Monday, November 19, 2018

‘My friend, sorry, you must wait.’

An amusing aside in a New York Times article about luxury brands and their supply chains: 
Parterre, the British fragrance house, created its own on-site botanical garden at Keyneston Mill in Dorset, England, to grow the aromatic plants that would form the cornerstone of its limited-edition fragrances. Much the same instinct underpins the rise of cottage gardens at high-end hotels like Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany, Italy. Its Michelin-starred restaurant relies primarily on the organic farm attached to the property, which includes a dairy and an apiary. 
“They are securing the sources of their competitive advantage,” said Mario Ortelli, a luxury analyst with Ortelli & Company of London. “If your supplier works with 10 other luxury brands, and you’re not the most important client? When you ask for extra quantities, he can tell you, ‘My friend, sorry, you must wait.’”
It'd be interesting to know if Parterre purchased its own extraction as well? 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Kalrez o-rings

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Job posting: Director, Chemical Laboratory - NMR Lab, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

From the inbox:
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Auburn University seeks to fill the position of Director of Chemical Laboratories for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Lab. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: (1) operating and maintaining the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry's 250 MHz, 400 MHz, and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers; (2) maintaining the computers and software needed to run the NMR instrumentation and data processing stations; (3) running samples and assisting researchers with data analysis and experimental design; (4) supervising a graduate student who will assist in the operation of the laboratory; and (5) billing for services pertaining to the NMR spectrometers.   
The following are minimum qualifications: (1) a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in NMR Spectroscopy, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a closely related field, (2) five (5) years of experience in analyzing (bio)chemical molecules and coordinating lab operations, procedures, and instruction, and (3) knowledge of laboratory techniques, safety procedures, and teaching principles. 
Full job posting here. Best wishes to those interested. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Medicinal Chemist Jobs List: 246 positions

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The Organic Chemistry Jobs Company List

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29 new positions at Organic Chemistry Jobs

Over at Common Organic Chemistry, there's 14 new positions posted for November 14 and 15 positions posted on November 12. 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Coke dissolves road dust?

Via the New York Times, this odd little article about using food as cleaning agents, including the classic 101 uses for Coca-Cola: 
...Speaking of sticky things, our reader Peggy offers this suggestion: “I use a product called Goo Gone but its main ingredient is orange oil. If you have no Goo Gone, rub a piece of orange on the gunk from stick-on labels and Bob’s your uncle.” 
Ketchup — yes, it’s a vegetable, just go with us — can be used to polish brass and copper. But if you’re out, and you happen to have a pineapple handy, you’re in luck. 
“Whenever I trim a pineapple, I grab a saltshaker and whichever of my copper bottom pots needs tarnish removed: Sprinkle salt, rub with pineapple peel — Voilà!” wrote another reader.... 
...We noted that Coca-Cola can be used to clear a slow-moving drain, clean a toilet bowl and remove motor oil and grease from clothing and pavement. You all had many uses to add. Bill writes: “If road oil and dust have made your windshield smeary, pour Coke on it. The windshield comes clean,” and Thomas added, “Coke rejuvenates old windshield wiper blades.”
Orange oil as a handy solvent makes sense to me, but ketchup to remove metal oxides? Also carbonated sugar water for motor oil?  

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 458 positions

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Monday, November 12, 2018

"I Want Miracles"

Do-It-Yourself Drugs 
China in recent years has become the world’s largest home of internet users. Many Chinese now shop almost exclusively in internet bazaars that offer everything from groceries and hot meals to jewelry and cars. They can also buy pharmaceuticals — even the raw ingredients to illegally make drugs themselves. 
Many start on forums devoted to patients and their loved ones when they can’t get answers anymore. The two most popular are “I Want Miracles,” which is dedicated to helping people with lung cancer, and “Dances With Cancer.” The forums combined have just over 440,000 members. 
“This is the current state of health care in China,” said Chen Yun, who runs “I Want Miracles.” “Every doctor is just too busy, and there’s no way that they can explain many things to you clearly. But if you want to figure it out, you just have to learn by yourself.”... 
Desperate to help his mother, Mr. Zhang did a basic search: “What to do after patient develops drug resistance on Iressa?” He happened upon “Dances With Cancer” and an active participant and a longtime cancer patient called “Bean Spirit,” who wrote a manual on how to make drugs at home. 
Mr. Zhang, who previously worked at a pharmaceutical factory but was not involved in making drugs, started on his own version. He bought the ingredients for AstraZeneca’s Tagrisso, a lung cancer drug. He spent just over $150 for a month’s worth of ingredients, plastic capsules and an electronic scale. 
“The raw ingredients are worth more than the price of gold,” he said. 
When the drugs stopped working for his mother, Mr. Zhang began making others. He started having sleepless nights, worried that he would not be able to find the ingredients each time a drug stopped working.
This is a really awful story (regrettably, the ending is not much better.) I haven't been able to find "I Want Miracles", but I have questions, e.g. are they obtaining actual API, or are they actually manufacturing raw materials? (I hope it's API, for their sake.)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Funny

