Chemistry Newsletter - 08/14/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 27 August 14th, 2006

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

9/12/2006 - Exec Meeting Only

 

9/19/2006

10/17/2006

11/14/2006

12/12/2006 - Exec Meeting Only

12/19/2006

2/13/2007

3/13/2007

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

 

8/22/2006

 

9/05/2006

9/26/2006

10/10/2006

10/24/2006

11/7/2006

11/21/2006

12/05/2007

1/23/2007

2/06/2007

2/20/2007

3/06/2007

3/20/2007

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/15/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Silvia Cavagnero, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. “How do Proteins Fold at Birth? Mechanisms of in vitro and Cotranslational Protein Folding”

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen R. Leone, University of California, Berkeley. “Chemical Imaging and Nanoscale Dynamics”

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Thursday, September, 21st, 2006 - Inorganic and Chemical Education Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Diane Bunce, The Catholic University of America. Hosts are John Moore and Diane Nutbrown.

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Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Sotiris S. Xantheas, Chief Scientist, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, PNNL. “Intermolecular Interactions in Water: Development of New Models and Applications to Water Clusters, Clathrate Hydrates, Liquid Water and Ice”

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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda King, Graduate Student, Stahl Group.

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jennifer S. Hovis, Purdue University. “Membrane Organization Far From Equilibrium”

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jessica Gardner, Graduate Student, Brunold Group.

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Thursday, October 5th, 2006 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Clifford Kubiak, University of California, San Diego.

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John C. Hemminger, University of California, Irvine. “Dry and Wet Salt Surfaces: Composition, Chemistry, and Implications for Atmospheric Chemistry”

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jeffery Long, University of California-Berkeley.

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Monday, October 16th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans C. Andersen, Stanford University. “A Tale of Two Forces--Personal Recollections of WCA Theory”

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans C. Andersen, Stanford University. “Kinetic Theory of Dense and Supercooled Liquids”

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans C. Andersen, Stanford University. “Construction of Long Time Markov Models from Short Time Dynamical Simulations”

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Reed, University of South Carolina.

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Monday, October 23rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sean Elliott, Boston University.

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Tuesday, October 24th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Qiang Cui, UW-Madison Chemistry Department.

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Herschel A. Rabitz, Princeton University.

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kathy Vanheuvelen, Graduate Student, Brunold Group.

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2006 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Cathy Murphy, University of South Carolina.

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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Craig Hall, Emory University.

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Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Tully, Yale University.

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Harrowell, University of Sydney.

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lian Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy.

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Tuesday, December 5th, 2006, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alexej Jerschow, New York University.

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2006, WISELI Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Linda Nicholson, Cornell.

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kevin W. Plaxco, University of California Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arun Yethiraj, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. “Raft Formation and Lateral Diffusion in Membranes”

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Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garegin A. Papoian, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Exploring Protein Energy Landscapes with Free Energy Techniques”

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Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Norbert F. Scherer, University of Chicago.

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd J. Martinez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Feigenson, Cornell University. “Phase Behavior of Complex Lipid Bilayer Mixtures: An Interesting State of Matter--but Should Cell Biologists Care?”

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Ab initio-based Potential Energy Surfaces and Dynamics Using Them”

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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.

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

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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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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - Departmental Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Liptak, MD; *Brunold, TC*

Spectroscopic and computational studies of Co1+ cobalamin: Spectral and electronic properties of the "superreduced" B-12 cofactor.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 128 (28): 9144-9156 JUL 19 2006.

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Formaneck, MS; Ma, L; *Cui, Q*

Effects of temperature and salt concentration on the structural stability of human lymphotactin: Insights from molecular simulations.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 128 (29): 9506-9517 JUL 26 2006.

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Krummel, AT; *Zanni, MT*

DNA vibrational coupling revealed with two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy: Insight into why vibrational spectroscopy is sensitive to DNA structure.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 110 (28): 13991-14000 JUL 20 2006.

