Chemistry Newsletter - 03/31/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 13 March 31st, 2008

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Tehshik Yoon Wins an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Award

Please join us in congratulating Assistant Professor Tehshik Yoon for winning an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Award! The Beckman Young Investigators (BYI) Program is intended to provide research support to the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of academic careers in the chemical and life sciences. Tehshik's award provides three years of funding for his proposal on "Stereoselective Functionalization of Hydrocarbons using Oxaziridines". Congratulations, Tehshik!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University. “Water in Confined Spaces”

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gui Bazan, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - McElvain Series Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Gary Siuzdak of the Scripps Center for Mass Spectrometry. “Mass-based Metabolomics from Solutions and Surfaces”

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Blamer (Gellman/Stahl Group).

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1106 Mechanical Engineering Building. L. J. Mawst, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Semiconductor Diode Lasers Based on Strained-Layer Dilute-Nitrade Active Regions”

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Claudio Verani, Wayne State University.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Gross of Washington University. “Analytical Mass Spectrometric Developments and Applications in Immunology and Cancer”

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Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday April 16 th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, UC-Berkeley. Tuesday:“Chemistry in Living Systems: Shedding Light on Glycans” Wednesday: “Engineering Biological/Nanomaterial Interfaces: Highlights of Research at the Molecular Foundry”

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Barbara A. Lyons, New Mexico State University. “Grb7 Protein/erbB2 Binding Specificity in Cancer Signaling”

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Tom Baker, Los Alamos National Lab.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Scott Hanton of Air Products.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brooke Richardson (Gellman Group).

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Friday, April 18th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary E. Galvin, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

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Monday, April 21th, 2008, Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor John M. Herbert, The Ohio State University. “Trouble with TD-DFT: Theoretical Investigation of Excited Electronic States in DNA Oligomers and Other Large Molecules”

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Kim Hamad-Schifferli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Using Nanoparticles to Control Biological Function”

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andreja Bakac, Ames Laboratories.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vicki Wysocki of the University of Arizona.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reto Frei (Blackwell Group).

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University. “Physical Insights into Histone Lysine Methylation from Multiscale Simulations”

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nien Hui Ge of the University of California, Irvine. “Beyond One Dimension: Coherent 2D IR Spectroscopy as a Structural Probe of Peptides”

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Khrizman (Mecozzi Group).

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - McElvain Series Seminar in Materials Chemistry, 12:15 p.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nate Lewis of Cal Tech.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).

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Friday, May 9th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan S. Lewis, California Institute of Technology. “Scientific Challenges in Sustainable Energy Technology”

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Recent Publications

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Bis(pyrazole)- and bis(pyrazolyl)-palladium complexes as phenylacetylene polymerization catalysts.

Li, K; Mohlala, MS; Segapelo, TV; Shumbula, PM; Guzei, IA*; Darkwa, J.

POLYHEDRON 27 (3): 1017-1023 FEB 26 2008.

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Trimethyl lock: A stable chromogenic substrate for esterases.

Levine, MN; Lavis, LD; Raines, RT*.

MOLECULES 13 (2): 204-211 FEB 2008.

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Terahertz vibration-rotation-tunneling spectroscopy of the water tetramer-d8: Combined analysis of vibrational bands at 4.1 and 2.0 THz.

Lin, W; Han, JX; Takahashi, LK; Harker, HA; Keutsch, FN*; Saykallye, RJ.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 128 (9): Art. No. 094302 MAR 7 2008.

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Novel aromatic species containing group 14 atoms.

West, R*.

PURE AND APPLIED CHEMISTRY 80 (3): 563-569 MAR 2008.

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Chemical synthesis and magnetotransport of magnetic semiconducting Fe(1-x)Co(x)Sialloy nanowires.

Schmitt, AL; Higgins, JM; Jin, S*.

NANO LETTERS 8 (3): 810-815 MAR 2008.

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Cycloadditions of N-sulfonyl nitrones generated by lewis acid catalyzed rearrangement of oxaziridines.

Partridge, KM; Anzovino, ME; Yoon, TP*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (10): 2920-2921 MAR 12 2008.

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Stabilization of the collagen triple helix by O-methylation of hydroxyproline residues.

Kotch, FW; Guzei, IA*; Raines, RT*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (10): 2952-2953 MAR 12 2008.

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Combining MALDI-FTMS and bioinformatics for rapid peptidomic comparisons.

Schmidt, JJ; Mcllwain, S; Page, D; Christie, AE; Li, LJ*.

JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH 7 (3): 887-896 MAR 2008.

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Late steps in the formation of E-coli RNA Polymerase-lambda P-R promoter open complexes: Characterization of conformational changes by rapid [Perturbant] upshift experiments.

Kontur, WS; Saecker, RM; Capp, MW; Record, MT*.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 376 (4): 1034-1047 FEB 29 2008.

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Exploration of structure - Activity relationships among foldamer ligands for a specific protein binding site via parallel and split-and-mix library synthesis.

Murray, JK; Sadowsky, JD; Scalf, M; Smith, LM*; Tomita, Y; Gellman, SH*.

