Thursday, February 28, 2013

Daily Pump Trap: 2/28/13

Good morning! Between February 26 and February 27, there were 13 new positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website. Of these, 5 (38%) are academically connected.

Philadelphia, PA: Avid Radiopharmaceuticals is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. analytical chemist; 2+ years of pharmaceutical analytical development, GMP experience desired.

South San Francisco, CA: Genentech desires a B.S./M.S. research associate for its protein analytical group; NMR experience desired as well as experience with "leachables and extractables." (What are those?)

Riverside, CA: USDA desires a Ph.D. chemist for a soil chemistry/science position; 76-144k offered. Wow.

Raleigh-Durham, NC: Another day, another Shimadzu field service engineer position, this one in Raleigh-Durham.

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and USAjobs show 198, 612, 2,330 and 10 positions for the search term "chemist." LinkedIn shows 101 for the job title "chemist", with 4 for "organic chemist", 20 for "analytical chemist" and 7 for "research chemist." 


  1. Re: leachables and extractables, plasticizers would be an example. If you are packaging a chemotherapy agent in, say, an IV bag, you need to ensure that plasticizers from the bag aren't being released into the drug, extracted from the plastic, etc.

  2. Re: USDA, that's the full salary range from GS-12 through GS-15. Realistically, someone coming in from outside the govt will probably be brought in at 12 (think Assistant Prof) or 13 (think Associate Prof) unless they have tons of experience. However, USDA is one of the only federal agencies that has unlimited promotion potential for PhD scientists. Most of the others limit 14 and 15 levels to administrative positions but USDA lets you stay at the bench and get to those 120-140K levels just by continuing to publish.