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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.
Professional Development Grants and Other Support for High School Chemistry Educators
           Support for High School Chemistry Educators
ACS is now accepting applications for the ACS-Hach Professional Development Grants! These grants of up to $1,500 are intended to support high school chemistry teachers as they identify and pursue opportunities that can advance their professional development and enhance the teaching and learning of chemistry in the
classroom. Click here to learn more, and apply today ! Deadline for applications is January 21, 2022.
In addition to the Professional Development Grants, several other ACS-Hach Programs provide financial support for future and current high school chemistry teachers, carrying on the mission of the Hach Scientific Foundation Endowment to improve high school chemistry education and support the growth of chemistry teachers at the high school level:

ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate 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 graduates with limited work experience to obtain a master's degree in education or teacher certification in chemistry. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2022.
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. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2022.

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 our 72 partner institutions. Contact participating universities directly for application details.

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. Application scheduled to open February 1, 2022.
Visit the ACS-Hach Programs home page for complete details about all these programs.



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.

Greglynn Gibbs

Greglynn is a research support technician and manager of the chemistry labs at Penn State Berks. 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.
New Conference Brings Together Aspiring and Distinguished Scientists
The 2021 ACS LEADS Conference (Lasting Encounters between Aspiring and Distinguished Scientists) has been postponed to July 18-20, 2022. The new three-day event will be focused on preparing high-potential young professionals and students for successful and impactful careers in the chemical enterprise. This event, conceived by ACS Past-President Luis Echegoyen, will bring together highly esteemed chemists, scientists, professionals, and Nobel Laureates for networking, self-reflection, career exploration, mentoring, and technical discussions. Learn more here >>>
ACS IRES Program Accepting Applications for Summer 2022
The ACS International Research Opportunities for Students (IRES) program is now accepting applications for its Summer 2022 cohort in Germany and Singapore. Participants will receive a living stipend, housing allowance, travel funding, and unique professional development experiences established specifically for the cohort. Funded through the NSF Office of International Science & Engineering, IRES is open to sophomores and juniors majoring in chemistry or an allied field. Visit the IRES webpage for additional information, requirements, and application.
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.

Senior Surfactants Scientist, Nouryon, Bridgewater, NJ
The Senior Surfactants Scientist will join the Nouryon team and be responsible for the research, development, and evaluation of surfactant ingredients for the home and personal care segments. This may include developments for various sub-segments, such as hard surface cleaners, degreasers, laundry and dish washing products, personal cleansing systems, conditioners, sunscreens, and skin care products. Apply

Research Scientist, Piramal Group,  Bethlehem, PA
The Research Scientist position is a laboratory-based position responsible for process development and scale up of API and or special chemicals. A breadth of knowledge of analytical tools and techniques applied to synthetic chemistry, stability, process development and tech transfer approaches for process design is required. To provide necessary documentation for regulatory submissions as required including deficiency responses. To train on novel technical expertise required for scientist including electronic documentation, and pertinent Intellectual property. This position requires exceptional time management and communications skills with a strong attention to detail. Apply

Chemistry -Senior Scientist, Merck, Rahway, NJ 
A PhD. in chemistry with experience in methodology/catalysis (including chemo-catalysis, bio-catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis), total synthesis, physical organic chemistry, or flow chemistry is needed, along with a proven track record of solving complex problems. A high level of innovation, creativity, and self-initiative are expected for the role. Candidates should exhibit strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment. Apply

Sr Principal Research Technician, Evonik, Allentown, PA
Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences. Apply

Senior Lab Technician - GC/MS, Intertek, Allentown, PA 
An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Laboratory Technician to join this global organization within the Organic Analysis workteam at Intertek Allentown. Organic Analysis plays a key role in understanding the structures of organic chemicals, and quantitating concentrations in complex materials. Apply

Senior Chemist, Air Liquide, Branchburg, NJ
The Senior R&D chemist is part of a new product development team to synthesize, purify and analyze new semiconductor materials and other new emerging products. He/she will lead projects and groups to develop novel and scalable synthesis and purification, develop analytical methodology, create intellectual properties, interface with various other functions to move the new product to the market. Apply

Research Chemist, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Princeton, NJ
A Research Chemist demonstrates competence in the area of cosmetics and or medical devices. This professional has a good understanding of diagnostic products and feminine hygiene products, processes and technologies associated with these products. Apply

Principal Scientist - Discovery Pharmaceutical Sciences, Upper Gwynedd, PA 
DPS in West Point, PA is seeking a Principal Scientist (R5) to join our department. The role will report to the West Point DPS Director and will be expected to identify and champion impactful pipeline-driven innovations to solve unique Discovery program challenges across modalities. The candidate will be expected to inspire scientific rigor within the team and bring novel tools to aid in keeping DPS at the forefront of pharmaceutics assessment in Discovery. Development of subject matter experts and technical depth within the group will be accomplished through technical mentorship of scientists and teams on the design, execution, and documentation of experiments to evaluate the potential liabilities in novel chemical matter and to prototype standard and novel formulations to inform on downstream risks. Apply

Program Scientist, Church & Dwight, Princeton, NJ
Lead category product development under the guidance of an R&D Director in a manner consistent with the C&D R&D Core Principles of teamwork, consumer and customer focus, personal responsibility and integrity, and ethical behavior and practices. Apply.

Senior Scientist - Dispersion, Axalta Coating Systems, Philadelphia, PA
Axalta is seeking an experienced Dispersion Scientist with a strong background in milled pigments, colloidal science, and color technology tools to join our global Research and Development organization. The Senior Scientist works with the wide range of milled pigments used in these various products in support of Axalta’s coatings businesses. The Chemist will work very closely with the R&D teams as well as resources in product management and manufacturing to identify dispersion needs and develop technical solutions. The Chemist will be visible to a wide range of global stakeholders and experts; ability to communicate effectively across multiple functions and organization levels is required. More information and Apply

Senior Scientist, Axalta Coating Systems, Philadelphia, PA
Axalta Coating Systems is seeking a Polymer/Organic Chemist with experience in the synthesis and characterization of polymers. In addition to a synthetic background, the candidate should have a basic understanding of structure-property relationships and polymer physics. Knowledge of statistical methods, such as Six Sigma, is preferred. The ideal candidate would have an interest in raw materials initiatives, such as cost reduction and sustainability, and should be a multi-tasker with a dynamic personality who will interact successfully with multiple key functions within the organization. More information and Apply

Principal Scientist, GAF, Parsippany, NJ
The R&D technology plan for PolyIso development focuses on chemistry and additive technology, structure-property relationships, and assessing improvements/changes to the ISO panel construction that benefits roofing system performance.This position will focus on leading product and technology development in these and future areas, lead transiton of products/technology to manufacturing, provide technical direction and strategies for advancing ISO product, process, and technology. More information and Apply

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:

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