Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Daily Pump Trap: 3/15/11 edition

Good morning! Between March 10 and March 14, there were 55 new positions posted on the ACS website. Of these, 9 (16%) are academically connected and 2 (4%) are from our friends at Kelly Scientific.

Well: Seems to me there are a goodly number of medium-to-large size chemical companies that are hiring people right now.

An old champ: Vertex is looking for folks (when has it not been?). 7 positions, with 3 full-time positions (including a B.S./M.S./Ph.D. formulation scientist) and 4 internships. All appear to be in the development side of the house.

An even older champ: W.L. Gore is looking for a B.S./M.S. analytical chemist with experience (5+/3+ years) in HPLC method development in Flagstaff, Arizona. A lovely town if there ever was one.

In this corner: Gilead, with 5 positions. 2 process chemistry positions in Foster City, CA and 3 in Alberta, Canada. Eh? (cheap joke)

In that corner: Northwestern's Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (a mouthful) (read: in-house analytical center) is looking for a Ph.D. mass spectrometrist.

A young upstart: Ebonite International is a company that (really) manufactures bowling balls and bowling equipment. For some unknown reason, they fail to mention this wonderful fact in their ACS ad; they're looking for a polymer research / product development chemist.  "We seek a highly motivated individual with background and experience working with polymers with the ability to propose, develop and execute strategies directed at creating innovative new products, enhance current technologies, and support our sales staff. Additional working knowledge with casting polyurethanes, epoxies and polyesters is a plus. As a part of our research team, you will be actively involved with the development of new products from concept through transfer to manufacturing."

A contendah: Akermin, Inc. is a company "developing novel cost-saving approaches to addressing carbon capture needs. Its primary focus is removing greenhouse gas emissions from large fixed-base industrial facilities." They're looking for a Ph.D. polymer chemist with experience with polymer coating methods, phase-separated polymeric materials or micellar polymers and with immobilizing enzymes.


  1. Who ever gets the Ebonite job would be able to confirm the "a bowling ball is a single molecule" legend. I suspect that coatings not only void the statement, but also add significant profits.

  2. You should only apply to the Ebonite job if the requirements are up your alley.

  3. Careful! The Ebonite workers are known to strike, and then they need spares...


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