Thursday, December 15, 2011

Daily Pump Trap: 12/15/11 edition

Good morning! Between December 13 and 14, there were 36 new positions posted. Of these, 3 (8.3%) are academically connected and 25 (69%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources.

Old Spice: Once again, McCormick and Company (the spice company) is looking for Ph.D. chemists who are senior flavor scientists. 3 positions in the last 2 days -- minimum 10 years in the flavor industry. Uh, good luck with that.

Boulder, CO: Kelly Scientific is recruiting for (it seems) a full-time B.S./M.S./Ph.D. natural product synthetic chemist position, 2-3 years experience desired. Who is this for?

North Charleston, SC: MeadWestVaco desires a B.S. product development chemist; 2-5 years experience in the chemical industry desired. Pine chemicals experience desired, but not necessary.

Kelly: I hate to do this, Kelly, but you leave me no choice. Are you a chemist? Do you like working in a chemistry lab? Kelly Scientific Resources would like to know if you want to be a shipping and receiving coordinator, a bare die manufacturing engineer or a site master planning staff engineer. Sigh.

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and have 243, 653, 2,930 and 49 positions posted for the search term "chemist."

The academic job market: After a year and a half off, I'd like to start looking at the academic job market again more thoroughly. Does anyone have a cutesy name for the weekly post I'd like to do? DPT is aimed squarely at the working chemist (I try, anyway); I'd like the new feature to be aimed at people who want to teach for a living. 


  1. Academic job market titles:

    Nine Month Employment
    Exacerbating the Glut
    Double Secret Probation
    Desperately Seeking Tenure

  2. Afraid to leave the womb-athon
    Searching for Sadists
    Getting Institutionalized
    Tweed Spotting

  3. Powerpoint Production Line
    Clicker Chemistry
    Whiteboard Wrangling
    High-Pressure Learning Curve

  4. Personally I like Anon7:13AM's "Exacerbating the Glut"


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