Thursday, July 12, 2012

Daily Pump Trap: 7/12/12 edition

Good morning! Between June 10 and June 11, there were 30 positions posted on the ACS Careers website. Of these, 3 (10%) are academically connected and 10 (30%) are from Kelly Scientific Resources.

Boston, MA: bluebird bio wants a B.S./M.S./Ph.D. chemist:
We seek an experienced Scientist that will research and develop biochemical and biophysical characterization assays in support of clinical development of our novel products. These activities include the development of novel methods and approaches for the characterization of complex viral, protein, and cellular products as we advance our candidates from discovery through regulatory submissions. 
You know, that sounds interesting.

Indianapolis, IN: Dow AgroSciences is looking for a synthetic chemist in their R&D section; no education specified, but they're looking for someone who has total synthesis experience. 

Speaking of which, open positions at Dow?: How many open bench chemistry positions are there at the mighty Dow, anyway? Well, in North America, there appear to (upon a search of their job website) to be 4 positions open, including the synthetic position above. (I'm counting the analytical position in Pittsburg, CA, the automation position in Indy and the senior chemist position in Massachusetts.) 

Mount Vernon, WA: PACCAR is a company that works on vehicle fluids (engine oils, coolants, etc.); they're looking for a B.S. chemist with 3+ years experience in vehicle fluids research. (There has to be a better way of finding this chemist than posting a job ad, right? Right?)

Columbus, OH: Chemical Abstracts Service is posting ads for scientific information analysts; minimum B.S. or M.S. required. It would be fascinating to talk to someone who took one of these positions -- they advertise them yearly, it seems. 49k-58.8k isn't a ton of money, but it's not bad for Columbus, I'd think. (Median household income is 38k, so you're not doing too poorly, I'd think.) 


  1. re: DOW - from what I've been told by people I used to work with DOW hires mostly new Ph.D's, something like 20-25 a year, mostly from schools within driving range from Midland. I imagine that replaces losses due to attrition. An interesting tidbit - on-site interview is a two-day affair, first you do it in Midland, next day - in Spring House.

    re: CAS - even at worst times I could never bring myself to apply there, it just seems like such a dead-end job and I've just never felt desperate enough. Glassdoor suggests that the salary can go up to 70k, reviews there are not stellar and just about what you would expect for a job like that.

  2. I enjoy mind-numbing, tedious document review, but I wonder about CAS HR. I would appreciate something from them beyond online notice of my applications being under review--in one case for more than a year.

    1. Yeah, but that's the norm nowadays. Basically, if you don't hear back within a week, you move on.

  3. CJ, you are wrong about "not doing too poorly". If you have/plan a family you absolutely do not want to live in Columbus proper. The closest reasonable area to reside would be Upper Arlington, and that is something else completely.

  4. I had a phone interview for the Scientific Information Analyst position at CAS last summer. Was told upon my inquiry 2 weeks later that they were "looking at other candidates". Oh well...probably didn't want to move to nowhere Columbus from the Philadelphia metropolitan area anyway.


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