Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ivory Filter Flask: 7/31/12 edition

Between July 24 and July 30, there were 7 academic positions posted on the ACS Careers website. The numbers:

Total number of ads: 7
- Postdocs: 2
- Tenure-track faculty:  4
- Temporary faculty:
- Lecturer positions:
- Staff positions:  1
- Ratio of US/non-US positions: 4  /  3

College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University is searching for a tenure-track professor in analytical chemistry (broadly defined.) Assistant professor applicants desired, but senior candidates will be considered.

Evanston, IL: "Northwestern University’s High Throughput Analysis Laboratory (HTAL) and Center for Molecular Innovation & Drug Discovery (CMIDD) invite applications for a Screening Research Scientist, at the research faculty level." 3-5 years of industrial or academic (?) experience with high-throughput screening technology desired.

Santa Cruz, CA: UC-Santa Cruz wishes to hire a tenure-track assistant professor of chemistry, specializing in experimental physical and materials chemistry.

Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada: The University of Manitoba wishes to hire an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry. I have no idea what Manitoba is like, having never visited central Canada (is that an accurate regional description?)


  1. its Winnipeg, and its a nice area, rough winters as you would expect. Good fishing and outdoorsy stuff to do.

  2. I spent a summer at UCSC doing an REU as an undergrad. As a midwesterner, the place felt like it was lost in time, stuck somewhere in the late 60's-70's. Definitely an awesome place to visit, though I think it would take a particular personality to want to settle down there. Although Santa Cruz crushes Winnipeg in the weather column.

  3. I have no idea what Manitoba is like, having never visited central Canada (is that an accurate regional description?)

    I guess I'll step up to the plate. I wasn't born in Manitoba (that's important), but I've been here for three years and counting.

    Manitoba is a little sleepy, the first of the Prairie provinces (moving westward). Loads of farming (canola was invented at the university of Manitoba), a bit of manufacturing, a bit of mining up north, and a lot of service jobs in between (insurance companies are big here, for some reason).

    Like a lot of Canadian cities Winnipeg is a mesh of cultures, with Mennonite farmers forming the bulk of the population and Filipinos and Indians the recent arrivals. The city is seen as a testing ground of sorts for a fair bit of marketing campaigns, which has somehow translated into a huge and eclectic mix of restaurants (a vegan burger joint opened up in 2010, just a few blocks away). Their NHL hockey team returned this season, which led to a huge celebration in one of the downtown parks. One downside to the city is the geography. There's a world famous beach about an hour to the north (it graced the pages of Playboy around 1980 or so), beautiful wooded lakes ninety minutes to east, and dunes/badlands to the west. But it's all out of town. Winnipeg is almost as flat as a map, which makes it great for cycling, but your view of the sky isn't ever going to be obstructed by mountain peaks.

    Wow, I went off a bit there. On the matter at hand:

    The department has been hiring a professor or two every year for about a decade, making it a relatively young department. As you'd expect it's primarily a teaching university, but the younger faculty especially have been doing some great work. A new faculty member can expect good shared equipment (XRD, ICP, etc.), and a ready supply of eager undergraduates, but the local pool of potential graduate students is limited. I fairly certain the Inorganic research lab has been freshly renovated (ie. within the last 8 months), but I could be wrong there; it's on the other side of the building and five floors down.

    I guess that's it. If anyone has questions I'll do my best. I like it here.