Chemistry Newsletter - 10/13/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 32 October 13th, 2008

Introductory Research Talks in Physical Chemistry 2008

Thursdays 5:45-7:45 p.m., Room 8335

For entering graduate students interested in physical chemistry, there will be a series of short talks by faculty members describing their research interests. These will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays during the first week of the semester. There will be one half-hour talk followed by an informal supper and then two more talks.

Since these talks are brief, students should follow up by contacting individual faculty members in whose research they are interested. Each student should interview at least three faculty members during the fall semester concerning research opportunities. These talks are a means of finding research opportunities and of obtaining a broad overview of physical chemistry research in the Department. Students expecting to major in physical chemistry should make every effort to attend all of these talks.

Schedule for Introductory Research Talks

 

5:45

6:45

7:15

7:45

October 16th

Sibert

Wright

McMahon

 

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 - Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Ratner, Northwestern University. “Charge Transport in Molecular Junctions: Coherence and Interference”

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Wednesday, October 15th , 2008 - Joseph O. Hirschfelder Lectures in Theoretical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark Ratner, Northwestern University. “Charge Transport in Molecular Junctions: Vibrations and Decoherence”

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 2535 Engineering Hall. Douglas Gill, Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent. “Resonator-Based CMOS Compatible Filters and Modulators”

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Tuesday, October 21st , 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Garnet Chan, Cornell. “Strongly Interacting Electrons in Chemistry”

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joseph Ready, University of Texas-Southwestern. “Stereoselective Functionalization of Alkynes: Methodology Development and Synthetic Applications”

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joe Francisco, Purdue University. “New Insights into HOCO Radical Chemistry”

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Frank Keutsch, UW-Madison.

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Friday, November 7th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Biddy Martin, Chancellor, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patricia Clark, University of Notre Dame. “Using the Free Energy of Folding to Transport Proteins Across a Membrane”

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Hoye, University of Minnesota.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2008 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy Public Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. UW-Madison Vilas Research Professor of Philosophy Elliot Sober. “Darwinism and intelligent Design”

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur L. Utz, Tufts University. “Bond-Selective Control of a Heterogeneously Catalyzed Reaction”

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Friday, November 21st, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Moore, UW-Madison. “The Chemical Education Digital Library: A New Online Resource for Teachers and Students”

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerhard Hummer, NIDDK.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Manolopolus, University of Oxford. “Chemical Reaction Rates from Ring Polymer Molecular Dynamics”

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ilan Benjamin, University of California. “Relaxation and Reactions at Water Surfaces”

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Bern Kohler, Ohio State University.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William L. Hase, Texas Tech University. “Dynamics and Kinetics of Heat Transfer at Nano-Scale Interfaces”

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Friday, February 13th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tim Donohue, Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Center, UW-Madison, Department of Bacteriology.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Troy Van Voorhis, MIT. “Exploring Electron Transfer: From Simple Photochemistry to Energy Conversion”

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kristie Boering, University of California.

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Austen Angell, Arizona State University. “The Art and Science of Supercooling:” “Ideal Glassformers” vs “Ideal Glasses”

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Weibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biochemistry.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Hergenrother, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sunney Xie, Harvard.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrew Phillips, University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Monday, April 6th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.

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Friday, April 17th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dr. Helmut Schwartz, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Chemie, and President, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry - Abbott Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dave Evans, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel I. Stupp, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. William Roush, Scripps.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry building. Professor Lewis Kay, University of Toronto.

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Tuesday May 5th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Barry Trost, Stanford University.

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Wednesday, May 6 th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Barry Trost, Stanford University.

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Recent Publications

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Grafting of molecular layers to oxidized gallium nitride surfaces via phosphonic acid linkages.

Kim, H; Colavita, PE; Paoprasert, P; Gopalan, P*; Kuech, TF; Hamers, RJ*.

SURFACE SCIENCE 602 (14): 2382-2388 JUL 15 2008.

