Chemistry Newsletter - 11/17/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVII - No. 37 November 17th, 2003

 


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2003 - 34th Annual

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

Saturday, December 6 - 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm & Sunday, December 7 - 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, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706-1396, Department of Chemistry. 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 Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

12/09/2003

2/10/2004

03/09/2004

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

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

11/18/2003

12/02/2003

12/16/2003

02/03/2004

02/17/2004

03/16/2004

04/20/2004

05/04/2004

05/18/2004

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The Organic cume exams will be given in room 1315 Chemistry Building, 7:00 PM on the following dates:

CUMULATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE 2003-2004

December 4

January 8

February 5

March 4

April 1

May 6

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SEMINARS

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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. “Hydrogen Bond Dynamics in the Ultrafast Infrared Spectroscopy of Water”

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dalibor Sames, Columbia University. “C-H Bond Functionalization in Complex Organic Synthesis”

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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. Dr. Leo E. Bonilla, Thermo Electron Corp./Harvard Medical School-Partners Center for Genetics & Genomics. “High-confidence, Rapid Identification of Plasma Proteins Using Multidimensional Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, November 20th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yueheng Jiang, Graduate Student.

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Friday, November 21st, 2003 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Hamers, UW-Madison “Interfacing Microelectronics with Organic, Biological, and Nanoscale Materials”

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Friday, November 21st, 2003 - Lincoln Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jason K. Pontrello, Graduate Student. “Synthesis of Multivalent Ligands to Investigate and Manipulate B Cell Responses”

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Friday, November 21st, 2003 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102, Water Science Laboratory. Joanna Skluzacek - ETC. “Factors influencing salt retention by nanoporous ceramic membranes”

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Monday, November 24th, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Ms. Jaisree Moorthy, Department of Biomedical Engineering, U.W.-Madison. “Hydrogel based microenvironments in microfluidic systems”

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Monday, November 24th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 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. “The Three Pillars of Femtosecond Chemistry: Time, Phase and Intensity”

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2003 - Chemical & Biological Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Jeffery Derby, University of Minnesota. “Using High-Performance Computing to Understand and Optimize the Growth of Large, Single Crystals”

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Monday, December 1st, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mr. Thomas Lutz, Department of Chemistry, U.W.-Madison. “Dilute Polymer Blends: Does an Isolated polyisoprene chain have polyisoprene-like dynamics?”

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tamar Seideman, Northwestern University. “Controlling External Molecular Modes with Intense Light”

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Steve Buchwald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Progress in Transition Metal-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions”

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2003 - Chemical & Biological Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Naomi Chesler, UW-Madison. “Measurement and Modeling of Mouse Pulmonary Artery Viscoelasticity”

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Fiedler, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2003 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erik Sorensen, Princeton University.

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Friday, December 5th, 2003 - Lincoln Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lisa Jungbauer, Cavagnero group.

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Friday, December 5th, 2003 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102, Water Science Laboratory. Cheng Gu - ETC. “Sorption of Tetracycline and Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics to Inorganic Mineral Surfaces”

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Monday, December 8th, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Arnold Vainrub, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston. “Hybridization Thermodynamics and Interface Electrostatic Interactions in DNA Biochips”

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Monday, December 8th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 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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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Kennan, Colorado State.

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Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 - Chemical & Biological Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Alan Perelson, Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Modeling Viral Infections in Vivo”

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2003 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Steiner, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2003 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jack Sadowsky, Graduate Student.

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Friday, December 12th, 2003 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102, Water Science Laboratory. Rebecca Sheesley- ETC. “Source apportionment of atmospheric fine particulate matter at a remote location in Michigan's Upper Peninsula”

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Monday, December 15th, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Chanjoong Kim, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison. “Surface Viscoelasticity of Amphiphiles at the Air/Water Interface”

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

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

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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None for this Newsletter

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Lyman Briggs School of Science (LBS) at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of chemistry or chemical education. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching, and will pursue an externally-funded research program. A joint appointment in the MSU Department of Chemistry, the College of Education or the Division of Science and Math Education is possible. Requirements include a strong record of teaching and research accomplishment, a Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical education, and at least one year of post-doctoral experience. To apply, visit: http://www.msu.edu/unit/lbs. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2003.