JOURNAL OF COMBINATORIAL CHEMISTRY 10 (2): 204-215 MAR-APR 2008.

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Dynamics at conical intersections: The influence of O-H stretching vibrations on the photodissociation of phenol.

Hause, ML; Yoon, YH; Case, AS; Crim, FF*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 128 (10): Art. No. 104307 MAR 14 2008.

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Diamagnetic corrections and Pascal's constants.

Bain, GA*; Berry, JF*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 85 (4): 532-536 APR 2008.

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Gel electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries.

Chen, ZH; Zhang, LZ; West, R*; Amine, K.

ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA 53 (8): 3262-3266 MAR 10 2008.

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Nonnative helical motif in a chaperone-bound protein fragment.

Kurt, N; Cavagnero, S*.

BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL 94 (7): L48-L50 APR 1 2008.

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Positional disorder manifested as compositional in a pseudo-C-2-symmetrical Pd complex.

Guzei, IA*; Spencer, LC; Ojwach, SO; Darkwa, J.

ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION C-CRYSTAL STRUCTURE COMMUNICATIONS 64: M114-M116 Part 3 MAR 2008.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Chemist - Engineer – RES00567. DuPont Central Research & Development has a need for individuals with an equipment, process or chemical engineering background for a variety of research support positions. Chemistry or Chemical/Bio-chemical Engineering applicants with equipment, process or chemical engineering experience will also be considered. With general guidance from a Ph.D. principal investigator, the individual defines and develops protocols for material/chemical process development, process optimization and sample preparation from a developmental process in the laboratory and well as the scaleup of such protocols. The individual should be comfortable with chemical and materials handling, process setup and modification, and analytical testingof the results of the process work. The individual should have knowledge of basic techniques for equipment setup and operation, all being done in a safe manner. Hands-on experience with experimental and equipment setup is a plus. The candidate will be responsible for day-to-day lab management and lab operation. The applicant must ensure a positive safety environment in the lab and ensure safe operation of the laboratory at all times, demonstrating safety competence. Knowledge of conducting Process Hazards Analyses and developing Standard Operating Procedures is essential for this role. The applicant will be required to maintain a lab notebook that allows others to follow or recreate the work effectively and to serve as the basis for intellectual property development. The individual will be required to independently examine analytical data from a developmental process and interpret the results. One should be able to draw conclusions from the data and identify the proper next steps from these conclusions. Familiarity with the operation and maintenance of analytical instruments such as GC, HPLC, FTIR, and UV-VIS is a plus. The applicant should be able to understand test methods and results including method accuracy, precision and reproducibility. The applicant will be expected to use technical and vendor literature to assist in the selection of test methods and determine proper analytical sample preparation. He or she will contribute technical ideas and use independent judgment to prioritize work for the most efficient prosecution of the research program based on an understanding of technical and business objectives. He or she will recognize erroneous and/or unexpected results, interpret and analyze those results and make recommendations based on their conclusions. He or she will be expected to give oral presentations related to their work. He or she will write research summaries and provide patent examples for progress reports and patent applications. He or she will be expected to be a positive, contributing team member and help other team members to be successful. The applicant is expected to obtain Six Sigma Green Belt certification within two years of coming into the role. Minimum Requirements: Requires a technical Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (chemistry, chemical engineering or related fields) with an appropriate combination of educational and work experience; Has the ability to independently research the scientific literature; Has the basic knowledge of process technology, process equipment and process techniques; Has experience and ability to set up and run experiments; Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently and to maintain accurate records; Effective at gathering, integrating and reporting results; Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Power Point; Has good communication skills, oral and written; Comfortable in working in a team environment; Self-motivated and results oriented; Good interpersonal skills; Effective in interfacing with other technical groups; Independence in activities and problem solving abilities; Ability to take direction to experimentally develop conceptual ideas generated by principal investigator; Desire to develop personal skills to enhance performance in the job role. You can apply for this position online @ http://www.dupont.com/careers, Click on Jobs By Region; Careers in the United States, Select "Experienced Opportunities,” Search on Keyword: RES00567.

