1. Helping chemists find jobs in a tough market. 2. Towards a quantitative understanding of the quality of the chemistry job market.
I surprised you didn't comment on the Organic PhD thread.http://www.reddit.com/r/chemistry/comments/14cdc2/considering_an_organic_phd/
Reminds me of a certain Oxford Professor of Organic Chemistry when I was there in the early 80s. If you want a laugh, go over to youtube and watch the following "cutting edge" documentary made in 1986, which is in 3 parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhzxlcVjJisIn one of the sections, there's a scene with the prof grilling some hapless grad student over his lack of progress. Happy days!My old organic chemistry tutor is in it, too.
At least he had a better pitch for joining the Dark Side than my graduate program did:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I71Z_V_pksk
"You should have made more starting material. Search your feelings - you know it to be true!"
Another excellent PI/grad student discussion with the same theme: http://syntheticremarks.com/?p=2044