Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 7/24/12 edition

Good morning! Between July 19 and July 23, there were 70 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 7 (10%) were academically connected and 57 (81%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources.

Okay, what ARE they about?: Nektar Therapeutics in Huntsville, Alabama is once again looking for people: this time, 4 positions. They're a stalwart of ACS Careers -- what are they up to? Why have they been hiring for about 5 years now?

Fairfield, NJ: SGS North America is searching for a B.S./M.S/Ph.D. QC analyst.

Denver, CO: Forensic Laboratories is searching for a B.S./M.S./Ph.D. method development chemist, with at least 2 years of experience.

Tucson, AZ: BASF is hiring a project manager for its mining division (it has a mining division -- this is a darn big company):
QUALIFICATIONS: PhD degree in chemistry or other related discipline required. Experience in bringing products to market. Proven experience in project development... 
[snip] DESIRED: 3 years of hydrometallurgical industry/product knowledge
Hydrometallurgiwhat? There has got to be a more efficient way of finding the person they want.

Who is BMS looking for? A search of Bristol Myers Squibb's website reveals 3 open chemistry positions: a B.S. quality control position (Job Number: 1201490)  a B.S./M.S. associate analytical chemist (LC/MS experience desired, Job Number: 1202237) and a B.S./M.S. process chemist (3-5 years experience desired, Job Number: 1202000).

Little Lost Lamb: The Center for Naval Analyses is a government-contracted operations research firm; they work for the Navy (obviously.) The Kelly McGillis character in "Top Gun" is based on one of their analysts (who ended up later as the president of CNA). Anyway, they're in ACS Careers, looking for cyberwarfare operations analysts:
Required Qualifications: •M.S. in computer science, electrical engineering, physics or related field with 0-3 years experience •GPA must be within the 3.0 – 4.0 range •Experience in computers and communications networks, including network architectures and network defense 
Wrong place, guys, try the lab down the hall. 


  1. The CNA posting is bizarre. Did they think ACS stans for 'American Cyberwarfare Society'?

  2. BASF bought some entire mining companies a few years ago. Surface mining.

  3. Nektar is a pharma company that is developing polymer-drug conjugates. The stuff they are doing in the pain field is really promising, in fact the FDA recently fast-tracked NKTR-181. They are able to limit the potential for opioid abuse by conjugated the opioid to a polymer.

    1. Of course their main claim to fame is Exubera.


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