Chemistry Newsletter - 11/08/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 36 November 8th, 2004

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2004 - 35th Annual

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

Saturday, December 4 - 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm & Sunday, December 5 - 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm.

Room 1351 Chemistry Building, 1101 University Avenue, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

To obtain free tickets to any of the presentations, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with your request indicating the date and time of the presentation you wish to attend and the number of tickets you need to: Chemistry Holiday Tickets, UW Chemistry Dept, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1396. If you require more than ten tickets, please include a list of the names and addresses of the persons for whom you are requesting tickets. Tickets will be mailed during the week of November 10th. Check local television listings for the date and time of the PBS broadcast of this special program.

For complete information on the Holiday shows, please see the flyer at the end of this newsletter.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

11/9/04

12/14/04

2/8/05

3/8/05

4/12/05

5/10/05

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

11/16/04

12/7/04

12/21/04

1/25/05

2/15/05

3/1/05

3/15/05

4/5/05

4/19/05

5/3/05

5/17/05

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Roger Loring, Cornell University. “Understanding the Infrared Vibrational Echo: From the Morse Oscillator to Myoglobin”

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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. “Towards Single Molecule Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, November 11th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi Jin Kim, Lee Group.

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Friday, November 11th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Andy Rutter, EC&T.

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Monday, November 15th, 2004 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Emad Tajkhorshid, Department of Chemistry and the Beckman Institute, UIUC.

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Monday, November 15th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Domenico Accili, Columbia. “Forkhead proteins in diabetes”

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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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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David R. Liu, Harvard University. “A New Approach to the Synthesis and Discovery of Functional Molecules”

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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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Thursday, November 18th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joshua J. Coon, University of Virginia. “Reshaping proteomics paradigms with ion/ion chemistry: new technology, comparative analysis of phosphorylation, and the histone code”

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Friday, November 19th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Jeff Myers, WI DNR. “Regulation, Risk and Air Toxics: Overview of Current Air Toxics Regulatory Risk Assessment Practices at the Federal Level”

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Monday, November 22nd, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Alan Cherrington, Vanderbilt. “Regulation of Glucose Uptake and Storage by the Liver”

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marcus Mueller, UW-Madison Physics. “How to Make Polymer Foams: Bubble Nucleation in Compressible Mixtures Containing Polymers”

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Monday, November 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Teresa Compton, UW-Madison. “Innate Sensing of Herpeviruses by Toll-like Receptors”

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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. “Going Nonlinear in Probing Structure and Bonding at Aqueous Surfaces.”

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lingyin Li, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, December 3rd, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jack Sadowsky, Gellman Group.

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Friday, December 3th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Julie Hahm, EC&T.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2004 - McElvain Seminar, 3:30 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. TBA.

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Monday, December 6th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Richard Lee, Brigham & Women’s Hospital. “Thioredoxin Inhibitors: a New Target in Diabetes”

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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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Thursday, December 9th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Schwartz, UW-Madison. “Single Molecule Systems - New Insights Into Mammalian Genomes”

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Thursday, December 9th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Karin Wohlever, Gellman/Stahl Groups.

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Friday, December 10th, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar Series, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Erin McElroy, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, December 10th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science Laboratory. Tim Lee, CEE.

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Monday, December 13th, 2004 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Darrin York, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota.

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Monday, December 13th, 2004 - Biochemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Gary Ruvkun, Mass. General Hospital. “Genetic and genomic analysis of RNA interference”

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Scholes, University of Toronto. “Exciton, Multiexcitons, and Spin States in Colloidal Quantum Dots: Can Electron Spin be Observed Using Linearly Polarized Light?”

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Janice Hall, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, December 16th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Smith, Reich Group.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/fall2004.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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Hutchison JM. Holiday RJ. Bach A. Hsieh S. Crim FF.

Action spectroscopy and photodissociation of vibrationally excited methanol.

Journal of Physical Chemistry a Molecules. 108(39):8115-8118, 2004 Sep 30.

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Richmond KE. Li MH. Rodesch MJ. Patel M. Lowe AM. Kim C. Chu LL. Venkataramaian N. Flickinger SF. Kaysen J. Belshaw PJ. Sussman MR. Cerrina F.

Amplification and assembly of chip-eluted DNA (AACED): a method for high-throughput gene synthesis.

Nucleic Acids Research. 32(17):5011-5018, 2004.

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Maifeld SV. Miller RL. Lee D.

Group-selective ring-closing enyne metathesis: Concentration-dependent selectivity profile of alkynylsilyloxy-tethered dienynes.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(39):12228-12229, 2004 Oct 6.

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Jackson TA. Karapetian A. Miller AF. Brunold TC.

Spectroscopic and computational studies of the azide-adduct of manganese superoxide dismutase: Definitive assignment of the ligand responsible for the low-temperature thermochromism.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(39):12477-12491, 2004 Oct 6.

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Cayley S. Record MT.

