Chemistry Newsletter - 07/21/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 24 July 21st, 2003

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003 - Special Materials Science Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 235 MS&E Building. Michael P. Zach, Postdoctoral Researcher Miller Institute, UC-Berkeley. “Electrochemical and CVD Exploitation of Defects on Electrode Surfaces”

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Morris, Virginia Tech.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professors Rob Corn & Jim Weisshaar, UW Madison Chemistry. Rob Corn, “Optimization of Biomolecular Arrays for SPR Imaging Measurements” and Jim Weisshaar, “Single-molecule and single-vesicle motion by fluorescence microscopy”

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rowena Matthews, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, September 11th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Mazur, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shimon Weiss, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University. “Nanoparticle Probes: The Next Generation Molecular Diagnostic Indicators”

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Monday, September 22nd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building.

Professor Narayan Hosmane, Northern Illinois University.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kohei Uosaki, Hokkaido University, Japan.

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dalia Dhingra, UW-Madison Graduate Student.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professors Bob Hamers & John Wright, UW-Madison Chemistry. Bob Hamers. “Molecular and Biomolecular Interfaces to Electronic Materials” and John Wright, “The Marriage of Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy and Coherent Control and the Future of the Couple”

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Monday, September 29th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kurt Binder, University of Mainz. “Computer Simulations of the Glass Transition in Thin Films”

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kurt Binder, University of Mainz. “Computer Simulation of Polymer Brushes”

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marty Kirk, University of Mexico.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Kennedy, University of Michigan. “Monitoring and Discovery of Neurotransmitters by In Vivo Sampling and Capillary Separations”

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Monday, October 6th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Bergman, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Feng Gai, University of Pennsylvania.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David P. Weliky, Michigan State University. “NMR Studies of Viral Fusion Peptides and High Temperature Metal Selenophosphate Syntheses”

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Monday, October 13th, 2003 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 3:30 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Heller, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2003, Hirschfelder Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Heller, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2003 - Hirschfelder Lectures, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Heller, Harvard University.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. John Quackenbush, The Institute for Genomic Research. “Beyond Expression: Extracting Meaning from Microarray Data”

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Schweizer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Brooks, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professors David Schwartz and Lingjun Li, UW-Madison Chemistry. David Schwartz, “From Single Molecules to Populations” and Lingjun Li, “Decoding the Chemical Messengers in Small Nervous System using MS-based Approaches”

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Monday, October 27th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonas Peters, Cal Tech.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Silbey, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Monday, October 29th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Goldberg, Johns Hopkins University, Balt. MD.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lloyd Smith, UW-Madison Chemistry and Professor Nita Sahai, UW-Madison Geology & Geophysics. Professor Lloyd Smith: “Analyzing Genetic Variations (SNPs) with Invasive Cleavage Reactions on Surfaces”- Professor Nita Sahai:“A Perspective on Biogeochemistry: Emphasizing the Chemistry Underlying Mineral-Organic Interactions in the Environment and in the Human Body

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Monday, November 3rd, 2003 - Inorganic McElvain Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Bergman, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Jonas, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sam Pazicni, Graduate Student.

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Monday, October 10th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aroop Ray, Naveon Corp.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2003- Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Carl Hayden, Sandia National Laboratories.

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Namal DeSilva, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg M. Swain, Michigan State University. “Optically Transparent Diamond Electrodes for Chemical Analysis”

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrei Tokmakoff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Heather Johnson, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, UNC-Chapel Hill. “Watching Neurotransmitters in Action with Voltammetry”

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Monday, November 24th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonas Peters, Cal Tech.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Albert Stolow, Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences.

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tamar Seideman, Northwestern University.

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Monday, December 8nd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 1:20 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joe Jarrett, University of Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hyuk Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Physical Chemistry of Polymers: Personal Perspective for the Past 40 Years”

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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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Oh B; Vissers D; Zhang Z; West R; Tsukamoto H; Amine K.

New interpenetrating network type poly(siloxane-g-ethylene oxide) polymer electrolyte for lithium battery.

JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES 2003, Vol 119, pp 442-447.

