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Posted August 14, 2018 

Enroll in GK-12 program for Fall 2018 by August 24th.

Join an exciting program organized through the Graduate School that gives Masters, Ph.D., and Post-doctoral students a mentored, in-depth opportunity to share their research with K-12 students and teachers in local schools.

Posted August 9, 2018 

Purdue University Global Opportunity for Graduate Students

 The following link announces Purdue University Global online tutoring positions that  are available to West Lafayette graduate students.  It’s expected that six to ten positions are available now. This announcement will also appear in the next Purdue Graduate Student Government weekly announcements.

 Here's the link:

Posted August 9, 2018 

Please find poster and job description for DowDupont's on-campus recruiting effort.   


myCCO Position ID:  844428, Ph.D. Research and Development Scientist/Engineer Information Session:  Aug. 28 3:30PM @ Hampton Hall 1252

Interviews:  Aug. 29-30 @ Young Hall 213, 215, & 217 

We greatly appreciate the opportunity to build relationships with your departments through the success of your graduates.


 PLEASE NOTE:  There are 3 different DowDuPont recruiting visits coming up.  They are as follows:

 Dow Chemical has an info session on Wednesday, August 15 at 4:30 PM in BRWN 4102.  Interviews will be on August 16-17.

Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture division of DowDupont has an info session on Monday, August 27 at 6 PM in BRWN 4102.  Interviews will be on August 28.

DowDuPont has an info session on Tuesday, August 28 at 3:30 PM in HAMP 1252.  Interviews will be on August 29-30.


Posted August 6, 2018 

Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia

 The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of organic chemistry. Candidates with expertise in polymer/materials chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organometallic chemistry or other relevant fields who can teach organic chemistry will also be considered. A Ph.D. is required; postdoctoral experience is strongly recommended.

Diversity is a core value of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when people with diverse backgrounds and ideas come together to learn. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a 5.5 course load, which includes: teaching a two-semester organic chemistry sequence and the accompanying labs, and creating one advanced or non-majors course. An active research program involving undergraduates is expected; startup funds competitive with top liberal arts colleges will be provided.

The applicant should submit the following: a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, a three-page statement of research plans at an undergraduate liberal arts institution, a two-page statement of teaching philosophy, and the contact information for the writers of three letters of recommendation. To submit applications online, visit: Review of applications begins immediately and will close on September 28, 2018.

 If you have questions about the position, please contact Erich Uffelman, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,

Washington and Lee University is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of 1800 students located in Lexington, VA, three hours southwest of Washington, DC. W&L is consistently ranked among the top 12 national liberal arts colleges. The Department has ACS-certified programs in both chemistry and biochemistry.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body.


Posted August 6, 2018 

I wanted to pass along some new opportunities within Merck Research Lab’s Pharmaceutical Sciences division. All of these positions are in NJ.  The job descriptions are provided in the attached links. Please apply online and also feel free to reach out to me with any questions. 

PRE000658 Scientist, Analytical Sciences in Rahway, NJ

PRE000659  Engineer, Sterile Formulations in Kenilworth, NJ

PRE000660 Associate Principal Scientist, Digital Device Development in Rahway, NJ

William Forrest, Ph.D.  I  Assoc. Prin. Scientist  I  Sterile Formulation Sciences  I  Preclinical Development

Merck Research Labs  I  Tel: 908-740-5748  I  Email:

Posted August 6, 2018 

AbbVie is actively seeking talented scientific innovators in the area of pharmaceutical development around the United States. Representatives from process chemistry (Dr. Dan Tao) and discovery chemistry (Dr. Udara Premachandra) will be visiting Purdue campus on September 7th, 2018 to give a short company presentation and answer questions. Graduate students at all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend this information session and learn more about AbbVie (details of the session below). As well, Dr. Tao and Dr. Premachandra plan on individually meeting with senior graduate and post-doctoral chemistry researchers who will be entering the job market in the coming year. If you are interested in meeting one-on-one with AbbVie representatives, please submit your CV and research summary as a single PDF (combining both documents) to Betty Hatfield ( for pre-screening by Friday, August 24th.

