Chemistry Newsletter - 07/19/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 24 July 19th, 2004

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Snout Out 2004

The annual Chemistry Department picnic, the "Snout-Out", is scheduled for Hoyt Park on Saturday, August 28. Please mark your calendar, and we will provide more details as the time approaches. Chris Elles - Graduate Student-Faculty Liaison Committee (GSFLC)

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

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Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:20 PM - Chair’s Office

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Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:20 PM - Room 9341

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, September 2nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Scott Shippy, University of Illinois-Chicago.

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Continetti, University of California, San Diego. “Oxygen Atom Reactions: From Gas Phase Reaction Dynamics to Materials Chemistry”

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Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nancy S. Goroff, SUNY-Stony Brook.

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Tuesday, September 14 th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Anders Nilsson, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. “Multidimensional Quantum Dynamics: Methods and Applications”

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Thursday, September 16th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jim Weisshaar, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mansuk Kim, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, September 21th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. George Schatz, Northwestern University.

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shannon Stahl, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Wright, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Benedict, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Victor Batista, Yale University.

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Santiago, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Song Jin, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Igor Alabugin, Florida State University.

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Benoit Roux, Cornell Medical School.

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Thursday, October 7th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lingjun Li, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gil Nathanson, UW-Madison.

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dean Roddick, University of Wyoming.

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Thursday, October 14th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nita Sahai, UW-Madison.

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Monday, October 18th, 2004 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Casey Hynes, University of Colorado and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris.

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Casey Hynes, University of Colorado and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Casey Hynes, University of Colorado and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Jones, University of Rochester.

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Thursday, October 21st, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Bob Hamers, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, October 26th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Steve Bradforth, University of Southern California.

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Wednesday, October 27th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Jordan, The University of Chicago.

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Monday, November 1st, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Janice Hall, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Charles Brooks, Scripps Research Institute. “Examining Theories and Models of Protein Folding with Molecular Simulation”

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Popp, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Thursday, November 4th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Schwartz, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Roger Loring, Cornell University.

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Wednesday, November 10th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Hashiguchi, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, November 11th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lloyd Smith, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lukas Tamm, University of Virginia.

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Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Diane Nutbrown, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marcus Mueller, UW-Madison Physics.

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2004 - Physical McElvain Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Geraldine Richmond, University of Oregon.

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ward Thompson, University of Kansas.

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Katherine Rees, Graduate Student, Burstyn Group.

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Scholes, University of Toronto.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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Recent Publications

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Fox, DC; Fiedler, AT; Halfen, HL; Brunold, TC; Halfen, JA.

Electronic structure control of the nucleophilicity of transition metal-thiolate complexes: An experimental and theoretical study.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 126 (24): 7627-7638 JUN 23 2004.

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Voight, EA; Roethle, PA; Burke, SD.

Concise formal synthesis of the bryostatin southern hemisphere (C17-C27).

Source: JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 69 (13): 4534-4537 JUN 25 2004.

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Fry, CG.

The Nobel Prize in medicine for magnetic resonance imaging.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION, 81 (7): 922-+ JUL 2004.

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Makarov, AA; Yakovlev, GI; Mitkevich, VA; Higgin, JJ; Raines, RT.

Zinc(II)-mediated inhibition of ribonuclease Sa by an N-hydroxyurea nucleotide and its basis.

BIOCHEMICAL AND BIOPHYSICAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS, 319 (1): 152-156 JUN 18 2004.

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Ciolli, CJ; Kalagher, S; Belshaw, PJ.

TRAM linker: A safety-catch linker for the traceless release of acrylamides.

ORGANIC LETTERS, 6 (12): 1891-1894 JUN 10 2004.

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Bowman, MD; Jeske, RC; Blackwell, HE.

Microwave-accelerated SPOT-synthesis on cellulose supports.

ORGANIC LETTERS, 6 (12): 2019-2022 JUN 10 2004.

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Hansen, EC; Lee, D.

Efficient and Z-selective cross-metathesis of conjugated enynes.

ORGANIC LETTERS, 6 (12): 2035-2038 JUN 10 2004.

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Minton, TK; Tagawa, M; Nathanson, GM.

Energy accommodation in hyperthermal gas-surface collisions: Aerobraking in planetary atmospheres.

JOURNAL OF SPACECRAFT AND ROCKETS, 41 (3): 389-396 MAY-JUN 2004.

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Dhiman, A; Zhang, ZR; West, R; Becker, JY.

Electrochemical oxidation of silacyclopentadienes (siloles).

JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 569 (1): 15-22 JUL 15 2004.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI

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Part Time Position in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory

Starting Fall 2004

This is a Technical Assistant (TA) position for a graduate student who would like to learn how to run all the instruments in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and to assist graduate students and postdocs in using mass spectrometry to solve problems. The Mass Spectrometry Laboratory staff generates quality data and keeps the instruments operating optimally. The TA will be working with a large variety of organic, biochemical, and organometallic compounds. The appointment will be for at least one year (including the summer of 2005). Interested students should contact: Dr. Martha M. Vestling (vestling@chem.wisc.edu).

