Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Daily Pump Trap: 11/17/15 edition

A few of the positions posted on C&EN Jobs in the last week:

Charlotte, NC: BASF looking for a M.S./Ph.D. chemist to work on "Architectural & Decorative Coatings – Resins." Huh, who knew?

Research Triangle Park, NC: AgBiome looking for a B.S./M.S./Ph.D. chemist to be a production manager; fermentation process development experience desired.

Chico, CA: I shouldn't be surprised that Sierra Nevada Brewing has scientists working for it; the qualifications shouldn't be surprising, either:
  • Originating, planning, organizing, prioritizing, executing, coordinating and leading research projects and experiments from bench scale to plant scale in support of continuous product and process improvement and internal customer service
  • Proposing, establishing, and justifying new or improved procedures or product and process materials based on sound experimental results
  • Chemical analysis, methods development, and the operation and upkeep of delicate and sophisticated instruments
  • Application of statistical principles such as ANOVA, MANOVA, and DOE
  • Documenting, organizing, analyzing, summarizing, and presenting research data and results, conclusions and recommendations

Madison, WI: Ag Precision Formulators looking for a B.S. chemist to be a laboratory technician.

Berkeley, CA: LBNL looking for a postdoc in coherent X-Ray scattering.


  1. Re: the BASF position -- coatings are a multi-billion dollar industry.

  2. To piggyback on what Joe said...

    That BASF position looks to me like a multi functional one that I suspect pays well. Polymers are a good industry for analytical or organic chemists to be in.

  3. To clarify, the "who knew?" was that BASF was working on something as specific as "decorative resins for coatings", not surprise that BASF did coatings work.

    1. It's probably more like "resins for decorative coatings" (or some special-purpose type thing). Extreme high gloss, extreme low gloss, etc. Connected to polymer melt and / or solution rheology.

  4. "Decorative Resins" is a BS marketing term. Technically speaking, a wood varnish is a decorative resin.

    But to your point... things can get lost in translation when posting on the interwebs. No need to explain yourself.

  5. No problem, and thanks to both of you for your expertise!


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