Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ivory Filter Flask: 10/27/15 edition

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

Fayetteville, AR: The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville has two positions available, one in organic chemistry (broadly defined) and one in biological/biophysical chemistry.

Edmonton, AB: The University of Alberta is looking for an assistant professor to teach physical and inorganic chemistry. (Is this a smaller, regional college at Augustana?)

Ashland, VA:  Randolph-Macon College is looking for 2 visiting assistant professor positions, one in biochemistry/organic chemistry and another one for general chemistry.

Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University desires a Ph.D. chemist to be an analytical facilities manager.

Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee - Knoxville is looking for an advanced chemistry laboratory manager and lecturer. (Looks like you can get hired on full time after 5 years?)

Cambridge, MA: Interesting origin-of-life postdoctoral fellowships available at Harvard.

Guam?!?!: There's a university on Guam? Who knew? They're looking for an assistant/associate professor of organic chemistry.


  1. The job in with the U of Eh is not actually at the main campus in Edmonton, but rather a little teaching branch in a town nearby (Augustana).

  2. R-MC achieves this mission by creating unique moments of connection between faculty and students. These one-on-one connections... "

    "What are you working on, Professor?"

    "Polishing up my LinkedIn profile so I can find a permanent job instead of this VAP."

  3. CJ, of course since this is your blog, you can post anything that you like. But I would nevertheless ask if, by posting advertisements for VAP positions, you are indirectly supporting a system in which highly qualified people are being exploited by being paid much below their real value.

    1. For those who are highly qualified but still looking for a way to pay the bills, this is valuable. All CJ is saying is that the positions are there. That doesn't mean he supports or is supporting the system.

      Hasn't this been discussed here before? Isn't there a "big list of faculty positions" being compiled with ChemBark?

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    3. That's a pretty liberal interpretation, don't you think? Kinda doubt they had VAPs in mind, but okay.

  4. I'm not opposed to CJ posting VAP positions either. Readers can decide on their own if those positions are worth their time/effort. Personally, I like know that, after all my real job prospects fall through, there is still some menial work I can do that a) utilizes my degree and b) doesn't require me flipping burgers or selling knives over the phone. Someone remind me why am I pursuing a career in academia again...

  5. The "system" determines wages by matching bids with asks until agreement is reached. This is how a free market is to function.

    If those considering VAPs were really so valuable they would be paid more.


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