Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ivory Filter Flask: 11/17/15 edition

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

Las Cruces, NM: New Mexico State University is looking for an assistant professor of physical chemistry.

Peoria, IL: Bradley University searching for two assistant professors, one organic, the other "any sub-discipline except theoretical/computational chemistry." 

San Luis Obispo, CA: Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo has an opening for an inorganic chemist; might be two openings? 

Miami Gardens, FL:  St. Thomas University desires an assistant professor of biochemistry. 

"Major thrust": Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) is conducting an open search for faculty related to explosives: 
The Schools of Chemical, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University have identified Energetic Materials (propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics) as a major thrust for interdisciplinary research and education (https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/AboutUs/StrategicGrowthInitiative/Teams). 
To this end, Purdue is accepting applications for all levels (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor). 
The ability to synthesize, handle, formulate, deploy, detect, track, and defeat new and emerging energetic materials is critical to public safety and quality of life...
Huh, had not thought of it that way.

Aarhus, Denmark: Aarhus University is searching for an associate (?) professor of materials chemistry.

Los Altos Hills, CA: Foothill College of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District is looking for a chemistry instructor;  "$55,073.00 - $90,449.00" annually offered.

The rumor mill a-churning: There are lots of status updates at ChemBark about how faculty searches are progressing (or not.) (Just keep scrolling.) 


  1. So propellants are "a major thrust" at Purdue... I'm imagining a hiring committee being very pleased with themselves for that pun.

  2. Hey GC, maybe you and I will be competing for that Foothill College position :)

    1. 55 to 90K to love in Los Altos? Heck of a commute....

    2. live.....

    3. pretty sure you can find love for 55K pretty much anywhere

    4. You might (MIGHT) be able to survive on the $90K. $55K you'll be living in someone's garage or a tent in the back yard (yes, these are real things in the Silicon Valley that go for $1000 a month).

  3. Hi NMH,

    I had been going on a diet of CJ blogs in order to get some work done on job applications, etc. and hence the late response. I also checked out the chemistry department at Peoria, using my usual criteria: NMR? Mass spec? Recent research output of current faculty? Consequently decided to not apply there.....not much better than the Foothils job...a grim career outcome, in any case.

    1. I used to run the solar observatory at Foothill (grew up near there in the Bay Area). Its a nice community college (I doubt if they have an NMR and MS), and you wont have brainy Stanford types there. Probably have to live miles away on that salary, like in the central valley....