Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ivory Filter Flask: 1/10/12 edition

Good morning! Between January 3 and January 10, there were 20 academic positions posted on the ACS Careers database. Let's do the numbers (TM Marketplace):

Total number of ads: 20
- Postdocs: 2
- Tenure-track faculty: 12+
- Temporary faculty: 3
- Lecturer positions: 3
- Staff positions: 1
- Ratio of US/non-US positions: 18/2

Huh: The University of Akron is looking for an assistant professor of bibliography for their technical libraries. I didn't know that you only (heh, only) needed a MLS for being hired for the librarian tenure track. Interesting.

Well, when you put it that way: A new breed of cat has popped up from the University of California, Merced: "Lecturer with Potential Security of Employment." (Isn't that every lecturer, emphasis on the word 'potential'?) UC-Merced deigns to disagree with me:
The Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE) track closely parallels that of a tenure-track Assistant Professor, including membership in the Academic Senate, but with an emphasis on undergraduate education. This position will involve teaching primarily lower-division chemistry courses, coordinating various aspects of the undergraduate instructional program including oversight of instructional staff and training teaching assistants. Participation in education-related committees, student recruitment and outreach, and efforts to secure extramural funding for education program development is also expected.
Closely! Parallels!

Denver, CO: The University of Denver seeks a tenure-track professor of organic chemistry; specialization in bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry is desired.

Good golly!: A postdoc in Bozeman, MT for 47,000 smackeroos. Ahhh, it's funded by the Navy. They're looking at corrosion problems related to biofuels -- sounds interesting. Bozeman (not Butte!) is a lovely town.

Centralia, WA: Centralia College is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. chemist for a tenure-track position in teaching general and organic chemistry. Centralia professors are AFT-represented!


  1. Not the same thing indeed. Yes, they expect the candidate to teach overcrowded introductory chemistry classes and pay him accordingly, but the "potential security" will come from spending his or her every breathing minute writing grants.

  2. Whoa. As soon as I read "Centralia," I immediately assumed you meant in Centralia, PA, home to a 50-year-old underground mine fire (and the inspiration for Silent Hill).


    And I thought "Who would start a college there?"

  3. Oh, I don't know. "Centralia University of Pennsylvania Department of Chemistry" has a certain ring to it.

  4. I have to say, in my opinion Merced is an ugly little town with little to offer in terms of, well, anything. Probably one of the few places in California where you can actually rent a place that won't eat half your paycheck though.


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