Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 7/21/15 edition

A few of the positions posted at C&EN Jobs this past week:

Cleveland, OH: Lubrizol is looking for 2 Ph.D. research chemists; paying $90,000-$100,000. Not bad for Ohio, one suspects.

Ewing, NJ: Tyger Scientific looking for an experienced synthetic organic chemist. Glassdoor review: "The pay is just so-so, and the work isn't easy." Yes!

South San Francisco, CA: Three positions posted by Genentech recently.

Gilead: A raft of positions, mostly process, both in Foster City and Edmonton.

Also: JEOL (the NMR company) posting 3 sales/field service positions.

That's a funny job: This "Tim" sure sounds like Uncle Sam (and not our beloved commenter):
Chemical Operations Specialist, you'll be there and prepared whenever a community is flooded, an earthquake shakes the foundations of a city, a hurricane makes landfall, or an enemy uses biological or chemical warfare. You will know what to do to evacuate the area, control the situation, and solve the problem.
 "You know what to do" sounds vaguely like Starship Troopers, incidentally.

Seattle, WA: Can someone tell me what this MarqMetrix position has to do with chemistry? 

19 comments:

  1. re: MarqMetrix - chemical sensing products used across chemistry intensive industries (they cite food and pharma). So they're looking for someone that has at least some background in dealing with chemical data (and perforce, some chemistry), but whose main foci are statistics/IE/programming. Otherwise (i.e., without that chemistry background) it's a bit like the blind man trying to describe the elephant.

    re: Gilead - didn't you just post on working in Canada?

    re: Tim, I like how at the beginning it states, "You'll be there and prepared..." and then at the end of the description it says, "Telecommuting is allowed."
    Actually, "You know what to do" puts me in mind of George Harrison...
    https://youtu.be/tWAAwWdFIj8

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  2. It sounds like the optimistic parts of "Oh, The Places You'll Go".

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    1. But in reality, not so much...

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  3. @ CJ: ... paying $90,000-$100,000. Not bad for Ohio, one suspects. That is correct as currently $100.00 is worth $114.00 in Ohio. For comparison it is worth only eighties in MA/CA/NJ!

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    1. I am based at a company outside of Cleveland. $100k is comfortably middle class there. You can buy a perfectly good house in a good school district for ~$250k, and prices of everything else is typical of anywhere in the US.

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  4. About that Tyger Scientific...Not that I am a racist but the last time I applied (that was more than 5+ years back) nothing was heard from them only to realize later that Chinese individual was hired. So, the salary could be a big if. This company also gets many of its intermediates from mainland.

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    1. Not that I am racist: Always a guaranteed sign that something racist is going to be said.

      Absent any other information, this just sounds like sour grapes. Yes, lots of Chinese get hired to CRO type positions like this one. But missing out on a position to a Chinese candidate doesn't automatically make a company racist. It's equally possible you didn't have the necessary experience. Plenty of variables to this story.

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    2. Salary demands commensurate with experience/cost of living, no H1-B requirement. Sure, lots of variables.

      The new, improved Chemjobber, now with daily race-baiting accusations!

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    3. Tyger is a US-China operation, and as such they probably have a built-in preference for hiring Chinese nationals for many positions, not least to facilitate communications.

      Now you can resume flinging more racism poo about the place like the wanna-be SJW you are.

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    4. Sorry, but I have no patience any more for these kinds of cheap shots.

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    5. If that's you, Anon1233, I invite you to find another comment section. It's a big internet.

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    6. It's an Internet policed by small-minded people, and getting smaller all the time. You can also pull my translation of the stele poem while you're at it.

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    8. Your substantive contributions are always valued; your recent comments less so.

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  5. Just yesterday, I sent my resume to the CEO of a start-up who I met and who was also very clearly from China. And the ground-breaking discoveries in the field where I am now writing an (orphan) research proposal were carried out by Chinese-Americans. On the other hand, yes, I also see adverts posted for domestic positions where Chinese language skills are a preferred qualification.

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    1. Best wishes for your search. Sincerely hope this works out for you.

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  6. "$90,000-$100,000. Not bad for Ohio"!?!? Last time I checked the ACS salary survey that was totally average for a newish PhD chemist. Also, yes Cleveland is pretty reasonably priced. Like Detroit reasonably priced.

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    1. @agiantamongmolecules

      Back in 2008, my base as a non-pharma lab chemist (fresh PhD, no postdoc) was $80K...in the Mid-Atlantic. Suffice it to say that I am no longer in the lab (or the Mid-Atlantic).

      That same year, grad school friends had bases ranging from $85K (non-pharma, no postdoc) to $95K (pharma, postdoc) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although they are grossing significantly more than I am (counting bonus and stock options), our respective yearly net, counting only salary, are within $10K of each other. They are happy in SF, I am happy in the Midwest.

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