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But here are a few examples that have worked out well:
When Scientists Are Mad About Each Other
Science couples who overcame the two-body problem collaborate in the lab and the home
Scientific American, Feb 14, 2014 |By Katie Worth
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/when-scientists-are-mad-about-each-other/

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!!

 

Making your mark in media

Making your mark in media

A side perk of a chemistry career could get you on a film set!

The Royal Society for Chemistry is hosting an online career fair this week!
http://my.rsc.org/chemcareers
“Welcome to ChemCareers 2013 ONLINE
28th October – 1st November

ChemCareers is the careers fair with a difference.
The 5 day online event will feature a variety of themed days, including;
alternatives to university, teaching and returning to work.

Discover the huge range of career opportunities available to chemical scientists
Learn how to market yourself to employers in job applications and interviews
Seek expert advice on career planning and making your next career move
Investigate further part time study options
Network with scientists around the globe”

Chemistry in art?

this should be an interesting webinar if you are interested in Art and chemistry or if you have evil plans to become a forger..mwhhaahaaa haaa hha hhaaaaa…(insert evil laugh)

http://acswebinars.org/art-detective

Remember if you cannot make this date (life happens) they are usually available a week later as a recorded session.

The next  ACS webinar is about the US Customs and Border Chemists and what they do:

From Lab Hoods to Front Lines: Chemists at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Since the United States Tariff Act of 1848 US Customs and Border Protection chemists and scientists have been critical in classification and valuation of imported goods, enforcing trade laws, performing forensic science, and providing expertise in technical security programs. This talk will discuss the history and role of chemists at CBP, including both traditional “wet chemistry” work at lab hoods to front-line field work in support of CBP’s mission.

What You Will Learn

  • The broad scope of work conducted by CBP chemists for trade enforcement
  • Field Laboratory specialties, including Intellectual Property Rights, Country of Origin Determinations, Textile Analysis, and Forensic Analysis
  • How CBP Chemists work on the front-lines of the United States’ borders in support of CBP’s mission
  • And much more…

Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free

The 2013 ACS Meeting this spring has not one but TWO alternative career sessions:

CINF (Chemical Information Division) is organizing “Food for Thought: Alternative careers in chemistry”  and

CHAL (Chemistry and Law Division) is organizing “Beyond the bench: Non-traditional  Careers in chemistry”

There is also a complete career fair with other talks of various aspects of making career choices.

And it is in New Orleans!  SO no excuse  not to go…

 

 

Turns out that as a PhD chemist your chances are better than as a biosciences PhD.  Seems that 15,000 bioscience PhDs are produced each year versus 2000 chemistry ones!

The ACS recently had a webinar on this topic : http://acswebinars.org/doctoral-glut  (soon available as an archived broadcast)

Forbes wrote an article based on the the webinar: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2012/11/12/chemistry-job-market-likely-to-rebound-before-biosciences/

And some bloggers also had a podcast discussion on the same topic after the webinar: http://chemjobber.blogspot.ca/2012/11/podcast-doctoral-glut-see-arr-oh-and.html

Well worth pondering if you are in a PhD or postdoc position. One remark that stands out is that it is the student’s responsibility to pay attention to job prospects and make sure that they know all the possibilities that are out there.  Not getting a professorship is not a failure -there are many more types of careers for PhDs that you think!

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