Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 8/21/12 edition

Good morning! Between August 17 and August 20, there were 86 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 19 (22%) were academically connected and 53 (62%) were from Kelly Scientific Resources.

Pittsburgh, PA: Valspar is a global coatings company; they're looking for a LC/MS expert. 5+ years experience desired, but not necessary. Other analytical expertise (AFM, SEM, GC/MS, pyrolysis GC/MS, DSC, FTIR, rheometry, GPC, and TGA) appreciated.

Foster City, CA: Gilead is looking for a Ph.D. analytical chemist; looks to be involved in process development. 3+ years industry experience desired.

Douglas, Georgia: A "confidential" company in Douglas, Georgia is looking for a M.S. chemist:
The candidate should have at least a Masters degree in Organic/Organometallic chemistry with a minimum of 4-6 years of laboratory (bench and kilo lab) experience in synthesis, charcterization, and use of organolithiums and other alkali, grignards, boronic acids/esters, organophosphorus compounds, as well as such methodologies as cross-coupling, Friedal-Crafts, Wwittig, Mitsunobu, and standard oxidations and reductions.
Douglas, Georgia is a town of 12,000 people. Why remain confidential when a Google search will reveal who you are, almost immediately (5th or 6th hit)?

(There is, of course, the distinct possibility that it is an error. There seem to be many companies and/or universities that mistakenly put their identities on ACS Careers as "confidential", which I find odd.)

San Diego, CA: Chemical Abstracts Service is looking for a Western US salesperson; B.S. in chemistry and 3+ years experience in sales desired. Oh, and industrial bench chemistry experience desired as well. (Huh.)


  1. When I see ads for analytical chemists which ask for simultaneous expertise in chromatographies and electron microscopies I always wonder - just how common is such a skillset. Not on grad school level, where one used HPLC once and STM occasionally, but real expertise.

  2. I've only been in industry for about a year, but my guess is that simultaneous expertise in diverse instrumentation is strongly dependent on the analytical lab you work in. If you're part of lab that is well-rounded, well-staffed, and with a good work culture, I could see a motivated individual picking up a new technique every 6 months or so.

  3. Also, I would've hoped that ACS people have enough chemistry knowledge to correct things like "Friedal-Crafts"

  4. The Valspar position is located at their packaging coatings division - specifically food packaging. For the "internal" packaging coatings (those that will be in contact with the food/beverage contents) I expect much of your work to be focused on collecting/compiling data on new BPA-free formulations.

  5. nothing beats the networking capabilities of someone with industrial bench experience... Layoffs are common and people move to different companies. A few years in a bench job can do wonders for your network of potential clients.


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