Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chemistry Job and Recruiting Fair

The Minnesota Section of the American Chemical Society has announced its 5th Annual Chemistry Job and Recruiting Fair.  This event will be held in the 3rd floor atrium of the Coeur de Catherine Building on the campus of St. Catherine University from 4:00-6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  Senior students looking for jobs and sophomore and junior students looking for internships are all encouraged to attend.

The agenda for the afternoon/evening includes opportunities to meet with Twin Cities based technical recruiters from 4:00-6:00, a networking pizza dinner from 6:00-6:30, and a presentation by Amy Lindgren, President of Prototype Career Services from 6:30-7:30.  Ms. Lindgren is an expert job search strategist who has been a frequent guest on a variety of radio programs and who is the author of the Pocket Job Series set of books.

Those planning to attend should email an RSVP to James Wollack ( by Nov. 5.  Include the number of people in your group and whether you plan to stay for dinner and speaker.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

One Full Time Chemist Job and One Summer Chemistry Internship

Brady Corporation (NYSE, BRC) is a midwestern manufacturing company focused on innovation. They are currently seeking "bright and creative chemists" to join their Materials R&D group to develop new products and technologies.

Founded in 1914, Brady’s products help their customers increase safety, security, and productivity with high-performance labels, signs, printing systems, and safety devices. Their chemists routinely develop and patent coatings, inks, thermoplastics, adhesives and composites made thereof to solve customers' very challenging identification problems. Their products are invented, formulated, and engineered based on the newest polymer resins and additives to yield durable products for applications in electronics, aerospace, medical, and manufacturing. The R&D center is located in Glendale, WI, a short drive or an easy bike ride to the center of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan.

They are currently looking to fill both an internship for next summer (with a current junior chemistry major) and a full time position (with a current senior chemistry major).  The deadline for application is Sept 23.

Interested students should send their cover letter and résumé or CV directly to Bethany Grillo at

Students with prior research experience and knowledge of materials, polymers, and structure-property
relationships are particularly encouraged to apply.

Intern Position Details
Full-time Position Details

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Chemistry of Cannabis - MN ACS Section Meeting - 13 Sept 2016

Minnesota ACS Section Meeting (
Location: River Oaks Golf Course, 11099 South Highway 61, Cottage Grove, MN (Warning to Google Maps users: you are likely to be directed to the middle of the golf course (from the North). Use 'River Oaks Weddings' or check the satellite view and you will see the clubhouse on the NE side of the course.)
Date/Time: 13 September 2016.  5 pm - Executive Meeting;  6 pm - Dinner;  7 pm - Presentation
Cost: $20 member / $5 student
Menu: Main - chicken marsala, roast beef; side dishes - mixed green salad, fruit platter, green beans amandine, herb roasted red potatoes; dessert - brownies
Meal Ticket: Go to the "Web Store" link to purchase meal reservations through PayPal.


Rachel Loeber, PhD, VP of Laboratory Operations - LeafLine Labs, LLC
The Chemistry of Cannabis
Abstract: As of July 1st, 2015, patients in Minnesota with qualifying medical conditions had the opportunity to expand their treatment options to legally include medical marijuana. Over the past year, the program created and governed by the Minnesota Department of Health has grown in both patients count and in number of qualifying conditions, with Intractable Pain most recently added August 1st of this year. Investigations into the chemical composition of Cannabis sativa have resulted in the identification of over 400 compounds, including numerous cannabis-specific cannabinoids and terpenes. While the medicinal effects of many of these compounds are not yet known, several key cannabinoids have been shown to reduce inflammation, increase appetite, provide pain relief, and reduce seizure activity. As a chemist in this evolving industry, every day is an adventure. Through this presentation, you will get an inside look into the life of a cannabis chemist and hopefully gain a better understanding of this new and sometimes controversial industry.
Speaker Bio: An analytical chemist by training with experience in chromatography and mass spectrometry, Loeber leads our extraction and formulation team. She earned her Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in the laboratory of Dr. Natalia Tretyakova at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and is well versed in the following techniques: HPLC, LC/MS/MS, GC, GC/MS and ICP/MS. She enjoys networking with other analytical chemists and has served as Symposium Chair for the Minnesota Chromatography Forum for the past six years.