Chemistry Newsletter - 02/08/2000

 

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

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XXXV No. 6 February 8th, 2000

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Chemical Clean Sweep Day

The University Safety Department has agreed to organize a chemical disposal day in the Chemistry Department on Monday, February 14. On this day, you may bring items for disposal to Room S352 in our building (north end of sub-basement), starting at 9 a.m. Any items other than waste solvents, radioactive materials, and large gas cylinders will be accepted, including unknowns and gas lecture bottles. No documentation will be required. Items for disposal will be accepted by appointment only. Go to Room S352 on February 14 to make an appointment.

Please use extraordinary caution in moving your chemicals to Room S352. Use secondary containment (bucket, trays, or boxes) for transportation of breakable containers. Do not double stack containers. A limited number of carts will be available outside Room S352. If a spill should occur, immediately use a chemical absorbent, and report the spill to UW Safety (call 9-444-6088 or go to Room S352). Any questions can be addressed to Tom Foseid (2-8745).

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Inorganic Chemistry Cumulative Exam Schedule, 2000

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

**NEW DATE** February 12th
March 4th April 1st

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Finance Committee Meetings

The following dates have been confirmed for the Finance Committee Meetings this spring.

All of the meetings will be held on tuesday from 1:20 to 3:30 PM

February 15 February 29 March 21
April 4 April 25 May 23

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ATTENTION GRADUATE STUDENTS

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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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Thursday, February 10th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Paul Kennis, Harvard University. "New Routes to Micro-Structures and Microfluidic Analysis Systems Using Soft Lithography and Fluid Flow: Capillaries as Highly Controllable Microreactors"

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2000 - Joint Physical & Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. John Brauman, Stanford University. "Hydrogen Bonding: Acidity, Basicity, and Proton Transfer Reactions"

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Jae Lee, Carnegie Mellon University. "Process Design Using Units with Integrated Functionality-Focusing on Reactive Distillation"

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Thursday, February 17th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Peter Petillo, University of Illinois-Urbana.

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Monday & Tuesday, February 21st and 22nd, 2000 - Willard Lecture Series, (21st) - 4:00 p.m., Room B371 and (22nd) - 11:00 a.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Alex Pines, University of California, Berkeley. (21st) - "Lights Up - NMR and MRI" - (22nd) - "Ups and Downs of Spins in Solids"

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Jim Morken, UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Thursday, February 24th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Martin Bevan, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, February 29th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jim Prestegard, University of Georgia. "Dipolar Coupling in Magnetically Aligned Media: A New Approach to Protein Structure and Ligand Interaction"

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Tuesday, February 29th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Lectka, John Hopkins.

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Tami Raguse, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. W. E. Moerner, Stanford University. "Shedding Light on Single Molecules"

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Thursday, March 9th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Pengfei Wang, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Bart Kahr, University of Washington.

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. William Thomas, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Charles Parmenter, Indiana University. "Intra-and Intermolecular Dynamics of Molecules with Internal Rotation"

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Tuesday, April 11st, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dor Ben-Amotz, Purdue University. "Measurement and Modeling of Solvation Forces and Fluctuations"

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Thursday, April 13th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Matthew Bursavich, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Lewis Rothberg, University of Rochester. "Making Light of Polymers"

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Thursday, April 20th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Andrew Hawk, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Irina Shkel, UW-Madison. "Salt Control of DNA Oligomer Binding in Technological Applications"

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor John R. Scheffer, UBC-Vancouver.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Byron Griffith, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dana Dlott, University of Illinois. "Vibrational Energy Relaxation in Liquids Studied by Ultrafast Two-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy"

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Jumi Shin.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Robert Halter, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Grier, University of Chicago. "When Like Charges Attract: Surprises in Macroionic Interactions"

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2000 - (McElvain) - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Stanley Williams, Hewlett Packard. "Architectonics of Molecular Computers"

