Is industry getting the graduates it wants?
Dear Computational Chemistry List Subscriber,
My colleague, Brian O'Leary from the Chemistry Department of the
University of Alabama in Birmingham, and I are surveying university
chemistry departments to determine the extent of teaching of
computational chemistry at all levels. Our letter and questionaire
is being sent to Chairmen or Heads of Chemistry Departments and to
some individuals who we have identified as the most likely people
to be able to reply. It was posted to this list about a week ago and
it has also gone to sci.chem newsgroup.
If you have not replied, please do so. If you need a copy of it please
However the main purpose of this posting is wider. I have had responses
from people in industry, saying we should ask what industry requires of
computational chemistry graduates. A good idea, but I do not believe
a formal survey is really possible. If you work in industry or a
research lab where you recruit chemistry graduates with skills in
computational chemistry, please mail me your ideas about the type
and level of training these graduates should have. Please make it clear
whether your remarks apply to graduates with a Batchelors degree, or a
Masters degree or a Ph D. Are you getting the sort of people you want,
or are there insufficient trained graduates? Do you have to employ
people with a M Sc when you wanted someone with a Ph D? Can you
train people further "in-house"? Do you have to?
Any comments will be valuable. Thank you for your cooperation.
School of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Northern Territory University
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Phone 089-466702 FAX 089-410460 E-mail B_DUKE %! at !% DARWIN.NTU.EDU.AU