Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Daily Pump Trap: 7/16/13 edition

Good morning! Between July 11 and July 15, there were 114 new positions posted on the C&EN Jobs website. Of these, 13 (11%) were academically connected and 84 (74%) were from Kelly Scientific Resources. 

Berkeley, CA: Lawrence Berkeley is looking for a Ph.D. staff scientist for its synthetic actinides program.

Richmond, VA: Evonik is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. chemist to be an agrochemical formulations specialist; 3+ years industrial experience, preferably related to "formulation of actives and surfactants for agrochemical pesticides or  organic surfactants or silicon surfactants."

Birmingham, AL: The Southern Research Institute is looking for senior medicinal chemists:
The Drug Discovery Division of Southern Research Institute (SR) invites applications from senior organic/medicinal chemists with experience in drug discovery and lead optimization to join the Medicinal Chemistry Department... To be in a position to exploit these projects, as well as support several internal projects, we are looking to hire experienced medicinal chemists interested in participating in collaborative drug discovery projects. 
To be considered, applicants must possess a Ph.D. in organic or medicinal chemistry and should have an externally funded, grant-based research program or have demonstrated the ability to obtain external funding.
First, it would seem to me that this would be a great set of opportunities for senior industrial medicinal chemists -- but then there's the "external funding" requirement (SBIRs, maybe?)

I wonder how these fishing expeditions by Southern Research Institute have been, especially considering there's been about one advertisement a year. Hmmm.

Hercules, CA: Evans Analytical Group is looking for a chemist to conduct pesticide residue studies. GC/MS, LC/MS experience desired.


  1. Does anyone else want to see Kelly Scientific burn to the ground as much as me?

    I wonder if anyone at C&EN realizes how much Kelly's job postings dilutes the quality of the ACS. Perhaps they're just happy to have the ad revenue to keep the party rolling.

    1. Burn to the ground? Not really. Go away? Definitely, definitely.

    2. It does not dilute, it highlights it.

  2. The ugly truth is that these temp jobs are the way of the future. Employers are looking to outsource their employees like they outsourced everything else. Companies get to try out new talent without spending money on benefits. The temp companies may give you some benefits, but you're not going to get the perks like employers used to give.


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