Thursday, August 6, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 8/6/15 edition

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

Indianapolis, IN: Dow Agrosciences looking for a Ph.D. discovery chemist with less than 5 years experience.

Pittsburgh, PA: Sonneborn looking for a B.S. analytical chemist; $35,000 offered. Another data point for the STEM shortagists!

I got a gal: Kalexyn (Kalamazoo, MI) is looking for two experienced organic chemists.

Houston, TX: Fritz Industries is a company I've never heard of, but they're looking for chemists in the Houston area; prior oilfield chemistry experience desired, not required for the Scientist I position.

Albany, NY: 3 more from AMRI, including this Ph.D. analytical chemist position. (I keep mentally predicting their demise, and I keep being wrong.)

Stamford, CT: Another one from Cytec for a Ph.D. colloidal chemist - where do people get that training, I wonder?

ACS Boston Career Fair Watch: 135 positions, up from Tuesday's 120 positions.

A broader look:  Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and USAjobs.gov show (respectively) 1000+, 647, 9530 and 23 positions. LinkedIn shows 1520 positions for the job title "chemist", with 68 for "analytical chemist", 30 for "research chemist", 12 for "organic chemist", 3 for "synthetic chemist" and 2 for "medicinal chemist." 

13 comments:

  1. Seems to me the Dow Chemical position is really looking for someone with extensive biological/botanical/entomological and biochemistry background in addition to organic chemistry - and it wouldn't hurt to have had significant work related to agriculture. It doesn't quite merit the purple squirrel award, but it comes close.

    Also, what's with the rash of ads lately demanding the candidate "Establish and deliver long-term technical leadership" or words to like effect? Usually the outcome of a race is only determined after it has been run.

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    1. So they can fire you at will.

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  2. Re: Sonneberg, they don't want much for their $35,000, do they? You'd be better off cleaning the head on a tugboat, you'd have more time off, and it wouldn't require a ballbusting 100K in tuition.

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    1. Also, CJ, that's "Sonneborn."

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  3. "I keep mentally predicting their demise, and I keep being wrong"

    Per che the disdain for AMRI? Not the best CRO out there, but not the worst, and they do have a good breadth of capabilities (tho, from what I recall, lack of animal facility frustrating).

    Stock doing OK too: up 42% YTD, 70% over 2 years, and 270% over 5 years.

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  4. Isn't Fritz Industries well-known for their instrumentation? I'm always hearing about how this or that is "on the Fritz."

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  5. @CJ,
    For those who didn't get the "I got a gal" reference...
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFv_PoZ2iP0

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  6. Colloid chemistry is basically the "nanotechnology" of an earlier era. Stuff like latexes, nanoparticle suspensions, emulsion polymerizations, etc. In the USA it seems to mostly come from materials-science or chem-eng departments.

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    1. Whereas in Europe one can still find university departments with colloid in the title.

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    2. Universiteit Utrecht
      http://www.uu.nl/en/research/physical-colloid-chemistry/education

      Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
      https://www.ntnu.edu/chemeng/polymer

      Göteborgs Universitet - Institutionen för Kemi- och Molekylärbiologi (course only)
      http://cmb.gu.se/Utbildning
      http://utbildning.gu.se/kurser/kurs_information/?courseid=KEM131

      ... to name a few.

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  7. Oh hey, I worked at Fritz Industries as a lab tech up until 2 months ago. Honestly, I don't think now is a great time to work there as I just heard that they laid off more people a few days ago. Business definitely has not been booming for them lately...and I really did not like management there. Communication between departments was horrible.

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