Our Joint February Meeting with the Lehigh Valley AIChE Local Section at Lafayette College featured Tom English of Evonik discussing 
"Knowledge and Skills Expected in Fresh Graduates in Industry" Octagon article Slide show
The October 18, 2023 Graduate School and REU Fair at East Stroudsburg University gave undergraduate students from Lehigh Valley Colleges an opportunity to talk with faculty and graduate students at area universities about what to expect in a graduate school program.
Lehigh Valley ACS March 2023 Meeting: Science Careers
Who (not What) do you want to be when you grow up? Todd McEvoy, Senior Director of Laboratory Services at Azzur Group, explored that question in detail during our March 23rd 2023 meeting at Muhlenberg College. Topics included deciding career paths (don't be afraid to change!), self-assessment, traditional vs non-traditional career paths, and utilizing resources to find the right job. Todd graciously provided us his wisdom gained through his own career experiences and fielded many great questions from our student audience. Review his slides. While you're at it, learn more about ACS member career growth support and how to chart the next steps in your job search by visiting the ACS Career page here !  
Member Benefit from ACS!
ACS is pleased to provide as a member benefit: LinkedIn Learning! ACS Members with the Premium Membership Package may now obtain access to LinkedIn Learning, an on-demand online learning provider where you can learn new skills at your pace and on your terms.
Once connected to LinkedIn Learning, you can begin accessing literally thousands of online courses as part of your ACS Membership! Click here for a visual reference of the activation process. For technical assistance, please contact the  LinkedIn Learning Support Team. There is also a brief tutorial available for new users: How to Use LinkedIn Learning
Please contact linkedinlearning@acs.org with any general, non-technical questions or ACS Membership Services at service@acs.org,1-800-333-9511 (U.S. and Canada) or +1-614-447-3776 (outside North America) regarding access to the LinkedIn Learning benefit!
The ACS Institute: Your Source for Top-Quality In-Person or Virtual Professional Training
ACS Institute Courses are the best way to receive the high-quality instruction you've come to expect from ACS, either in-person or from the comfort of home.  See below for courses that are starting soon – space is limited, register today!  There are also many on-demand, no fee Institute courses available.

Virtual Classrooms
Register today for our complimentary Virtual Classrooms, where you'll learn live from skilled experts, who will help you target your career goals and give you the boost you need to succeed. Learn more and register here


ACS Career Days are scheduled for all virtual regional meetings. See: ACS Career Events.

Exploring Career Options

The ACS Career Navigator™ guides you in exploring the career roles you aspire to and provides the resources necessary to function effectively in each role.

ACS also offers financial support programs for students, research teams, and faculty in pursuit of scientific study and discovery. We award over $20 million annually in research grants, approximately $1.15 million in student scholarships, and more.

Grants and Scholarships for High School Chemistry Educators
ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarshipprovides financial support of up to $6,000 for full-time study and up to $3,000 for part-time study for chemistry graduates with limited work experience to obtain a master's degree in education or teacher certification in chemistry.  Apply by May 1.
ACS-Hach Second Career Teacher Scholarship: provides financial support of up to $6,000 for full-time study and up to $3,000 for part-time study for chemistry professionals to obtain a master's degree in education or teacher certification in chemistry.  Apply by May 1.
ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant grants of up to $1,500 are available for high school chemistry teachers to use to cover basic classroom or laboratory needs, fund professional development experiences, or support innovative ideas in chemistry education. Apply by June 1.
ACS-Hach Land Grant Teacher Scholarship:  provides financial support of up to $10,000 for full-time study to obtain a chemistry undergraduate degree and chemistry teaching credentials at one of 72 partner institutions. Contact participating universities directly for application details.
Visit the ACS-Hach Programs home page for complete details.



Career Consultants and ACS members work together in developing career plans. A consultant can stimulate your thinking, ask important career planning questions to help clarify goals, provide encouragement, teach strategies for making meaningful career decisions, and aid you in your job search. Career Consultants are at National Meetings, Regional Meetings, Career Events and online.

