Chemistry Newsletter - 11/26/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 39 November 26th, 2001

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Congratulations to Professor Arun Yethiraj

We have just learned that Professor Arun Yethiraj has been elected as a Fellow in the American Physical Society. This honor is awarded each year to only 0.5% of the physical science community. The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who have made significant advances in knowledge through original research and publication or made significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the Society. Arun was recognized specifically "For pioneering contributions in computational and theoretical polymer physics, especially in areas of polyelectrolytes, polymer blends, and confined polymers." And he is just getting started! Congratulations Arun!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

December 11th, 2001 January 8th, 2002
February 12th, 2002 March 12th, 2002 April 9th, 2002 May 14th, 2002

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

December 4th, 2001 December 18th, 2001 January 15th, 2002 February 5th, 2002
February 19th, 2002 March 5th, 2002 March 19th, 2002 April 2nd, 2002
April 16th, 2002 May 7th, 2002 May 21st, 2002

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Wei Cai (Hamers Group). "Chemical Patterning of Iodine-terminated Silicon Surfaces Using Visible Light"

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Costas Maranas, Penn State. "Modeling and Optimization in Protein and Metabolic Engineering"

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Thursday, November 29th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Robert Rossi, Carleton College. "Just One Fix: An Idealist's Dogged Pursuit of the Solar Photoelectrochemical Golden Fleece"

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Thursday, November 29th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Alex Shaginian.

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Friday, November 30th, 2001- Special Macromolecules Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Taihyun Chang, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, Republic of Korea. "A New Approach to Polymer Characterization beyond SEC: Interaction Chromatographic Analysis."

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Monday, December 3rd, 2001 - Computational Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1111, 425 Henry Mall. Sangtae Kim, Eli Lilly Research Laboratories. "Informatics in Pharmaceutical R&D"

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 - Student Seminar Series, 4:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry. Chris Lawrence (Skinner Group). "Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy of Water"

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Tim Deming, University of California-Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Fabio Ribeiro, Polytechnic Institute. "Hydrodechlorination Reactions on Palladium Catalysts"

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Thursday, December 6th, 2001 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Matthew Woll.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2001 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Professor Reginald M. Penner, University of California-Irvine. "Hydrogen Sensors and Switches Based on Arrays of Palladium Mesowires"

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2001 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 1:00 p.m., Room 1610 Engineering Hall. Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado, Boulder. "Photopolymerization of Degradable Polymer Networks and Their Medical Applications"

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Thursday, December 13th, 2001 - Organic Seminar - Industrial McElvain Seminar, 11:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Eric M. Gordon, Sunesis.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Wang LM; Hall JG; Lu MC; Liu QH; Smith LM.

A DNA computing readout operation based on structure-specific cleavage.

NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY 2001, Vol 19, Iss 11, pp 1053-1059.

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Meyer KA; Wright JC.

Detection limits for time-resolved coherent two-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 73, Iss 21, pp 5020-5025.

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Copyright © 2001 Institute for Scientific Information

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Chemistry graduate students and majors:

Here is a new course that you might be interested in! "Microscopy of Life" - 3 credits, for Spring 02 it is cross-listed as Physics 505, Anatomy 675, BME 601, Chem 630-002, Med Phys 471-007, Pharmac 515, Physiol 675-001, Radiol 699. There are no pre-requisites, but students should contact the instructors, Professor Gelsomina "pupa" De Stasio at pupa@src.wisc.edu or Professor Jamey Weichert at jpweichert@facstaff.wisc.edu for further information. The class will meet Thursday 3.30-5.10 pm. in 1313 Sterling Hall, then for two hours of lab per week. Depending on how many students will register, there will be several lab sessions; tentatively Monday and Tuesday 7-9 pm in various labs across campus. Chemistry students interested in cell biology, physiology and imaging will be introduced to the latest microscopy techniques for imaging cells and tissues, their function and chemical composition. The course will offer labs and demos across campus, in the most technologically advanced labs available today. These include confocal microscopy of live cells, electron microscopies, synchrotron x-ray microscopy for elemental analysis in cancer therapy, infra-red microscopy of Alzheimers tissue, micro-computed tomography of cancers, micro- and functional-MRI of brain, microPET, voltage sensitive dyes to visualize nerve pulse transmission, and more. Students will acquire an understanding of how best to answer cellular and molecular questions via the newest microscopy and micro- and molecular-imaging techniques.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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University of Wisconsin-Madison. Teaching Assistant position (50%) in the Departmental Computing Facilities. The position is for a motivated chemistry graduate student interested in computational chemistry. The student will acquire experience in modern LINUX/UNIX system management and computational chemistry applications. Additionally, the applicant will play an active role in training students, implementing new computing clusters, and documenting system designs and facility policies and procedure. The TA will interact with faculty and computing staff to facilitate the incorporation of computational chemistry in research and teaching at the graduate level. A one year commitment to the position is preferred. The TA will be supervised by Dr. Melissa Lucero. Interested students should contact: Prof. Clark Landis, e-mail: landis@chem.wisc.edu or Dr. Melissa Lucero lucero@chem.wisc.edu.

