Thursday, April 11, 2013

$20 an hour! Don't spend it all in one place!

Here's a dream job for ya, courtesy of the Boston Craigslist science/biotech section:
seeking organic chemist experienced with organometallic chemistry (Cambridge (MIT)) 
I am seeking an Organic Chemist with at least 5 years of experience with organo-metallic chemistry, in particular familiar with organoiron compounds and strongly magnetic organic compounds with ferromagnetic iron within, capable of binding to proteins, peptides, DNA and RNA. 
This is a short-term assignment involving several meetings to discuss the compounds and their preparation. The aim of this research is to tag peptides, proteins, DNA and RNA with organo-iron ligands/conjugates thus rendering the macromolecules magnetic and susceptible to directed flow in a magnetic field. 
If interested, please reply with a copy of your resume or CV. We will be scheduling interviews for the next 1-2 weeks. We are especially interested in ferrocene-like compounds, polycarbonyl-iron compounds, and other ferro-organo-metallic compounds capable of reacting with the free functional groups present on proteins such as carboxylic, amino, hydroxyl, imido groups to form a covalent bond of the organo-metallic conjugate to the protein.
Hourly rate for this consultation? $20 an hour. Yeeeeeaaaaaahhh, baby.

[Thanks to all my friends, I realize now what a rip-off this is.]

13 comments:

  1. Wow, $20/hr for an experienced organometallic chemist? Of course, failure to fill this job will be used as evidence that there is a STEM worker shortage.

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  2. Gotta be this guy:

    http://weinberglab.wi.mit.edu/

    I know he's not an organic chemist, but learning how to couple ferrocenyl compounds to peptides is a 5-minute SciFinder search. You gotta wonder what people are thinking asking for that type of service on craigslist.

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    1. It might be five minutes to search... but it'll take at least a few hours to read the articles.

      I don't see why he doesn't ask one of the postdocs in the chemistry department, but maybe Cummins and Schrock are not 'irony' enough for his purposes. Why not just tell your own postdoc to get in touch with another postdoc from an organometallic group?

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    2. I suspect it's this guy, whoever he is:

      "Contact Dr. Weinberg of New England Patent Consultants right away at 617-460-7898 to set up a meeting which may change your life!"

      http://boston.listlux.com/a,98,35478,Inventors-wanted----10-million-reward-U-S-.htm

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    3. Yep, same phone number. There are a lot of Weinberg's around (a name of one of my professors for an undergrad course). I wonder if the mystery Weinberg with that phone number knows the professor at MIT? Or if he even finished his two degrees...

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  3. You would think he could set up a meeting with any number of people in the chemistry department and possibly get a grad student on loan for some time.

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  4. Depending on where the consultation is, that fee would be good enough to cover two Anna's Taqueria burritos so I wouldn't complain too much.

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    1. A ten dollar burrito? Is it hand-fed?

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    2. Not to start a burrito flamewar, but I have to put in a vote for Boca Grande over Anna's.

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    3. Too late, I'm posting this on Twitter.

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    4. Wave function and I will treat the poor underpaid slave to an anna's burrito because it is that much better than boca grande

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    5. Trick question, right?

      Correct answer is that there's no decent Mexican food north of LA.

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  5. You mean the cow? Probably. I am half-joking of course; the burritos at Anna's are $5 so the chicken's probably derived from leftovers eaten by the chickens.

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