Thursday, October 24, 2013

Daily Pump Trap: 10/24/13 edition

Good morning! Between October 22 and October 23, there were 16 new positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website. Of these, 12 (75%) were academically connected.

Berkeley Springs, MD: U.S. Silica is looking for a Technical Service Chemist. Sounds interesting, more analytical than not? B.S. plus 5 years R&D experience.

Houston, TX: Aaah. Looks like U.S. Silica is broadly hiring, with a Senior Technical Lead for proppants in the oil and gas industry. 10+ years experience.

Thaaat's interesting: How about this for a mysterious U.S. government-related position (at LinkedIn):
The Leidos Integrated Systems Group has a job opening for a Synthetic Organic Chemist at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Edgewood, MD. The candidate will participate in studies that may include designing, synthesizing, characterizing, and developing applications for molecules containing carbon which are of interest defense research. 
...Position involves working with highly toxic chemicals which may include chemical warfare agents. 
-Candidate will be required to enroll in the PRP (Personnel Reliability Program) which requires medical screening/monitoring, the ability to wear a gas mask (respirator), and random drug screening.
Come to think of it, it's not very mysterious.

You know, back in the good ol' days of the Cold War, the Personnel Reliability Program was a fairly intense part of working at Strategic Air Command.

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and show 202, 719, 2,440 and 11 positions for the search term "chemist." LinkedIn shows 131 positions for the job title "chemist", with 5 for "research chemist", 19 for "analytical chemist" and 4 for "organic chemist." 


  1. Seems like pharma could sell a few failed compounds or knowledge to the government...................

  2. Oddly enough I had lunch today with the director of research and technology at Aberdeen Proving Ground. If I knew anything about organic chemistry I'd take that job. Seems like they are doing some amazing work to strengthen our national defense against biological threats.