Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ivory Filter Flask: 2/18/14 edition

Good morning! Between February 11 and February 17, there have been 34 new academic positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website. This does not count 19 positions deemed irrelevant. Also, it does not count 8 positions that are aimed at high school science teaching. The numbers:

Memphis, TN: The University of Tennessee Health Center is searching for a tenure-track professor of medicinal chemistry at all levels.

Morris, MN: The University of Minnesota - Morris wishes to hire for a "full-time, multi-year" undergraduate teaching position. Does UMM not have tenure?

St. Cloud, MN: St. Cloud State wants an assistant or associate professor in polymer/materials chemistry.

Huntington, WV: Marshall University desires an associate professor of biochemistry, preferably with synthetic biology expeirence.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: Now there's one you don't see very often. The University of the Virgin Islands wishes to hire an assistant or associate professor of chemistry, preferably one that can teach physical chemistry.

Grand Forks, ND: The University of North Dakota wants a lecturer for chemistry. Brr!!

Conway, AR: Hendrix College (the alma mater of chemblogosphere eminence grise Derek Lowe) is searching for a visiting assistant professor of chemistry.

Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University desires an visiting assistant professor of chemistry.

Want to teach high school chemistry/science?: This is part of the new C&EN Jobs -- lots of primary/secondary ed positions. Here's one in Cleveland. Here's one in DC. And one in Maryland. They seem to trend towards private schools or charter schools.

The Irrelevants List: Are you a chemist? Do you want to teach or do research in chemistry? C&EN Jobs wants to know if you'd like to be a research associate in value-based health care delivery at Harvard Business School. How about being an adjunct professor of ethics? Physics postdoc, anyone? I've noticed that certain categories of positions are showing up repeatedly: development directors, medical specialties, research assistant positions and astronomy/geology positions. Interesting. 


  1. Physics postdoc positions aren't necessarily irrelevant for non-organic chemists. I would think there are physical chemists with experience in AFM, carbon nanotubes, nanoparticle synthesis, etc.

  2. If you would like to discover a new level of despair, Cleveland is the place to go!

    1. It's probably not as bad as Detroit or Toledo, though (one of my friends who went to school in Toledo said that Toledo was "Detroit without the culture or hope.") Cleveland also just passed a significant property tax increase for their schools, so there's the hope that they might actually be able to make them better.

      If you are a sports fan, though, I would definitely concur. Rooting for the Browns appears to be a recipe for long-term depression, the Indians are inconsistently good, and the Cavaliers are always just one free agency period away from the draft lottery.