Chemistry Newsletter - 01/03/2000

 

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XXXV No. 1 January 3rd, 2000

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Inorganic Chemistry Cumulative Exam Schedule, 1999-2000

All cumes are in room 2373 from 9 am to noon.

February 5th March 4th April 1st

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ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Please Note: The Graduate Student notices will only be published in the first of the month newsletters unless something important comes in that we need to announce. Thank You.

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IMPORTANT DATES:

MINOR AGREEMENT FORMS: The Graduate School requires that the minor program be outlined in an agreement which is approved by the Department no later than halfway through completion of the sequence minor courses. The minor requirement is normally completed by the second year of Graduate School. Minor Agreement forms are available in Room 1221.

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SEMINARS

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None for this Newsletter!

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Recent Publications

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Middlecamp CH; Nickel AML.

Doing science and asking questions: An interactive exercise.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 2000, Vol 77, Iss 1, pp 50-52.

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White CC; Schrag JL.

Theoretical predictions for the mechanical response of a model quartz crystal microbalance to two viscoelastic media: A thin sample layer and surrounding bath medium.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 1999, Vol 111, Iss 24, pp 11192-11206.

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Tsodikov OV; Saecker RM; Melcher SE; Levandoski MM; Frank DE; Capp MW; Record MT.

Wrapping of flanking non-operator DNA in lac repressor-operator complexes: implications for DNA looping.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 1999, Vol 294, Iss 3, pp 639-655.

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Mannino SJ; Jenkins CL; Raines RT.

Chemical mechanism of DNA cleavage by the homing endonuclease I-PpoI.

BIOCHEMISTRY 1999, Vol 38, Iss 49, pp 16178-16186.

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Hwang Y; Inoue T; Wagner PA; Ediger MD.

Molecular motion during physical aging in polystyrene: Investigation using probe reorientation.

JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS 2000, Vol 38, Iss 1, pp 68-79.

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Zhao W; Wright JC.

Spectral simplification in vibrational spectroscopy using doubly vibrationally enhanced infrared four wave mixing.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 1999, Vol 121, Iss 47, pp 10994-10998.

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Ma YA; Sih CJ.

Mechanism of thyroid hormone biosynthesis. Enzymatic oxidative coupling of 3,5-diiodo-L-tyrosine derivatives.

TETRAHEDRON LETTERS 1999, Vol 40, Iss 52, pp 9211-9214.

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Copyright � 2000 Institute for Scientific Information

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Faculty Preparation Award University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Chemistry Department at UIUC announces the Faculty Preparation Award for students who have completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry and who anticipate a career of teaching at an undergraduate institution. The successful candidate will spend a two-year appointment working with the UIUC General Chemistry staff and will have the opportunity to see a broad range of instructional paradigms at the college entry level. The successful candidate will participate in various activities including lecturing, managing courses, and developing new course materials. The program is well known for innovative use of computer technology for chemical education; candidates with interest and expertise in this area are especially welcomed. Application should be sent to: Prof. Steven Zumdahl, Dir. of General Chemistry, 108 Chemistry Annex, 601 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.

 

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Undergraduate Research Participation Opportunities at Argonne National Laboratory

(MAY 30 - AUGUST 4, 2000) World Wide Web: http://www.dep.anl.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, a major research center, is pleased to announce opportunities for college and university undergraduate students to participate in the Laboratory's ongoing research programs. College/university students may obtain research experience at Argonne through the Department of Energy's Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship (ERULF) Program or the Student Research Participation Program. The U.S. Department of Energy ERULF Program is directly sponsoring research participation programs at Argonne and other DOE facilities. For the ERULF Program, apply through the U.S. Department of Energy's web page at: http://www.orau.gov/doe_erulf where you can apply to Argonne or other facilities through the ERULF application. For the Argonne Student Research Participation Program only, apply through the Division of Educational Programs web page at: http://www.dep.anl.gov or by application packet which can be obtained by writing or calling the address below. There is limited, but some, flexibility in the appointment period. In addition to their research activities, participants attend a series of seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering. Basic scientific research programs in Physical and Life Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. Also applied research programs relating to Coal, Conservation, Environmental Impact and Technology, Fission, and Fusion Technology. Visit our web site at http://www.dep.anl.gov for specific research project descriptions available at Argonne. Grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien status; sophomore, junior, or senior student enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Please visit our web site at http://www.dep.anl.gov for information about stipends, housing, and travel allowances. Additional information and applications may be obtained by writing directly to: Student Research Participation Program, Division of Educational Programs, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439-4845, (630) 252-4495, e-mail: kmenozzi@dep.anl.gov . Sponsored be the United States Denartment of Energy.

