Sunday, January 18, 2009

Chemjobber Working Chemist ACS Web Index: 1/17/09

This is a new measurement -- I'll have to work out the kinks, but here goes.

The Working Chemist ACS Web Index is a measurement of the openings posted on the ACS Careers website. This index is primarily for chemists (at all educational levels) who have been working for less than 10 years and are still 'at the bench.' Caveats below. 

Going through the ~160 odd positions listed on the ACS Careers website, there are 37 positions available to the working chemist. There are 20 connected to the pharmaceutical industry and 17 outside of pharma. This covers the time period including 1/17/09. 

It counts only jobs that are lab-oriented and non-managerial; obvious senior-level titles such as "Group Leader", "Research Fellow" or "Director" will not be counted. Academic jobs (professor positions at any level, any Ph.D.-level lecturer position, postdocs) are also not counted. Academic technician or staff positions are counted on a case-by-case basis. 

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