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Manchester College. Assistant Professor, biochemistry, tenure track, beginning Fall 2004. Doctorate preferred; ABD required. Demonstrated success in teaching at the college level. Teach courses such as biochemistry, portions of physical chemistry, and other chemistry courses. Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin January 10, 2004 until filled. Responses received after January 10 will not be guaranteed consideration. Applicants who will help Manchester diversify its faculty are warmly welcome. Send substantial letter of application indicating match of experience and abilities to the College’s priorities and curriculum vitae, names of 3-5 professional references (with position, address, phone number), and evidence of teaching effectiveness: Jo Young Switzer, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs (F), Manchester College, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962, Telephone: 260-982-5051, web: http://www.manchester.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of St. Thomas invites applications for a tenure track position in biochemistry at the Assistant Professor rank beginning September 1, 2004. Teaching responsibilities include courses and labs in biochemistry, and occasional contribution to other classes and labs (organic and/or general chemistry) as needed. The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in biochemistry or a closely related discipline. Post-doctoral experience is strongly preferred. Previous significant teaching experience is also preferred, particularly in an innovative and cooperative classroom environment. The successful candidate for the position will possess talent and enthusiasm for high quality undergraduate instruction, and will be expected to engage in a vigorous program of externally funded research with undergraduates. Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, proposed research plans, and have graduate and undergraduate transcripts and three letters of reference sent electronically to: Dr. David Boyd, web: http://www.hr.stthomas.edu, or mail to: Mail # AQU217, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. For full consideration, application materials should be received by December 5, 2003.

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Akron seeks applications and nominations for a tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. We seek candidates in any field of biochemistry; however, the new faculty member is expected to interact with others in the Department of Chemistry http://www.chemistry.uakron.edu/ or the Department of Polymer Science http://www2.uakron.edu/cpspe/cpspe_research.htm. The University of Akron has nationally recognized research programs in biomaterials, synthesis, mass spectrometry, NMR and molecular spectroscopy. A Ph. D. in chemistry, biochemistry or related discipline and postdoctoral experience are required. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally funded research program and to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching. The application packet must include a resume, list of publications, and a confidential research plan. In addition, the candidate should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the search committee. The successful applicant will begin Fall semester 2004. This is an endowed position established for The James L. and Martha J. Foght Professorship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Akron. The application deadline is February 6, 2004. Submit application material to: Chair - Biochemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-3601.

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University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Assistant Professor of Natural and Applied Sciences: Chemistry. Will teach undergraduate introductory chemistry courses and/or upper-level chemistry courses in the candidate's area of expertise. Will participate in an interdisciplinary undergraduate Environmental Sciences program and graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy. Will perform scholarly activities consistent with rank, advise students, perform institutional service, and contribute to the ongoing development of the department. Ph.D. in Chemistry from an accredited institution by the beginning date of the appointment. Area of expertise is open. The successful candidate must have demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to undergraduate education, and communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues. Preferred: Graduate studies in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, or organic chemistry; prior teaching experience; post-doctoral research experience. Starting Date is August 23, 2004. Position is a nine-month tenure-track appointment. The UW System provides a liberal benefits package including participation in a state pension plan. Applicants must be considered for tenure and promotion in six years although tenure decision may be at any time. Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor is simultaneous with tenure. Excellence in teaching and sustained scholarly activity required for retention and promotion. Submit a letter of application indicating teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, three recommendation letters, and transcripts of all post-secondary work. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with application; official transcripts will be required of finalists. Submit application materials to: Dr. John Lyon Chemistry Search Committee Chair; Department of Natural and Applied Sciences; University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001. Phone: 920/465-2266. FAX: 920/465-2376. Email: lyonj@uwgb.edu. Review of applications will begin Nov. 17, 2003, and continue until the position is filled.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Old Dominion University invites applications for a biochemist with interests that may include-but are not limited to-elemental cycling and toxicology in biological, microbiological, or ecological systems, natural products applications, and development of taxon/gene specific molecular probes. In addition to collaboration with chemists, biochemists and biogeochemists within the department, opportunities exist for research and teaching collaborations with Old Dominion University faculty in the Departments of Biological Sciences; Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; and Civil and Environmental Engineering and with faculty at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Required qualifications include: a PhD in Biochemistry, Chemistry or a related field from an accredited university; a record of productivity in biochemistry; the ability to conduct a strong, externally funded research program and to supervise graduate and undergraduate student research; and a commitment to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Previous teaching experience and post-doctoral experience are preferred. The position is envisioned as tenure-track but outstanding applications from more senior candidates will be considered. Send curriculum vitae, statement addressing the required and preferred qualifications listed above, statements describing teaching and research interests and experience, and a list of three (3) references (including regular and e-mail addresses and phone numbers) to: Dr. Elizabeth Austin-Minor, Chairman, Biochemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0126. Review of applicant files will begin November 15, 2003 and will continue until the position is filled. Position available August 1, 2004.