Large changes in cytoplasmic biopolymer concentration with osmolality indicate that macromolecular crowding may regulate protein-DNA interactions and growth rate in osmotically stressed Escherichia coli K-12.

Journal of Molecular Recognition. 17(5):488-496, 2004 Sep-Oct.

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Wegner GJ. Wark AW. Lee HJ. Codner E. Saeki T. Fang SP. Corn RM.

Real-time surface plasmon resonance imaging measurements for the multiplexed determination of protein adsorption/desorption kinetics and surface enzymatic reactions on peptide microarrays.

Source Analytical Chemistry. 76(19):5677-5684, 2004 Oct 1.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Director of Laboratories. The Chemistry Department at Loyola University New Orleans invites applications for a 12 month Director of Laboratories position, beginning January 2005. Applicants will have a Masters or PhD in chemistry, or related field. Experience in forensic science preferred. The Director of Laboratories will be responsible for support of freshmen and sophomore laboratories. The successful candidate will teach one undergraduate course per semester and will have the opportunity to participate in our growing Forensic Chemistry program http://www.loyno.edu/chemistry. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (photocopies are acceptable) and a list of three references to: Dr. Andy Knight, Search Committee Chair, Chemistry Department, Box 5, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA 70118, e-mail: daknight@loyno.edu by Nov. 22, 2004. Application review will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the position of Research Associate in Environmental Engineering. The position requires an individual with a strong laboratory background in analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis to support faculty and graduate student research and teaching programs within environmental engineering. Areas of responsibility are broad and focus on general management of the environmental laboratory activities, including equipment maintenance, health & safety, supply and equipment purchasing, support of the teaching activities in the area of water chemistry, environmental microbiology, and process research, and active involvement with faculty in conducting research, securing research funding and writing technical publications. It is also expected that a successful candidate will develop own research program in environmental science and/or engineering. Interested parties should submit a detailed resume and a list of at least three references to: Dr. Radisav Vidic, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 943 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 or via e-mail at: vidic@pitt.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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We are seeking outstanding candidates to fill a recently created faculty position in Chemical Education in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. This is a tenure-eligible position with rank commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. The candidate must have a PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical education or a related field and experience teaching chemistry or biochemistry at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. Junior candidates must have postdoctoral experience. The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Miami University (Ohio) http://www.cas.muohio.edu/chm/ is a Ph.D.-granting department comprised of 26 full time faculty and over 50 graduate students. Miami University has an undergraduate student enrollment of about 16,000, with about 240 undergraduate majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. In addition to Ph.D. and M.S. degrees, the Department offers B.S. degrees in Chemistry and in Biochemistry, and an A.B. degree in Chemistry. The Department has experienced dramatic growth over the last decade and continues to expand. Faculty with expertise in small molecule X-ray crystallography, nanotechnology and protein mass spectrometry have recently joined the department. We have a new endowed position in Structural Biology/Biophysical Chemistry, and anticipate hiring at least five new faculty members in the next five years. We will fill the new position in Chemical Education with a scientist whose research is in the broad area of improving education in chemistry or biochemistry. The individual will strengthen our Department’s program in Chemical Education by securing funds to support their research, publishing their research, and establishing a national reputation as a chemical educator. This faculty member will be expected to mentor graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in the area of Chemical Education, in addition to participating in undergraduate education in the department. The new faculty member will join a department that has a strong presence in Chemical and Science Education. Our Department is affiliated with the Center for Chemistry Education and Institute for Integrated Science. These programs are focused on developing innovative methods for teaching chemistry in addition to the other sciences and mathematics. There are many opportunities for collaborative scholarship at Miami University, and we anticipate that the successful candidate will be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with colleagues throughout the institution. Anyone interested in the position should send us a vita, a detailed description of proposed research, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to us. The applications will be reviewed starting December 15, 2004. More information can be obtained at our web site: http://www.cas.muohio.edu/chm/, or by contacting the Chair of the Search Committee: Professor Ann E. Hagerman, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056, 513-529-2827, FAX 513-529-5715, e-mail: hagermae@muohio.edu.

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The Chemistry Department at The University of Tennessee invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Organic Chemistry. Candidates should possess a Ph.D. degree. Preference will be given to the Assistant Professor level, but exceptional candidates at higher rank will be considered. The appointment will begin in August 2005. Candidates who have research backgrounds and interests in the area of organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, or medicinal chemistry are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a letter of interest describing how their qualifications meet the position requirements, a vita, and a description of proposed research. Four letters of recommendation should be sent to: Organic Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 37996-1600. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2004 and continue until the position is filled.

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The Polymer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor to join the department in the fall of 2005. Applicants with interest in any area of polymer science or closely related fields will be considered. Candidates should send a curriculum vitae, a proposed research program, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: Chairman, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Conte Research Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003. The deadline for receipt of applications is February 15, 2005, but the search will continue until suitable candidates are found. All appointments are subject to final budgetary approval. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications. Information about the University of Massachusetts can be obtained at http://www.umass.edu and about the Department at http://www.pse.umass.edu.