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Chemist - CR&D – RES00556. DuPont Central Research & Development has a need for individuals with organic synthesis backgrounds for a variety of research support positions. With general guidance from a PhD Research Scientist, incumbents are responsible for taking a set concept or idea, and devising a synthetic route through the use of the technical literature; also, they should be able, as appropriate, to apply those syntheses to other compounds. Knows how to assemble complex laboratory apparatus to prepare, isolate, purify and characterize chemicals. Understands which analytical methods (eg., liquid and gas chromatography, thermal analysis, NMR) to use; also, develops and/or customizes methods suitable for their respective program. Conducts experiments and recognizes erroneous and/or unexpected results, interprets & analyzes those results and makes recommendations based on their analysis/conclusions. Plays a critical role in laboratory Process Safety Management Serves as a resource to PhD Research Scientists & fellow research support colleagues. Has the responsibility for maintaining lab notebooks in a manner which allows others to understand learnings from each experiment; eg., writes interpretations, conclusions and path forward for experimentation. Writes paragraphs and/or provides patent examples for Progress Reports and patent applications and/or writes progress reports on their research activities for their Project Team. Verbally presents their work to the Project Team or Research Group. Minimum Requirements: Requires a technical Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (chemistry or related fields) with an appropriate combination of educational and work experience with strong emphasis on organic or physical organic chemistry; Proficient in independently conducting organic synthesis reactions including: inert atmosphere techniques, vacuum techniques, purification (distillation, chromatography, recrystallization, etc.); Has the ability to independently research the literature information on synthetic procedures and specific topic knowledge; Obtains the basic knowledge of organic/polymer characterization techniques; Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently and to maintain accurate records; Effective at gathering, integrating and reporting results; Proficient in Lotus Notes, MS Word, Excel, and Power Point; Self-motivated and results oriented; Good communication and interpersonal skills; Effective in interfacing with other technical groups; Independence in activities and problem solving abilities. You can apply for this position online @ http://www.dupont.com/careers, Click on Jobs By Region; Careers in the

United States, Select "Experienced Opportunities,” Search on Keyword: RES00556.

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Chemist - Materials – RES00565. DuPont Central Research & Development has a need for individuals with materials science background for a variety of research support positions. With general guidance from a Ph.D. principle investigator, the individual defines and develops protocols for materials synthesis, preparation and testing methods for materials and devices made in the laboratory. The individual should be comfortable with some chemical handling and synthesis – with emphasis on nanotechnologies, organic and polymer chemistry. There should be a basic knowledge on standard materials and chemical characterization and testing instrumentation. The individual should be will to participate in the analysis, interpretation and conclusions on the data from tests conducted. Independently records and maintains a lab notebook that allows others to follow or recreate the work. Understands test methods and results including method accuracy, precision and reproducibility. Knows how to use the technical literature to choose the most effective tests and/or to prepare materials/devices for testing. Contributes technical ideas and uses independent judgment to prioritize work for the most efficient prosecution of the research program based on an understanding of technical and business objectives. Recognizes erroneous and/or unexpected results, interprets and analyzes those results and makes recommendations based on their conclusions. Plays a critical role in laboratory safety. Makes verbal presentations related to the work to the Project Team or Research Group. Writes research summaries and provides patent examples for progress reports and patent applications. Minimum Job Requirements: Requires a technical Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (materials science, chemistry or related fields) with an appropriate combination of educational and work experience; Has the ability to independently research the scientific literature information on synthetic procedures and specific research area; Has the basic knowledge of materials characterization techniques; Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently and to maintain accurate records; Effective at gathering, integrating and reporting results; Proficient in Lotus Notes, MS Word, Excel, and Power Point; Self-motivated and results oriented; Good communication and interpersonal skills; Effective in interfacing with other technical groups. You can apply for this position online @ http://www.dupont.com/careers, Click on Jobs By Region; Careers in the United States, Select "Experienced Opportunities,” Search on Keyword: RES00565.

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Materials Scientist/Physicist – RES00563. DuPont Central Research & Development has a need for individuals with physics or materials science background for a variety of research support positions. Chemistry or Engineering applicants with experience in physical and material properties will also be considered. With general guidance from a Ph.D. principal investigator, the individual defines and develops protocols for materials and device preparation and characterization in the laboratory and well as the utilization of such protocols. The individual should be comfortable with some chemical and materials handling and electronic device fabrication and testing. There should be a basic knowledge of standard materials and device characterization and testing instrumentation. The individual should have a basic knowledge of electrical properties and the electrical characterization of materials and devices. The individual should be willing to participate in the analysis and interpretation of data from tests and developing conclusions and next steps based on the data. Independently records and maintains a lab notebook that allows others to follow or recreate the work. Understands test methods and results including method accuracy, precision and reproducibility. Knows how to use the technical literature to choose the most effective tests and/or to prepare materials/devices for testing. Contributes technical ideas and uses independent judgment to prioritize work for the most efficient prosecution of the research program based on an understanding of technical and business objectives. Recognizes erroneous and/or unexpected results, interprets and analyzes those results and makes recommendations based on their conclusions. Plays a critical role in laboratory safety. Makes verbal presentations related to the work to the Project Team or Research Group. Writes research summaries and provides patent examples for progress reports and patent applications. Minimum Job Requirements: Requires a technical Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (physics, materials science, chemistry or related fields) with an appropriate combination of educational and work experience; Has the ability to independently research scientific literature; Has the basic knowledge of materials characterization techniques; Has the basic knowledge of materials and device electrical characterization techniques; Has experience setting-up and running experiments; Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently and to maintain accurate records; Effective at gathering, integrating and reporting results; Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and Power Point; Self-motivated and results oriented; Good communication and interpersonal skills; Effective in interfacing with other technical groups; Independence in activities and problem solving abilities. You can apply for this position online @ http://www.dupont.com/careers, Click on Jobs By Region; Careers in the United States, Select "Experienced Opportunities,” Search on Keyword: RES00563.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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