A lone position: Consumer Reports (Westchester, NY) is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. analytical chemist to be a food scientist to run a project tracking metals in food. Looks to be a contract position for 2 years.
And that's about it: Other than Kelly positions, there was just that one position. The holidays suck for hiring -- sigh.
What is Merck looking for?: For the search term "chemist", there are 28 US positions listed at Merck's Careers site.
A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and USAjobs show 219, 595, 2493 and 14 positions (respectively.)