Org Prep Daily

March 5, 2016


Filed under: industry life — milkshake @ 5:35 pm


There is a darkly funny story behind this post

I guess you have seen this one before: “Experienced MS level chemist with a track record of research accomplishment is looking for a process development or biopolymer chemistry or medicinal chemistry position in the industry…”


  1. Milkshake…how can I help?

    Comment by seearroh — March 5, 2016 @ 10:25 pm

  2. I am also happy to help.

    Comment by Chemjobber — March 6, 2016 @ 8:19 pm

  3. If this means what I think it means then as an avid reader I wish you all the best.

    Comment by Daniel — March 7, 2016 @ 8:45 am

    • When I get a new job, at a larger company, I don’t know how long I will be able to continue – we will see. Thank you for reading this stuff!

      Comment by milkshake — March 7, 2016 @ 10:10 am

  4. I pray nightly to the chem gods that you will both find lasting and rewarding employment and continue this blog for many years to come!

    Comment by Ian D. — March 8, 2016 @ 4:06 pm

  5. Get your substitute teaching permit process started now. Unemployment runs out fast.

    Comment by jc — March 16, 2016 @ 7:48 pm

  6. Find your dream job yet?
    One of my peeps is hiring,
    send your resume plz.

    Comment by kinasepro — March 26, 2016 @ 12:28 am

    • I haven’t find it yet – I am sending you my resume right away. Thank you!

      Comment by milkshake — March 26, 2016 @ 11:03 am

      • Good luck, Milkshake.

        Have you considered a garage CRO company and hiring some MS students on OPT….I am looking for a job and I am seriously considering…now that outsourcing is so common and you just open a website and offer all the chemicals you can possibly make and make them only when some one places the orders….

        So, I thought of cheeking with you on couple of things….

        1. Should I have town permit to put couple of fumehoods in my garage, a refrigerator and flammable cabinet ( no neighbors to complain as my house is in woods)?

        2. If so, what kind of fumehoods are cheaper and efficient?

        I heard of basement chemistry labs and never heard of garage chemistry labs though I heard of a few garage bio-tech companies. Even if I get employed, probably I could use one such lab to work from home off hrs. What is your take? I am going to leave a fake email and name as I do not want to get into troubles!

        Comment by unemployed — April 7, 2016 @ 7:37 pm

        • I would strongly advise against it, setting up a lab in your house (in woods) will only earn you raid by drug enforcement. Also you will have problem analyzing your products (because you don’t have NMR in your garage). I know a former university professor who set up CRO on his large farm in Ohio – soon he had trouble with waste disposal (he had open vats of organic +salts waste sludge evaporating in a barn…) He could not make living, he pissed off his collaborators and his customers.

          US is not the best country for a CRO – it is hard to compete with fly-by-night cheap CROs around Shanghai, and with well-established all inclusive CROs in US, Canada and Western Europe. The problem is not to make something, the problem is to find a customer who wants to buy it, can make order worth ten thousand USD, and pays in timely fashion.

          If you want to go into manufacturing, chose something outside the traditional organic chemistry/medchem field. Also try to take advantage university incubators – often they have fume hoods installed already, NMR on site and waste disposal service.

          Comment by milkshake — April 7, 2016 @ 10:58 pm

          • Thanks. I am also a bit skeptic about the prospects of such a venture. You guessed it right about the Shanghaian approach. I am taking shelter at a small university campus as of now as a volunteer on post OPT after my PhD and would explore the university incubator option. Nope…I do not know much outside organic synthesis which makes it difficult to diverge.

            Comment by unemployed — April 11, 2016 @ 4:22 pm

          • why don’t you try something with much lower capital entry barrier that you can sell directly? Things like vaping nicotine liquids, swimming pool supplies, artisan soap bars, artisan chocolate? (With soap and chocolate, you can just buy a quality stuff in bulk from abroad, re-melt it, add a little drop of something, cast it and re-sell in small elegant hand-wrapped bars at ridiculous markup to rich fools in fancy mall shops.

            Comment by milkshake — April 11, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

  7. Yes, I am also thinking to move off a bit. I was curious as to what was your comment on Phorbol synthesis @ Baran Group’s blog….I was surprised to see that they were removed!

    Comment by unemployed — April 14, 2016 @ 7:24 am

    • I removed them myself because of triple posting (my internet connection/browser was acting up)

      Comment by milkshake — April 14, 2016 @ 7:36 am

  8. Any news on the job front?

    Comment by wm — March 5, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

    • still looking (had to stay in Prague for awhile, because of dad) – do you know of anything good?

      Comment by milkshake — March 5, 2017 @ 9:57 pm

      • I reckon you are not interested in moving to Europe for a one year medchem position (BSc) at a pharma company?

        Comment by OP — March 14, 2017 @ 2:13 am

        • it really depends on the position. Please send me more information, my e-mail address is in the comment above.

          Comment by milkshake — March 14, 2017 @ 8:02 pm

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