Thursday, July 2, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 7/2/15 edition

It's the summer, which means that it's the slow season for C&EN Jobs. Since Tuesday, it appears there have been no positions posted there. So instead: 

Boston: The Boston Craiglist has a sci/biotech page; it lists a whole 6 positions for the search term "chemist." (Boston/Cambridge folks, what is your favorite online job hunting resource?)

SFO: Not much more for the San Francisco sci/biotech category, but this M.S. chemist/software position sounds interesting. 

A random survey of pharma companies for the search term "chemist" in North America: 

Gilead: 0 open positions. 
Pfizer: 5 open positions. 
Merck: 10 open positions. 

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and show (respectively) 985, 637, 9537 and 17 positions for the search term "chemist." LinkedIn shows 743 positions for the title "chemist", with 26 for "research chemist", 74 for "analytical chemist", 11 for "organic chemist", 1 for "synthetic chemist" and 3 for "medicinal chemist." 


  1. Massbio, LinkedIn, and the ACS careers page (yes, you have to filter through the garbage) are the sites I used most for Boston area jobs.

  2. Craiglist and Indeed list position outside of pharma/bio. Also, they list positions outside of the immediate Boston area. Both kinds don't show up on Massbio.

  3. Love how the Watertown position is located smack dab between the Cambridge Cemetery and the Watertown Cemetery. Symbolism of some kind?

  4. Gilead certainly has chemist positions open. They just use the title "research scientist" or "research associate" in lieu of "chemist."

  5. Cambridge-ite weighing in: I got my current position through Craigslist if memory serves. Actually, 3/4 interviews I had resulted from Craigslist postings.

  6. Was curious if Merck has a reputation for being discriminatory with regard to pedigree. Any opinions?