Lehigh Valley ACS March 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 !  
A New Year, A New Member Benefit from ACS!
ACS is pleased to announce the launch of our newest 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.

If you need additional help logging in with your ACS ID, or for any questions regarding your ACS Membership, please contact Membership Services at service@acs.org,1-800-333-9511 (U.S. and Canada) or +1-614-447-3776 (outside North America).  ACS Members with the Standard Membership Package, upgrade your membership today by contacting ACS Member Services and get access to the new 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 - Acing the Interview

Join the ACS for this free Virtual Office Hour session on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 12pm EST. Open to ACS members and non-members, this virtual session will begin with a presentation reviewing the critical steps to prepare, stand out, and do your best in a virtual interview led by ACS certified Career Consultant Heinz Plaumann, Ph.D., followed by the opportunity to network in small groups lead by ACS Career Consultants. Register now to reserve your seat!


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.

Graduate Chemist, Philadelphia Water Department
A job opportunity appropriate for recent and future Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates.  Any student within 9 months of receiving a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD is eligible to apply, as is anyone already holding one or more of those degrees.  The posting itself can be found at https://phila.peopleadmin.com/postings/99302.

Director, Process R&D, Evonik  Allentown, PA On-site
Strategic planning, coordination, and scientific management of global processes for amines; Development and leadership of projects to drive step change productivity through application of novel process technology including creation of white papers, technology road maps and engineering economics in areas new to the business. Management of international, strategic innovation and process optimization projects across a complex matrix involving R&D, application technology, process engineering and production. Coordination of important internal and external partners regarding technical aspects of projects. Global functional and disciplinary responsibility for “Hydrogenation and Amine Derivatives” group including resource allocation. Monitor new or alternative technology platforms. Development and implementation of IP strategies Responsible; key skills areas in Process R&D including development and recruitment of talent. Ensures that Knowledge Retention is maintained. Apply

Senior Scientist (DLC/Coatings/Thin Film), BEST Engineered Surface Technologies, LLC, Allentown, PA
We are in search of a Senior Scientist at our Diamonex facility in Allentown, PA to add to our team. This new member of our team and family will be part of a team that develops new products, processes, and configurations specific to our complex technology. Apply

Chemist - Adhesives, Wacker Chemical Corporation USA, Allentown, PA On-site
This position will be focused on technical service, application development and product development for customers in the adhesives market for North America. This position will require significant time working in the laboratory. This role will be crucial in initiating, developing, and maintaining relationships between customers and Wacker from a technical perspective. This position will coordinate and work with R&D, production sites, business teams, EH&S, and the Sales team to grow profitable and sustainable business. In addition, this role has primary responsibility to maintain a safe work environment through establishing, implementing, and maintaining safe work practices in the team and in the technical community in general. Apply

Formulation Chemist Personal Care, Brenntag, Allentown, PA
The Formulation Chemist is responsible for creating innovative starting point formulations and managing customer projects, product development, and application testing in order to support the sales and marketing organization as well bring value to our customers and suppliers. Apply

Chemist, Evonik, Allentown, PA On-site
Manages and completes new product development programs to meet the emerging needs of the epoxy adhesive market, that results in increased, defensible opportunities for the ECA business line. Works with North America-Application Technology and adhesive market leads to manage assigned product development projects from concept to commercialization. Support customers and commercial team on the adhesive curing agents and additives product lines and be the key point of contact. Understand the ECA base product offerings and have a deep knowledge of structure-properties-relationship to apply for the new product design. Develops a strong working relationship with technology teams in the Americas and further develop these relationships with technical counterparts in Europe & Asia. Demonstrates technical leadership in the area of safety and product stewardship. Apply

Post Doc Industrial Fellow - High Performance Polymers, Evonik,  Allentown, PA On-site 
The position is limited to 15 months.

Contribute to R&D projects, communicate with partners internally (e.g., Technical centers in Marl and China) and externally (e.g., concerning polymer processing). This includes the planning, preparation, coordination, and execution of R&D work in labs and plants. The position holder will be in contact with customers and internal stakeholders to learn new competences and get involve with main tasks and challenges in polymer development work. Apply

Sr. Research Chemist, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Princeton, NJ On-site
The Senior Research Chemist will work with other researchers and multidisciplinary project teams to solve problems using various analytical chemistry techniques. Work with Sr. Manager Applied Sciences and other Analytical, and Microbiology Leads to develop a 5- and 10-year plan to build C&D's Analytical/Microbiology capability delivering a roadmap to support innovation. The Senior Research Chemist will be able to interpret and communicate results to various product and process personnel. The Senior Research Chemist will also mentor other chemists and technicians in the department. Apply

Senior Surfactants Scientist, Nouryon, Bridgewater, NJ On-site
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

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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Steve Boyer, sboyer11@esu.edu
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