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

http://www.chem.wisc.edu/placement/7news.html


FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Analytical Chemistry, Purdue University. The Department of Chemistry at Purdue University solicits applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Analytical Chemistry to commence in January or August 2001. Our preference is to make an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. However, outstanding candidates at the Associate Professor level will also be considered. Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree and should demonstrate exceptional promise in research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research plans complement our current expertise. Send a curriculum vita, a summary of planned research, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Richard A. Walton, Head, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, 1393 Brown Building, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1393. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University at Albany, State University of New York, is seeking applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in experimental physical biochemistry beginning August 2000. The preferred candidate will have a background in structural and/or mechanistic biochemistry. Postdoctoral experience is required. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a nationally recognized funded research program. Primary teaching responsibility will be physical chemistry courses. Please send curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and an outline of research interests to: Prof. Charles Scholes, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University at Albany/SUNY, Albany Ny 12222. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications at the end of December.

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The Chemistry Department at Wichita State University seeks applications for a tenure eligible position at the assistant professor level from candidates with experience in vibrational spectroscopy for Fall of 2000. The candidate will be expected to teach in the Physical Chemistry Division at the Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. levels and to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program. Startup funds are available for a time-resolved FTIR/Raman instrument, supplies and supporting personnel. Required qualifications: Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral experience in chemistry, experience in vibrational spectroscopy, publications in referred journals, oral/written communication skills, proposed research plans, teaching interests and ability to work with diverse populations. Applicants must submit a package that (1) contains a letter of application addressing the qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae including publication record, (3) descriptions of future research plans and teaching interests, and (4) have three letters of recommendation forwarded to: Professor D. Paul Rillema, Chair of the Search Committee, Chemistry Department, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0051. (Tel: (316) 978-3120; Fax: (316) 978-3431; e-mail: rillema@twsu.edu . Web: http://www.twsu.edu/~chemwww . Screening will commence January 17, 2000.

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University of Oxford. Dyson Perrins Laboratory, Department of Chemistry in association with St. Hilda's College or Pembroke College. University Lecturership in Organic Chemistry. Applications are invited for the above post within the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, to be filled from 1 October 2000. University salary according to age on the scale �17,238 - �32,095 per annum. The successful candidate may be offered a tutorial fellowship by either St Hilda's College or Pembroke College under arrangements described in the further particulars, in which case the combined University and College salary would be according to age on a scale up to �38,412 per annum. Additional college allowances may be available. Further particulars (containing details of the duties and full range of emoluments and allowances attaching to both the University and College posts) may be obtained from: Professor Sir Jack Baldwin, FRS, The Dyson Perrins Laboratory, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, OXFORD OX1 3QY. Tel: (0) 1865 275 671 E.mail: jack.baldwin@chem.ox.ac.uk to whom an application with research proposals and curriculum vitae (six typed and collated copies; only one from candidates applying from overseas), together with the names and addresses of three referees (not more than two from the same institution) should be submitted by 21 January 2000.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio University is seeking applicants for a permanent, full-time NMR staff position to begin as soon as possible. Facilities include, Varian INOVA-500 (triple resonance with pulsed field gradients), Varian VXR-400 (solution and solids), and Bruker AC 250 (with Tecmag upgrade) NMR spectrometers. The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and demonstrated expertise with modern pulse sequences and techniques including shaped pulse and pulsed field gradients; a working knowledge of protein NMR or biomolecules in general, a working knowledge of multinuclear NMR and solvent suppression techniques, the ability to deal with confidential aspects of contract work, and the ability to collaborate with students and faculty in the preparation of manuscripts and proposals that involve state-of-the-art NMR instrumentation. The department will be seeking funding for additional high-field spectrometers in the near future. Opportunities for independent research are available and research collaborations with faculty within the department as well as outside the department are strongly encouraged. A competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a scenic location in beautiful southeastern Ohio make this position an excellent career opportunity. Applicants should submit the following: a cover letter including a statement of relevant NMR experience, a vita, and three letters of recommendation to: NMR Search Committee, Ken Brown, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Clippinger Laboratories, Athens, OH 45701, Phone (740)593-9465, FAX (740)593-0148, Email: brownk3@oak.cats.ohiou.edu , Web: http://www.chem.ohiou.edu . For additional information regarding any aspects of this position, please feel free to contact me at (740) 593-9465 or via email at brownk3@oak.cats.ohiou.edu .

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Wittenberg University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Analytical Chemistry beginning August, 2000. This is a one-year, sabbatical leave replacement. The teaching assignment will include advanced instrumentation and one section of general chemistry in the fall and two sections of general chemistry in the spring. Contact hours are approximately: 6 lecture/7 lab in the fall, and 6 lecture/8 lab in the spring. The opportunity for collaborative research projects with undergraduates is available. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry, preferably with a concentration in analytical chemistry or adequate preparation to teach the instrumentation course. Candidates who are finishing the Ph.D. are welcome to apply, but will be hired as Instructors if the Ph.D. is not granted by August 15, 2000. Send resume, transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. David C. Finster, Chemistry Department, Wittenberg University, P.O. Box 720, Springfield, OH 45501. Review of applications will be in February 11, 2000.

