Chemistry Newsletter - 03/12/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 11 March 12th, 2007

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Josh Coon Wins a Research Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry

We are delighted to report that Josh Coon has won a Research Award from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, funded by Applied Biosystems/Sciex. The award will be presented to Josh at the ASMS meeting in June. Congratulations Josh!

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On Behalf of Laura Kiessling, Editor-In-Chief, ACS Chemical Biology:

Dear Journal Contributors:

 

I have 2 pieces of related good news: The journal has won the 2006 Award for Innovation in Journal Publishing from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. The association is the national trade association of the U.S. book publishing industry, including more than 300 major commercial publishers, small publishers, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies.

At the award ceremony, James Jordan, a member of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division's Executive Council, announced that ACS Chemical Biology also was the runner-up for the R.R. Hawkins Award for the Outstanding Professional, Reference or Scholarly Work of 2006, the Divisions highest and most prestigious honor.

I am particularly proud of both of these honors, not knowing what to expect in our first year of publishing -- but I know that this only has been possible with the hard work of many people, including every author and reviewer. I also appreciate every contributor and expert on our interactive Web site (http://pubs.acs.org/journals/acbcct/index.html.) Thank you!

Each year the national publishing trade organization recognizes books, journals and electronic products that best exemplify a sound contribution to professional and scholarly publishing by maintaining both the highest editorial standards and the highest standards of design and production. The award was conferred Feb. 6 at the association's annual conference in Washington, D.C. This year’s panel of judges consisted of librarians, academics and working publishers.

A related announcement is a new service also focused on the accessibility and interactivity of our content. The ACS will provide Web-Enhanced Objects for your papers for Chemical Biology (and other ACS publications) at your request. WEOs allow a closer look at the data because you can zoom in and rotate the macromolecular structures. There is no charge for this for Chemical Biology authors and reviewers! This is an example of the service that ACS Chemical Biology offers to enhance the value of the experience of reading the journal and of being an author or reviewer. I should note that the journal continues to welcome other interactive objects and animations that enhance the accessibility of our content for our readers.

I look forward to your queries, and I welcome comments any time.

 

Thank you. Laura.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Chemistry. Professor Frank A. Weinhold, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. “Water Wars: Some Reflections on the Nature of Hydrogen Bonding”

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 - Environmental Engineering Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 2305 Engineering Hall. Dr. Timothy Strathmann, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Developing Targeted Treatment Strategies for Wastewater-Derived Micropollutants”

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Green, Penn State University.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jessica Menke, Graduate Student, McMahon Group.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Technology Forum, 1:30 p.m., Room 1360 Biotechnology Center. Dr. Josh Coon, UW-Madison. “Advancing Protein Sequence Analysis with Ion/Ion Chemical Reactions: New Technology and its Application to Large-Scale Comparative Phosphoproteomics”

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. A K Petford-Long, Material Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory. “Structure Property Relationships in Nanoscale Magnetic Material”

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Emily A. Carter, Princeton University. “What to do when Density Functional Theory Fails? Beyond DFT to Improved Descriptions of Materials Behavior”

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Adrian Whitty, Biogen Idec Inc.

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Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albena Ivanisevic, Purdue University.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Morin (Jin Group) and Mohanna Ray (Schwartz Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentation”

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Joint Analytical/PChem Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Haw Yang, Penn State University. “Single-Molecule Protein Dynamics and 3D Single-Particle Focus-Tracking Spectroscopy”

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Margrith Mattman, Graduate Student, Blackwell Group.

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Friday, March 23rd, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cynthia M. Friend, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard. “Surface Chemistry: from the Atomic to the Global Scale”

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Piers, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Thursday, March 29th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Angeles Paz Sandoval, Chemistry Department, “Cinvestav” (Center for Investigation & Advanced Studies), Mexico City.

