Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 10/9/12 edition

Don't call it a comeback, but the Daily Pump Trap has a serious backlog. I'll work my way through it somehow. Between October 2 and October 8, there were 138 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 35 (25%) are academically connected and 84 (61%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources. 

Holy cow!: There's just a lot of faff in the ACS Careers mix these days, with relatively few actual industrial positions, which is disappointing. 

Richmond, VA: Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is looking for a postdoc to do GC/MS/MS. I am curious how much of this is a run-of-the-mil analytical method development position, and how much is actual novel research. 

Cambridge, MA: Vertex is looking for an experienced process chemist -- any level of education desired, at least 4+ years in pharmaceutical industry needed. 

West Chester, OH: The Shepherd Color Company is looking for a Ph.D. inorganic chemist "to work in a creative and collaborative atmosphere to conceive of, formulate, and scale-up new colored inorganic pigments or other mixed-metal oxide materials." Sounds like it's entry-level, but hard to say. 

Los Alamos, NM: The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratories is looking for a postdoctoral fellow for work in metallo/biopolymers. Sounds interesting. 


  1. What is wrong with this picture and a chemistry degree?

    Jim Murphy is like a lot of business executives these days—looking to hire but having a hard time finding the right people for the jobs he needs to fill.

    In fact, the CEO at Almac Clinical Technologies in Souderton, Pa., has faced this unlikely problem for the past several years, a time during which his life-sciences business has expanded but the pool of workers fitting his needs has not.

    "We've steadily been hiring for the last couple of years, but it's always a lot of work," Murphy said in a recent interview. "You end up having to develop ways to try and and find these folks, whether it's using recruiters, strengthening your own recruiting focus internally, even just old-school things, like bigger internal employee referral bonuses."

    At a time when policy-makers are groping for ways to reduce the nation's persistently high unemployment rate, companies with specialized needs are struggling just as much to find the right employees for a challenging new wave of job needs.

    What economists call the "skills gap" is one of the leading causes of unemployment today.

    Quite simply, the demand for high-levels skills is outpacing the amount of people who have those skills, contributing mightily to structural unemployment, a term that refers to those out of work for reasons that exceed simple economic gyrations.

    "Today, there is a significant and growing mismatch between the country’s demand for talent and its current supply,"

    1. Nothing, because what he does has (almost) nothing to do with chemistry.

    2. In the not too distant past, we had the patience to train our employees for the tasks we needed. What makes corporate America so arrogant that they are immune to this reality? I am reassured that steps are taking place to fill in the skills gap by both universities, government, and industry ... slowly, very slowly.

      I just wonder if they had just hired inexperienced people and just trained them, would this great recession be as bad as it is?