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Vibrationally mediated photodissociation of ammonia: product angular distributions from adiabatic and nonadiabatic dissociation.

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

MOLECULAR PHYSICS 106 (9-10): 1127-1133 Sp. Iss. SI 2008.

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Chain conformation of poly(dimethyl siloxane) at the air/water interface by sum frequency generation.

Kim, C; Gurau, MC; Cremer, PS; Yu, H*.

LANGMUIR 24 (18): 10155-10160 SEP 16 2008.

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Extensive conformational transitions are required to turn on ATP hydrolysis in myosin.

Yang, Y; Yu, HB; Cui, Q*.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 381 (5): 1407-1420 SEP 19 2008.

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Characterization of nanofibers formed by self-assembly of beta-peptide oligomers using small angle x-ray scattering.

Pizzey, CL; Pomerantz, WC; Sung, BJ; Yuwono, VM; Gellman, SH*; Hartgerink, JD; Yethiraj, A; Abbott, NL.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 129 (9): Art. No. 095103 SEP 7 2008.

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Efficient discretization of the continuum through complex contour deformation.

Shenvi, N; Schmidt, JR*; Edwards, ST; Tully, JC

PHYSICAL REVIEW A 78 (2): Art. No. 022502 Part A AUG 2008.

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Mechanistic study of asymmetric oxidative biaryl coupling: Evidence for self-processing of the copper catalyst to achieve control of oxidase vs oxygenase activity.

Hewgley, JB; Stahl, SS*; Kozlowski, MC

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 130 (37): 12232-+ SEP 17 2008.

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Organic chemistry: Synthesis and study of reactive intermediates found in interstellar space.

Pharr, CR; McMahon, RJ*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION 85 (10): 1454-1454 OCT 2008.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is looking for a Chemistry Learning Center Specialist for the Chemistry Learning Center (CLC). The CLC serves students in both the general chemistry and beginning organic chemistry courses as well as some upper level courses. Students use the 75 computers in the CLC to complete required chemistry homework. The CLC also provides walk-in tutoring, educational resources and an atmosphere conducive to learning. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working with university students in a casual and friendly atmosphere and who possesses the ability to explain general chemistry and organic chemistry concepts to students with different levels of experience in chemistry and math. This specialist is also responsible for the management of the TAs who work in the CLC as part of their assigned teaching duties. The specialist is on duty every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm. His/her duties include, but are not limited to: opening the room on time and starting up the computers, providing help and guidance to students who have questions about chemistry, helping students with technical issues, managing the educational resources and materials, managing the Tas. This is a full-time, regular academic professional position. The Chemistry Learning Center Specialist will report directly to the Director of Instructional Computing. Desired skills include knowledge of Windows OS, knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel, HTML and course management software. This position requires a minimum of a B.S. or B.A. in chemistry or a B.S. in chemical engineering. Prior experience as a teacher or as a tutor is highly desired. Salary is commensurate with experience. Start date is as soon as possible following closing date. The Department of Chemistry prefers that applications be submitted online, and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. To submit an application electronically, go to http://www.scs.uiuc.edu/scs_applicants. We strongly recommend that you fill out the online application form as soon as you have assembled the names and email addresses of 3 references. This will create your application file, after which you (and your letter writers) will be able to upload application documents and reference letters. If necessary, applications, including an email address, could be mailed to: Chemistry Learning Center Specialist Search, 107 Noyes Lab, Box D-1, 600 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801 (phone 217- 333-5071). To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by October 15, 2008. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Boston invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry with interests and research experience in bio-inorganic, environmental, or computational chemistry. A Ph.D., a record of achievement in research in inorganic chemistry, and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching and research are required. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an active, externally funded research program in his or her specialty area of inorganic chemistry and to contribute significantly to the department's Green Chemistry Track within the Chemistry Ph.D. Program. Ability to teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in inorganic chemistry is required. Additional teaching assignments may include undergraduate chemical principles, general education science, and other graduate courses. Depending upon area of specialization, the successful candidate might be called upon to contribute to undergraduate teaching in the B.S. program in biochemistry, offered jointly with the Biology Department, or to other course offerings of the Chemistry Department or collaborating departments. The science faculty at UMass Boston recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary research, and the position offers exciting opportunities to collaborate across disciplinary and departmental boundaries. UMass Boston offers B.A., B.S., ACS-certified B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. For more information see http://www.chem.umb.edu or call 617-287-6130. Send letter of application, CV, three letters of reference, and statements of research plans and teaching philosophy to: Prof. Marietta Schwartz, Chair, Inorganic Chemistry Search Committee (Search 11407), Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125-3393. Electronic submissions can be sent by email: c/o Virginia.Mackay@umb.edu. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is chosen. Appointment begins September 1, 2009.