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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry. Single Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometry at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. The post-doctoral research in the laboratories of Professors Miller and Baer (Chemistry) and Kamens (Environmental Sciences and Engineering) involves the development and utilization of single aerosol particle mass spectrometry for the investigation of organic constituents in aerosols. The unique aspect of the approach is single photon vacuum UV ionization of vaporized particles in order to obtain quantitative information about the many organic molecules that are associated with natural or anthropogenic aerosols. The important features of the particle mass spectrometers consist of an aerodynamic lens inlet, which accelerates the particles into the vacuum, vaporization of the particles by either IR lasers (CO2 or IR OPO) or by impinging the particle on a hot filament, ionization by one photon ionization with a vacuum UV light source, and analysis by ion time-of-flight (TOF). The VUV source is derived from either a pulsed laser (3rd harmonic generation in Xe) or by 4-wave mixing in Kr. In addition, a continuous Xe or Ar line source will be used for the ionization of 10 - 300 nm particles. The main purpose of the VUV light is the generation of low energy ions that do not fragment significantly, which is especially important for reaction products with low ionization energies. The following research projects are envisioned. Gas-surface reactions involving 10 nm to 5 mm particles in the Baer/Miller lab. A train of aerosol particles in a flow tube interacts with reactive gases such as O3, OH, or NOx for a predetermined time. The particles are then rapidly injected into the mass spectrometer where they are mass analyzed some 20 ms later. The reaction is followed by monitoring the decrease of the parent molecules in the particle and the generation of reaction products. Many of the proposed reaction products do not have stable neutral counterparts. In addition, they tend to have low ionization energies. The use of a low energy vacuum UV (VUV) light source is essential for product identification. The gas-surface reactions of coated particles in the 1-5 mm range will be investigated. A core of glycerol is surrounded by a variable thickness layer of reactant (as low as a monolayer). These investigations will help determine whether the reaction occurs at the surface layer or in the bulk. In addition, mono- or bi-layer studies can be modeled with molecular dynamics simulations. Sub-micron particles will be investigated in order to better mimic naturally occurring aerosols. Instead of pulsed IR and VUV lasers, a hot filament will be used to vaporize the particles and a high-power rare gas resonance lamp, or variable energy synchrotron radiation will be used to ionize the vaporized gas molecules in a continuous fashion. Ion TOF mass analysis will be carried out by pulsing. This project will be in collaboration with our group at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley. Studying the early stages of spontaneous aerosol formation at the Kamens smog chamber. One of the most difficult environmental problems is the spontaneous generation of aerosol particles through the reaction of O3 and NOx with such naturally occurring organic species such as pinene. Hundreds of reaction products are formed, some of which form condensation nuclei for further particle growth. Identifying the particle constituents and monitoring the particle growth in the early stages as a function of time with our portable particle mass spectrometer, will provide critical information about the reaction mechanism. The parameters to be varied include the O3 and NOx concentrations, the sun light intensity, and temperature. Soot particles can also be introduced. The post-doctoral position, with a stipend of $ 42,000 per year, can begin anytime. The successful candidate should have an outstanding record of achievement. Direct inquires to Professor Tom Baer at: baer@unc.edu.

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Industrial Postdoctoral Position in Organic Synthesis Shipley Company, a global manufacturer of chemicals for the electronics industry with $1 billion annual sales is seeking a talented individual for a postdoctoral position at its research facility in Massachusetts. This position is for one year in Shipley's Microelectronics Chemicals Research Group, which is developing advanced photoresists for future generations of electronic devices. The successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary team that will develop state-of-the-art e-beam and EUV photoresists. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry with demonstrated expertise in organic synthesis, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and US work authorization. Expertise in lithography, reaction mechanisms, or polymer chemistry an added plus. Salary: $50K-58K/year. Interested individuals should send their resumes to: Robert Brainard, e-mail: rbrainard@shipley.com by 12/1/03.