Job posting: PNNL postdocs, Richland, WA

From the inbox:
Contribute to PNNL’s goals in computational biophysics/chemistry as part of the Lab’s Physical Sciences Division (PSD). As a postdoctoral researcher in the Physical Biosciences group, you will join a talented, multi-investigator team to explore the functional principles at the core of the precise energy, mass and charge flow, and reactivity in enzymes. You will be mentored by Simone Raugei, as you develop a line of computational research, working to understand the mechanism 
Best wishes to those interested. Deadline is TODAY.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Medicinal Chemist Jobs List: 237 positions

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46 new positions at Organic Chemistry Jobs

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The mass spectrometry wars continue

O. David Sparkman (C&EN, Aug. 27, page 3) is correct that there is “no such thing” as the term “mass spectroscopy.” Paul J. Karol (C&EN, Oct. 1, page 2) is correct to refer to the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry but unfortunately referenced the 1991 recommendations in Pure & Applied Chemistry (DOI: 10.1351/pac199163101541). This older document has been superseded by 2013 recommendations (Pure Appl. Chem., DOI: 10.1351/pac-rec-06-04-06), which state on page 1565, “Mass spectroscopy is an obsolete synonym for mass spectrometry that should not be used to avoid confusion with spectroscopies in which the measured quantity is absorption or emission of electromagnetic radiation.” 
Unfortunately, the usually reliable IUPAC Gold Book (goldbook.iupac.org) has not been updated with the most recent recommendations and still refers to the obsolete 1991 entry for mass “spectroscopy.” Hopefully this valuable resource will be updated soon. 
Charles Lucy
Edmonton, Alberta
Never argue semantics with an analytical chemist, it seems.  

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 450 positions

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Georgia teacher sets self on fire during classroom demonstration

A Duluth High School teacher had a science demonstration go awry - check out the video below:
Gotta love this quote from the Atlanta Journal Constitution below:
Principal Eric Davidson sent a letter to parents that said in part, “This is a rare situation and we are committed to determining exactly how this occurred so it does not happen again.”
Now can we stop having teachers do hazardous demonstrations with no training and little forethought?

Queen's University poisoning court proceedings continue

He survived an attempted poisoning by his colleague in the chemistry lab at Queen’s University, now he waits, unsure if or when he’ll develop cancer as a result of his exposure to a dangerous chemical compound. 
The victim, a married father of two who, at the time of the attack, was a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s, knows all about N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, the poison slipped into his food and drink in January. It’s a compound used to manifest cancer in lab rats that, in sufficient doses, can be deadly to humans. He lived through the agonizing nights of pain and vomiting, but his long-term fate remains clouded in doubt. 
“The tests have not detected cancer, but that doesn’t mean I’m out of harm’s way,” the victim, who asked not to be identified publicly, told a Kingston court on Friday. “The long-term psychological fear is singularly cruel.” 
The victim stood just a few feet from the man who admitted poisoning him and described the devastating fear and uncertainty he has suffered over the past 10 months. He said he recently developed lumps in his chest and is still awaiting new test results. Meanwhile, he can’t bear to tell his parents in China what has happened and he feels estranged from his old friends and his work in the lab.
If my labmate tried to poison me during grad school, I'd have a pretty hard time getting back to my research as well... 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Charging cables

