Thursday, February 18, 2016

Job posting: senior research associate, Revolution Medicine

I think it's interesting that Martin Burke's company, Revolution Medicine, is hiring a scientist:
As a key contributor to our dynamic chemistry team, you will:
  • Develop new cutting-edge chemical technologies, focused on catalysis for RevMed’s platform chemistry
  • Lead efforts to translate complex methodologies into procedures suitable for automation
  • Collaborate with project teams to identify and refine experimental strategies...
Desired Skills and Experience
  • MS degree in Organic or Organometallic Chemistry with 5-9 years of experience or PhD degree in Organic or Organometallic Chemistry with 0-2 years of experience
  • Experience in homogeneous catalysis and C-C coupling reactions required
  • Total synthesis experience (natural products) preferred...
Not every day you see that... fascinating. 64 applicants already. 


  1. Is it odd to want a Ph.D. for a SRA position (and not a scientist role)? Obviously titles change from company to company but I am not sure I understand this one. Maybe Ph.D. would come in at the scientist level? I usually dislike the importance of degree with title but not sure if they will get less Ph.D. applicants because of the SRA designation.

    1. I heartily agree this may be an issue, and wonder if this is borrowing from the chemical industry, where SRAs can be PhDs? (or so I hear.)

    2. It is odd, since the ad sounds geared towards a PhD with a very specific set of qualifications (or they required to advertise since they're trying to get a visa for someone with those qualifications) A quick look at their LinkedIn site shows that they use the usual Scientist/Sr. Scientist titles for PhD's so it's not a company thing.