Sunday, May 8, 2011

Jobs Report (May '11)

A keyword search (rheolog*) conducted on May 7 found 36 jobs on Monster and 18 jobs on Careerbuilder.  Embedded links now go to the keyword search instead of the front page.

One position that is advertised on both sites is a senior-level food scientist position at ConAgra Foods.   A knowledge of dough rheology is included in the position qualifications.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Quotation of the Moment: Evaluation Time

At ConAgra, we are approaching the end of the fiscal year, which means performance reviews.  As I was working on mine today, I thought of this rant from Dr. Cox in the TV show Scrubs--
I wanted you to think about yourself...And I mean really think! What are you good at? What do you suck at? And write it down. Not so I could read it, or anyone else could read it. But so you could read it! You see in the end, Newbie, you don't have to answer to me, or to Kelso, or even to your patients, for God's sake! The only one you have to answer to Newbie, is you! There, you are evaluated. Now get out of here, because you truly make me so damn mad I might just hurt myself!
 (Season 1: My Fifteen Minutes)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Of Course You Can Use The Instrument

A colleague sent an email today asking if he could use instrument X to test sample Y.  For some reason, the email activated my obnoxious side.  I told my colleague that asking the testing question was similar to asking "can I sue someone?"  The answer is the same.  You can always sue someone (at least, in American courts), the better question is whether you'll win.  The same thing applies to instrument testing.  You can always put the sample on the instrument; whether you get good data is another question.