Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 12/8/15 edition

A few of this week's positions posted a C&EN Jobs:

South San Francisco, CA: Genentech wishes to hire a B.S./M.S. chemist for its med chem separations group. Sounds like fun, really.

For a taste of your whiskey: Gowan Company is a herbicide/pesticide marketer; they're looking for a B.S. chemist to be a "strategic negotiator." Fancy title.

Daejeon, South Korea: SK Life Sciences looking for a process chemist.

Chattanooga, TN: BASF is looking for a "lab chemist - carpet." It actually sounds pretty interesting:
As the Technical Application Laboratory Chemist at our Chattanooga, TN facility, you will complete hands-on application work on technical service projects for existing products and new products entering the commercialization phase to support growth with our customers.
 So I guess the folks at Invista would be your competitors?

Pearl River, NY: Pfizer looking for a vaccine development scientist; interesting comment here:
Ph.D in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related discipline with 2+ years of related work experience. BS/MS degree for internal candidates only.
For the most part, I agree that B.S./M.S. scientists should have a chance to compete for Ph.D. positions, but the internal/external bit is curious.

Greensboro, NC: Syngenta looking for a Ph.D. analytical chemist.


  1. "they're looking for a B.S. chemist to be a "strategic negotiator." Fancy title."

    Not sure if that intentional, but points to a reason I'm glad my first degree was a B. Sc.

  2. One can open up a can of worms by taking a promotion to a PhD level position as a MS chemist. New management comes in, really wants only PhDs at that level, and guess who is cut first? I also think that it doesn't help your chances of getting a new position, since recruiters would want someone at a lower level and think that you wouldn't 'settle.' I know all of this from personal experience, and have seen it with others. There were some chemists who were much more experienced than me at my former workplace that were hanging onto that top 'MS level' grade as long as possible for this reason.