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iPhones don't like helium

I heard a little about this story from Reddit, but I am impressed with iFixit's article about the whole situation. Long story short, someone noticed that specific kinds of iPhones did not work in the presence of a newly installed MRI, and the overall story is really quite remarkable: 
This is the kind of tale that you don’t hear every day.  Erik Wooldridge is a Systems Specialist at Morris Hospital near Chicago. During the installation of a new GE Healthcare MRI machine, he started getting calls that cell phones weren’t working. Then, some Apple Watches started glitching. 
“My immediate thought was that the MRI must have emitted some sort of EMP, in which case we could be in a lot of trouble.” But an electromagnetic pulse would have taken out medical equipment in the facility as well, and they were working fine! He started investigating, and learned that every single impacted device was made by Apple—the technician’s Android phones were fine. And it was a wide-sweeping issue, impacting 40 different devices. What the heck? 
I’ve seen a lot of strange glitches in my time, and I’ve never heard of something like this. Neither had Erik. “The behavior of the devices was pretty odd. Most of them were completely dead. I plugged them in to the wall and had no indication that the device was charging. The other devices that were powering on seemed to have issues with the cellular radio. The wifi connection was consistent and fast, but cellular was very hit or miss.” 
That’s when he posted the issue to Reddit, where other sysadmins speculated that it might be caused by the liquid helium used to cool the MRI machine. So he investigated, and found there was a helium leak at the same time that vented into the building.
It's quite a detective piece, and they were able to come up with a nice hypothesis and test it. Cool story, read the whole thing.  

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Breaking: sailors and Marines drink lots of beer

Looks tasty!
Credit: guidetoiceland
Several bars in downtown Reykjavík ran out of beer while serving thirsty US sailors and marines who were in port over the weekend participating in the NATO military exercises Trident Juncture. The restaurant Sæta Svínið, The American Bar and other downtown bars reportedly finished all their beer supplies serving the 6-7,000 sailors who were in town. 
The local news site Vísir reports that the brewery Ölgerð Egils Skallagrímssonar, which makes the popular Gull, had to send out emergency supplies to the bars. According to the sources of Vísir the soldiers preferred local beers over imports, and were very willing to sample different micro brews as well as the more popular standard lagers. 
The local blogger Eiríkur Jónsson spoke to restaurateurs who said they had never experienced a similar situation. Bar owners who ran out of beer tried to solve the issue by borrowing from bars which were better stocked, while members of the delivery team from Ölgerðin were called out to help the bar owners cope, but "they were fighting an overwhelming force," as Eiríkur puts it. 
One of the owners of Sæta Svínið told Vísir that the first soldiers came in on Wednesday, the same night as the first ships came to port, and that they stayed until Sunday when the ships left port. With most of the ships and sailors out of port downtown bar owners have managed to restock after the weekend's assault.
You always hear these stories about chemists (or insert some other group of scholars here) that hit (that one place in America) and drank all the (insert institutions here) out of (insert alcohol type here.) As you can tell, I'm pretty skeptical of most of these stories, but here's an example where it appears to have actually happened. Well done, Navy, well done, Marines - way to represent the home of the brave and the land of the free. 

Well, that's scary

...LaQuetta Purkiss, who manages prep for Texas Tech University’s general chemistry labs, tells Newscripts she’s seen three ghosts in the school’s chemistry building. One is a young woman dressed in clothing from the 1950s who walks along one hallway. Another is a chemistry professor who will speak or nod at Purkiss. 
The basement is home to a third specter, who bears the likeness of a former graduate student. Purkiss recalls first seeing him when she was working on a nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy experiment. “He went into the connecting room, and I ran after him because no one was to go into that room without permission. I found myself standing in the dark and getting a really creepy feeling when I realized that he had walked through the door itself.” 
Purkiss isn’t the only one to have a spirited encounter at the NMR spectrometer. Andrew R. Davis, a chemist at the Library of Congress, tells Newscripts he got an eerie error message when he was a graduate student performing an NMR experiment at 1 AM. The message read, “error code=I don’t sleep,” which Davis perceived as an “ominous warning from the troubled spirits forever trapped in the machine.”
I'm not really one for believing in ghosts, but there is that weird feeling of being in a scientific building in the middle of the night, but hearing a noise or a voice you don't expect... 

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 436 positions

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Faculty positions: University of Denver, Denver, CO

From the inbox, two positions at the University of Denver: 
Biochemistry: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry seeks outstanding applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning September 1, 2019 with research interests that encompass the molecular basis for aging and age-related diseases. For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) November 26, 2018.
Organic: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Denver invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in organic chemistry beginning September 2019. For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) November 1, 2018.
Best wishes to those interested.  