 Information Session: 

9 AM, September 7 in BRWN 4102- breakfast will be provided.

 Individual Interviews:

BRWN 2016-  Selected individuals will have the opportunity to present research highlights (20-25 min)

Posted August 6, 2018 

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

The Department of Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a tenure-eligible, Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry to begin in fall 2019. 

Posted August 3, 2018

3M on campus for information session and PhD interviewing

   3M Career Event

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - Pizza and Social 5:30-6:00 PM followed by information session at 6 PM-7PM both in FRNY G140

Interviews on that Wednesday and Friday

Other information is in the attachments. 

Posted August 2, 2018

Biology Instructional Coordinator II -Purdue University - West Lafayette - Biological Sciences(Job Number: 1801286)


 As Biology Instructional Coordinator II, you will coordinate and conduct instructional activities associated with Microbiology laboratories at the undergraduate and graduate level. You will act as an interface between faculty and student as well as prepare and administer exams and quizzes. You will conduct help sessions and maintain grade rosters. Finally, you will coordinate daily laboratory operation.

 This posting represents an academic year position (vacation when class is not in session). Benefits do apply.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field.
  • Two years experience in microbiology laboratory research and/or instruction.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with ability to work with a diverse group of students and faculty.
  • Ability to lift and carry 10 pounds frequently and 20 pounds occasionally.
  • Able to handle a flexible work schedule, that includes occasional evening exams and training.


  • Master's degree.
  • Supervision and administrative experience.

Additional Information:

  • This posting represents an academic year position (vacation when class is not in session). Benefits do apply. 
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime) 
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 


Posted August 2, 2018



At Dow, we are committed to making our company a great place to work. We combine the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. We are accomplishing this by hiring the best and brightest employees who represent diverse backgrounds and experiences; and, who can deliver a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to Dow’s customers.  As part of this commitment, and to recognize our employees’ outstanding efforts and contributions, we offer a compensation and benefits package which is considered top tier in our industry.

 This fall, Dow is seeking post-doctoral and PhD candidates such as yourself for full-time employment in the disciplines of Analytical, Physical, Theoretical, Organic, Inorganic, Materials Chemistry, or related doctoral concentrations that have the skills sets as generally defined in the job description attachment.   Applicants should expect to graduate between September 2018 and August 2019. 

 Research & development positions are primarily located in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas, with select opportunities in other geographic locations.  Opportunities exist across R&D in both Core R&D and business R&D functions.  Please view our R&D careers website if you are interested in learning more.

 The majority of PhD and post-doctoral candidates enter the company via on-campus recruiting.   Samir and Heather will be interviewing on campus for R&D positions on August 16-17 at the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO).  If you are interested in interviewing for a 2018-2019 position within Dow, please sign up for position “PhD Chemistry– All Disciplines 2018/2019”, job number 844061  at the Purdue CCO website before August 9th, 11:59 PM.   For those selected to Interview, there will be an informal information session on the evening of August 15 at 4:30 pm in BRWN 4102. 

 The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont™ (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at

 Samir Julka and Heather Spinney

The Dow Chemical Company


Posted July 31, 2018

 Analytical Sciences in Pharmaceutical Sciences of Merck Research Labs is looking for a Scientist to join our team.  Please cascade to those in your departments who may be interested in this opportunity. This position would be of particular interest to Masters students.

Posted July 31, 2018

Pfizer Essential Health R&D Professional Development Program

Applications due August 22, 2018 for info sessions on September 17 and interviews on Sepember 18.

Posted July 25, 2018

Postdoctoral Scholar in Protein Engineering and Biosensor Development
at Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University.

Posted July 24, 2018

Please see attached call for applications for graduate students for the President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering.  The deadline is November 1 each year, and normally begins on October 1 the following year.

