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December 19, 2006
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I've had several inquiries about how the job hunt is going. Actually I'm not expecting a lot of news until well after the first of the year. Many of my lab associate colleagues are getting hired already, which is good to see. But it takes longer to decide to bring on someone in my position, whose duties are both more expensive, in theory more critical, and in practice certainly less well-defined than those of a Master's-level chemist. And, of course, there are just fewer such positions to be had in general.
Still, I'm going to be out today talking with some folks about how eminently employable I am, which is a good start. A number of companies in the area are coming over to check out the sudden release of talent from the Wonder Drug Factory - I'm picturing something like a rugby scrum, but with everyone wearing better clothing. I've also had several interesting calls from readers, both in and near the biotech/pharma industry, with opportunities that likely wouldn't have come my way if I hadn't been writing this site over the last few years. I'd hoped that would be the case, and my fellow researchers will appreciate the less-frequent-than-you'd-think experience of being right about something.
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