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Eastern Oregon University invites applications for a fulltime, nine-month, tenure-track appointment beginning fall, 2000. The successful candidate will initially be responsible for lecture and laboratories for the full-year undergraduate courses in organic chemistry; lecture and laboratory in biochemistry; share lecture and laboratory responsibilities in general chemistry and introduction to chemistry sequences; and mentor undergraduates in chemical research. A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching is expected along with knowledge of the newer science pedagogies.All faculty actively participate in academic advising, campus committees, curriculum development, research, community outreach, and distance education. An active SAACS is in place at Eastern and the successful candidate, in concert with the other chemistry faculty, is expected to support this activity. A Ph.D. in organic chemistry, or biochemistry, or biological chemistry is required. Position will be filled at the Assistant Professor rank. Appointment begins September 16, 2000. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, university transcripts (unofficial), and the names and phone numbers of four professional references to: Professor Richard Hermens, Chair, Organic/Biochemistry Search Committee, School of Arts and Sciences, Saddled Hall 208, Phone: 541-962-3322, Fax: 541 -962-3873, E-mail: rhermens@eou.edu . Application Deadline: February 1, 2000, or until filled.

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The Physical Sciences Department at Eastern Connecticut State University invites applications to fill this position in August 2000. A Ph.D. in organic chemistry is required. Candidate should demonstrate promise of excellence in undergraduate teaching, and an ability to develop independent study projects sup porting a chemistry minor and future biochemistry major. The applicant will teach organic and other chemistry courses. Submit cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Prof. R. Max Ferguson, Goddard Hall, ECSU, Willimantic, CT 06226-2295.

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The Department of Chemistry at Buffalo State College seeks to fill a tenure-track opening at the assistant professor level starting with the 2000 Fall semester. The position requires a doctoral degree in the field of Chemistry with either substantial course work or experience in the analytical field including spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrochemistry. Postdoctoral research and teaching experience is desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to teach general chemistry courses, undergraduate courses in analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis including the topics of spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrochemistry, and teach a graduate level (M.A.) course in analytical chemistry. The successful candidate will also help develop and teach an undergraduate forensic chemistry laboratory course. Additional duties will include supervising/maintaining department instrumentation and experience in this regard is highly desirable. Service to the College, usually in the form of committee work, is also required. Development of a funded research program in an area of analytical chemistry suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students is expected. Research that spans part of the forensic chemistry field is highly desirable. Qualified individuals should submit a vita, transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, three letters of recommendation, a statement of research plans. and a statement of teaching philosophy to: Dr. Gregory W. Ebert, Professor and Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222. Complete applications should be received by January 15, 2000 to insure full consideration.

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Wittenberg University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry beginning in August, 2000. This position initially includes teaching responsibilities in organic chemistry and general chemistry courses and will later include opportunities to teach advanced organic courses, organic qualitative analysis, biochemistry, and a chemistry course for non-science majors. Collaborative research with undergraduates is expected and institutional support for this is provided. Send resume, transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, an overview of research plans, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. David C. Finster, Chemistry Department, Wittenberg University, P.O. Box 720, Springfield, OH 45501. Review of applications will begin January 10, 2000.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Frank J. Feher is looking for talented candidates, for two postdoctoral research positions in his group. One position is available immediately. The other will be available in the Spring or early summer. Both positions relate to my program in silsesquioxane chemistry, which recently has made a large number of very big strides (see: Chem Commun, 1999, 2513-4; Chem Commun, 1999, 2309-10; Chem Commun, 1999, 2153-4). Familiarity with organosilicon chemistry will be useful in these positions, but direct experience is not required. In fact, he would rather hire individuals with strong scientific credentials who are interested in interdisciplinary research at the interface between organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, polymers and materials chemistry. Postdocs in his group have traditionally stayed for about two years and had a very rewarding experience. His lab is extremely well equipped, and UCI provides truly first-rate facilities for anyone doing synthetic chemistry. Interested candidates can request reprints and more information about the positions by e-mail. To apply, interested candidates should send a resume and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the address to: Frank J. Feher, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of California-Irvine, CA 92697-2025, *** PLEASE NOTE - our AREA CODE changed to (949) on 4/18/98 ***, Phone: 949-824-4682, Personal FAX: 949-824-2657, Dept FAX: 949-824-8571. WEB: http://chem.ps.uci.edu/research/faculty/fjfeher.html , Group web page: http://chem.ps.uci.edu/~fjfeher/FJFgroupHome.html .

