Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ivory Filter Flask: 1/29/13 edition

Good morning! Between January 22 and January 28, there are 21 new academic positions posted to the C&EN Jobs website. The numbers:

Total number of ads: 21
- Postdocs: 1
- Tenure-track faculty:  10
- Temporary faculty: 5
- Lecturer positions:  5
- Staff positions:  0
- US/non-US: 19/2

Wanted: a good GM: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is advertising for a full professorship, department chair and head of the School of Chemical Sciences for all of you out there qualified for this position. I suspect that 'twould be a tough (state funding scenario) but rewarding position. (In the fat chance I would be offered this position, I would demand a weekly supply of fish sandwiches and/or an expense account at the food truck by the library.)

(Hey, why are they advertising this position when folks know darn well that it's being recruited person-to-person? Formality, I guess.) 

Tacoma, WA: The University of Washington - Tacoma is looking for a chemistry lecturer, M.S./Ph.D. required. It's a 3 year renewable appointment.

New York, NY: New York City College of Technology is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor of chemistry. It sounds like teaching duties will involve introductory-level classes.

Frostburg, MD: Frostburg State University is seeking a lecturer in chemistry. "(possible conversion to a tenure-track position at some point in the future)." Allll carrot, baby!

Newark, DE: The University of Delaware's chemistry department is seeking a temporary assistant professor of chemistry; 1 year contracts, renewable for 3 years.


  1. UIUC is advertising it because they are required by law to do so. But, you're right. There are (very likely) no serious applicants who will have not been already talking with the UIUC faculty members.

  2. You left off Lake Forest College, which is interesting, because they already had an opening back in the fall. I guess there just aren't enough talented people out there...

    1. I tend to pick 4-6 items that I find interesting for one reason or another; I don't know why LFC didn't make the cut.

  3. I still miss those fish sandwiches from the roach coach. (I got mine by the Engineering Library, though.)

    1. CoulombicExplosionJanuary 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      Today I learned that "roach coach" is fairly common slang. I had only heard it used to describe the truck that frequented a construction site at UCSC, and I had credited the grad students there with creativeness for coming up with the name. Probably also the first food truck I visited, although the specialty there was the carne asada burrito.

  4. That "up to 3 years" temporary position at UDel is really just a glorified adjunct with no hope for tenure, is it not? Why not just call a spade a spade?

    1. Agreed. It's a "temporary assistant professor" job, which most places have the good graces to refer to as such.

    2. If you're going to be doing a crap job that pays nothing and where you're mistreated by the department, might as well do it in Harvard, because then you have Harvard on your resume, even though they treated you like dirt. Who wants to be treated like crap by Delaware? Nothing against Delaware... actually never mind, that had plenty against Delaware in it.

      Sadly, there are people willing to take these kinds of jobs (significant other has a much better job in town). The adjunct job is a disgrace for the university system where even the lowliest administrator will get paid more.


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