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Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rennes. Postdoctoral fellowship available in the area of synthetic organometallic chemistry of the lanthanides, with a focus on their use in polymerization catalysis and polymer characterization. Applicants should have a high level of expertise in the handling, manipulation and characterisation (multinuclear NMR, ...) of air-and moisture-sensitive compounds. Experience in the areas of lanthanide organometallic chemistry and olefin polymerization catalysis is especially valuable. The starting time is flexible, from January 2004. The position is initially for one year and is renewable for a second year with mutual consent. Applicants should contact me as soon as possible, preferably by email at: jean-francois.carpentier@univrennes1.fr. They should submit a CV and the names of at least two references to: Jean-François Carpentier, Professor of chemistry, Université de Rennes 1, UMR 6509 - Organométalliques et Catalyse, Campus de Beaulieu - 35042 Rennes Cedex - France, E-mail: jean-francois.carpentier@univ-rennes1.fr, Phone: (+33)(0)2.23.23.5950 Fax:(++++) 6939.

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Four Post-Doctoral Positions in Plant Cell Wall Biology. Positions are available in laboratories of Maureen McCann and Nick Carpita at Purdue University. Analytical Chemist/Spectroscopist to investigate the use of near infrared (NIR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microspectroscopy to identify mutants of Arabidopsis and maize with altered cell wall structure and architecture. Investigations include the use of chemometrics to identify spectral phenotypes in mutagenized populations and the development of spectrotyping protocols to classify specific types of cell wall architecture. The position will be based at Purdue University but significant interaction and residence at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO, is anticipated. Advisor: Dr. Maureen McCann. Carbohydrate Chemist/Biochemist to characterize defects in pectin and cross-linking glycan components of maize and Arabidopsis mutants identified by NIR and FTIR spectroscopy. Investigations include development of high-throughput methods of analysis employing GC-MS, electrospray MS, MALDI-TOF MS, HPAEC oligomer analysis after digestion with sequence-dependent hydrolases. Advisor: Dr. Nick Carpita. Cell Biologist/Molecular Biologist to investigate the functions and developmental regulation of pectins in plant cell elongation using transgenic approaches to generate Arabidopsis plants of altered pectic composition. Investigations include of the consequences for the molecular architecture and structural properties of cell walls, and the impact on plant growth. Practical experience in plant molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, and biomechanics/biophysics is desirable. Advisor: Dr. Maureen McCann. Protein Chemist/Biochemist to characterize a Golgi-associated synthase machinery for a maize mixed-linkage (1-->3),(1-->4)-beta-glucan. Investigations include use of proteomic approaches to identify an accessory glycosyl transferase that associates with a core glucan synthase. Other studies involve the purification and crystallization of recombinant catalytic domains of cellulose synthase from a novel in planta expression system for determination of 3-dimensional structure. Advisor: Dr. Nick Carpita. The focus of the McCann lab is the role of the plant cell wall in plant cell growth and differentiation using molecular biological, cell biological and molecular genetic approaches. The Carpita lab investigates the structure and biosynthesis of plant cell wall polysaccharides using biochemical, molecular biological and molecular genetic approaches. They have also teamed with eight other investigators located at Purdue and four other institutions in a genomics initiative to use infrared spectroscopy to identify and characterize cell-wall relevant genes. For all positions, knowledge and experience in plant cell wall biology and carbohydrate research is desirable. A successful candidate will also possess good written and oral communication skills and be able to lead a team investigating several aspects of cell-wall biology. The position is for one year, minimum, with extension possible for up to three years. A competitive salary will depend on the research and leadership experience of the candidate. Applicants are requested to send or email curriculum vitae, including reprints/electronic files of principal works (PDF only), and the names of three references who may be asked to supply letters of recommendation. Please specify to which position you are applying, and forward all application materials to: Ms. Christal Musser, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054 Tel.: 765-494-4646, FAX: 765-494-0363, E-mail: musser@purdue.edu.

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