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Professor Ya Ping Sun of Clemson University has openings in his lab. Postdoc and Senior Research Scientist openings are available in the research group of Professor Ya-Ping Sun, Department of Chemistry and the Materials Science & Engineering Program, Clemson University (a land-grant research university of the State of South Carolina). One postdoc position will be filled by a scientist with first rate skills in molecular spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy (time-resolved luminescence, laser flash photolysis, etc), and photochemistry. Another postdoc position is in the area of the preparation and characterization of nanostructured materials and nanocomposites. Specific projects include the production of nanoscale semiconductors and metals using supercritical fluid technology and the use of these nanomaterials for optical and electronic applications. A Ph.D. degree in physical/inorganic chemistry, solid state materials, or a related area is desirable. The candidate should be prepared to work with a group of graduate students from different backgrounds (chemistry, materials science & engineering, physics, and chemical engineering). Both postdocs may be affiliated with the Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films, a NSF/ERC at Clemson University and MIT. The person in the Senior Research Scientist position is expected to manage the Laser Optical Spectroscopy Laboratory and teach a physical chemistry course. A Ph.D. degree and substantial laser optical spectroscopy experience are required. The Lab is currently equipped with ps- and ns-pulsed lasers and several CW and dye lasers. The optical and spectroscopy setups under management will include ps-transient absorption, laser flash photolysis, ps and ns time-resolved luminescence, optical limiting and z-scan, and photoconductivity. The ability to develop other nonlinear optical techniques will be a plus. To apply, please send a CV, publication list, and the names of 3 references to: Ya-Ping Sun, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Center for Advanced Engineering, Filbes & Films Howard L. Hunter Chemistry Laboratory, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0973, USA, Tel: (864)-656-5026 (office), (864)-656-4368 or 656-5195, (lab), Fax: (864)-656-6613, E-Mail: syaping@clemson.edu . Web: http://chemistry.clemson.edu .

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Professor Jack Saltiel has a Postdoctoral Position at Florida State University. Open: January, 2000. The work will concern mechanisms of photochemical reactions in the Vitamin D field. An early starting date will be an important criterion in the selection of the successful candidate. Applicants should send a CV, including their publications list, and ask three references to write to me on their behalf. Application materials should be sent to: Prof. Jack Saltiel, Department of Chemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390.

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Richard G. Weiss has a Postdoctoral position at Georgetown University. Postdoctoral opening to be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified for photochemical/photophysical research in the laboratory of Dick Weiss (Georgetown University, Washington, DC). The research will involve studies on the reactions and properties of excited states of molecules in gels, liquid crystals and polymers. Some projects involve development of new materials and others are devoted to understanding how materials influence the photoproperties of dopant molecules. Details about projects to be investigated can be obtained upon request. Previous experience with time correlated single photon counting techniques is desirable. Candidates should be able to perform some syntheses in addition to being well versed in photochemical methods. A resume, including a list of publications and the names and addresses of references (PhD advisor and, in the case of postdocs, current advisor), should be sent to: Richard G. Weiss, Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057-1227, phone: (202)687-6013, FAX:(202)687-6209, e-mail: weissr@gusun.georgetown.edu .

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The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University invites applications for (Two) Postdoctoral Fellow positions in the research group of Professor J.V. Ortiz. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or Physics is required and previous experience in theoretical chemistry is necessary. The Postdoctoral Fellows will develop and apply new methods in quantum chemistry. Experience in propagator theory, electron correlation methodology, relativistic theory, large molecule techniques and code development is desirable. Additional information on the activities of the Ortiz research group is available at this web site: http://www.ksu.edu/chem/faculty/Ortiz/index.html . The initial appointment will be for one year. The appointment may be renewed upon mutual agreement between the Postdoctoral Fellow and Professor Ortiz. Applicants should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications and should cause two letters of recommendation to be sent. All correspondence should be sent to: Professor J.V. Ortiz, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, 111 Willard Hall, Manhattan KS 66506-3701. Review of applications will commence on January 1, 2000.

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The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellow positions to work in the research group directed by Dr. Ralf Warmuth. A Ph.D. in Chemistry is required, and previous experience in organic synthesis and organic spectroscopy is necessary. The Postdoctoral Fellows will be working in the area of peptide chemistry and hostguest chemistry, details of which can be found at http://www.ksu.edu/chem/faculty/grad/rw/index.html . The initial appointment will be for a period of one year, renewed annually consistent with funding and satisfactory performance, with a salary commensurate with experience. Applications should send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: Dr. Ralf Warmuth, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, 111 Willard Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-3701. Review of applications will beginn 1/1/2000 and will continue until the positions are filled.

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