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Maifeld, SV; *Lee, D*

Progress toward the total synthesis of guanacastepene A.

SYNLETT (11): 1623-1644 JUL 12 2006.

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Wood, KC; Chuang, HF; Batten, RD; *Lynn, DM*; Hammond, PT.

Controlling interlayer diffusion to achieve sustained, multiagent delivery from layer-by-layer thin films.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 103 (27): 10207-10212 JUL 5 2006.

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Li, WJ; Hill, NJ; Tomasik, AC; Bikzhanova, G; *West, R*

A new monomeric saturated N-heterocyclic silylene as a racemic mixture.

ORGANOMETALLICS 25 (16): 3802-3805 JUL 31 2006.

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Lin, Q; *Blackwell, HE*

Rapid synthesis of diketopiperazine macroarrays via Ugi four-component reactions on planar solid supports.

CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS (27): 2884-2886 2006.

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Copyright © 2006 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None for This Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Ithaca College has begun a search to fill a tenure track faculty position in Inorganic Chemistry to begin in the fall of 2007. We are interested in creating a quality and diverse pool of applicants. For more information on Ithaca College please see our webpage at: http://departments.ithaca.edu/chemistry/. For more information please contact: Michael P. Haaf, Assistant Professor and Chair, Chemistry Department, 363 Center for Natural Sciences, Ithaca College, Ithaca,NY 14850, e-mail: mhaaf@ithaca.edu, webpage: http://departments.ithaca.edu/chemistry/facstaff/mhaaf/.

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The Chemistry Department at Pomona College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Biochemistry beginning July 1, 2007. The candidate must have a Ph.D. and postdoctoral experience in an area of chemistry with a biochemical emphasis. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory and upper-division courses in biochemistry and organic chemistry. The appointee will be expected to initiate and sustain an externally funded research program that involves the participation of undergraduates. Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy & interests, a summary of research plans, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Professor Daniel J. O'Leary, Department of Chemistry, Pomona College, 645 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6338. FMI: http://www.chemistry.pomona.edu. Review of completed applications will begin October 6, 2006.

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Chemistry Department, University of Utah. Two tenure track positions are available in the general areas of Physical and Inorganic chemistry. Interdisciplinary candidates are welcome, provided that physical or inorganic chemistry forms an important facet of the proposed research and teaching activities. While the openings are at the assistant professor level, exceptional senior candidates, particularly in the NMR area, may be considered. We are just completing construction of a dedicated NMR building, with state-of-the-art instrument and laboratory space. Candidates are expected to demonstrate the background, motivation, and ability to develop vigorous, competitive research programs, and to be excellent teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. is required; postdoctoral experience is desirable. Applicants for an assistant professor position should send an application letter with detailed vita, a description of proposed research, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the address below. Senior applicants should send an application letter and vita. Review of applications will begin Oct. 15, 2006 and continue until suitable candidates are identified. Reply to: Search Committee, University of Utah Department of Chemistry 315 S 1400 E Rm 2020, Salt Lake City UT, 84112-0850.

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Assistant Professor, Organic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University invites outstanding scientists in all areas of organic chemistry to apply for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level, academic year. Candidates are expected to establish a vigorous research program and pursue excellence in research and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field and should send a current curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of research plans to: John L. McCracken, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1322. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. Review of applications will begin October 17, and will continue until the position is filled. More information about the Chemistry Department at MSU may be found at http://www.chemistry.msu.edu.

