Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Ivory Filter Flask: 6/25/13 edition

Good morning! Between June 18 and June 24,  there were five new academic positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website. The numbers:

Postdocs: 1
Tenure-track: 1
Temporary faculty: 0
Lecturers: 0
Staff: 3
US/non-US: 4/1

Orlando, FL: The University of Central Florida is searching for an assistant professor of nanotechnology.

Fight the new normal?: This one-year staff research assistant/postdoc position for a mass spec specialist at the University of New Orleans is for 45k. That is not a pretty salary, but there you are. What I find vaguely disturbing is the following statement:
Teaching experience and 1-3 years of postdoctoral experience preferred.
In some sense, this is a good thing. The job market has been hard, and some postdocs have extended their stays and there is no reason to exclude them from consideration. I am concerned, however, that this is/could become the new normal in chemistry, just like it has been in biology for years. I guess it is better to acknowledge the reality, instead of wishing it away.

New York, NY: Memorial Sloan-Kettering is looking for a research assistant in the organic synthesis core. I think they're looking for a MS chemist.

Saudi Arabia: This research collaboration specialist position at KAUST looks well-paid, and deadly boring.


  1. "Teaching experience and 1-3 years of postdoctoral experience preferred."

    Could be worse. You could be applying for an adjunct job.

  2. The "Teaching experience and 1-3 years of postdoctoral experience preferred" requirement is bad. I understand that multiple post docs are a thing, and even becoming the norm, but to expect it is just disheartening.

  3. "position at KAUST looks well-paid, and deadly boring."

    other than the 'well-paid' part, this looks a lot like my job. And yes it is 'deadly boring.'

  4. $45k isn't bad for New Orleans really. Certainly nothing to get excited about, and probably low for what they're expecting you to do...but the number itself would afford a decent standard of living there.