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

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

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Director, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. The University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine is developing a new Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics that will both integrate the diverse activities in these areas that are ongoing across the University and build additional expertise and capacity in computational solutions to key biological questions. This Program builds on major new investments in genome sciences and structural biology across the six schools of the Health Sciences and takes advantage of strong collaborations between the School of Medicine and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is a key resource, in terms of both faculty and support services, for the Program. Director, Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics: An accomplished professional is being sought for the position of Director, Program in Computational Biology/Bioinformatics. It is anticipated that this tenurable position will be filled at the Associate or Full Professor rank, with a primary appointment in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, or in one of the other basic science departments of the School of Medicine, as appropriate. The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree (M.D. or Ph.D.) with extensive training and experience in computational science and in biochemistry, genetics, structural biology, neuroscience, or related fields. Postdoctoral experience in computational methodologies applied to biological/biomedical problems is essential. The Director is expected to build on existing resources to advance the establishment of the University as a center of excellence in computational biology and bioinformatics, working within the framework of the six schools of the Health Sciences (School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, Graduate School of Public Health, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) but with outreach to other schools on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh. In this context, computational biology is the application of computational methodologies in support of understanding complex biological systems; computational biology includes, but is not restricted to, aspects of genomics and proteomics; of combinatorial chemistry and biology; of functional imaging; of structural biology; of neurobiology. Bioinformatics is focused on both methodological development and methodological application for extraction and analysis of data from very large and complex data sets. The Director is expected to provide leadership for the Program by building on his/her own active research program to establish a nucleation point for research activities across the Schools of the Health Sciences in computational biology; to develop a broad research agenda for the Program that capitalizes on the extensive basic and clinical research programs at the University; to establish a reliable, state-of-the-art set of computational biology and bioinformatics "core services" in support of biomedical research, including but not restricted to molecular, genome, and protein database services. Establishment of graduate and postgraduate training programs in computational biology and bioinformatics will be a key aspect of the Program. Additional Positions: Two additional tenure track positions in computational biology or bioinformatics will be available, with each recruitment expected to be at the assistant professor level with primary appointment in an appropriate basic science department. Specific recruitment for these positions will be deferred until a Director has been selected, but successful candidates will be expected to develop their individual research programs while contributing to the synergistic efforts of the comprehensive Program. Additionally, three staff positions will be made available to support the service component of the Program, as will be a secretary to support the Director and the overall Program. Support: The Senior Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences has committed to providing initial support for three years for the establishment of the Program, including the additional positions noted above. Support for the program in years beyond that period will come from grants and fee-for-service activities, with necessary additional subsidies coming from the Senior Vice Chancellor. Thus, the Director will be expected to seek significant external funding to maintain and expand the research activities and the research personnel as the Program develops. If you are interested in this position, please send your curriculum vitae, a brief statement of your research interests, the names and contact information for at least three references, and reprints of three selected papers to: Dr. Michelle S. Broido, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Health Sciences, 3471 Fifth Avenue, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Nominations for this position are also welcome. All application/nomination material must be received by March 17, 2000.

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Gary Mort of Lane Community College, would like to call your attention to a job opening in the Science Division at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. After our initial search (closing 1/24) generated too few applicants, we have reopened our search for an individual to teach chemistry. The primary assignment will be sophomore organic with the balance of the assignment depending on personal interests and strengths. (The new closing date is 2/18) (Please note that given the time constraints, faxed applications by the deadline, followed by paper copy are acceptable.) The position ad can be viewed at: http://lanecc.edu/perssvcs/nv1960.htm. The following sites have information about Lane CC and the Eugene -Springfield area. http://www.lanecc.edu/ , http://www.eugene.com/ , http://www.uoregon.edu/ , http://www.registerguard.com/ . We are especially encouraging chemistry graduate students with an active interest in education, as well as educators from traditionally under-represented groups, and hope you will pass this information to anyone you feel might be interested. Any questions can be addressed either to me or to: the department chair, Steve John, e-mail: johns@lanecc.edu .