The Chemical Engineering Faculty Jobs List: 46 positions

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Queen's University grad student poisoned labmate

From the inbox, via the National Post's Nick Faris: 
...Zijie Wang, a 26-year-old graduate student who worked elsewhere in the lab, admitted in a Kingston, Ont., courtroom on Thursday that he had poisoned the researcher in an attempt to harm him, the Kingston Whig-Standard reported. Wang was arrested that last Monday in January after the camera spotted him wearing gloves and wielding a pipette around the unnamed victim’s desk, court heard, the closing act in an apparent campaign to trick the man into ingesting a toxic chemical. 
Wang pleaded guilty on Thursday to administering a noxious thing — namely, the chemical N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which scientists use to generate cancer in rats for research purposes — to endanger life or cause bodily harm, as well as to a charge of aggravated assault. He’ll be sentenced Nov. 2, a clerk at the Kingston Ontario Court of Justice said...
Other articles here and here. Terribly disturbing - best wishes to the victim.  

Friday, October 26, 2018

View From Your Hood: Silent Service edition

Credit: Scott Bagley
From Scott Bagley: "View from my med chem lab window in Groton CT across the Thames river of a submarine returning to US Naval Submarine Base New London - relatively common sight from the labs here but never gets old.  Thank you for your service!"

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Medicinal Chemist Jobs List: 227 positions

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17 new positions at Organic Chemistry Jobs

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 420 positions

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Job posting: Tenure-Track or Tenure-eligible Investigator (Chemical Biology), NCI, Frederick, MD

From the inbox, this position: 
The Chemical Biology Laboratory (CBL), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is accepting applications for both Tenure Track and Tenure-eligible Investigators in Chemical Biology. Ideal candidates will establish independent, dynamic, collaborative programs that develop and apply chemical methods, tools and materials to define and manipulate the biological processes that impact cancer. Tenure track candidates are expected to establish an internationally recognized program. Tenure-eligible candidates will have already established an internationally recognized program. 
Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Chemistry or related Physical Science. The position is located at the NCI campus in Frederick, MD. This location offers state of the art Chemical Biology laboratories, as well as core facilities including mass spectrometry; NMR spectroscopy; protein expression and proteomics; electron, optical and small animal imaging and other advanced technologies. The position provides salary and full funding for a research program, including postdoctoral fellows, technician, office/laboratory space, research equipment, staff support, and an annual supply budget. 
Consideration of applicants will begin October 31, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and full benefits (including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan). This position is not restricted to U.S. citizens.  Applicants can apply at: https://irp-positions.nih.gov/job/CBL  Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research plans (~ 5 pages), and a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.  Three letters of recommendation should accompany tenure track applications. Letters will be collected later for tenure-eligible faculty.
 Link here. Best wishes to those interested. 

The Chemical Engineering Faculty Jobs List: 46 positions

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Friday, October 19, 2018

An unusual ad

What an iconic poster, I still love it.
Credit: IMDB
From my searching, this interesting product manager position for Transcriptic (emphasis mine): 
We’re looking for a talented, ambitious Product Manager to join our team at Transcriptic. We are a highly technology focused company changing drug discovery using robotics, computation, and large datasets. 
As a product manager at Transcriptic you will have a significant role in defining the vision for the future of drug discovery and the life sciences. You will collaborate closely with our users and our collaborators to understand product requirements based on analytics, interviews, and research. You will then work with our internal team of automation engineers, software engineers, chemists and designers to design and develop products which meet these requirements. 
 That's impressive. I thought this was cute:
Nice to have 
Experience in visual design
Exposure to lab automation
Deep knowledge of Back to the Future trilogy
 That's heavy.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Medicinal Chemist Jobs List: 237 positions

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The Analytical Chemistry Jobs List: 10 positions

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30 new positions at Organic Chemistry Jobs

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The Computational Drug Discovery Chemistry Jobs List: 32 positions

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Warning Letter of the Week: results before observation edition

From a note from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research to the President of Hanlim Pharm Co., Ltd. in Seocho-Dong, South Korea, this amusing comment:
3. Your firm failed to ensure that laboratory records included complete data derived from all tests necessary to assure compliance with established specifications and standards (21 CFR 211.194(a)). 
Our investigator observed a quality control analyst and laboratory team leader signing and backdating a test record. In the microbiology laboratory, we also observed an analyst recording microbiological test results from environmental monitoring settling plates before reading the plates, as well as recording results for a previous day. Upon questioning by our investigator, the analyst stated the plate count data had been mistakenly omitted. CGMP activities must be documented at the time of performance. 
If you know the result beforehand, what's the harm? (for the record, that's a joke) 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 401 positions