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Grand Valley State University. Position: Assistant Professor in Chemistry (Biochemistry / Organic Chemistry), tenure track. Qualifications: The position requires a strong commitment to and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and research. A doctoral degree is preferred. Candidates who have nearly finished their doctoral degree (ABD) may be considered, however completion of the doctoral degree by the time employment would be expected. The Department values candidates who demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of colleagues and students. Responsibilities include teaching biochemistry and organic chemistry service courses and advanced courses in an area of expertise. The candidate will also be expected to mentor undergraduate research students in the laboratory. Faculty are also expected to contribute service to the Department, College, University, and community. Complete descriptions of requirements for tenure track faculty are found in the University Faculty Handbook and the Departmental Performance Expectations document. Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. GVSU salaries are competitive with excellent benefits. Department: Chemistry. How To Apply: All application documents and recommendation letters must be received by October 10 to assure inclusion in the first round of candidate reviews. Applications must be submitted on-line at: www.gvsujobs.org. After completing an application form, the on-line system will require each applicant to attach the following Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) documents: An application cover letter A Curriculum Vita. A statement of teaching philosophy. A brief summary of proposed undergraduate research projects including a statement of facilities, equipment, and instrumentation requirements. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Search Committee. Letters should be sent as an e-mail attachment to chmdept@gvsu.edu (use "Bio Organic Reference Letter" as the subject line). If necessary, letters sent by regular mail may be sent to: Bio Organic Search Committee, Chemistry Department, 312 Padnos Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401. Application review will begin October 10, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at: http://www.gvsu.edu. For more information about our department, see our website at www.gvsu.edu/chem/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 1-800-649-3777.

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Grand Valley State University. Position: Assistant Professor in Chemistry, tenure track. The area of chemistry specialization is open to expand departmental expertise in areas underrepresented among our faculty and of interest to our students. Scholars from outside the traditional chemistry disciplines who could enhance interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged to apply. Qualifications: The position requires a strong commitment to and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching and research. A doctoral degree is preferred. Candidates who have nearly finished their doctoral degree (ABD) may be considered, however completion of the doctoral degree by the time of employment would be expected. The Department values candidates who demonstrate an ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse population of colleagues and students. Responsibilities include teaching general chemistry, service course, and advanced courses in an area of expertise. The candidate will also be expected to mentor undergraduate research students. Faculty are also expected to contribute service to the Department, College, University, and community. Complete descriptions of requirements for tenure track faculty are found in the University Faculty Handbook and the Departmental Performance Expectations document. Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. GVSU salaries are competitive with excellent benefits. Department: Chemistry. How To Apply: All application documents and recommendation letters must be received by October 10 to assure inclusion in the first round of candidate reviews. Applications must be submitted on-line at www.gvsujobs.org. After completing an application form, the on-line system will require each applicant to attach the following Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) documents: An application cover letter. A Curriculum Vita. A statement of teaching philosophy A brief summary of proposed undergraduate research projects including a statement of facilities, equipment, and instrumentation requirements. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Search Committee. Letters should be sent as an e-mail attachment to chmdept@gvsu.edu (use "Open Chemistry Position Reference Letter" as the subject line). If necessary, letters sent by regular mail may be sent to: Open Chemistry Position Search Committee, Chemistry Department, 312 Padnos Hall, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401. Application review will begin October 10, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at www.gvsu.edu. For more information about our department, see our website at www.gvsu.edu/chem/. GVSU Is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 1-800-649-3777.

