Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 11/20/12 edition

Good morning! Between November 15 and November 19, there were 94 new positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website. Of these, 15 (16%) are academically connected and 63 (67%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources. 

New York, New York: D.E. Shaw has been making some interesting moves in biomedically-related science. Here they are, looking for drug discoverers:
Extraordinarily gifted scientists with expertise in computer-aided drug design or protein structural modeling are sought to join a New York–based interdisciplinary research group that is pursuing an ambitious, long-term strategy aimed at fundamentally transforming the process of drug discovery. 
Candidates should have world-class credentials in drug discovery. Relevant areas of experience might include medicinal chemistry, structure- and fragment-based drug design, molecular modeling, chemo- and bio-informatics, and/or target analysis and selection. Specific knowledge in one or more of these areas is less critical than exceptional intellectual ability and a demonstrated track record of impact in drug development. 
I wonder what they're up to?

Kingsport, TN: Eastman is looking for an "information scientist"; looking like they're looking for someone with a B.S. in chemistry or chemical engineering and a Master's in Library Science. Interesting. 

Columbus, OH: CAS is looking for M.S./Ph.D. chemists with knowledge of organometallic or coordination chemistry.

Manchester, MI: Amcor Rigid Plastics is looking for a group leader for its analytical laboratory; B.S. in chemistry plus industrial experience in QC desired. 

8 comments:

  1. I am not sure how hard CAS is "looking". I applied there once thinking that having specialized knowledge they are looking for and being fluent in of the languages they mention I will at least merit a consideration. Four months later it still sits there "under review".

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    1. I agree. CAS is one of the repeat ad posters who seem to constantly be "searching" for "someone". It's not clear to me that the position is real.

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    2. I assume there is real interest, but probably only one or two open positions. I don't really know, though.

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    3. But you would assume that they have gone through all the candidates from the previous round before reposting, would not you?

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  2. CJ: About that CAS job, not that it is bad, but I have a colleague who works at CAS and she does not like it there! This job I take it involves reading the whole paper and condense it in way that it makes a good reading. I guess you have to be a wordsmith. If you are a hard core chemist looking for some action on the bench, this is not the job for you! Another friend of mine quit recently. If you are out of job and need some cash this is the kind of job you need, before you get the "real" job. But again during these troubling times..there are no real job.

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    1. I think it goes without saying that this is never the first choice, but you have to earn a living somehow.

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  3. DE Shaw created their own specialized computers for modeling small molecule interactions with proteins. Recall that David Shaw was a CS professor at Columbia before creating his own hedge fund. Now he has enough money to do whatever research he wants. :)

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  4. DE Shaw is doing rational drug design - so they need very experienced modelers...

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