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Dr. Ulrich Koert, Philipps-Universität Marburg “Synthesis of Molecular Switches, Ion-Channels and Natural Products”

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Friday, April 6th, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. F. Dean Toste, University of California-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University. “Watching Single Molecules in Live Mammalian and Bacterial Cell Membranes”

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - McElvain Series Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Hunt, University of Virginia.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Moscato-Goodpaster, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Victor Snieckus, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The Molecular Chemistry of Renewable Energy”

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Jorgensen, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rebecca Splain, Graduate Student, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - First Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “On the Global Energy Future and Science's Challenge to Power the Planet”

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Saturday, April 21st, 2007 - New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry - Mini-Symposium, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Washington County, Collins Science hall, 400 University Dr., West Bend, WI 53095. John Moore, UW-Madison. “New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry”. Free - including lunch and refreshments! Pre-registration is required by Friday March 30, 2007. Maps and Directions: http://washington.uwc.edu/about/map_directions.html. Registration Form: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/Mini-Symposium%20Registration%20Form.doc. Web page: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/mini-symposium.htm.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paramjit Arora, New York University.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Finke, Colorado State.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Ann Carroll, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peerasak Paoprasert, Graduate Student, Gopalan Group.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan Kahne, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maren Buck, Graduate Student, Lynn Group.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University. “Getting Surfaces to Reveal Secrets via Probing with Small Molecules”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Zhang (Stahl Group) and Xiaoyu Wang (Hamers Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Julee Byram, Graduate Student, Mecozzi Group.

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Friday, May 11th, 2007 - Annual Department Awards Ceremony, Room 1315 Chemistry, with reception in Charter St. Atrium.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Chemistry: Laboratory Instructor. Gustavus Adolphus College invites nominations and applications for a full-time, renewable nine month contract, non-tenure track position of Laboratory Instructor for the Department of Chemistry to begin September 1, 2007. We seek candidates who have an M.S. degree in Chemistry, preferably organic chemistry. The successful candidate must have prior graduate coursework in organic chemistry; inorganic courses would be helpful. TA experience required. General, organic. and intermediate inorganic lab expertise desired. Primary responsibilities will include teaching 14-18 contact hours per week during fall and spring semesters. Alternating 10 contact hours per week in January Term teaching or 40 hours lab development and preparation and coordinating lab program and teaching assistants. To apply, send letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, grad transcript. and the names, addresses. and telephone numbers of three to five professional references to: Dr. Lawrence W. Potts, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter. MN 56082-1498, web: http://www.gustavus.edu/humanresources. For more details, visit the department web site at: http://www.gustavus.edu/academics/chem or contact: Dr. Lawrence W. Potts at 507-933-7322 or potts@gustavus.edu.. Review of applications will begin on April 16. 2007, and continue until the position is filled.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Job ID: 112901, Directorate: Energy Science & Technology Directorate, Division: Energy & Engineering Division, Group: Energy Technology Development Group. This position will provide Energy Systems Modeling expertise to the Laboratory's research efforts. This position will focus on the electric power and the oil refining industries in one or more of the following areas: power plant expansion planning, renewable portfolio standards, emissions trading, refinery operations and expansion modeling. Primary emphasis of this position will be modeling programming and analysis skills. Other desired skills are experience in the analysis of Carbon constrained Energy systems and or effects of energy policies on energy use and markets. Advanced programming skills to be documented by taking at least 2-years of college-level programming classes or documenting strong contribution to software projects. Linear programming skills desirable. Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Masters program in engineering or economics at an accredited college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.. Candidate must have excellent communication skills. To apply, please go to: http://jobs.pnl.gov/ and apply to Job ID 112901.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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A tenure track position in Chemistry has been approved at the University of St. Thomas for Fall 2007. An ad announcing this position appeared in C&E News recently (Feb 26th issue or online).