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Postdoctoral position: Sletten Group, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Postdoctoral Associate Position in Chemical Biology
Sletten Group, University of California, Los Angeles
 
Project Description: We have a position available to work at the interface of chemistry and biology to develop new tools to probe biomolecules, with ultimate implications in the detection and treatment of disease. Specific project details will be tailored to the skillsets and interests of the postdoctoral associate. 
Qualifications: This position is for a postdoctoral associate and applicants must have a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Biomedical Engineering or other similar degree by the agreed upon start date of the position. A track record of critical thinking and solving complex problems with a high degree of scientific rigor is the most important qualification. Preference will be give to candidates with a strong synthetic chemistry background as most projects within the group begin with organic synthesis. However, expertise in macromolecules, organic nanomaterials, microscopy and animal imaging are relevant to the group and applications in these areas are also encouraged. 
How to Apply: To apply, please send a cover letter, cv, and research summary to Prof. Sletten (Sletten@chem.ucla.edu). The position will remain open until filled. It is available immediately but start dates are open for discussion with Prof. Sletten.
Full ad here. Best wishes to those interested. 

Faculty position: assistant professor, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, St. Joseph, MN

From the inbox:
The Chemistry Department at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University invites applications for a tenure track position to begin in August 2019.  The successful candidate will join a cohort in teaching principles of reactivity across inorganic, organic and biological chemistry as part of our innovative curriculum (https://www.csbsju.edu/chemistry/our-curriculum). Applicants must have a PhD in chemistry and should be able to contribute to in-depth teaching in the area of chemical biology or biochemistry.  Postdoctoral experience is preferred.  
The successful candidate will be supported through departmental mentoring and training to develop inclusive and interactive pedagogy as well as an externally funded research program for undergraduates.  Strong candidates will therefore demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduates, an ability to reach diverse learners in small class and laboratory settings, strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to provide constructive feedback and a desire to work as a team across multi-section courses and labs.

The chemistry faculty form a diverse and collaborative 12-member department with an active research program featuring modern facilities, robust instrumentation, and cross-disciplinary interests.  Approximately 40 chemistry and biochemistry majors graduate each year.

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB), a liberal arts college for women, and Saint John's University (SJU), a liberal arts college for men, are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campuses are minutes away from St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Some CSB/SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities.  Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities....
Evaluation of applicants will begin November 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Full ad here. (PDF here.) Best wishes to those interested.

Postdoctoral position: postdoc, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

From the inbox:
Postdoctoral Research Associate – Chemical Informatics/Data Science 
The Department of Chemistry at UNF invites applications for one postdoctoral research associate (position # 510200) to work under Dr. Stuart Chalk on NSF Grant 1835643 (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1835643), to begin employment on January 1, 2019. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or related discipline, a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, and a background in data science are required. Candidates must be interested in undergraduate teaching and research in their discipline area and in data science. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018. For more information please see http://bit.ly/2xgy3ui
The university particularly encourages applications from women and minorities. UNF is an Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access, and Affirmative Action institution.
Best wishes to those interested.  

Postdoctoral position: Axelrod Lab, synthesis, West Lafayette, IN

Post-doctoral Position Available for Small-Molecule Synthesis or Oligosaccharide Synthesis in Translationally Directed Chemistry Research 
The research group of Dr. Abram Axelrod in the department of Chemistry and the department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Purdue University is seeking a post-doctoral researcher skilled in either small-molecule synthesis or carbohydrate chemistry. We are a synthetic organic chemistry group focused on translational immuno-oncology research, pursuing the synthesis of both immunomodulatory and anti-cancer compounds which will allow us to interrogate their biology and advance their potential as pharmacological tools and therapeutics. 
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry with experience in either total synthesis or oligosaccharide work (preferably both), and a proven track record of accomplishments in the laboratory demonstrated through publications. Required experience includes strong capabilities in multi-step synthesis, analytical techniques and characterization, good organizational, communication, and record- keeping habits. Experience in enzymatic transformations is a plus. In addition to research, other responsibilities will include mentoring students and junior lab members, and assisting manuscript preparation. The candidate will have access to world-class instrumentation and new facilities supporting their research, and be part of a dynamic atmosphere in a close-knit team of researchers. The position offers competitive salary and benefits. The successful applicant will be assessed on their productivity on an annual basis with the option of a yearly renewal if agreed upon by both parties. 
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV with research summary to aaxelro@purdue.edu, and arrange for 3 letters of reference from individuals familiar with the candidate’s experience, accomplishments, and potential. The position is open immediately, but the start date is flexible.
Full ad is here. Best wishes to those interested. 

