Chemistry Employment Analysis Week

December 12th, 2010

I keep a spare change of clothes in my office for two reasons:

1)  The possibility of a lab accident

2)  The possibility that I’ll think about having to venture into the job market next year

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This week, I’ll be participating in a chemistry-blog roundtable discussion on the future of jobs in chemistry.  Every day, a different blog will host the discussion.  The scheduled slate of topics is as follows:

Monday:  ChemJobber will discuss the academic labor market in science

Tuesday:  Just Another Electron Pusher will tackle the question of whether academia is producing too many PhDs in chemistry

Wednesday:  I’ll be discussing why the idea of tenure for chemistry professors is stupid

Thursday:  ScienceGeist will discuss what policy changes should be instituted to address problems in this area.

Friday:  ChemJobber will host a recap

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So…unless something crazy happens, Wednesday’s post will be it for me this week.  I’ll see y’all in the comment threads at the other blogs.


3 Responses to “Chemistry Employment Analysis Week”

  1. Curious Wavefunction Says:

    I hope you are going to address the all important issue of academic freedom which is one of the noblest reasons for the tenure system.

  2. Paul Says:

    Yup…that issue will be addressed. And, of course, dissent on my opinions is always encouraged.

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