Thursday, August 13, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 8/13/15 edition

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

Cambridge, MA: Warp Drive Bio looking for 2 natural product chemists. Sounds pretty cool.

Groton, CT: The rather wonderfully-named "FreeThink Technologies" is looking for Ph.D. principal scientists, presumably to work on their accelerated stability measurements.

St. Louis, MO: Monsanto looking for a "seed treatment process specialist"; looks to be a B.S./M.S.-level position, chemistry or chemical engineering degree desired.

Coventry, RI: Rhodes Technologies looking for a B.S./M.S. chemist for process development work.

Apopka, FL: Coca-Cola desires an analytical chemist; all levels of education accepted, minimum of 5 years industrial experience.

Juneau, AK: NOAA is looking for a chemist to "lead original research in trophic structuring and energy flow through large marine ecosystems using chromatographic methods such as isotope
mass ratio, lipid class and fatty acid analysis." Yeah, that.

Guilford, CT: 4Catalyzer desires an M.S. biochemist to help develop "modelocked sub-nanosecond solid-state lasers for medical products." Sounds interesting.

Decatur, GA: GeorgiaPacific is looking for a "tall oil chemist"; Ph.D. desired. (For the uninitiated (like me), this is apparently a wood products term.)

Howell, MI: ChemTrend looking for a number of positions, including a bench chemist position.

ACS Boston Career Fair Watch: 180 positions as of this morning.

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and shows (respectively) "1000+", 628, 9393 and 0 positions. (Guess it's a rough week for the government.) LinkedIn shows 1534 positions for the job title "chemist", with 65 for "analytical chemist", 29 for "research chemist", 14 for "organic chemist", 5 for "synthetic chemist", and 3 for "medicinal chemist." 


  1. @CJ - Not to derail this, but have you thought about covering the Colorado EPA spill? At best gross negligence, and at worst outright malfeasance by an out-of-control agency.

    1. Lead and arsenic contamination affecting Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico - thousands of lives blighted - who knows how much groundwater contaminated - all because the EPA wanted to put in a Superfund site and didn't care how they went about it. A totally unnecessary disaster incurred so some crackpot enviros could keep their jobs and justify Big Gov't Intervention. Another win for the US Government in their unceasing war on the Mountain States - another economic and cultural loss for the people of the West.

    2. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the size of the spill to be more than 3 million gallons, compared with the initial EPA estimate of 1 million gallons. The EPA, *which caused the accidental release of the contaminants Wednesday,* said it continues to monitor the river. "Collection, transportation and lab analysis of metals in water is complex and time-consuming," the agency said in a statement. Cities in New Mexico are also at risk as the pollution flows from the Animas River into the San Juan River.
      Officials said they believe the spill carried heavy metals -- mainly iron, zinc and copper -- from the mine into a creek that feeds into the Animas. Wednesday's spill caused a spike in concentrations of total and dissolved metals in the water, the EPA said. According to sampling done by the EPA on various points along the Animas River Wednesday and Thursday last week, levels of lead, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium and mercury were extremely high compared with acceptable levels set by the agency, which are technically called "maximum contaminant levels" or "action levels for treatment." One of the samples of mercury was nearly 10 times higher than the EPA acceptable levels. Samples of beryllium and cadmium were 33 times higher, and one of the arsenic levels was more than 800 times higher.

      Mustard-colored water flowed this week into Cement Creek, a tributary that runs through Silverton and into the Animas River. In New Mexico, the plume of pollution entered Aztec early Saturday morning and Farmington later that morning. Officials said they expected it to reach the Utah border on Monday and Lake Powell, in Arizona, late Wednesday. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said the state's first notification of the spill came from Southern Ute Tribe officials. "It's completely irresponsible for the EPA not to have informed New Mexico immediately," she said after flying over the affected rivers. State Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said the EPA did not notify his department of the spill until almost 24 hours after they'd caused it. He said the agency's initial response to the disaster was "cavalier and irresponsible."

      This was not only predictable, but preventable. One geologist even sounded the alarm before it happened, saying the EPA was setting up Silverton for a "Superfund blitzkrieg" - attempting to create a crisis to justify EPA intervention:

      Thousands of wells contaminated. Hundreds of thousands of lives affected across two major river systems and four states. Indigenous cultures threatened. Effects that will last for generations. All for feel-good make-work for the EPA and to justify government expansion.