The Chemical Engineering Faculty Jobs List: 44 positions

The Chemical Engineering Faculty Jobs List has 44 positions. It is curated by Lilian Josephson (@lljosephson). 

The Academic Staff Jobs List: 20 positions

The Academic Staff Jobs list has 20 positions.

This list is curated by Sarah Cady. It targets:
  • Full-time STAFF positions in a Chem/Biochem/ChemE lab/facility at an academic institution/natl lab
  • Lab Coordinator positions for research groups or undergraduate labs 
  • and for an institution in Canada or the United States
Want to help out? Here's a Google Form to enter positions.

Want to chat about staff scientist positions? Try the open thread.

Friday, October 12, 2018

View From Your Hood (?): early evening Madrid edition

Congreso de los Diputados (the Congress of the Deputies), the lower house of the Spanish national legislature.

(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption and preference for name/anonymity, please) at chemjobber@gmail.com; will run every other Friday.)

STEM shortage in St. Louis

From my weekly dose of pain (a Google Alert for "STEM shortage), this tidbit from a tech entrepreneur in St. Louis: 
Citing a tremendous demand for programmers, McKelvey said that many people don’t realize that every company these days is a technology company. 
“We definitely have a STEM shortage in the United States and frankly worldwide, but it is profound in the United States,” he said. “We’re trying to hire engineers now at Square in St. Louis and we see the job market, although it’s not as bad as I think it was seven years ago when Jack and I decided not to have a technical office here in St. Louis.” 
While LaunchCode is part of the solution as well as developments in the Cortex Innovation District, the tech shortage remains acute in the area. 
“There is a huge tech shortage,” McKelvey said. “It is so huge that literally it is constraining the growth of every corporation in St. Louis.”
Literally! Constraining! The Growth! (allow me to be a tiny bit skeptical of this)  

Thursday, October 11, 2018

For FIT anon

You can't assert "this will be a tenure track position" without some kind of documented proof. Send me a link to the new policy or a screenshot of an internal e-mail and I'll believe you (chemjobber@gmail.com) The ad itself does not say the word "tenure", therefore, I require this additional proof. 

The Medicinal Chemist Jobs List: 223 positions

The Medicinal Chemist Jobs list (curated by Joel Walker and myself) has 223 positions.

Want to help out? Here's a Google Form to enter positions, but if you want to do the traditional "leave a link in the comments", that works, too.

Want to chat about medchem positions? Try the open thread.

Positions I'm not including: positions outside the United States, computational positions (this will likely change), academic positions (likely never.)

The Analytical Chemistry Jobs List: 7 positions

The Analytical Chemistry Jobs List has 7 positions; this is curated by the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry. Want to help out? Fill out this form. 

11 new positions at Organic Chemistry Jobs

Over at Common Organic Chemistry, there's 11 new positions posted for October 7.

The Computational Drug Discovery Chemistry Jobs List: 32 positions

The Computational Drug Discovery Chemistry Jobs List has 32 positions. This list is curated by Joel Walker. 

The Process Chemistry Jobs List: 231 positions

The Process Chemistry Jobs List has 231 positions.

Want to help? Here's a form to fill out.

Want to chat process jobs? Try the open thread. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List: 377 positions

The 2019 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List (curated by Andrew Spaeth and myself) has 377 positions.

Want to help out? Here's a Google Form to enter positions.

On October 10, 2017, the 2018 Chemistry Faculty Jobs List had 331 positions.

Interested in how this is tracking overall? Check out these sweet graphics done by Andrew Spaeth.

Want to see pre-September discussion? Check out the pre-September open thread. Current discussion is on the September open thread. 

Otherwise, all discussions are on the Chemistry Faculty Jobs List webforum.

The Chemical Engineering Faculty Jobs List: 43 positions

The Chemical Engineering Faculty Jobs List has 43 positions. It is curated by Lilian Josephson (@lljosephson). 

Faculty positions: physical and multidisciplinary, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

From the inbox, two faculty positions at Oregon State University:
Multidisciplinary: We invite applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track position to develop a multidisciplinary research and education program that addresses challenging problems in energy, health, or the environment. Preferred candidates will have a research focus in analytical, inorganic/materials, and/or organic chemistry. To review and apply to posting, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/65608 
Physical: We invite applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track position to develop a strong research program in physical chemistry. Some areas of interest include the use of existing or new experimental methods to study biomolecules or materials (surfaces, interfaces, and/or solids), or advancing new theoretical frames of analysis and modeling. To review and apply to posting, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/65609
Both positions have a November 15 priority date. Best wishes to those interested. 

