Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 5/22/12 edition

Good morning! Between May 17 and May 21, there were 62 new positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 11 (18%) are academically connected and 49 (79%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources.

So here's what I want to know: The Air Force is hiring a director of analytical radiochemistry, I think:
This position will be located in a new 38,000 square foot radiochemistry laboratory that will support the Air Force Technical Applications Center's (AFTAC) Nuclear Debris Collection and Analysis Program by performing high confidence measurements in support of the U.S. Atomic Energy Detection System. This position supports national-level materials treaty monitoring programs.
I'm sure that this is just a routine budget thing, but one hopes that the government doesn't really need a new nuclear weapons detection laboratory. Oh, well.

Richmond, CA: Chevron would like to hire a M.S./Ph.D. analytical chemist to perform atomic spectroscopy. 2+ years performing petroleum analysis chemistry desired, as well as GC/ICP/MS chemistry.

Unknown, unknown: Someone would like to hire a really experienced Ph.D. chemist, and not give them a particularly impressive title ('scientist' (perhaps the recruiter didn't catch the traditional 'principal' or 'senior')). Check out the preferred qualifications: "Ph.D. degree plus 2 years of process chemistry or material science industrial experience, preferred in crystallization development by FBRM, PVM, and ReactIR technologies. Experience in using Easymax or HEL AutoMATE chemical reactor. Experience in using Biotage, prep-HPLC, Akta, and size exclusion purification techniques."

Best of luck, I suppose.

Zeroes!: Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (Boston, MA) is hiring a Ph.D. organic chemist, 0-3 years experience. The HR person is going to be emptying their inbox with a shovel.  

Baton Rouge, LA: Albermarle is hiring a polymer chemist to work in their flame retardant and curatives department; no educational experience noted.


  1. @CJ: Aren't you being a bit presumptive about the Ironwood HR rep who'll be receiving the applications? It could be a dude...2 of my 4 job interviews involved meetings with male HR reps.

  2. "unknown, unknown" sounds like an ad placement required to convert from an H1B to a GC (to be exact: I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker). Need to show that no qualified US citizen is available to fill the position. With the very specific requirements listed, it is easy to proof that there does not exist any applicant in the US that fully fits the position requirements. Of course, except the beneficiary of the immigration petition.

    Been there, done that. When my position was advertised in C&EN some ten years ago we received plenty of resumes. But unfortunately I was the only person whose experience perfectly fit the opening...:)


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