Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Daily Pump Trap: 3/19/13 edition

Good morning! Between March 14 and March 18, there have been 37 new positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website. Of these, 14 (38%) are academically connected.

Watertown, MA or Branford, CT: Forma Therapeutics has posted a healthy number of positions for medicinal chemists on its website. Actually, there's just a crapton of chemistry positions in general, analytical and computational. Mostly seem to be oriented towards experienced people, though.

Torrance, CA: Phenomenex, back again with its usual suite of positions. What are they about, anyway? Hiring lots of new people, or they can't fill these sol-gel positions?

Sandy, UT: Got a M.S./Ph.D. in analytical chemistry? 4Life Research is looking for you to be a QA/QC/cGMP manager. $90k offered, which is a nice salary for sure. I believe they're a supplement company, and one of the less savory ones at that.

Irvine, CA: Allergan is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. chemist to be a formulations scientist.

Bartlesville, OK: Chevron Phillips is looking for a Ph.D. polymer scientist; 5-10 years experience desired.

China Corner: Lilly is looking for positions in medicinal chemistry and process chemistry for its Shanghai facility.

ACS NOLA Career Fair Watch: 42 positions for the Career Fair, 7 positions for the Virtual Career Fair. 


  1. Forma advertises "full-time" positions, but when they bring you in for an interview, the positions are further described as "temp-to-hire". Is this bait & switch now standard practice in the industry?

    1. No, it is not. Might be a new practice, though.

    2. Certainly not the first place I've seen do this, and my last two jobs were both temp to start. From the employer's perspective it's good insurance against someone not working out. I would add that it's usually junior / low level / associates / first after PhD jobs that get temp'd, and 'known commodities' (experienced) folks don't have to deal with that.

    3. CanChem, it does make sense, but it needs to be advertised as such. If these Forma positions are advertised as full-time and turn out to be temp-to-hire, that's deceptive.

  2. I thought it was deceptive. It wasn't mentioned in the job description, or during my initial conversation with HR. By the time I got to tech interviews, one asked what other positions I was considering. I mentioned there was a temp-to-hire offer pending, but I was really looking for a full-time position. "Oh that is very interesting! Let me tell you more about our own temp-to hire scheme!" I declined being interviewed any further. I'm pleased that I found work outside this messed up phama labor market.


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