Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 8/4/15 edition

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

Good news?: Quite a few new positions, which is nice to see.

I like it: Nice to see a bunch from Celgene (10 overall, looks like). They're all in Summit, NJ; here's a research associate position and an interesting process-related "scientist/engineer" position.

The Kochtopus, reaching: Georgia-Pacific posted 11 positions, including a B.S.-level analytical chemist position and an M.S./Ph.D. "organic research chemist" position in Decatur, Georgia.

Orange County, CA: Allergan looking for an experienced B.S./M.S. synthetic chemist for a medicinal chemistry associate position. This is the new Actavis-assimilated Allergan, I believe.

Waltham, MA: Alkermes searching for a M.S./Ph.D. process position; looks to be formulation/drug delivery related? "Experience in combination products, device design control and human factor engineering is strongly desired."

Rolla, MO: Brewer Science looks for more process engineer types; this one says "Ph.D. in chemical engineering required", which is new. I wonder who their customers are?

Atlanta, GA: Not everyday that CocaCola is looking for a fermentation technologist; Ph.D. in industrial microbiology required preferred. (thanks, anon!)

ACS Boston Career Fair Watch: Last check, 96. Today: 120 positions.


  1. "Kochtopus?" Really. How very Mother Jones of you. Were you aware that Koch Industries ranked only #48 among top political contributors, being vastly outstripped by Soros Fund Management (#19), which contributed 98% of its money to Democrats? And that fully 8 out of the top 10 donors gave 100% or close to 100%, to Democrats?

    Open your eyes, you're being played.


    1. Anon, you shouldn't read anything more into me calling anything related to Koch Industries "the Kochtopus" other than that I enjoy that portmanteau. No need for the lecture, thanks.

    2. Portmanteau? Soon we'll argue about whether you say what you mean or mean what you say.

      " 'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.' "

    3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau

    4. "Clearly you're not a golfer..."

    5. Put another way, when The Looney Left excretes such a tortured metaphorical neologism as "Kochtopus," it's trying to make a word into a case.

      However, Dodgson - undisputed master of the portmanteau - was making cases into words.

    6. Hey Anon, what is your motivation anyway? You basically strolled into a public forum and insulted the host for using language that you find politically unacceptable, first calling him a dupe of sinister forces, and finally resorting to the epithet 'loony'. Have you the slightest thing to contribute to the topic of chemists finding jobs? If not, why don't you go somewhere else?

      I'm just asking, why? If you think that you will get one single more vote for any politician you support by this means, you are wrong. You do not get people to love you by calling them 'loonies' and telling them to 'wake up'.

      Signing this by my real name, because I'm braver than you.

    7. 1. I did not "basically stroll into a public forum." I've been here for several months.
      2. (...and more important...) I did not insult our host. I did note that "Kochtopus" had been used by Mother Jones in a political connection. Mother Jones (and multiple like publications) used the term as a means of ridiculing and dehumanizing the Kochs based on their financial contributions to political campaigns for a party the publications did not agree with. Use of "Kochtopus" is therefore condemnatory on that level and references the Looney Left's disapproval.
      By way of contrast, I also note that they ranked pretty low on a top political campaign donors list, compared to Soros and a large number of unions. Given that about 20 of the top 25 donors give exclusively or very nearly so to the Democrat Party, it is ludicrous to single out the Koch brothers as the prime example of undue financial influence in American elections. Thanks to our dysfunctional mainstream media, which has trouble with basics like professionalism and objectivity, most people might be forgiven for not knowing this.
      Generally I do not care about your politics, until they are waved in my face.
      After CJ responded (8/4/15 8:01PM) the discussion went to the 'portmanteau' and Lewis Carroll, including one reason why I believe "Kochtopus" is not really a portmanteau, in the classic Dodgsonian sense (there are others). Sometimes on CJ's forum there's discussion of literature, poetry in particular, and related topics.
      3. I neither referred to our host as "a dupe of sinister forces" nor "loony."
      4. I have contributed to multiple discussions here on this forum and on several others on chemistry and chemistry-related employment. Whether I choose to do so anonymously or not is really none of your concern.

    8. Criticized for writing anonymously in a discussion of an invention of an author that affected a nom de plume for most or all of his published output - oh, the irony.

    9. Does that meet the definition of irony?

    10. It depends on how you define irony. Emerging, as it did, from the ancient Greek, the term has a long and rich history involving multiple definitions and analyses of types, with concomitant arguments about what it does not constitute. It is probably one of the most contested terms in English literary analysis.

      Inasmuch as the word is used to describe "a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result," (a definition which seems to have been in existence since the 1600s), I would say that yes, it qualifies.

      More humourously, as this question has emerged in a discussion which touches on whether words have significance beyond their accepted valences, and indeed, the question of "how words mean," it itself is ironic. Oh, the irony.

      " 'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.'
      " 'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.'
      " 'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master—that's all.' " Dodgson, Charles. 'Through the Looking-Glass.' Chap. 6.

  2. I rest my case...


  3. Just to correct on the Coca-Cola posting, it's PhD desired, M.S. required - although confusingly they also require "2-3 years experience beyond the PhD." Not sure they thought the posting through.

    My suspicion is that they'll hire a food scientist with a microbiology background, specializing in fermentation processes.