Thursday, July 17, 2014

Daily Pump Trap: 7/17/14

Good morning! A few recent positions posted on C&EN Jobs:

San Francisco, CA: Nanosys is a newer company that's looking for an experienced M.S./Ph.D. organometallic chemist:
Nanosys is seeking a versatile synthetic chemist with experience in organometallics to develop new compositions for the Nanosys optical materials effort. Based on our proprietary quantum dot technology we are developing new nano-crystals and composites for integration into optical devices in partnerships with leading optical component manufacturers. Among the development goals will be novel nano-crystal synthesis optimization and integration of nano-crystals into polymer systems.
Don't know what that is, exactly, but it sounds interesting.

Hamilton, NJ: CombiPhos is looking for 2 Ph.D. synthetic chemists; I wonder what it's like to work there?

Washington, DC: Technology Sciences Group desires a B.S./M.S. chemist for TSCA consultations.

Lehigh Valley, PA: Smooth-On desires a senior polymer chemist:
You may never have heard of us, but you've seen our products at work. If you've ever been to the movies, admired a piece of sculpture, marveled at detailed architectural ornamentation or used a telephone; then you've encountered the handiwork of people who use Smooth-On rubbers, plastics, foams and other products to turn their ideas into 3-dimensional reality. The Senior Chemist will be responsible for the formulation development for Smooth-On’s Polyurethane, Silicone, Epoxy, Polysulfide and Release agent product lines.  
B.S. desired, plus 7 years formulating experience. (I still don't quite know what they do, but it's an interesting intro.)

Houston, TX: Merichem desires a research technician; A.A. with 2+ years experience or B.S. with internship experience desired.

(This is really how you know the Houston market is doing pretty well by chemists, I think -- any market on either coasts would have this position pegged at B.S./M.S.-level (he asserts boldly), but in Houston, the experience level is about what an employer would really hope for/be willing to pay for.)

ACS SF Career Fair watch: 17 positions for the Career Fair, 4 for the Virtual Career Fair. 


  1. Re: Combiphos-While I was at NJ, it was mu understanding that only Chinese nationals were employed! Ditto with Tyger as well. Nah, I will skip.

  2. Ops I just applied for the CombiPhos job this evenin, but not before checking out their website. And so I can confirm that their employees seem to be 100% ethnic Chinese, at least.

  3. That Nanosys job has been advertised on and off, at least once a year, for 10 years. Not a good sign. I'm an organometallic chemist who used to live in the Bay Area, and never heard about them actually hiring anyone. Any other readers apply for this over the years?? One time, back when they first started looking, a recruiter put me in touch with them but the folks at Nanosys were a pain to deal with - they wanted to do a phone interview but didn't want to schedule a time. Since I was working and shared an office I told them I was flexible about the timing but needed to schedule it in advance so I could go to a private spot to talk. They never got back to me, and seeing how they're still advertising it 10 years later they probably didn't get any easier to deal with.