Thursday, March 17, 2011

You asked for it, Merck.

Isn't this what you want to be selling?
This job DEMANDS your degree in chemistry.
Photo credit: hoobly.com
Of the 71 positions posted, 37 are from our friends at Merck. So, along with a smattering of science-related positions, there are some real doozies. Are you a chemist? A member of the American Chemical Society? Merck wants to know if you're interested to be:
You know, when I got my degree in chemistry, I thought to myself: "You know, self, I really like footcare products. And when I really get good at synthetic chemistry, I'd like to become the head of the leader in footcare products, a brand that has been around for over 100 years. That would make my Mom and Dad proud of me."

Well, dreams die hard.

6 comments:

  1. Know what's sad? That marketing job is probably 100x more stable than any of the chemistry jobs at Merck. If they offered it to me I would probably take it.

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  2. Easy on the Dr. Scholl's brand CJ. This walk-everywhere city gal would be permanently blistered without their stuff. :)

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  3. Well, if you ever decide that science writing isn't your thing... :)

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  4. Chemjobber : I am flummoxed by the job posting "electromechanic". I did a Google on it and came up with....the "Related to both electricity (or electronics) and mechanics. I suppose I can call myself "mediorganochemist".

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  5. Is an electromechanic someone who takes apart electric things, and tries to fix 'em? If so, I qualify for all the toasters, clocks, and coffee makers I've destroyed this way.

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  6. I think the marketing director job is relevant, and kudos for Merck for that one posting! (Though they may have done something good by sheer quantity of adverts in C&EN).

    Consumer products are complex. The human body is even more complex. How products and the body interact with one another is best understood by a chemist.

    Marketing is not just about advertising & pricing. It is about knowing your consumer and your products and more importantly where your products should be going next.

    Though that being said, I wouldn't apply for that job either. I would miss my hood too much.

    We synthetic chemists are a die hard breed.

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