Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 2/3/15 edition

A few of the positions posted on C&EN Jobs:

Davis, CA: Marrone Bio Innovations looking for a M.S./Ph.D. natural products chemist.

Kalamazoo, MI: Kalexsyn is looking for a research chemist:
Qualified applicants with an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in synthetic organic chemistry are preferred. However, exceptional candidates with a B.S degree in chemistry with a minimum of 5 years of pharmaceutical medicinal or process chemistry experience will also be considered.
Best wishes to those interested.

Beverly, MA: Radikal Therapeutics (love the spelling) is looking for 4 M.S./Ph.D. analytical chemists.

Brevard, NC: I see PharmAgra is once again looking for research chemists; turnover there must be impressive. 2 openings at all educational levels.

Freeport, TX: This BASF position looks interesting for the process/manufacturing-oriented: they're looking for a Ph.D. chemist/chemical engineer to act in a QA/process development role:
...[Y]ou will be responsible in providing direct support to the Caprolactam and Intermediates technologies. Caprolactam is used to make nylon polymer for plastics and fibers. The intermediates technologies are Cyclohexanone and Hydroxylamine. The Chemist will work closely with the plants using multivariable testing techniques in experimentally designed plant tests, coordinate with the plants in obtaining plant samples, collecting analytical data from plant-compiled spreadsheets, and monitoring manufacturing process conditions using process flow diagrams and a real-time, web-based Process Information Management System (PIMS). 
Most of the process/product improvement work will be performed in laboratory scale reactors. The person will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of laboratory instruments including, BET, Chemisorption, Particle Size Analyzer, LCs, GCs and XRF.
It would be interesting to know which portion of the job you'd be spending most of your time on -- I sure hope it wouldn't be the maintenance of lab instruments portion.

Wyandotte, MI: Another BASF manufacturing position, this one accepting all education levels.

Huh: This is a pretty typical Pfizer regulatory position, but it's posted oddly. HR robots not working correctly?

Dublin, CA: Valent USA looking for an agricultural formulation chemist position; Ph.D., 0-5 years experience or M.S. w/3-8 years experience. 


  1. I suppose I don't assume that there's high turnover because a place like PharmAgra has openings listed in that fashion. It looks more like a classic way to see what's on the market and who is interested enough to apply, which gives them information about salary expectations, experience levels, etc - this can also inform the company on how their current employees compare and whether or not compensation is in line with the rest of the industry.

    1. That's an interesting perspective that I hadn't thought of. Considering their "you must be available within 2 weeks" line, I have always presumed that these were real ads for real openings. (Shrug)

  2. My experience with hyper specific requirements is that they doing it for mandatory paper work, after they have made the decision

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