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The Department of Chemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for appointment to a full-time, one-year faculty position beginning in fall semester 2000. Applicants should have the Ph.D. in biochemistry or chemistry or be confident of completing one by fall semester 2000. They should have a strong background in biochemistry. The appointee will teach bioorganic chemistry and biochemistry courses and supervise laboratory sections for these courses. The bioorganic chemistry course is a second semester organic chemistry course and covers the organic chemistry of the major classes of biological substances with emphases on structures and reaction mechanisms as they apply to biological transformations. Topics also include the chemistry of macromolecules and coordination chemistry. The appointee will have active research interests in chemistry and will work with students doing senior research projects.The appointment normally will be at the rank of assistant professor at a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. A person who has not completed the Ph.D. at the time of appointment will receive appointment at the rank of instructor with promotion to assistant professor automatic upon completion of the requirements for the degree. Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web page: http://www.oberlin.edu/~chem/ . Inquiries and applications should be addressed to: Michael W. Nee, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 44074, telephone: (440) 775-8300, fax: (440) 775-6682, e-mail: michael.nee@oberlin.edu . Persons applying for this position should send a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a statement of research plans and should request that letters of reference be provided by at least three persons who are well acquainted with the applicant's professional qualifications. When possible, applicants should submit evidence of experience in teaching. To insure consideration, submit application materials by February 23, 2000. Application materials received after that date will be considered until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry at Oberlin College invites applications for appointment to a full-time, one-year faculty position beginning in fall semester 2000. Applicants should have the Ph.D. in chemistry or be confident of completing one by fall semester 2000. They should have a strong background in physical chemistry. The appointee will teach general and physical chemistry courses with laboratories and a non-majors environmental chemistry course. The appointee will have active research interests in chemistry and will work with students doing senior research projects. The appointment normally will be at the rank of assistant professor at a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. A person who has not completed the Ph.D. at the time of appointment will receive appointment at the rank of instructor with promotion to assistant professor automatic upon completion of the requirements for the degree. Additional information about the department can be found on the departmental web page: http://www.oberlin.edu/~chem/ . Inquiries and applications should be addressed to: Michael W. Nee, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio 44074, telephone: (440) 775-8300, fax: (440) 775-6682, e-mail: michael.nee@oberlin.edu . Persons applying for this position should send a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a statement of research plans and should request that letters of reference be provided by at least three persons who are well acquainted with the applicant's professional qualifications. When possible, applicants should submit evidence of experience in teaching. To insure consideration, submit application materials by February 23, 2000. Application materials received after that date will be considered until the position is filled.

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Youngstown State University invites applications for the following tenure-track faculty position: Department of Chemistry: Ph.D. in Chemical Education or Chemistry required. Successful candidate will have strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level, especially introductory chemistry lecture and laboratory, and at the graduate level for K-12 teachers. Scholarship in chemical education suitable for attracting external funding and leading to publications will be a significant portion of workload. Involvement with the College of education and local K-12 school systems expected. YSU has received substantial external funding to support Chemical Education initiatives. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, vita, official academic transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and planned research in chemical education and three letters of reference to: Dr. Daryl Mincey, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH 44555-0001.

