Chemistry Opportunities at UW-Madison

Due to overwhelming success, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry will be again hosting the graduate preview program, CHOPS (CHemistry OPportunitieS).  This all-expense paid weekend gives potential applicants an opportunity to visit Madison and our Department in October 2016 before graduate school applications are due. Apply by clicking this link.

Application deadline is May 6, 2016.


Pfizer Student Assistant Position

We are currently seeking a student assistant to support our Formulation and Analytical development group (Vaccine Immunotherapeutics Research Unit).

We are interested in a student who is currently in their sophomore year majored in  in Biochemistry/Biological sciences/Biotechnology/Chemistry, and able to commit to 10-20 hours per week during term time, and up to 40 hours during Summer/school breaks. Our goal is to find a student who would like to expand their experience in our industry and gain benefit from working with our scientists side by side until they graduate.

Please click the link below to learn more.

FA Student Intern-2016

Crinetics Job Opportunity

Undergraduate Research Assistant/Intern (Chemistry)

We are currently looking for a highly motivated undergraduate student to join the Crinetics team. You will help support our team in our efforts to discover new drugs. This is a part-time position (15-20 hrs/week @ $12/h) that will compliment your formal education. We are flexible in scheduling around academic calendars. This is a great growth and learning opportunity in a small company environment where you will be surrounded by experienced and committed mentors.


  • Undergraduate student studying in Chemistry or related field
  • Completed coursework in general chemistry and at least one general or organic chemistry laboratory course.
  • An individual who is committed to a career in research, flexible, hard working and eager to learn
  • Students in their sophomore or junior year are preferred. Students in their final year will not be considered as we consider a successful internship a multi-year opportunity.


Initially the successful candidate will focus on one or more of the following:

  • General Lab: ordering, stocking, maintaining accurate notebook and other records
  • Chemical Inventory: maintaining and updating chemical and MSDS inventories
  • Chemistry Support: glassware cleaning, registration of new proprietary compounds; sample preparation
  • Synthetic Lab: aid in the synthesis and purification of internal compounds
  • Online Research: Literature searches, reprint retrieval and analysis of patents

Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Inc. ( is a startup company located in the heart of the San Diego biotechnology community that discovers and develops novel therapeutics targeting peptide hormone receptors for the treatment of endocrine-related diseases and cancers. Crinetics was founded and is operated by a team of scientists with a proven track record of drug discovery and development for endocrine diseases and women’s health. Crinetics is a pet friendly workplace.­­­

Hiring Statement

Crinetics is a young, ambitious, company with a small and closely-knit team focused on the discovery and development of new drugs. The quality of our team and science is our top priority and only truly lasting competitive advantage. We offer the opportunity to learn and grow with the guidance of a leadership team that cares about your success. You will have the chance to make a real contribution to the success of our company and to improve the lives of patients. All full time employees are eligible for benefits and receive stock options.

Our hiring process is focused on finding new members who can best help us drive projects forward, help create new projects, and keep this a great place to work. We also want to make Crinetics a great opportunity for you. All CVs are reviewed by a member of the senior management team. Many applications will be discussed in depth. A handful of candidates will be called or invited to meet us for coffee. A few will be invited for on-site interviews to meet the rest of the team.

To apply, please email your CV to along with a cover letter outlining how you are a fit for the position. We wish we could respond to all applicants individually, but there simply isn’t enough time. If we have friends in common, we suggest you have them forward us your CV along with their recommendation and we will review it with extra care and attention

Congrats 2016 NSF-GRFP Recipients!

Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients from UC San Diego Chemistry and Biochemistry!

San Diego ACS 75th Anniversary Symposium

April 6th, 2016

This is a one-day symposium organized by the San Diego section of the American Chemical Society in collaboration with San Diego State University.

In celebration of the event we have organized a one-day symposium with poster session on Wednesday April 6th 2016 at SDSU.  The Symposium will feature some of San Diego’s finest chemists including a talk by the 2005 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Richard Schrock.

Should any of the students wish to present a poster at the event they would greatly encourage them to do so. The San Diego ACS is offering $150 prizes for the best posters.

The contact person for the poster session is Tom Beattie.

click on the links below to take a look at the flyer and posters!

San Diego Chemist April 2016

SD ACS 75th and posters

ComSciCon science communication workshop

ComSciCon science communication workshop for students this September

Graduate students are invited to apply now for the Communicating Science (ComSciCon-SD) workshop, to be held at UCSD in September, 2016. The ComSciCon workshop series is designed to empower graduate students to communicate the complex and technical concepts that arise in research in science, engineering and other technical fields to broad and diverse audiences, beyond fellow practitioners in the field.
Information about ComSciCon-SD can be found on our web page: We have an exciting program of events planned. Attendees will interact with fellow graduate student leaders in science communication, learn from expert writers and communicators, and will produce original writing for publication.
The ComSciCon-SD event will be held over 2 full days on September 16-17. The application for the workshop is open now and will close on May 15. There will be no cost or fee to graduate student attendees, but only a limited number of spots are available. Attendees will be selected through a competitive application process.
This workshop will be held in collaboration with Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind, UCSD Grad Division and grAdvantage, UCSD Divisions of Biological, Physical, and Social Sciences, Jacobs School of Engineering, and UCSD Cognitive Science. The conference is being organized organized by UCSD graduate students and post-docs.
For more information, please contact ComSciCon SD directly (

Congrats 2016 Graduate Diversity and Outreach Awardees!

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients of our Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Diversity and Outreach Awards!