Thursday, October 27, 2016

Daily Pump Trap: 10/27/16 edition

A few of the positions posted at C&EN Jobs:

Cleveland, OH: Interesting and not altogether unexpected that the Cleveland Clinic is setting up a drug discovery core. This director position would be a good fit for the right pharma vet who wishes to take in more games at Jacobs Field.

Louisville, KY: Hexion is looking for a product development chemist for resins. The educational requirements are interesting:
PhD in Organic, Polymer Chemistry or related field (Paper Processing) or MS with 5 years of experience or Bachelors of Science with 10+ years experience with an exceptional track record.
I think the place where these requirements go wrong is attempting to specify the number of years of experience needed. Is 8 years of an exceptional track record and a B.S. in chemistry not enough? 

Oak Ridge, TN: Oak Ridge National Laboratories is searching for a postdoctoral position in molten salt synthesis.
Interesting: I found this B.S./M.S.-oriented "Science and Technology Fellowship" program with the Institute for Defense Analyses position unusual and worth some attention. 

McIntosh, AL: BASF is looking for a technology chemist (B.S. in chemistry, experience needed). I really like this slew of buzzwords: 
Participate in cross-functional teams to develop innovation chain improvements and solve plant problems. Use the Stage-Gate Innovation Chain process to facilitate this cross-functional participation.
"The Stage-Gate Innovation Chain process." Where's Pai Mei when you need him?

Wine chemist wanted: Where else? Napa Valley, California, of course. B.S., 2 years experience desired.

Washington, MO: R.D. Laboratories, Inc is searching for 2 analytical chemists.

Woburn, MA: Organix, doing its thing.

A broader look: Monster, Careerbuilder, Indeed and show (respectively) "1000+", 345, 9868 and 22 positions for the search term "chemist." LinkedIn shows 2,332 positions for the search term "chemist" and 14,273 for the search term "chemistry." Job titles from LinkedIn - first with quotes, and the second without: Analytical chemist: 247/306. Research chemist: 34/45. Synthetic chemist: 16/415. Medicinal chemist: 16/53. Organic chemist: 26/64. Process chemist: 16/40. Process development chemist: 4/5. Formulation chemist: 35/41. 


  1. Unfortunately, it's not called Jacob's Field anymore...

  2. "Is 8 years of an exceptional track record and a B.S. in chemistry not enough? "

    I'll bet some HR drone thought 5 and 10 sounded better.

  3. I have always wanted do to a study comparing ad requirements to resumes of those eventually hired.
    Then to rub salt into the HR wounds, check how many discarded resumes met the ad requirements.
    Could never get the data.

    1. I bet there are a lot of cases where some HR drone threw out a qualified person's resume because they didn't know that XPS and ESCA are the same thing, or FTIR and infrared spectroscopy are the same thing, or something like that. You pretty much have to copy the qualifications verbatim into your resume to get them past the non-scientist doing the screening.