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Penn State University. A growing, dynamic Department of Food Science seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Food Science with an emphasis on flavor chemistry. This tenure-track position is divided 60% research and 40% teaching. The individual will be expected to develop and maintain an externally funded research program on flavor chemistry with a focus o n flavor-ingredient interactions. The teaching component includes primary responsibility for one undergraduate course in food analysis, one graduate level course, with contribution to a course in sensory analysis, and advising. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in food science, chemistry (analytical, organic, physical), or biochemistry, with strong interest in flavors. Postdoctoral or industrial experience is highly desirable. A competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience and an attractive benefits package are available. The closing date for applications is April 30, 2000, or until a qualified candidate is found. Anticipated starting date is July 1, 2000. Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, academic transcripts, and the names of three professional references to: Dr. Gregory R. Ziegler, 116A Borland Lab - Box CH, University Park, PA 16802.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Two post-doc positions are in solid-state NMR are available at the Department of Chemistry, University of Durham to work with Professor Robin K. Harris. Position 1. "Adsorption onto Activated Carbon using Magic-angle Spinning NMR" Reference A076C. Salary Range UKP16,286 - UKP19,869. This post is available for one year, with an expectation of extension for a further year, commencing as soon as possible (and in any case before 1 August, 2000). The research will involve MAS experiments on a range of NMR spectrometers to study the adsorption of small molecule adsorbates into the pores of activated carbon samples. The emphasis will be on multi-nuclear work. Position 2. "High-field NMR of Solids using Unusual or Difficult Nuclei" Reference A075C Salary Range UKP16,286 - UKP19,869. This post, funded by the UK EPSRC, is available for 2 years, preferably commencing 1 August, 2000 (+/- 1 month). The research will use a Chemagnetics Infinity 600 spectrometer sited at the University of Warwick, as well as a Varian UnityPlus 300 system at Durham (both instruments being dedicated to work on solids). The research will concentrate on the use of nuclei such as Li-6, Mg-25, O-17, Ca-43, and others which are difficult to access. Applications to various inorganic systems, including ceramic materials, are envisaged. For both positions applicants should have a PhD and a record of research achievement involving NMR of solids. The work will be directed by Professor Robin K. Harris, who may be contacted by email about scientific matters >>only<< at r.k.harris@durham.ac.uk . Further details of the post and of the Department of Chemistry, together with an application form, may be obtained from: The Director of Personnel, University of Durham, Old Shire Hall, Durham DH1 3HP, UK Phone +44 (0)191 374 7258 FAX +44 (0)191 374 7253 email: acad.recruit@durham.ac.uk Please quote the appropriate reference number. Closing date for Position 1 is 15 February, 2000 (but late applications may be considered). Closing data for Position 2 is 2 March, 2000.

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Solutia Inc. has an immediate opening for an NMR Post Doctoral Associate within the Physical and Analytical Sciences Center (PASC) in Springfield, MA. The Post Doctoral Associate will be responsible for preparing, analyzing and reporting results using solution and solid state NMR spectroscopy, with an emphasis on implementing more sophisticated NMR techniques. Experience with a Varian Inova 500 and a Bruker AC-200 instrumentation is a definite plus. The Varian 500 is equipped with Varian 5 mm switchable and 10 mm broadband solution probes, 5 mm Nalorac indirect Z-axis PFG probe, Varian LC/NMR flow probe and two autosamplers (50 sample ASM autosampler and a 10 sample heated autosampler). The Bruker AC-200 has a 5 mm solution probe and 7 mm CP/MAS solids capability. Access to the advanced solids NMR equipment at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) is also available. Applicants must have a Ph.D in Chemistry, Polymer Science or related field. Experience with synthetic polymers is a definite plus. The applicant must have the ability to function on a team, work cooperatively with other analysts and communicate with individuals from other disciplines. A demonstrated ability to identify opportunities and initiate projects is essential. Excellent oral, written and presentation skills are expected. For further information, please contact: Dr. Michael (Mike) Krejsa, Solutia Inc., 730 Worcester St., Springfield, MA 01151, E-mail: mrkrej@solutia.com .

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The Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation seeks a postdoctoral fellow to participate in our new functional genomics program. This program includes proteomic and metabolomic studies of the model plant legume, Medicago truncatula. Responsibilities will include: fundamental MS research, protein/metabolite extraction, protein/metabolite profiling using 2D PAGE, HPLC, CE, and protein/metabolite identification using modern MS techniques. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in a related field and posses exceptional knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: protein extraction/purification, 2D-PAGE electrophoresis, and/or mass spectrometry. Subject to satisfactory performance, the appointment will be for 2 years with the possibility of third year by mutual consent. Interested candidates are encourage to apply online at http://www.noble.org or submit a current curriculum vitae and list of references (including Name, affiliation, email, and telephone numbers) to: Jane Nance, Human Resources, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, P.O. Box 2180, Ardmore, OK 73402. Additional information concerning The Noble Foundation or the position can be obtained via e-mail from Lloyd Sumner at: lwsumner@,noble.org . Review of applications w-ill begin February 1, 2000 and continue until the position is filled.

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