Friday, July 29, 2016

How many positions posted in pharma for US chemists?

For a very, very long time, I've been wanting to track the number of chemistry-related positions in the pharmaceutical industry, as advertised on their own websites.

For now, just a quick rundown of the number of available chemistry-related (broadly defined) positions in 10 major pharmaceutical companies. I searched on the individual company's website; the search term used was "chemist" and only positions in the US were counted.

Pfizer: 6
Roche: 1
Merck: 10
Novartis: 4
Johnson & Johnson: 18
GSK: 3
Sanofi: 5
AZ: 1
Lilly: 4
BMS: 12
Takeda: 5

At some point, this will solidify into a routine list, but I just thought I would get it started. 

The job growth rate for university chemistry teachers is faster than that of chemists?

A weird conundrum - the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as many of you know, issues employment projections every two years.

You know that chemist positions are expected to increase 3% between 2014 and 2024; this is well-below the 7% expected for all positions in the US labor economy.

As many of you know, chemistry professors are not included in that number for "chemists". They're defined as "chemistry teachers, postsecondary." What I did not know until yesterday: these positions are expected to increase by 15% from 2014 to 2024.

Of course, this projection cannot be taken in isolation. We do not know the projected wages for the positions, whether they are all full-time tenure-track positions at research universities (extremely unlikely) or if they're mostly adjunct positions (quite possible.) Also, these are projections - and these projections have certainly not borne out for chemists for the last 15 years.

So - does anyone have an answer for this? I think it's quite a little puzzle. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Help out a chemistry startup

Chemical and Engineering News would like to hear from you, if you know of a science startup that could use some attention. Click here to nominate them (the form is happily quite short.)

The chosen startups will be featured in an October "10 Startups to Watch" issue. 

What's your favorite job searching site?

From the inbox, a reader wonders about how to improve his applicant pool: 
I'm a long time reader of your blog and I have a question that I hope maybe you or your readers can help to answer.  What websites do most people use to find jobs out of grad school? I did a postdoc and then was lucky enough to find a job straight through networking so I don't have much experience.... 
...I've tried LinkedIn, and we have gotten quite a few decent candidates, but I would love to find a way to increase the pipeline.  Any suggestions?
So there are my favorites, C&EN Jobs and Indeed. I suspect that Monster and Careerbuilder are quite a bit less valuable, but I dunno.

I also like the various regional sites that seem to be high-signal, low-noise, such as Seattle's WashingtonLifeScience site and Boston's MassBio careers board. When I get crazy, I'll look at the "science/biotech" section of Craigslist for various cities, but those are pretty low signal.

Readers, your thoughts? 

Daily Pump Trap: 7/28/16 edition

A recent positions posted at C&EN Jobs this past week: 

Neenah, WI: Georgia-Pacific is looking for a research scientist to work on "Air Care" products to, among other things, "Lead the fragrance development process from concept development to  evaluation and qualification." Huh. (B.S., 5-10 years of product development desired.) 

Also, a "papermaking chemist" position with Georgia-Pacific at the same research site. I like the direct title. 

Urbana, IL: The American Oil Chemists' Society is looking for a technical special projects manager; M.S./Ph.D. in chemistry desired. 

Albuquerque, NM: Sandia is looking for a postdoc: 
The Geochemistry Department at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, New Mexico) is seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct research in molecular simulation of interfacial phenomena, particularly mineral-fluid interfaces.
Livermore, CA: Lawrence Livermore is looking for applicants to its fellowship program.

South San Francisco, CA: Also, via Twitter: Reset Therapeutics is looking for a research associate in medicinal chemistry. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jacob and Esau

27 The two first years grew up, and Esau became a skillful synthetic chemist, a man of the bench, while Jacob was content to stay in the instrument room, manipulating spectra. 28 Professor Isaac, who had a taste for new reactions, loved Esau, but his collaborator Professor Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was next in line for the NMR, Esau came into the lab. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me take a quick spectra! I'm in a hurry."

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your first authorship on your next JACS paper.”

32 “Look, I am about to give group meeting,” Esau said. “What good is my first authorship to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his authorship to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau his place in the NMR queue. Esau ran his NMR, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his authorship.

with apologies to Genesis
inspired by this very literate angry person

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Job posting: BS/MS process chemist, Newark, NJ

From the inbox, a position with Firmenich: 
We currently have an immediate opportunity for a Chemist to join our R&D Division at the affiliate chemical production site in Newark, NJ.

