Chemists Talk About Their Jobs

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  • Published Date: 01 August 2013
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In this interview series we ask scientists about their job. With this we aim to give students better ideas of which career paths are open to them, what kind of requirements they would need to get a certain position, and to give them – as well as other readers – an idea of the broad range of jobs available for chemists.

List of all interviews published so far

Dr. Derek Knight

Career: As A Chemist at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Dr. Derek Knight, Senior Scientific Advisor, talks about the fascination and challenges of his job and what makes regulatory sciences so exciting

Dr. Fabienne Meyers

Career: As A Chemist at IUPAC
Dr. Fabienne Meyers, Associate Director of IUPAC, talks about her career path, her daily work, and why IUPAC isn't just there to invent rules

Tatiana Santos

Career: As A Chemist at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
Tatiana Santos, Senior Policy Officer, talks about her job that involves influencing policymaking and giving advice about sustainable chemistry

Dr. Gaby Schilling

Career: As A Chemist Coaching Managers
Dr. Gaby Schilling talks about her motivation to support people in their career and the challenges involved

Dr. Florencio Zaragoza

Career: As a Chemist in Industry
Dr. Florencio Zaragoza, Lonza AG, Visp, Switzerland, talks about his experiences in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry

Dr. Stefan Röhrs

Career: As A Chemist at a Museum
Dr. S. Röhrs has worked as a scientist at the Musées de France, The British Museum, and is now at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Dr. Björn Schnatwinkel

Career: A Chemist Who Deals with Patents
Dr. B. Schnatwinkel, Corporate Patent Counsel at Merck KGaA, talks about the thrills and challenges of his job

Dr. Richard Threlfall

Career: As a Chemist in An Editorial Office
Dr. Richard Threlfall talks about how he came to work in an editorial office and why diplomacy is an important skill for his work

Dr. Karin J. Schmitz

Career: As a Chemist at a Chemical Society
Dr. Karin Schmitz talks about how she came to work at the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and why communication is an important skill for her work

Dr. Kai Pflug

Career: As a Chemist Working as Independent Consultant in China
Dr. Kai Pflug, CEO of Management Consulting – Chemicals in Shanghai, China, talks about what aspects he deals with in his job

Nancy McGuire Freelance Writer

Career: As A Chemist Working As Freelance Writer
Dr. Nancy McGuire talks about how she came to work as a freelance writer and editor

Nancy McGuire Freelance Writer

Career: As A Chemist Managing Products
Dr. Richard Threlfall talks about a change of employment and why he thinks ChemPlanner is a game-changing software

Axel Singhofer

Good Environmental Policy in the Face of Uncertainty
Interview with Axel Singhofen who advises the Greens/European Free Alliance (EFA) in the European Parliament

As A Chemist at a Computational Software Company

Dr. Fedor Goumans, Chief Customer Officer, talks about his drive for customer satisfaction and emphasis on advancing technology

As A Computational Chemist in the Pharma Sector

Dr. Melchor Sanchez-Martinez, Senior Research Scientist at Molomics, Spain, talks about using computational chemistry and data science for drug discovery and development

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