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Wei J; Goldberg MB; Burland V; Venkatesan MM; Deng W; Fournier G; Mayhew GF; Plunkett G; Rose DJ; Darling A; Mau B; Perna NT; Payne SM; Runyen-Janecky LJ; Zhou S; Schwartz DC; Blattner FR.

Complete genome sequence and comparative genomics of Shigella flexneri serotype 2a strain 2457T (vol 71, pg 2775, 2003).

INFECTION AND IMMUNITY 2003, Vol 71, Iss 7, pp 4223-4223.

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Leites LA; Bukalov SS; Mangette JE; Schmedake TA; West R.

Conformational polymorphism of solid tetramesityldisilene Mes(2)Si=SiMes(2) (Raman, UV-vis, IR and fluorescence study).

SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART A-MOLECULAR AND BIOMOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY 2003, Vol 59, Iss 9, pp 1975-1988.

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Arnold U; Hinderaker MP; Koditz J; Golbik R; Ulbrich-Hofmann R; Raines RT.

Protein prosthesis: A nonnatural residue accelerates folding and increases stability.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2003, Vol 125, Iss 25, pp 7500-7501.

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Zimmerman HE; Novak T.

Regioselectivity of the tri-pi-methane rearrangement: Mechanistic and exploratory organic photochemistry.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2003, Vol 68, Iss 13, pp 5056-5066.

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Bruch LW; Weinhold F.

Nuclear motion and Breit-Pauli corrections to the diamagnetism of atomic helium (vol 117, pg 3243, 2002).

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 2003, Vol 119, Iss 1, pp 638-638.

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Chow CC; Chow C; Raghunathan V; Huppert TJ; Kimball EB; Cavagnero S.

Chain length dependence of apomyoglobin folding: Structural evolution from misfolded sheets to native helices.

BIOCHEMISTRY 2003, Vol 42, Iss 23, pp 7090-7099.

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Langenhan JM; Guzei IA; Gellman SH.

Parallel sheet secondary structure in beta-peptides.

ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 2003, Vol 42, Iss 21, pp 2402-2405.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NMR Specialist. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa invites applications for the position of NMR Specialist and Co-director of the NMR Facility. This individual will assume aspects of technical operation, management, service, training, and maintenance of six NMR spectrometers (300-600 MHz). Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related science, and have extensive experience in NMR spectroscopy. Familiarity with NMR hardware and software is essential. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and instructional skills are expected. The individual must have the ability to function in a service role, but should also have an interest in professional growth through technique development and collaborative activities. Other desirable qualifications include experience as an NMR facility manager, and familiarity with Bruker instruments, solid state NMR, solution gradient spectroscopy, and solution spectroscopy of biomolecules. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a resume, and have three letters of recommendation sent to: NMR Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 (FAX: 319-335-1270. Email: sarah-larsen@uiowa.edu. Screening of applications will begin August 18.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa seeks outstanding candidates for a faculty position in Analytical Chemistry at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. Applicants with research interests that complement the University of Iowa's strengths in the areas of biosciences, materials chemistry, and environmental sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. The ability to teach graduate and undergraduate level analytical courses and entry-level general chemistry is also required. A dynamic and nationally recognized research program is essential. Applicants must submit a full curriculum vita, summary of future research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Applicants should also submit the names of three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation. All materials should be addressed to: Analytical Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1294. Information about the position and the Department of Chemistry can be found at http://www.uiowa.edu/~chemdept. Review of applications will begin on September 15th and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position. Professor Peter P. Gaspar. Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899. Seeks postdoctoral associate for NSF-funded project “Kinetic and Mechanistic Studies of Highly Reactive Species Containing Electron-Deficient Main Group Atoms and the Synthesis of Novel Molecules”. For further information, contact: Professor Gaspar, Phone: (314) 935-6568, FAX: (314) 935-4481, Email: gaspar@wuchem.wustl.edu, Web: www.chemistry.wustl.edu.