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Faculty Position, Inorganic Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University invites outstanding scientists in all areas of Inorganic Chemistry to apply for an academic year, tenure-track position at all levels. Candidates are expected to establish a vigorous research program and pursue excellence in research and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field and should send a current curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a statement of research plans to: John L. McCracken, Chairperson, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1322. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2006, and will continue until the position is filled. More information about the Chemistry Department at MSU may be found at http://www.chemistry.msu.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to participate in a multidisciplinary program to develop molecular catalysts for photochemical water oxidation and production of hydrogen. The goal is to develop transition metal catalysts inspired and informed by biological systems, and to couple these catalysts to photochemistry to drive the reactions. Four positions are available:

1) development of transition metal catalysts for heterolytic H-H bond formation and H2 evolution;

2) development of transition metal catalysts for proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) and water oxidation;

3) development of photochemical systems coupled to the catalytic systems described above;

4) theory and modeling to guide the design and optimization of the systems described above.

These efforts are highly interactive and interdisciplinary; for example the synthesis and mechanistic characterization of the catalysts will be closely coupled with theory and modeling. The positions are available immediately. A strong background in at least one of the following areas, with a preference for multidisciplinary training: bioinorganic chemistry, molecular catalysis, inorganic/organometallic synthesis, inorganic photochemistry, theoretical chemistry and spectroscopy. A demonstrated record of scientific achievement including publications and presentations. Strong oral and written communication skills, problem solving skills and the ability to conduct research independently. Experience in one or more of the following areas: synthesis of transition metal catalysts; mechanisms of PCET and heterolytic H-H bond formation; transition metal photochemistry and photophysics; time-resolved spectroscopy; electrochemistry; density functional theory; quantum chemistry; electron transfer theory. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, or Biophysics completed within the last five years, or soon to be completed is required. Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman or Frederick Reines Fellowships. Please see Special Postdoctoral Fellowships for further details. For general information refer to the Postdoctoral Program page: http://www.hr.lanl.gov/JobListing/SingleJobAd.aspx?JobNumber=213153. To apply, use the "Apply for this job" button and submit a resume, publications list and a cover letter outlining current research interests. R. Brian Dyer, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 Ph # (505)667-4194.

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Postdoctoral Position in Laser Spectroscopy and Muonium Chemistry at University of British Columbia. A joint postdoctoral position is available in the area of experimental laser spectroscopy and reaction dynamics, in the research groups of Profs. Takamasa Momose and Donald Fleming, Dept. of Chemistry (http://www.chem.ubc.ca) and TRIUMF (http://www.triumf.info/public), at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. The TRIUMF program involves the use of the muSR technique in the study of the muonium atom (Mu), a uniquely sensitive H-atom isotope to quantum mass effects (m_Mu/m_H ~ 1/9) in chemical reactivity. A current project involves the use of Stimulated Raman Pumping to produce H2*(v=1), in order to measure the Mu + H2* (v=1) reaction rate. This experiment will actually be carried out using the pulsed beam of the RIKEN/RAL facility at the Rutherford Laboratoryin the UK (near Oxford). Other programs in the realm of muonium chemistry and reaction kinetics utilize the muon beams at the TRIUMF cyclotron at UBC, in Vancouver. A related interest in Dr. Momose's laboratory involves the laser spectroscopy of H2 in the gas, liquid and crystal phases. Both pulsed and CW high-resolution laser systems will be used. An off-line experiment on Stimulated Raman Pumping of gaseous H2, to accurately determine the population of H2*(v=1), will be the first project, but chemical dynamics of molecules at very low temperatures will also be conducted. Experience in laser techniques applied to studies of chemical dynamics and molecular spectroscopy is important. This is a two-year position, renewable for a third year. Salary will be commensurate with experience, but will not be less than $38,500 (Can)/annum. A travel allowance is also available. Starting date is flexible but is expected to be mid-October, with the closing date for applications mid-Sept., 2006. Interested parties should send a resume and arrange for three letters of reference sent to: Prof. Don Fleming, TRIUMF, 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2A3, Canada, Confidential fax: 604-222-3791, e-mail: flem@triumf.ca or Prof. Takamasa Momose, Dept. of Chemistry, University Of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada, Confidential fax: 604-822-8710, e-mail: momose@chem.ubc.ca.

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