Friday, October 19, 2012

Attention Chem Majors --

Interested in a "real world" part-time job? It's a bit of a drive, but there are openings at 3M for Technical Aide positions. Hours are very flexible and it is a great opportunity to get some experience doing chemistry in the "real world."

Bill Moser (St. Olaf '91) writes: "I'm currently working on a project developing new materials to help reduce shrinkage stress that is encountered under typical conditions of polymer curing. We have some internal funding for this project, and thus have an opportunity to hire one or two tech aides to help us. A tech aide could begin almost immediately, and we would have funding to support them at least through next summer and possibly beyond."

The requirements for tech aides include: minimum GPA of 3.0 and completion of at least one semester of college course work. Tech aides are limited to less than 900 hours of work each year. The hours that tech aides work are highly flexible and are negotiable with their supervisor. Since most tech aides are currently college students, they will typically work much less during the school year (some as low as 10 hours per week or so) and more during summer (perhaps 20-30 hours per week, limited to a max of 40 hours for any week).

If you would like to know more, please don't hesitate to contact Bill directly by e-mail ( He'd be happy to provide additional details.

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