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Postdoctoral Position Available in Inorganic Main Group /Organic Synthetic Chemistry. A postdoctoral position is available immediately in my research group in the Chemistry Department at the University of Victoria. The project will involve exploratory synthesis and characterization of new "organo/main-group" stable radicals. Candidates should have excellent synthetic chemistry skills, in particular the synthesis, purification and characterization of organic and inorganic compounds and the handling of air-sensitive materials. Experience with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR or ESR) spectroscopy would be an asset but is not required. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable for a second year upon mutual agreement. The annual salary for this position will be $32,000 (CDN) plus benefits. Interested candidates should send a CV and the names of at least two references by email only to: Dr. Robin G. Hicks, Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria, e-mail: rhicks@uvic.ca, web-page: http://www.chemistry.uvic.ca/hicks/hicks/htm.

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Postdoctoral Researcher. School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. A Postdoctoral Fellow research position will be available Aug. 1, 2003 in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This position will involve research on the molecular aspects of biomineralization. The goal of this research is to mimic biomineralization processes by using organic templates to regulate the nucleation and growth of a variety of inorganic nanomaterials. This research will also involve exploration of novel approaches that combine self- assembling proteins with inorganic material synthesis in an effort to build larger inorganic-bearing 3-D structures. A Ph.D. degree in the field of biological sciences, biochemistry, or bioengineering is required. The candidate must have a strong background in molecular biology and hands-on working knowledge of techniques such as PCR, site- directed mutagenesis, nucleic acid purification, and DNA sequencing. The candidate should also possess excellent verbal English skills and a demonstrated ability to write technical articles in English. In addition to conducting research and preparing publications for refereed journals and technical reports, the postdoc will help supervise and train PhD graduate students. U.S. citizenship or a U.S. permanent resident status is strongly preferred, although not required. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of researchers at Georgia Tech., the Air Force Research Laboratory (Biotechnology Group), Scripps Oceanographic Institute/UCSD, and Ohio State University focused on understanding how to utilize biomineralization processes to synthesize novel devices. The salary will be based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should send resumes (with a list of publications included), along with names, addresses (physical and e-mail), and phone numbers of 3 referees, by e-mail or surface mail to: Before Aug. 15, 2003: Professor Ken H. Sandhage, Dept. Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University, 481 Watts Hall, 2041 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210, e-mail: sandhage.1@osu.edu. After Aug. 15, 2003: School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 771 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30332-0245, e-mail: ken.sandhage@mse.gatech.edu.

 

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The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University invites applications for the position of postdoctoral research associate to work on a joint project directed by Professors Dan Higgins and Maryanne M. Collinson. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field is required, and previous experience in molecular spectroscopy and/or confocal fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy is needed. The postdoctoral fellow will utilize single molecule optical imaging and spectroscopic methods to characterize the molecular scale properties of silicate thin films prepared by the sol-gel process. Details of the group's activities as well as recent publications can be found at http://www.ksu.edu/chem/personnel/faculty/grad/ (see Collinson, Maryanne and/or Higgins, Dan). The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and will likely be renewable for a second year depending on mutual agreement and funding. The salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and at least two letters of recommendation to: Professor Dan Higgins, Department of Chemistry, 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-3701 or via email at: higgins@ksu.edu or mmc@ksu.edu. Application review will begin August 15 and continue until the position is filled.

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Microfluidics, Separation Chemistry, and Single Cell Analysis. The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University invites applications for the position of postdoctoral research associate to work on a project directed by Professor Chris Culbertson. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or a related field is required, and previous experience in separations or bioanalytical techniques is desirable. The postdoctoral fellow will develop microfluidic devices for the chemical analysis of single cells and for analyzing cell mutation rates in bioreactor systems. Some travel to the NASA Johnson Space Center may be required. Details of the group's activities as well as recent publications can be found at http://www.ksu.edu/chem/personnel/faculty/grad/ (see Culbertson). The initial appointment will be for a period of one year and will likely be renewable for a second year depending on mutual agreement and funding. The salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and at least two letters of recommendation to: Professor Chris Culbertson, Department of Chemistry, 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-3701 or via email at: culbert@ksu.edu. Application review will begin August 1 and continue until the position is filled.

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