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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


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Here is another of the stellar webinars from ACS:

How to Find Jobs in Small Companies
By admin – Last updated: Thursday, December 16, 2010
ACS Careers Job Club Webinar Series

Are small companies hiring more scientists? Is it better to be the big fish in a small pond or a small fish in the big pond? In today’s highly competitive job market, job hunters may need to explore options with both small and large companies. However, differences abounds in looking for jobs for small companies! Join our speaker, John Borchardt, to learn how to evaluate your fit and to tailor your job hunting techniques to secure that job offer with small companies.

While this may be more chemistry-job oriented, I am sure that the tips will be applicable to finding a non-lab job too!

And one thing I love about the webinars is that they are all archived so you can watch them later if you can’t make the live presentation.

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Just kidding! I worked around the nuclear industry and I don’t glow (much)!
Here is a job that might lead to interesting careers:

Sellafield defies gloom by offering 60 jobs for graduates
Last updated 10:58, Tuesday, 16 December 2008
SELLAFIELD bosses are defying the gloom dogging the job market – by launching a recruitment campaign.

The firm responsible for running the sprawling West Cumbrian nuclear complex has revealed it wants to take on about 60 graduates in 2009.
Sellafield Limited said new recruits are vital to the future of the site, with jobs available ranging from those in design, construction and commissioning, to operations and decommissioning….
Of the posts available, 42 are engineering positions – chemical, mechanical, civil, electrical and electronic, material/metallurgy, manufacturing and project – and 16 in science, for graduates in chemistry, physics and applied mathematics.

These sorts of jobs give one an “in” to all sorts of career opportunities within the company.

Not your average chemical company….

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Here is one job in my “might have beens” – I actually took a tour of an American Standard plant while taking a engineering ceramics course in grad school (back in the dark ages!) – it sure looked interesting! Very cool MASSIVE kilns!

…the modern loo deserves respect; for sophistication, it may not match, say, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. But for all its humility, it’s a serious engineering feat.

That, anyway, is the opinion held by Jim McHale, a Ph.D. chemist by training who has made a career in the toilet industry. McHale’s job is to ensure that his company’s toilets have the most advanced technology possible while keeping an eye on, if you will, the bottom line. You may not have known such careers even existed. But now that you’re, um, privy to this information, can you think of a more important way to earn a living?

Jim McHale is senior director of ceramics engineering and product development at American Standard Brands in Piscataway, New Jersey. After a post-doc, he realized that industry was more his style than academia.

McHale worked in GE’s diamond division for 4 years. Later, he became manager of polycrystalline engineering, leading a team of scientists and engineers developing ceramic composites containing diamond and cubic boron nitride. His experience at GE “was in some ways even more valuable than my Ph.D.,” he says. He learned that “You can be the greatest scientist in the world, but if you don’t understand the business you are in and how science and technology can be used to improve the bottom line, you won’t get very far. Companies hire scientists and engineers to make more money. Good scientists and engineers in business never lose sight of this.

Other industries that use ceramics, where a solid state or inorganic chemistry degree would be valuable, are the glass industry and fiberglass industry among many others. Just because it looks like only engineers work at some of these places – the R&D groups need chemists too!

And for an added bizarre touch: the talking toilet song (based on the Adventures of Captain Underpants books!)

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The ACS has begun a Careers seminar series that is attended via conference call. A great way to listen to top industry executives from the comfort of your home or office – you can even send in questions for the speaker to answer during the session:

ACS Careers Industry Forum: Monthly Teleconferences featuring Luminaries in the Chemical Sciences.

We feel this is a great opportunity for practitioners in the chemical sciences to listen in to top industry leaders in their industries and will assist in making informed career decisions. Guest Speakers include:

    September: Dr. Abou-Gharbia, Senior Vice President & Head of Chemical & Screening Sciences, for Wyeth Drug Discovery & Development.

    October: Dr. Carolyn Ribes, Process Analytical, Dow Benelux, B.V., Terneuzen, The Netherlands.

    November: Michael Strem, Ph.D., President, Strem Chemicals, Inc. founded Strem Chemicals in Newburyport, MA.

    December: No teleconference to be scheduled.

    January: Dr. Tom Lane, to be President of ACS.

    February: Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr., Vice President, Chlorovinyl Issues for OxyChem and works on public policy issues and communications related to chlorine and PVC. He is also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana where he teaches polymer chemistry.

Please join us to discuss economic and employment trends with top industry executives in the chemical sciences. Go to register now. This is a free service via conference call.

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Why do I keep finding new jobs in food areas – could it be due to all the turkey I ate at Christmas?
Cereal chemists! Does this actually classify as an alternative career or just a less explored one?

The AACC International (was the american association for cereal chemists) has a neat description of thier work:

Cereal Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, and properties of cereals and the reactions or transformations they undergo. Cereals are plants such as wheat, rice, corn, barley, rye, oats, and millet, which produce grains that are the base of the world’s food supply….

Although the field may be considered highly specialized, it is actually quite diversified….

The cereal chemist may work in basic research, examining the biochemical components of cereals, including their carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and enzymes. Some of these studies are very technical, employing sophisticated analytical techniques and instrumentation. By contrast, the cereal chemist may be employed by a food company involved in the practical aspects of food production – for example, in flour milling, baking malting, brewing, or pasta manufacturing. In the food company, the cereal chemist or technologist may be involved in product development or quality control, where his or her understanding of the production of food may be used to assess products for consistently high quality.

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Joanne Ayre used her industry job to learn and find the right niche for her:

When she left school, she opted for a pure chemistry degree at Leeds University, UK. ‘I enjoyed my time there, but realized that working in the lab was not for me,’ she recalls.

She took a job with GLaxoSmithKline in her local area and

During her first year at the company, Ayre started exploring her career options. ‘I realised there were other roles available that would suit my personality,’ she says.

Her advice to others:

She is keen to encourage school-leavers to consider a vocational route to a science career. ‘As I found, industry is a good choice for people interested in science.’

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