Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ivory Filter Flask: 6/14/16 edition

A few of the academically-related positions posted recently on C&EN Jobs:

Gainesville, FL: The University of Florida is searching for a laboratory lecturer for classes in physical, biophysical and analytical chemistry.

Pensacola, FL: Pensacola State College is looking for a M.S. chemist to be a chemistry/biology instructor. Offered salary: 34,828.00 - 40,828.00. Starts in August 2016.

Imagination wanted: The International Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine at the University of Missouri (Columbia, MO) is looking for postdoctoral fellows. 40-50k offered, looking for "A PhD in Chemistry, with laboratory experience in chemical synthesis and imagination." Huh.

Northampton, MA: Smith College's David J. Gorin is looking for a postdoctoral fellow.

Maastricht, NL: Maastricht University is looking for a lecturer in chemistry; it's a two year contract.

Providence, RI: Providence College is searching for a visiting assistant professor of organic chemistry.

Hillsboro, KS: Tabor College is looking for a 1-year visiting assistant professor of chemistry, starting August 2016. Seems to me this is Last Minute Lecturer territory! 

7 comments:

  1. I know FL is cheap, but I made in that range almost 20 years ago with an MS (in industry, but with a salary intermediate between industry and academia). That does not seem like good pay, and it looks even more last-minute than the VAP position, with a broader range of potential teaching topics.

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  2. Hap: I am sure that even with that "low" range there will be some takers! It is what it is and people are still desperate (chemists out of jobs!) not to be rich but to stay buoy in these times!

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    1. They're offering what they figure they can get away with (where I was working did not have a high cost of living, so that doesn't help improve the numbers). I'm not saying that they're wrong for doing it (they may not have much money, either), just that that seems likely to be a lot of work for what the job pays. There might be a hint of longer-term employment or something else that might make it worth it to someone, but I don't know.

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    2. A brutal capitalism of supply-demand at work. Chemist, I reckon are dime and dozen!

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  3. VAPs and postdocs and lecturers, oh my! What a plethora of stable well-paying jobs, sure to entice the next generation to spend 10+ years in university studying hard science. :)

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    1. I don't think academe job ads in June are a robust indicator of the strength, of an admittedly sad, job market.

      I'd be surprised if any 18 year old looks and job prospects when choosing a major (I know I didn't beyond thinking it'd be better than Poli Sci---I'm not sure it was.....). Really, outside of medical school I don't know that there is, or ever has been, any predictably good major for jobs in 10 years. Maybe accounting, but I don't think anyone in a sandbox has ever said they wanted to sit in an office in a grey suit and check numbers in ledgers all day.

      Really no idea what to recommend to my kids in a few years. Probably "work hard and get into a top medical school" is the best advice I can think of, but that's likely easier said than done.

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  4. Some comments on the "University of the South" advertisement in the C&EN print edition (explicitly stating "Harvard", "Stanford", etc.) would be interesting to read. I am grateful to the Chinese for explicitly spelling out what is common knowledge for insiders in North America.

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