Friday, April 30, 2010

Daily Pump Trap: 4/30/10 edition

Good morning! From April 27 until 11:30 AM GMT April 30, there were 27 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 7 (26%) are academically connected and 1 is from our friends at Kelly Scientific Research.

A flavorful position: Mars is looking for a PhD flavor chemist to head its flavo(u)r chemistry division. Sounds like fun; obviously, you need to be quite experienced for this job.

Dupont: It's nice to see the major companies come in with positions -- Dupont has posted 5 positions, including a B.S. chemist for work in its Stone and Tile products division.

Regulus: And on the other end of the size spectrum, Regulus Therapeutics has posted 2 positions in bench chemistry. They are looking for a B.S./M.S. chemist with 1-5 years experience for microRNA and oligonucleotide synthesis and also an associate director (Ph.D., 8+ yrs.) for the same field.

The Holton Lab: Robert Holton (of Taxol fame) is looking for an "assistant scholar scientist" to work on taxane syntheses. I don't typically post on post-doc positions in the DPT, but this one has a 65-72k salary. For Tallahassee, that's not too bad.

Positive reinforcement: Kelly Scientific Resources has done a remarkable job of improving the positions its been posting. No more food technician positions, mostly really lab-based. Nice.


  1. Hmmm. It's been almost 20 years since the Taxol days. Holton is still doing taxane work and making Taxol analogs. Is there really anything left to do medicinally with taxol/taxanes?

  2. 12-15 yrs of intense schooling and training, your reward? A nice post-doc at $65-75K. But it's in Tallahassee!

  3. Well, if you're a fan of college football... well, never mind.

  4. Check out the first page of the new issue of C&EN. It's a full page color ad for DHL--for all the chemicals you need to import from China.

  5. I like college football, but I feel like after grad school and the 3-5 extra years of postdoc experience that he's asking for, I'd sacrifice the opportunity to watch good ball for a higher salary with longer tenure than 1 year (ie; not the pharma industry).

  6. Make it a tenure of 5 years at that salary with regular 1% increases and a realistic option for 5 year renewals and I might be sold. Oh wait, it's Tallahassee... better bump up the salary to Holton level.

    I think I'd rather hone my unemployment/hanging out in the cafe/hanging out on the beach skills. At least until I get a family or something. Then if my wife can't support me with her salary while I look after the kids, and whines too much, I might take a 70K postdoc in Tallahassee.

    Anyways, I've got to go work on my tan. Hitting the Med in a few hours... Maybe I'll bring along one of 'em Fagnou ASAP Jackass papers to read on my swim breaks.


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