Faculty position: physical chemistry, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

From the inbox:
Assistant or Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte 
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte seeks applications and nominations for a tenure-track or tenured position in experimental Physical Chemistry, broadly defined, at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The successful applicant is expected to engage in the academic community of the Department of Chemistry and the interdisciplinary Nanoscale Science Ph.D. program. For appointment at the Assistant Professor level, candidates are expected to be prepared to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate students; and to teach undergraduate physical chemistry courses, and relevant courses at the graduate level.  
For appointment at the Associate Professor level, candidates are expected to have already established a productive, externally-funded research program; and be prepared to teach undergraduate physical chemistry courses, and relevant courses at the graduate level. We especially welcome applications from candidates who will collaborate in research and educational initiatives with colleagues in the Chemistry Department and other units on campus, and who will incorporate diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their work as a faculty member.
Full ad here. Priority date is November 1, 2018. Best wishes to those interested. 

Postdoctoral position: Martin Lab, Baylor University, Waco, TX

From the inbox:
A Post-Doctoral position in the Martin Lab at Baylor University is available in the area of synthetic organometallic chemistry. 
We are seeking a highly motivated Post-Doctoral researcher to join our research group.
The research will be focused on exploring the chemistry of new boron complexes. The project is synthetically demanding and requires expertise in air/moisture sensitive manipulations in addition to the spectroscopic and analytical techniques associated with characterizing new compounds. The duties will also include assisting in the mentoring of students (undergraduate and graduate) and composition of manuscripts. Please see http://sites.baylor.edu/caleb_d_martin for more information about the group. 
Interested applicants should contact Caleb Martin as soon as possible by e-mail (caleb_d_martin@baylor.edu). Please include a CV and contact information of at least two references. The appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal. The start date is flexible, however, funds are available immediately. The review of applications will commence as they are received until the position is filled. Compensation will include a salary of $47,476 USD and benefits.
Full ad here. Best wishes to those interested. 

The Academic Staff Jobs List: 24 positions

The Academic Staff Jobs list has 24 positions.

This list is curated by Sarah Cady. It targets:
  • Full-time STAFF positions in a Chem/Biochem/ChemE lab/facility at an academic institution/natl lab
  • Lab Coordinator positions for research groups or undergraduate labs 
  • and for an institution in Canada or the United States
Want to help out? Here's a Google Form to enter positions.

Want to chat about staff scientist positions? Try the open thread.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Chemistry experiments injure two kids in New York City

MORRISANIA, Bronx (WABC) -- Two students were injured during a science experiment at their school in the Bronx Friday. 
Authorities say the students were burned in the chemistry lab just after 1:30 p.m. at the Bronx International High School in the Morrisania section. 
According to officials, vapors from a bottle of uncorked alcohol flashed over, sending the students to the hospital with third-degree burns. 
The 17-year-old and 15-year-old victims, both girls, suffered burns to their faces, arms and hands. 
They were creating what is called a carbon sugar snake, when flames are applied to sugar and baking soda soaked in some type of flammable liquid. The reaction causes a solid material that resembles a snake to rise out of the mixture. 
Fire officials say the problem occurred when the fumes from solvent that was used -- alcohol -- ignited. 
"The alcohol that was in the bottle, somehow the vapors, I think they left the cap off, the vapors escaped from the bottle and it migrated across the table," a FDNY official said. "And when it did, it made contact with the fire that was already burning, and it flashed across and got the two students." The girls are said to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
 It'd be interesting to know what the size of the bottle was. 