Summary: Lab chemist will work in the organic synthesis and/or process safety lab under the direction of Senior Chemist. Primary focus of the job is development and improvement of the industrial processes for manufacturing aroma chemicals, 
Education: B.S. (Chemistry, preferably from ACS-accredited program, or Chemical Engineering) or M.S. (Organic Chemistry or related), or equivalent. For B.S., at least 4 years of experience, for M.S. at least 1 year of experience, but willing to consider exceptionally qualified new graduates.
Link is here. Best wishes to those interested.  

Daily Pump Trap: 7/26/16 edition

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

Beerse, Belgium: Janssen is searching for an experienced medicinal chemist to work on early drug discovery - the position is Alzheimer's related. Ph.D. and 2-5 years of industrial experience desired.

(It's funny that whoever input the position into C&EN Jobs hit the "Confidential Employer" button, but the name of the company is in the description itself.)

St. Louis, MO: I feel like it's not common for Monsanto to post positions, but here's 3 of them.

(How to people who live in St. Louis feel about Monsanto/their employees? Better than the rest of the country, I suspect.)

Rolla, MO: Brewer Science, looking for a M.S./Ph.D. scientist. (M.S. + 6 years.)

Albuquerque, NM: Two postdoctoral positions at Sandia.

Ivory Filter Flask: 7/26/16 edition

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

Stanford, CA: Stanford University is looking for a senior research safety specialist.

It's that time again: mostly 2017 positions.

Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago is searching for an assistant professor of chemistry. 

Oxford, OH: Miami University has two assistant professor positions open. 

Framingham, MA:  Framingham State University is looking for an assistant professor of analytical or physical chemistry. 

Lausanne, Switzerland: They're searching for assistant professors at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL); looks like one biologically-oriented position, and one broader search. 

Lookout Mountain, GA: Covenant College is looking for a professor of chemistry. I feel like the desired qualifications are kinda broad?: 
The successful candidate would be expected to teach the analytical chemistry/instrumental analysis sequence and the physical chemistry sequence. A background in inorganic chemistry would best complement the current faculty. 
Looks to be an open rank search.

The List: I'm planning on starting the Chemistry Jobs list very, very soon, but Andrew Spaeth has beat me to it, and has started a list here. It's a good one, with 28 positions so far. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

This week's C&EN

A few of the articles in this week's C&EN:

Friday, July 22, 2016

The View from Your Hood: Zurich, Switzerland

Credit: Anonymous
An anonymous submission from ETH Zurich.

(got a View from Your Hood submission? Send it in (with a caption, please) at; runs every other Friday.)

Credit: Anonymous


From here: "Your acceptance into a PhD program puts you in the top 5% of the general populace in terms of academic ability, so don't ever forget that." 

No, I don't believe that at all. 

(The rest of it is fairly anodyne advice.) 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Daily Pump Trap: 7/21/16 edition

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

Summit, NJ: Holy smokes, there are a lot of positions (ten) posted by Celgene for its New Jersey site.

La Crosse, WI: The USGS is looking for a GS-13 research chemist. An interesting note: 
PLEASE NOTE:  This will NOT be a job interview.  This is to advertise the position and to make contact with potential interested candidates.
Dunno what this means, in government-speak. Offered salary: 71k - 117k.

Malvern, PA: Progenra is looking for two experienced B.S./M.S./Ph.D. medicinal chemists (1-10 years experience). 

Zeroes!:  Adesis (New Castle, DE) is looking for a M.S./Ph.D. synthetic organic chemist, 0-5 years experience desired. 

Sudbury, ON: SNOLAB is an unusual place (I understand they have a great big mineshaft?) They're looking for a temporary chemical analyst. 

Stow, OH: Saint-Gobain is looking for an experienced B.S./M.S./Ph.D. senior research engineer for ceramics work. 

San Luis Obispo, CA: Promega Biosciences is looking for an experienced M.S./Ph.D. chemist to be a manufacturing manager. 

"Israel": Did not know that L’Oréal had R&D facilities in Israel; they're looking for a senior formulator. 

ACS Philadelphia Career Fair Watch: 25 positions listed.