Posted July 20, 2018

Amherst College, Massachusetts

Assistant Professor in Experimental Physical Chemistry

Posted July 17, 2018

2018 Merck Analytical Chemistry Positions

Weijuan Tang, a former PhD graduate from professor Kenttämaa’s lab is now with Merck Analytical Research and Development.

 She says:

 “We have several analytical chemistry positions open in our department. Attached are the job descriptions. Could you please help circulate this email/attachment, and encourage students graduating in 2018 and 2019 to apply through CCO (ID: 843227) for on-campus interview opportunities? I will visit Purdue to recruit promising PhD candidates.

 (NEW) I plan to make the trip to Purdue on August 30 (NEW).

I want to give a 1-hour info session including Q&A. In the meantime, I will schedule 30-45 min interviews for selected candidates.”

 Her e-mail is


Posted July 12, 2018

Post-doc in solid state and diffusion NMR in Prague

A post-doctoral position is available in the field of Physics of Molecular Structures:

Dynamics of novel microporous materials based on metal organic framework

The project addresses structural characterization and detailed investigation of dynamics related to adsorption properties of novel microporous materials based on stable metal-organic frameworks.

The major activities related to the position include advanced spectroscopic characterization of the newly synthesized materials and a thorough investigation of rotational and translational mobilities of the system components – the microporous framework as well as the adsorbed species such as methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen or water. For this purpose there are available two NMR spectrometers equipped for variable temperature multinuclear liquid and solid state measurements under static as well as the magic angle spinning conditions. The spectrometers are also equipped with a strong pulsed field gradient accessory for the state-of-art studies of translational diffusion in heterogeneous systems and for microimaging. Complementary techniques such as differential scanning calorimetry, gel permeation chromatography, optical spectroscopies etc. will be also utilized.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. and strong background in physics or physical chemistry, especially in NMR spectroscopy (ideally including relaxation and/or diffusion measurements), thermodynamics, and experimental data processing.

The project will be supervised by Dr. Jan Lang, associate professor, Department of Low Temperature Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University (e-mail contact:

These positions offer:

    1 year contract from October 2018 with a possible renewal in case of mutual interest

    the salary comparable to the starting salary of an Assistant Professor at the Faculty

Interested candidates should submit:

    brief description of research expertise and plans (1–2 pages)
    list of publications
    copy of PhD thesis (or a link for downloading)
    two letters of recommendation

!!!!! Submissions should be emailed to not later than July 15, 2018. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview.

Posted July 11, 2018

The Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce its 42nd Annual Symposium, Physical & Chemical Interactions of Polymeric Systems taking place on October 24th and 25th, 2018. Registration is now open and student poster submissions are being accepted!

Registration, accommodation, and much more information for the symposium can be found at

October 24th: Professional Development Short Courses

This half-day (afternoon start) series of talks is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students. Speakers will present on a variety of topics included career pathways, networking and job searches, being successful in graduate school, and public scientific engagement. An evening networking dinner will be held following the talks to which all symposium registrants are invited. 

 October 25th: Physical & Chemical Interactions of Polymeric Systems

The research symposium and poster sessions, featuring invited talks by faculty and students. Industrial sponsors will have booth space during the poster sessions to connect with students. Poster awards will be given at the conclusion of the event at 3:30 PM.

 Participants are able to register for both or just one of the days of the symposium. The poster session is open to all students and post-doctoral researchers and covers research in all areas of polymer science and engineering. 

 There is no registration fee. Two poster submissions will be elevated to invited talks, providing a fantastic opportunity to showcase research to leaders in the field.

Please let us know if you have questions about the event, we look forward to seeing you in October!

Posted July 3, 2018

2018 Merck Analytical Chemistry Positions

Weijuan Tang, a former PhD graduate from professor Kenttämaa’s lab is now with Merck Analytical Research and Development.

 She says:

 “We have several analytical chemistry positions open in our department. Attached are the job descriptions. Could you please help circulate this email/attachment, and encourage students graduating in 2018 and 2019 to apply through CCO (ID: 843227) for on-campus interview opportunities? I will visit Purdue to recruit promising PhD candidates.

