Thursday, July 11, 2013

Daily Pump Trap: 7/11/13 edition

Good morning! Between July 2 and July 10, there have been 139 new positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website. Of these, 9 (6%) were academically connected and 113 (81%) were from Kelly Scientific Resources. 

Dude, you could not pay me enough: CalEnergy Generation is looking for an analytical/environmental chemist for its facility in Calpatria, California. Offering 64.6k to 83k. 2000 median household income of 60k (a lot higher than expected.) Living in the Imperial Valley? Um, no thanks.

Toronto, ON: The Structural Genomics Consortium is looking for a Ph.D. medicinal chemist to train graduate students and postdocs in medicinal chemistry while being a project manager for some sort of collaborative project. Sounds interesting, could be right for the right person...

Emeryville, CA: What the business is going on with this position? Sandia is looking for an organic chemist to take a postdoctoral position in biomass conversion. Organometallic, Schlenk, dry box techniques, blah, blah... and then there's this:
Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline plus five or more years of experience; or Master's degree in relevant discipline plus two or more years of experience; or Doctorate in relevant discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Rurr? I'm sure it's just pro forma language, but still.

Livermore, CA: Sandia National Laboratories is looking for a B.S./M.S. bioanalytical chemist to develop novel immunoassays.

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and show (respectively) 212, 1020, 2537 and 15 positions for the search term "chemist." (Big jump for Careerbuilder.) LinkedIn shows 124 positions for the job title "chemist", with 2 for "organic chemist", 7 for "research chemist" and 9 for "analytical chemist." 


  1. OK, I give up. What's wrong with the Imperial Valley - is it just the climate in conjunction with the expense of living in CA, is it the special Imperial, culture? (like having your own piece of Mississippi/NM/TX/whatever local area invests more in rodeo or football than schools), or it something else?

    1. Climate, mostly. I like a desert, don't get me wrong, but I'm really more of a high desert guy.

    2. I recall, not that this matters, I believe that Imperial Valley has its county fair in January, if that gives you a sense for the climate.


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