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Endowed Chair in the Biochemical Sciences, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri-Rolla. Distinguished scientists are encouraged to apply for the Richard K. Vitek/FCR Endowed Chair in Biochemistry, including the areas of bioorganic, bioinorganic, biophysical or biomaterials chemistry at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR). The new position carries a very generous endowment, which can be used in part to support the research of the chair. The Richard K. Vitek/FCR Endowed Chair in Biochemistry will provide important leadership for UMR’s targeted growth in the Biosciences. A new biosciences building has been established by the State of Missouri as the next capital improvement project for higher education. The successful candidate should have a doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related field, and have an outstanding international reputation and publication record, and a substantial record of extramural funding. This search has been extended and review of applications will resume on March 15, 2007, and continue until the position is filled. For further information, we encourage you to visit our Web site at: http://chem.umr.edu or contact Professor Jay A. Switzer at: jswitzer@umr.edu. Please submit a curriculum vitae and short summaries of past research accomplishments and future research directions to: Human Resource Services, Reference Number: 00033199, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1870 Miner Circle, Rolla, MO 65409-1050.

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Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, Department of Chemistry/Biology. Springfield College seeks applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry/Biology. Applicants with a Ph.D. in Chemistry are invited to apply to teach courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry for science majors. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to the department’s commitment to student research and service learning. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a prior record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and a strong commitment to scholarly and service activity. Founded in 1885, Springfield College is a private, coeducational institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs that reflect its distinctive Humanics Philosophy, the education of the whole person in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to humanity. For more information, please visit the College’s homepage at: http://www.spfldcol.edu. Initial review of applications will begin April 1, 2007. The appointment is scheduled to Begin on August 28, 2007. Applicants should send a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, copies of transcripts and the name and contact information of three references to: Dr. Mary Healey, Dean of the School of Arts/Sciences and Professional Studies, Springfield College, 263 Alden Street, Springfield, MA 01109.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position on Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy – June 2007. We would like to bring to your attention the opening of a postdoctoral position on ultrafast spectroscopy starting in June 2007. The position is part of a US Department of Energy funded collaborative program to study the effect of disrupted inter- and intra-chain interactions on exciton transport in conjugated polyelectrolytes. The team, lead by Prof V. D. Kleiman, Prof K. S. Schanze and Prof J. R. Reynolds, investigates the synthesis and structural and photophysical characterization of conjugated polyelectrolytes using state of the art steady-state and transient methods, and on the application of materials techniques to fabricate, characterize and study the properties of CPE assemblies and solar cells constructed with these assemblies. The available position focuses on time-resolved spectroscopy to investigate the roles played by intrachain and interchain chromophore interactions in facilitating exciton migration and trapping, and the study of the dynamics of exciton and electron hole transport through CPEs in multilayer films. Ideally, the researcher filling this position should have a background in ultrafast spectroscopy with hands-on experience with optical setups, detectors, electronics, data collection and analysis. The position is for one year, with possible extension to a second year. We would appreciate if you can let any qualified candidate know about this position and encourage her or him to apply. For more information, they can contact Prof.Valeria Kleiman at: kleiman@chem.ufl.edu.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). For further consideration please visit: http://www.jobs.pnl.gov and reference posting # 112944. There are 2 post doctoral positions that involve the extension of laboratory methods for characterizing the proteomes and subproteomes of tissues, cells, and biofluids to advance the understanding of systems biology research specifically in the area of non-human primates. Efforts include the development and application of sophisticated sample preparation methods for extraction of protein/peptides from small samples of biological tissues, cells, and fluids. Ability to contribute to the development of enrichment methods that provide greatly improved peptide detection sensitivity and dynamic range in order to address previously intractable biological applications is desirable. The ideal candidate will have previous experience with comparative quantitative proteomics using the stable isotope labeling and label free mass spectrometric approaches and their application to longitudinal experiments. The successful candidate will be expected to work effectively with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, be self motivated, and have excellent communication skills. The successful candidate will assist with preparation and may collaborate on reports, papers, posters, presentations, etc. Additionally he/she will use project management systems at PNNL; provide contributions to reports and publications; create, monitor, and implement effective plans; and be able to participate in marketing and selling efforts. Maintenance of laboratory equipment, organization, working conditions, and an accurate laboratory notebook are expected in addition to implementation of Environmental Safety and Health (ES&H) Operations and security requirements, and directorate/group policies. Candidates must have received a PhD Chemistry or Biology within the past five years from an accredited college or university. Contact: Jennifer Downing, phone:509-375-3846, e-mail: jennifer.downing@pnl.gov.

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