Friday, March 4, 2016

Daily Pump Trap: 3/4/16 edition

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

Nice to see: lots and lots of positions.

Foster City, CA: Gilead has posted 21 positions, which is great. Wanna be a director of chemical development?

Saint Louis, MO: American Radiolabeled Chemicals, Inc. is looking for experienced synthetic radiochemists. (There must be a specific sub-society for this?)

Wilmington, DE: Incyte has an entry-level Ph.D. medicinal chemistry position open; 0-2 years experience. (Zeroes!)

Carpinteria, CA: Never heard of Trelyst before, but "silicone-based drug delivery" sounds fascinating. 4 positions posted.

Atlanta, GA: Interesting 2 year program with Georgia-Pacific for those with a B.S. in chemistry; curious about that ability to lift 25 pounds, though.

Durham, NC: Been a while since I've seen a RTP medicinal chemistry position around these parts.
Aerie Pharmaceuticals is looking; B.S./M.S. desired.

"New York Metro area": An interesting, mysterious one:
Small public company doing R&D in the field of smart materials is seeking motivitated, independent thinker with a PhD in polymer chemistry to learn all technical aspects of the business.  
5 years experience desired.

A funny question: What is magical about "5 years experience?" You see that term a lot - is it some sort of proxy for "been around a while?" "Been through a business cycle, and a tough six month period"... I dunno. As someone who will be reaching that milestone at some point in the near future, it seems an odd term....

Edwards AFB: ERC is the contracting company that does hiring for the Air Force Research Laboratory's branch at Edwards; they're looking for a B.S. chemist. A good opportunity for those interested in energetic materials, I suspect.

Petersburgh, NY: Taconic is looking for an engineering manager for its PTFE-related materials business. "Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science, Polymer Science, Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering or a related discipline, M.S. preferred."

Louisville, KY: Can someone tell me what working at Hexion in Kentucky is like? Why do they keep reposting this product development chemist position?

2016 San Diego Career Fair watch: 58 positions posted so far.

6 comments:

  1. I would steer clear of that American Radiolabeled Chemicals job. Unless there's been total turnover of the staff (including the CEO) that place is a cesspool. I interviewed there after my postdoc finished and only a couple of people could even be bothered to speak with me. Several others were openly hostile about the whole thing. I realized this was because the CEO played favorites and that if someone was good at something it often led to demotion or firing of another person who wasn't. So doing a job interview meant talking to someone who would be a direct competitor for your job, which is why people didn't welcome me in. Nobody liked the CEO and I gathered that he told people openly that they were bad at their jobs and regularly threatened to fire them if they didn't improve. The lab was a mess and the equipment old, it looked like they had to really be creative in getting things running. The offer he made for the position was $45,000.

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    1. Thanks for the fair warning, Skeptic.

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  2. I'm guessing Trelyst is an off-shoot of the company Nusil, who manufacture commercial silicone products. I had friends who worked there in college and the majority of the products they worked with were fake boobs.

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    1. when he felt lonely in the lab, on long winter afternoons, he tickled his experiments

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  3. Dunno what to make of these listings... I've applied to some of these companies multiple times, been rejected (or have had no response), and then I see the listings are still up! STEM shortage, anyone?

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