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The UC Davis, Department of Chemistry (http://www.chem.ucdavis.edu/) invites applications for two Chemistry faculty positions associated with the UC Davis Energy for the Future Initiative targeting major energy issues facing California and the nation. The two positions are at the Assistant Professor level. Online applications are available at: http://eneray.ucdavis.edu. This website also provides further information about the Energy for the Future Initiative, which brings a total of fourteen new faculty positions to the campus including a total of four positions in the Chemistry Department to be filled over a 2-3 year period. The first position is in areas that focus on inorganic, materials, or solid state chemistry with fundamental research relevant to the broad field of energy. The second is in biological, inorganic or physical chemistry, exploring fundamental energy-relevant chemistry, broadly defined in biological or bio-inspired synthetic systems. In conjunction with the campus wide Energy for the Future Initiative and UC Davis Energy Institute, these scientists will interact with colleagues in other energy-related disciplines. Competitive candidates will bring strong research programs in chemistry that are relevant to energy, as well as strong commitments to undergraduate and graduate teaching. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in chemistry or related disciplines is required. The positions are open until filled; but to assure full consideration, online applications should be submitted no later than November 1, 2008, for a targeted start date of July 1, 2009.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the field of physical chemistry, appointment beginning August 25, 2009. Selection criteria will include a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field and post- doctoral experience is required. Candidates must possess a strong record of innovative research, the potential for establishing an active and highly visible research program, and demonstrate an interest in and commitment to teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Preference will be given to candidates with research interests in sustainable energy, catalysis, nanochemistry, photochemistry, astrochemistry, spectroscopy, or theory. To apply, candidates must submit a candidate profile, cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of future research plans, and contact information for three references, through Jobs@UVA (https://jobs.virginia.edu). The job posting for this position can be located under posting number 0602518. Candidates are required to have three letters of recommendation mailed to the following address: Kevin K. Lehmann, Phone: (434) 243-2130, Department of Chemistry, Rm 126 Fax: (434), 243-2193, University of Virginia, Email: kl6c@virginia.edu, McCormick Road, AIM: kevinlehmann1955, Charlottesville VA 22904-4319.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Research Associate Opening. Air Force Research Laboratory - Space Vehicles Directorate. The AFRL Space Weather Center of Excellence located at Hanscom AFB near Boston, MA is seeking to hire a theoretical physical chemist at the post-doctoral level to study chemical processes associated with cooling the atmosphere after a solar magnetic storm. The position calls for a highly motivated individual to conduct research in collisions involving electrons and atomic and molecular species as well as collisions involving N and O atoms with O2 and N2. The successful candidate will join the existing Space Weather program. Experience with atomic/molecular spectroscopy is also desirable. Note that the laboratory is scheduled to be moved to Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM in summer 2011, where a new state-of-the-art facility is being constructed adjacent to existing Space Vehicles Directorate facilities. It is anticipated that numerous federal appointments will become available in the next 18-36 months for AFRL researchers willing to relocate. Applicants must be US citizens. Prospective or recent (past five years) PhDs and more senior PhDs are typically initially hired into National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral and Senior Associateships, respectively. See http://www7.nationalacademies.org/rap/ for a description of the NRC program stipend, benefits, and policies under the AFRL section. The submission package includes a modest-length proposal written in consultation with lab personnel, together with supporting documentation, with the next proposal due date being November 1. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Ramesh Sharma ramesh.sharma@hanscom.af.mil for more information.

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