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemistry Department. Technical Assistantship: NMR Spectroscopy. The Department is seeking applicants for one technical assistant position for NMR spectroscopy to begin in Sept. 2004 (fall session). Applicants must have already taken the fall or spring semester Chem. 636 and the summer session Chem. 637, and will primarily assist in teaching labs for these courses. Other duties are involved. These positions should be valuable to the individual and her or his research group because of the additional expertise the student will gain in NMR spectroscopic techniques. Please contact Drs. Charlie Fry, (fry@chem.wisc.edu or 262-3182) or Monika Ivancic (ivancic@chem.wisc.edu or 262-7536) immediately if you are interested.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NMR Lab Manager. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri St. Louis invites application for a full-time Manager of its NMR Facility. A 12 month salaried position, the Manager provides user training, collaborates in research through the design and execution of NMR experiments, provides service work to local companies, maintains and repairs equipment, administers the instrument schedules and facility budget, and participates in grant applications to upgrade and replace instrumentation. The Facility serves a wide variety of users and houses a Bruker ARX500, a Bruker Avance 300, and a Varian Unity Plus 300 with liquid and solid state capabilities. Additional information about the Department and the Facility can be found at: http://www.unsl.edu/chemistry. Successful applicants will have a PhD with emphasis in NMR spectroscopy; those with a BS or MS with equivalent experience will also be considered. Applicants should submit a cover letter, detailed CV and three letters of references to: NMR Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry MC 27, University of Missouri St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121. Alternatively, electronic application materials can be sent to cdup@umsl.edu. Review of applications will begin on August 15th and continue until the position is filled.

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Macquarie University, Division of Environmental and Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry. Lecturer in Chemistry. (Full-time, continuing), Ref. 4784. The appointee will be expected to develop their own externally funded research program in Biophysical and/or Computational Chemistry. Potential for innovative collaboration with existing strengths at Macquarie University would be well regarded. An ideal appointee would have a strong track record in Physical Chemistry and an ability to teach effectively in all areas of Physical Chemistry. The appointee will contribute to the teaching of undergraduate units, supervise and teach postgraduate students, conduct research, and contribute to the administration, organisation and promotion of the Department of Chemistry. A doctoral degree (or equivalent) in physical chemistry or a closely related discipline with post-doctoral experience; demonstrated research record in any area of Physical Chemistry but an emphasis on Biophysical Chemistry will be well regarded; Research interests and experience complementary to those of current academic staff, Biochemistry, Proteomics or Bioinformatics; and a commitment to high-quality teaching; and an ability to contribute to the Department's teaching program at all levels in Physical Chemistry, with emphasis on curriculum development in Biophysical Chemistry. Experience in the teaching of university-level Physical Chemistry; demonstrated ability to communicate and interact productively with students, staff and the community; demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research students; interests in innovative teaching approaches. All enquiries concerning the position or your application should be referred to: Assoc/Professor Peter Karuso, Head, Department of Chemistry. An application package must be obtained prior to sending your application and is available from Ms Maria Hyland on (02) 9850 8275 or email chemistry@mq.edu.au or from the Department's website at http://www.chem.mq.edu.au/new_position. The position is available on a full-time (continuing) basis from January 2005, and may be subject to probationary conditions. Selection criteria must be addressed in the application. Salary range: Level B (Lecturer) $68,480 to $81,202 pa including base salary $57,866 to $68,617 pa, 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. Applications including curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement of teaching philosophy, research outlines and a covering letter, quoting the reference number and the names and addresses (including phone, fax, e-mail details) of three referees, should be forwarded to: the Recruitment Manager, Workplace Relations and Services, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109 by 1 August, 2004. Applications will not be acknowledged unless specifically requested.

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Education Chemistry Instructor. Carthage College, Milwaukee, WI. The Department of Chemistry at Carthage College solicits applications for General Chemistry instructors for lecture and laboratory sections from September to December 2004. Applicants will be considered for either part-time or full-time positions, and should have a keen interest in undergraduate education. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a Master's Degree with relevant experience is required. Carthage College is a small, liberal arts college on Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Chicago. Applicants should send a CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and arrange to have 2 letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. Tim Eckert, Acting Chair of Chemistry, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI 53140. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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University of Wisconsin-Parkside, one-year Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. This is a nonrenewable, full-time academic staff position with a nine-month appointment beginning Aug. 22, 2004. Salary range $35,500-$36,500. Teaching duties include lectures and labs in general, organic and biochemistry for nursing students and general and organic chemistry labs for chemistry and other undergraduate science majors. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or closely related field, have an emphasis in chemical education, teaching experience and be committed to teaching at an undergraduate institution. Send CV, statement of teaching philosophy and three letters of recommendation to: Gary M. Wood, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Rd., Box 2000, Kenosha, WI 53141. Applications must be received by July 26, 2004.

