Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 6/16/15 edition

Good morning! A few of the industrial positions posted on C&EN Jobs:

Middleton, WI: United Suppliers is looking for a B.S./M.S. research chemist; looks to be agricultural formulations.

Heh: I am terribly, terribly amused that both DrinkSavvy and Undercover Colors are in search of chemists.
DrinkSavvy: DrinkSavvy is a startup company that's currently collaborating with a top university in the development of a proprietary, patented material that integrates molecular sensors into straws, stirrers, and cups to detect "date-rape drugs" such as GHB, Ketamine, and Rohypnol in order to provide individuals with an indication of the presence of these illicit drugs in their beverages and, ultimately, end drug-facilitated crimes. We are currently searching for an experienced Ph.D. level Chemist / Materials Scientist with extensive experience in R&D and project management to fill the role of CTO.  
Undercover Colors: Undercover Colors is a Raleigh, NC technology startup developing nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs in a spiked drink. The company, which has raised over $1 million and been featured on Good Morning America and The New York Times, is now looking to add a Senior Product Development Chemist to its team. 
The ideal candidate will have experience that spans conceptualization of novel analyte detection methods, experimental design for rigorous testing of the method, prototype design, and method validation. Additionally, the candidate should exhibit outstanding perseverance, critical thinking, and troubleshooting skills.
I'm pretty skeptical of both of these startups' claimed technology, but hey, that's what a startup is for!

Studio City, CA: PTP Group looking for a polymer chemist, seems like: "Head Research Chemist with PTP Group Americas, Inc. in Studio City to oversee a team of scientists and researchers conducting qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses and experiments relating to the
mechanical properties of PET-MTM resin."

Los Angeles, CA: Pharmaco-Kinesis Corporation is looking for a manager to develop their key technology:
Specifically, the candidate will guide the development of new platform procedures to optimally functionalize the Company’s biosensor with proteins and/or nucleic acids for use in the detection of target bio-conjugate molecules by electrical impedance measurements. The candidate will be expected to oversee operations of a wet chemistry laboratory and manage the activities of research assistants reporting to him/her.
Ph.D. in organic chemistry, electrochemical experience desired.

TIL "toxinology" is an actual word: Batelle (Frederick, MD) is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. toxinology research scientist.

Huh: Whoever "Ashley 332" is, she's wanting to hire a chemical technician. 


  1. Yeah, and the laboratory job for a chemical technician from 'Ashley 332' says that telecommuting is allowed! I'd like to see how this works out.
    Plus, no location is given, other than the job being in the US. Does anyone at this job board even read this announcements before they are posted?

  2. drink savvy and undercover colors - good luck to the people that take these jobs. the chemistry is semi interesting but the concept is pants-on-head retarded. something like 99% of all people that said they were drugged were tested and were just super drunk.

    who cares that it was on daytime TV and the NYT, that product is headed straight for the trash. not the kind of job security i want.

    1. Just imagine the liability involved with these products...

  3. The Undercover Colors product sounds like it came out of 'The Man From Uncle' - around the time they had that episode with the deadly glow-in-the-dark lipstick.

  4. Is this part of the target demographic for DrinkSavvy and Undercover Colors?


  5. The companies could also sell their indicator strips to the the other half of target demographic: the creepy shy dudes would be glad to test the spiked drinks, to have a peace of mind that there is enough...

  6. How many people apply for these jobs posted on internet job boards without any internal connections and get jobs. CJ this may be an interesting fact to look at.

    1. Could be, but I'm not sure any of the parties involved have any incentive to reveal the actual data.

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