 I plan to make the trip to Purdue in mid-late August. I want to give an 1-hour info session including Q&A. In the meantime, I will schedule 30-45 min interviews for selected candidates.”

 Her e-mail is


Posted June 22, 2018 

Insight Data Fellows Programs

Insight is now accepting applications from graduating students for our fellowships in:

 - Data Science  (for PhDs & Postdocs)
 - Health Data Science  (for PhDs & Postdocs)
 - Data Engineering  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
 - Artificial Intelligence  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
 - Data Product Management  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)
 - DevOps  (for Bachelors, Masters, or PhDs)

1400+ Insight alumni are now working at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Github, Slack, 23andMe, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Pinterest, Microsoft, and 250+ other top companies.

Insight Fellows Programs:

 - 7 week, full-time training fellowship
 - Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers & AI specialists
 - Join an active community of Insight alumni
 - Self-directed, project-based learning followed by interviews at top companies
 - Tuition-free with need-based scholarships and loans available to help cover living costs

Upcoming Early Application Deadline: July 9

Learn more & apply on our website:

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Questions? Email us at

Posted June 14, 2018 

Leybold is looking for an analytical chemist. See attached. Even though the position states that it is for Bachelor’s degrees, really they are looking for a PhD and will compensate accordingly. 

Posted May 1, 2018

ORAU/ORISE- Analytical Chemistry (MS/PhD) Opportunity Available, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

Please see the following ORISE research opportunity with the U.S. Army Public Health Center.  

Project ID: Analytical Chemistry (MS/PhD)

Direct Application URL: 

This research opportunity is located on a U.S. Military installation. U.S. Citizenship is required. 


Research Opportunity - Analytical Chemistry (MS/PhD)

Project Id (Use when Referring to Position):


Job Type:



Aberdeen Proving Ground MD


Master or Doctoral degree in Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences

Job Description:

Analytical Chemistry (MS/PhD Candidates)


Two ORISE Chemistry/Physics postgraduate research opportunity are available with the U.S. Army Public Health Center, located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. This appointment is scheduled to last at least one year with the option to be scheduled to be renewed up to four additional years of research. This research opportunity is seeking a candidate with a Master or Doctoral degree in Master or Doctoral degree in Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences specialized in the field(s) of high performance liquid chromatography based methods interfaced to various detectors such as diode array, fluorescence, and mass spectrometric. U.S. Citizenship is required. To qualify for ORISE, candidates must have completed their degree within the past five years.


Participating as an analytical chemist within the Specialty Chemistry Section providing project support for a variety of environmental and industrial hygiene/occupational health samples. Projects will be conducted using a variety of high performance liquid chromatography based methods interfaced to various detectors such as diode array, fluorescence, and mass spectrometric. Liquid chromatography methods vary between normal phase, reverse phase, and ion chromatography. Candidate should possess the ability to take a project from conception to end point. Some projects will involve sample analysis in which the analyst is responsible for ensuring data is valid, reportable, and in compliance with internal quality assurance (QA)/ quality control (QC) and ISO 17025 requirements. Project development and optimization efforts will require the ability to critically think, develop hypotheses, and test hypotheses in a planned matter.

Click here for more information


Posted April 23, 2018

 The 10th IMMS will be held September 10-13th, 2018 at the UCLA Campus in Los Angeles, California. Abstract submission is now open until May 1st

 The International Mesostructured Materials Symposium is focused on materials where architecture at the mesoscale (~2 – 50 nm) plays a dominant role in controlling materials properties. While the conference has historically focused on mesoporous materials, this year’s conference welcomes all aspects of science and engineering research where nanoscale architecture plays a dominant role in controlling function or properties.  Relevant topics include materials synthesis, materials characterization, and all applications of mesostructured materials. Applications embrace, but are not limited to catalysis, separations, drug delivery, and a broad range of topics related to energy harvesting and storage.

 You can find the abstract submission guidelines and template on our website: 


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