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Bruker BioSpin Corp., a worldwide leader in NMR spectrometers for chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, pharmaceuticals, and material science, has an immediate opening in the Houston area for an NMR SYSTEMS ENGINEER. The qualified individual will install and repair NMR spectrometers in the southeast U.S., Mexico and Latin America. We are looking for individuals with the following background and skills: An MS, or BS in chemistry, physics, or electronics with some NMR experience; A working knowledge of LUNIX and/or Windows NT/2000 operating systems; An aptitude for RF and digital electronics for those with chemistry or physics degrees; Good written and oral communications skills; The ability to take the initiative and to work independently; Good credit rating. The position requires travel. No phone calls please. Interested applicants may submit their resume with two references and salary requirements by mail, email, or fax to: John G. DeCesare, 2635 N. Crescent Ridge Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381, Fax: 281-292-2474, Email: John.DeCesare@bruker-biospin.com.

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NMR Applications Specialist. Austin AI, LLC, a rapidly expanding Austin, TX manufacturer of analytical instrumentation, is seeking an experienced NMR Applications Specialist who will directly and indirectly support Austin AI's sales and marketing efforts. He or she will assist in the identification of customer needs, develop technical solutions for customer needs, and provide technical training. Responsibilities include: Operation and maintenance of NMR instrumentation; Generation of customer "proof" statements - plan and execute experiments; collect and analyze data, document experiment results, report results to appropriate personnel and customers; Provide NMR product demonstrations to prospective customers; Educate and train customers in order to increase effective product use and customer satisfaction; Provide training and education to field sales force to better identify customer needs, sales and closing opportunities; Work with marketing and field sales to target customers and generate leads; Some travel to customer sites, tradeshows, conference, etc. Education/Experience Requirements; 4 year BS/BA in Chemistry or Biology; Prior hands-on laboratory experience, particularly in NMR and/or other spectroscopy techniques; Proficiency with common word-processing, spreadsheet and database software; Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical concepts to all levels; Exceptional customer service skills. We recognize the value that our employees add to our operations and offer an excellent benefits package, including: Competitive compensation package; Medical, Dental, Vision; Life and Disability Insurance; 401K; Educational Assistance. If you are the individual we are looking for, please send your resume to: hr@austinai.com or fax to 512-837-9434.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at Dalhousie University invites applications for a full-time probationary tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Materials Chemistry, with preference given to candidates with expertise in experimental inorganic and/or physical chemistry. The position requires a PhD degree, postdoctoral experience and a proven research track record. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate classes in chemistry and to develop a vigorous and creative research program with external funding. Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a summary of research interests, a detailed research proposal, a statement of teaching interests and experience, and the names of three referees. The completed application should be sent to: Professor Russell J. Boyd, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4J3, Tel: 902-494-3707, FAX: 902-494-1310, e-mail; russell.boyd@dal.ca. The appointment is effective July 1, 2005 but may be taken up at a later date. Consideration of candidates will begin in September 2004 and continue until the position is filled. See http://www.chem.dal.ca/no2004mcsearch.html. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Scholar Position Computational Quantum Chemistry. Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine. One year with a possible extension to a second year. Ph.D. required, Annual Salary: $31,044. Developing time-dependent density matrix/density functional algorithms and a molecular dynamics code for computing electronic excited states and ultrafast nonlinear spectra of chromophore aggregates. The position is sponsored by National Science Foundation’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NIRT) Program on “Novel nanoengineered chromophore aggregates with controlled electronic and optical properties.” This is a collaborative project with the synthetic groups of Gui Bazan (UCSB) and the nonlinear spectroscopy group of Norbert Scherer (University of Chicago). Send a Curriculum Vitae and arrange for three letters of recommendations to be sent to: Professor Shaul Mukamel, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-2025, Telephone: (949) 824-7600, Fax: (949) 824-8571, Email: smukamel@uci.edu, Website: http://www.chem.uci.edu/~smukamel.

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Postdoctoral Scholar Position Theoretical Chemical Physics. Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine. One year with a possible extension to a second year. Ph.D. required, Annual Salary $31,044. Simulation of multidimensional femtosecond spectroscopic probes of structure and electronic and vibrational dynamics of biomolecules and protein folding (infrared, visible, and x-ray): Design of novel optical pulse sequences in analogy with NMR; Single-molecule spectroscopy; Many-body theory of nonlinear optical processes in dendrimers and semiconductor nanostructures. Send a curriculum vitae, publication list and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Shaul Mukamel, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-2025, Telephone: (949) 824-7600, Fax: (949) 824-8571, Email: smukamel@uci.edu, Website: http://www.chem.uci.edu/~smukamel.

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