Friday, September 16, 2016

Ivory Filter Flask: 9/15/16 edition

A few of the academic positions from C&EN Jobs:

Champaign-Urbana, IL: UIUC is looking for an assistant professor; "all major areas of chemistry but with a special emphasis on analytical, inorganic, and materials chemistry."

College Park, MD: The University of Maryland is conducting an open rank search. "Bioanalytical, biophysical and environmental chemistry candidates, and others developing innovative measurements and methods for frontier research in the chemical sciences, broadly defined, are particularly encouraged to apply."

Lawrence, KS: The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy is searching for an assistant or associate professor of medicinal chemistry.

Brockport, NY: The College at Brockport, SUNY is looking for an assistant professor of organic chemistry.

Muncie, IN: Ball State University is looking for an assistant professor of biochemistry.

Montreal, QC: McGill University is searching for two assistant professors of green chemistry.

The List: The 2017 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List (curated mostly by Andrew Spaeth) has 264 positions.


  1. Hey CJ, not sure if you saw this on Reddit. Paul Helquist of Notre Dame did an AMA about how he got into his position. It's rather remarkable to see his path to professorship compared to what I'm seeing in some of these current university positions. It would be interesting to compare his journey to someone who recently secured a faculty position and compare/contrast.

  2. PhD in 3 years, 1.5 year postdoc, professor at 27. That's incredible. I was 27 when I finished my PhD, and that was considered on the younger side/faster side of finishing.

    1. I vaguely recall that time to PhD has been increasing as PIs realize students are a fertile group to exploit for low wages, so I assume 3 or 4 years for a PhD wasn't that uncommon in the 60s. Isn't a PhD in the UK still only 3 years? (I seem to remember a RB Woodward quote that a British PhD was equivalent to a Swiss high school student, but that may be apocryphal).