vagueness: This ad is truly weird:
Seeking a Ph.D. scientist for interdisciplinary projects involving molecular imprinting and chemical sensing. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field with a record of peer-reviewed publications is required. Applicants should have experience in chemical synthesis, purification, spectroscopy, and an understanding of electrochemistry. A strong background in chemical sensing is preferred. The ideal candidate should be highly motivated with demonstrated ability to carry out independent research and development. Please send resume and salary requirements to
Paging Admiral Ackbar... I'm sure it's completely innocent that a small company has a Yahoo account... yeah, that's the ticket. 


  1. I've just began job searching, and my options are open for anywhere in the US...yet, this doesn't seem like many jobs. Is it just this week or are organic chem jobs really that sparse?

    1. Organic chemistry jobs are pretty sparse right now, but it depends on your education and experience. This is, in my opinion, a somewhat better week than average.

      Feel free to e-mail me (top left corner is my e-mail) w/more questions.

    2. Do you know and have experience with adhesives, or paints, or at least GMP? No? Then you're screwed.

  2. In my limited experience H1-B ads are usually published in some obscure places. Although I guess ACS careers would qualify, what with 50 positions they've thus far this year.