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University of California, San Francisco. The Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research seek to hire an Assistant Professor interested in problems at the interface of Chemistry and Systems Biology. Possible research areas include: development of novel intracellular or in vivo molecular probes, single molecule studies of biophysical properties of proteins using tailor-made small molecules, surface chemistry aimed at understanding cell-cell recognition phenomena, or related areas of research focused on the use of organic chemistry to solve problems in biology. The expected appointment is at the level of Assistant Professor (tenure-track), however senior level appointments in exceptional cases will be considered. Applicants should have a Ph.D., M.D. or advanced degree with research experience and are expected to establish a dynamic research program. Applicants are also expected to actively participate in graduate training in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Program or other Programs in Quantitative Biology and in professional school teaching. Applicants will be eligible for membership in the Program in Biological Sciences (PIBS) and other graduate training programs. Please send a curriculum vita, three letters of reference, a summary of current research (up to 3 pages), and a concise outline of future (up to 3 pages) research by 1 November 2004 to: Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology/Quantitative Biology, Search Committee, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Box 2140, University of California, San Francisco, 60016th St., Room S222U, San Francisco, CA 94143-2140, ATTN: Alma Velasco.

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The Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Purdue University invites applications for a tenure track position in the area of synthetic medicinal chemistry as a part of an interdisciplinary vision to build on existing strengths at the chemistry/life sciences interface (see: www.mcmp.purdue.edu). Junior candidates must have a Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral experience, and should show exceptional promise in research and teaching; outstanding senior candidates with appropriate research interests and achievements will be considered for appointment to a tenured position. Applicants must demonstrate a research focus on the creation of molecular probes or drugs for the solution of biological problems. Candidates will be considered who employ any of a variety of methods, including combinatorial, biosynthetic, synthetic, or other innovative approaches. Applicants should send a curriculum vita, a summary of planned and/or ongoing research, and three letters of reference to: Head of Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry Search, Purdue University, MCMP, 575 Stadium Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Position # 1. Los Alamos National Laboratory. Post-doctoral work in Synthetic Chemistry. Job duties will include: synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry, polypyridine chemistry, and associated laboratory methods (such as vacuum line techniques, separations, NMR, etc.). Desired ability in the synthesis of derivatized polypyridiyl and aliphatic ligands (with -POSH, -SH, -COSH + other functional groups, see: Inorg. Chem. 2001, 40, 6073-6079, Tet. Lett. 1998, 39, 3689-3692, Inorg. Chem., 1997, 36, 5937-5946), and d6 transition metal complexes of the general formula "L-RuM-Ru-L", where L = derivatized polypyridyl (pp) ligands, and M = p-oxo, µ-chloro, p-pp bridging ligands (see J. Am. Chein. Soc., 2004, 126, 7789, 1. Ann. Chem Soc., 985, 107, 38553864). Desired experience and/or interests in: design and synthesis of new materials, electrochemistry and electrocatalysis, and chemical kinetics (stopped flow experiments, isotopic labeling). We seek candidates with a demonstrated aptitude for creative thinking and independent work, and exceptional leadership and professional skills.

Position # 2. Los Alamos National Laboratory. Post-doctoral work in Analytical/Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy. Job duties to include: Static infrared and Raman spectroscopy, cw visible and NIR emission spectroscopy, photolysis and UV/vis, nanosecond transient infrared (TRIR/TRNIR) and Raman (TR3) spectroscopy, and nanosecond transient absorption (TA). Desired experience and/or interests in: electrochemistry, the design of new materials, molecular modeling/computations. We seek candidates with a demonstrated aptitude for creative thinking and independent work, and exceptional leadership and professional skills. Interest in some travel (2-3 times/yr), and collaborative interactions with scientists in the U. S. and abroad is a plus. The American Chemical Society is currently advertising a competition for PRF Alternative Energy Post-doctoral Fellowships for Ph.D. candidates graduating in 2005 (or having graduated in last two years). The stipend is $100,000 over 2 years for work in basic research supporting alternative energy fields. It is limited to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. We are interested in sponsoring 1-2 candidates for this fellowship to work in light-driven catalysis and hydrogen production research areas at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The deadline for applications is December 3, 2004. More information can be found at: http://www.chemistry.org/prf. In addition, Los Alamos National Laboratory has its own post-doctoral fellowship program offering regular post-doctoral appointments (supported by our program funds) and named fellowships. Named fellowships include: Director's fellowships, Agnew National Security Fellowships, Oppenheimer, Reines, and Feynman Distinguished Fellowships, and Intelligence Community Fellowships. The deadlines for consideration for these appointments occur throughout the year. More information can be found at http://www.lanl.gov under the postdoctoral programs website. The salary rates are posted on-line and range from $60,800 to 93,300 annually.

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