Exclusive Career Counseling for ACS Members, Every Thursday

ACS Members, drop into Virtual Office Hours every Thursday at 12:00 PM ET to network and speak with career consultants, get answers to your career questions, and receive career guidance. You’ll discover new job search tools and different ways to navigate today’s job market. Register to attend and tell your fellow ACS Members about this exclusive opportunity to connect with knowledgeable ACS Career Consultants and other chemists.
ACS Virtual Office Hour - 'Entrepreneurship'
Are you a chemist with a promising idea for a new product or business but are uncertain how to achieve your vision? Join us on Thursday, August 1 at 12:00pm ET as the American Chemical Society (ACS) presents our next Virtual Office Hour event, “Entrepreneurship.”

During this panel discussion, ACS Career Consultants will answer common questions and provide expert insight regarding the key responsibilities and actions of an aspiring entrepreneur looking to start a business in the chemical industry. After the conclusion of the session, participants will better understand:
  • The qualities of a good entrepreneur.
  • How to turn an idea and turn it into an actual business.
  • Various funding streams for your new business.
  • How to market/advertise your business.
The presentation will be followed by the opportunity for attendees to network in small groups led by ACS Career Consultants and receive personalized career advice.
Register Today!

Greglynn Gibbs

Greglynn is CNS Platform Lab Manager in R&D at Spark Therapeutics. She ia also Lehigh Valley Section Membership Chair, a member of the ACS Committee on Community Activities, and Advisor of the Penn State Berks Student Chapter. She is very involved with ACS volunteer programs and enjoys reaching the younger chemists’ community, sharing her expertise in the chemical workforce. Greglynn looks at career development in terms of facing challenge: “every challenge you overcome in life can get you closer to the person you want to be. Despite what some might say, there is no ‘easy button’. Anything worth having is worth fighting for.” 

Contact Greglynn here.
Chemistry Job Listings

These listings are posted to aid LVACS members in their career development and do not reflect a recommendation of these institutions by LVACS.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Muhlenberg College
The Muhlenberg College Chemistry Department invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor position for the 2024-2025 academic year, beginning in August 2024, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. Candidates with interest in any subdiscipline of chemistry, including chemical education, are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities will be in General Chemistry and may include lecture, laboratories, and recitations, with a teaching load equivalent to three courses per semester. A PhD in chemistry or ABD at time of hire is required. Master's degree in chemistry combined with substantial related professional experience will also be considered. Successful completion of satisfactory background checks are required.  Prior teaching experience is preferred.

Scientist II, Evonik Corporation, Allentown, PA
The Scientist II will rovide technical service, applied R&D and product technical support to Coatings Additives distributors, Sales force and customers. Joint technical visits with sales and distributors to local customers in the US and Canada and periodic training visits to Essen. Plan and execute proposed experimental lab work for customer projects and Innovation project lab testing. Responsible to maintain raw material’s inventory list, according to project requirements and aligned with ESHQ. Communication with global CAD laboratories, as well as regional Americas labs on projects and other technical matters. Goal of testing is technical support, complaint resolution or demonstrating new, novel use in each application of coatings.

Polymer Chemists, Mussel Polymers, Inc.
Mussel Polymers, Inc. located at 116 Research Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015 in Bethlehem PA is a biomimetic specialty adhesive and formulations company. We are seeking Polymer Chemists and Adhesion Scientists to join our team while we expand our scientific development and pilot manufacturing. This is an opportunity to join an innovative startup looking to rapidly grow and develop new solutions to previously unsolvable problems. Qualities desired in ideal candidates are:      Pilot scale polymerization design and operations experience, Commercial scale specialty polymer production experience, Experience with catechol chemistry, Experience with functional protection/de-protection chemistry, Organic monomer synthesis chemistry experience and cGMP production experience. Interested? CONTACT: letsbond@musselpolymers.com

Professional Relations

LVACS works with local chapters of other scientific and professional societies such as AiChE, MRS and the BioPharma Network. Contact us if you represent such a group and would like to start an ongoing relationship with ACS! 

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Philip Elias, philipjelias@gmail.com
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