Thursday, April 10, 2014

Daily Pump Trap: 4/10/14 edition

Good morning. For now, a smattering of postings from C&EN Jobs that are interesting and/or relevant: 

Synthetic biochemistry?: GSK has a very interesting posting for organic chemists of a certain bent:
We are investing heavily in new technologies for the manufacture of our drugs under an initiative termed Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT). Among these technologies the Synthetic Biochemistry team (a cross-divisional, cross-scientific function, global team) is seeking to develop industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology approaches to create new routes for manufacture of drugs. We’re also looking to enable better chemocatalytic solutions through application of smart automation and catalyst design. We are seeking people across a variety of skillsets at sites in the US (Upper Merion, PA and Research Triangle Park, NC). These new AMT roles will be embedded within the current Global API Chemistry teams at these sites with the intention of growing current capabilities or introducing new skills to the team... 
...If you are interested in a career in either chemical catalysis or synthetic biochemistry, there can be few better environments in which to pursue your ambitions than GSK. The positions will involve working within a multidisciplinary environment where you will be encouraged to expand your technical knowledge through a combination of courses, conferences and on-the-job experience. 
Sounds pretty interesting. 5 positions,  M.S./Ph.D. Having 5 people spread out over a number of sites doesn't exactly sound like the most concentrated of efforts, though.

La Jolla, CA: Calibr (the California Institute for Biomedical Research) is looking for a synthetic chemist to do a postdoc; sounds intriguing. "Profound literature search skills" is a nice one. (Sooooooooo, does anyone get the feeling that you're a molecular sherpa for the biologists in this postdoc?)

East Providence, RI: NuLabel Technologies is a polymer research company that's looking for a M.S./Ph.D. coating formulation chemist:
...NuLabel is actively searching for Coating Formulation Chemist and/or Polymer Scientist with a strong background in polymer chemistry to fill a Senior Scientist role. 
Key Activities:
  • Lead laboratory in formulation and synthesis of new material technologies to support business objectives
  • Design application-specific and client-driven polymeric coatings and plastic products
  • Must be an independent self-starter working at the leading edge of innovation of polymeric coatings and adhesives
  • Must have a MS or PhD in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Material Science or comparable engineering field with emphasis in polymers and their manufacture
  • Must have at least 10 years of research and development experience (preferably 5+ years in industry)
  • Good product knowledge of widely used commercial resin and emulsion systems and additives
  • Polymeric coating experience specific to emulsion technologies
  • Effective communication and social skills are imperative
  • Must be passionate, creative, independent, have initiative and be a problem solver
How much are they willing to pay this experienced dynamo? "Starting at 75,000.00" Wooooo!

(Readers, please correct me if I'm wrong in thinking that the salary is a touch (say, 10k?) low. I'm spitballin' here.)

Washington, D.C.: Technology Sciences Group is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. chemist to be a TSCA specialist.


  1. That NuLabel salary is low, especially considering the experience they want and the cost of living for the area. My personal opinion is that $10K more would still be low for that position, I think minimum $20K bump (I may be showing my chemistry employee bias here).

  2. 75K would be appropriate............for an entry level PhD position in a low cost-of-living area.

  3. The cost of living calculator indicates that the pay in RI is what Im making in fly-over-country. Yes, it really sucks wind.

  4. Concrete DovetailApril 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    5+ industry experience is where the correct salary becomes more dynamic. I don't think a 5 year post-doc would get you much bargaining power, but with industry experience you might be able to bump the salary up up to 80/85, even with the high cost of living. Here's the thing: they could always fill this position with a new graduate if more experienced scientists aren't interested. I am in this field and can say that there are currently a lot of people in the coatings/adhesives/polymers field with 10+ years experience in industry looking for work, and they are willing to move to less sexy places to live.


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