A succinct reminder of relevant Harran/Sangji facts

The comments in Jyllian Kemsley's article about the conclusion of the legal proceedings around Professor Harran's deferred prosecution are the usual mix of informed speculation and (very) uninformed opinion. I agree with much of this comment from safety consultant Neal Langerman (scroll to the bottom): 
I am appalled by the opinions based on ignoring well-published facts. Jyllian Kemsley has done outstanding factual reporting of this entire story. Please go to the SAFETY ZONE and read the entire background before you develop and vocalize an opinion.
  1. Sheri was an employee, NOT A STUDENT. Thus, Cal/OSHA had jurisdiction.
  2. Sheri was hired to assist the lab in purchasing and installing Agilent instrumentation, with which she had extensive experience as an undergrad.
  3. While she had little experience with organic synthesis, she asked for and was given by Prof. Harran a synthetic project to work on in addition to her instrumentation work.
  4. She received no documented training of any type on handling tBuLi. Professor Harran did watch her handle an air-sensitive catalyst successfully, before turning her loose on the tBuLi project.
  5. Professor Harran was in the building the day of the fire and had instructed her to perform a 3-fold scale-up of the reaction she had done in October. He was in his office at the time of the fire.
K. P. Jamison (September 26, 2018 2:37 PM) asked if any "modelling" was done regarding outcomes if other PPE had been worn. Yes, though until today it has never been discussed. During the investigation, with the actual medical records in hand, we considered how events might have played out if she had been wearing an FR lab coat as well as all cotton clothing and various other options. While skin burns likely would have been reduced, the pulmonary injuries likely would have been the same. We never definitively decided if an FR lab coat would have changed the ultimate outcome. 
Bottom line: The PI is the "Captain of the Ship" and is ultimately responsible for all events on the ship. As a long-retired PI, I say to anyone in that position, you are responsible for your people. Protect them as if they were your children and family.
I think my only potential quibble is to the extent to which it is true that American PIs are treated as "the captains of their ship" and "ultimately responsible" for the outcomes in their laboratories. As a ideal, I think it's a good one.

The extent to which, for example, the US Navy holds its ship captains responsible for events under their command and how "loss of confidence" means a constant stream (one a week? one a month?) of fired Navy ship captains - that's certainly not the case for US science academia. Rather than court-martial by UCLA prosecuting authorities, Professor Harran was defended to the utmost against the Los Angeles District Attorney by his institution, including the Regents of the University of California taking on much of the legal responsibility for what happened in the Harran laboratory. Quite a difference, there. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Passports

A list of small, useful things (links):
An open invitation to all interested in writing a blog, a hobby that will bring you millions thousands hundreds tens of dollars joy and happiness. Send me a link to your post, and I'd be happy to put it up.

Have a good weekend!

How are things in Canada for pharma chemists?

Via Twitter, Professor Mark Lautens writes an interesting article in The Globe and Mail about STEM Ph.D.s and the Canadian life sciences industry. I found this section worthy of comment:
Let me give a specific and ultimately encouraging example of the resilience a PhD can offer. The global pharmaceutical industry was growing in Canada over a two-decade period and then hit a wall about 10 years ago. Many Canadian research sites, primarily based in Quebec, closed, in spite of considerable success in drug discovery. Dozens of highly trained chemists, pharmacologists and biologists were suddenly forced to leave the area, the country or the field. It was infuriating. 
Fortunately, ambitious entrepreneurs emerged and joined with the STEM PhDs to build contract research organizations (CRO), which partner with big and small biotech and pharma firms. They do the research and make the discoveries, while the firms take the risk. The talent stayed and built new businesses that are growing at phenomenal rates. Now, hundreds of PhD and MSc STEM researchers are working in profitable Canadian-owned businesses spread across the country. Out of the dust rose many made-in-Canada firms. Even better, these CROs bring money into our economy and export value-added products. 
These jobs are incredibly exciting and abundant. They range from trying to hunt down the latest disease treatment to finding a way to produce a potential drug on sufficient scale for clinical testing. These enormous challenges bring everyone from biologists to chemists to engineers together in collaboration.
Here's my comments and questions on Twitter, and here's Professor Lautens' response. Suffice it to say that I don't think there is a lot of statistical data to back up Professor Lautens' case, even as overall, I agree with him, things are doing better for Canadian pharma scientists. I don't think there is much more ground to be covered there, but I have two questions for the readers:
  • What is your opinion on where both the Quebec life sciences industry has been, and, more broadly, where is Canadian pharma now? 
  • What is the best statistical data that you have to back up your case? 
Readers, five shiny Canadian loonies to the answers I like the best. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Medicinal Chemist Jobs List: 222 positions

The Medicinal Chemist Jobs list (curated by Joel Walker and myself) has 222 positions.

Want to help out? Here's a Google Form to enter positions, but if you want to do the traditional "leave a link in the comments", that works, too.

Want to chat about medchem positions? Try the open thread.

Positions I'm not including: positions outside the United States, computational positions (this will likely change), academic positions (likely never.)