Thursday, May 5, 2016

Daily Pump Trap: 5/5/16 edition

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

Rocket Center, WV: Orbital ATK is looking for a rocket scientist:
ATK’s Missile Products Division has an exciting opportunity for a Chemist located our Manufacturing Center of Excellence near Cumberland, MD. This position will support the development and manufacture of propellant, explosive and adhesive bondliner formulations for rocket motor and warhead programs. 
  • Manage propellant production from subscale through production for assigned programs
  • Formulating existing and novel energetic and adhesive compositions
  • Proactively interact within cross-functional program teams...
M.S./Ph.D., 0-10 years experience. Looks fascinating. 

San Francisco, CA: Nurix is looking for a cheminformatician; they're looking for someone with "[a] Ph.D. in Cheminformatics or related science." Does such a degree exist? 

Holbrook, NY: LIA Labs is looking for a ICP analyst; "Up to 59,509.00" (something tells me that's not enough?) 

Uncle Sam pays good: Not every day that you see a $100,000 postdoc. (Of course, it's DoD - what else did you expect?)

Alpharetta, GA: Chemence is looking for a research chemist for work on adhesives; 10-15 years experience desired.

Good luck, folks: The Chemical Heritage Foundation is looking for a president and CEO.

Brevard, NC: If it's in Western NC and it's in C&EN Jobs, you know who it is and what they want...

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and show (respectively) "1000+", M: "1000+", 414, 10,298 and 18 positions. LinkedIn shows 2,217 positions for the job title "chemist", with 33 for "organic chemist", 179 for "analytical chemist", 39 for "research chemist", 10 for "synthetic chemist" and 32 for "medicinal chemist." 


  1. "[a] Ph.D. in Cheminformatics or related science." Does such a degree exist?

    Yes, at Indiana University Bloomington, there is a PhD in Cheminformatics. It's a part of the Informatics program, and talks less to the chemistry department than I'd like.

  2. Not only does the degree exist, but they're becoming increasingly employable (and thus harder to find)

  3. A 100,000 postdoc? Sweet, sweet taxpayer money...

    1. Basic ScientistMay 6, 2016 at 5:38 PM

      At least it isn't being spent to do industry's research for free (especially when they escape so much tax already). Something about people bending over backwards to "work with industry" or "demonstrate industrial relevance" on NIH/NSF projects while industry continues to downsize-to-nothing internal R&D boils my blood. Do your own god damn research.

    2. They call it "open innovation"- privatize the profit and socialize the risk.