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Thanks to our unique technology developed by California Institute of Technology scientists, GeneSoft, Inc. is positioned to deliver on the promise of the Human Genome Project. We're designing small molecules that can recognize a given genome sequence - and bind with DNA to act on the genes involved in disease. As we gear up to develop marketable drugs as rapidly as possible, we're seeking world-class scientists who desire a challenging career and an opportunity to help develop a new generation of therapeutics that could change the course of human health. Bring your skills, knowledge and creativity to this position in our South San Francisco location. Staff Scientist, Medicinal Chemistry. In this position the Senior Staff Scientist will be responsible for areas of research within medicinal chemistry. Examples may include SAR for lead(s), molecular design based on relevant biological parameters within a therapeutic area, developing necessary chemistry to achieve these objectives, influence on compound progression, ensuring necessary interdisciplinary communication to support synthetic programs. These areas of research may be therapeutic and/or technology based programs. Additionally, the Staff Scientist will be responsible for supervising and training employees. Qualifications include a PhD in chemistry with preferably 2+ years of post-doc or industry experience in medicinal chemistry. Industry obtained lead optimization and lead identification experience strongly desired, preferably using relevant parallel synthesis technologies. Successful candidates also need to demonstrate strong organic synthesis knowledge, research background and achievements. Excellent communication skills essential and project management skills an advantage. Your contribution will be rewarded with a competitive salary and stock options, and a package of benefits to promote your health and well being. For consideration, please e-mail, fax, or send your resume to the attention of Human Resources to: GeneSoft, Inc., 7300 Shoreline Court, South San Francisco, CA 94080, phone: 650-837-1800, Fax: 650-827-0478, E-mail: info@genesoft.com, web: http://www.genesoft.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for a tenure-track position in all areas of inorganic chemistry. Appointments at the Assistant or non-tenured Associate Professor ranks with a starting date of July 1, 2002, or later will be considered. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, independent research program and teach effectively at the graduate and undergraduate levels. To apply, arrange for four letters of recommendation to be sent on your behalf, and submit a CV, a description of future research plans, and a statement of teaching interests to: Inorganic Search, c/o Professor James Jorgenson, Chair, Department of Chemistry, CB# 3290 Venable Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3290. Review of applications will begin as they are received.

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Applications and nominations are invited for The James L. and Martha J. Foght Professorship in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Akron. The position is at the Assistant Professor level; however, outstanding candidates at the Associate Professor level will also be considered. The successful applicant will begin Fall semester 2002. We seek candidates in the field of biochemistry with preference given to individuals who concentrate at the interface between biochemistry and polymer science such as biomaterials and biopolymers. We expect the successful candidate will interact strongly with other research groups in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Polymer Science. Candidates should have research interests that capitalize on existing strengths in the department which include NMR, mass spectrometry, laser spectroscopy, and synthesis. 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 application deadline is December 19, 2001. Submit to: Chair - Foght Professorship Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-3601.

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University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology is pleased to announce the second phase of its faculty expansion program. Under the leadership of Professor C. Robert Matthews, the department is recruiting new and established investigators to participate in the unprecedented research expansion that is taking place at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. During the next year, two new tenure-track faculty positions will be filled in the area of Chemical Biology. We are seeking innovative individuals with strong research accomplishments in synthetic, combinatorial, medicinal, and/or mechanistic organic chemistry who wish to address fundamental problems in biology. UMASS Medical School offers a unique and exciting research environment and opportunities for creative collaboration with groups in biophysics, molecular biology, structural biology, immunology, genetics, cell biology and neurobiology. Salaries and start-up packages will be commensurate with the high level of accomplishment expected for successful applicants. New faculty members will develop cutting-edge research programs, mentor and train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and pursue innovative research as leaders in their fields. A dedication to problems at the interface of chemistry with biological sciences is required. Junior applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the department and a curriculum vitae that includes honors, publications and a two to three page research plan. Senior applicants should also include a brief description of current and future research activities. Applicants should provide the names and addresses of three individuals who are familiar with their accomplishments and potential for success. Materials should be sent to: Professor Tariq M. Rana, Director of Chemical Biology Program Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology The University of Massachusetts Medical School 55 Lake Avenue North Worcester, MA 01655. Web site: http://www.umassnied.edu/bnip/.

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Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. The Department of Physical Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in environmental chemistry at the Assistant Professor level commencing August 2002. A Ph.D. in environmental science or any subdiscipline of chemistry with an environmental component is required along with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and research. The successful candidate will lead the chemistry group in advancing the environmental science program and support the instruction of the core chemistry courses. The teaching load consists of twenty-four contact hours per academic year and supervision of undergraduate research. Successful interview and demonstration of teaching ability are required qualifications. For additional information about the program please see the web site: http://www.kutztown.edu/acad/chem. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, research plans and three current letters of recommendation to: Dan Blanchard, Chair of Environmental Chemistry Search, Department of Physical Sciences, PO Box 730, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA 19530 by December 7, 2001. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.kutztown.edu/employment/faculty/shtml.

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Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science starting August 2002. The University is seeking teacher scholars who are committed to undergraduate education, who want to engage students in creative intellectual challenges, and who will be active in their service to the University and community. The preferred candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry by August 2002; however, candidates who expect to receive their Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry during the 2002-2003 academic year will be considered. College level teaching experience and research interests in an environmental field are highly desirable. Teaching may include lecture and labs in Introductory, General, and Organic Chemistry, plus special topics and co-teaching of Instrumental Analysis. The successful candidate is expected to develop an active research program in conjunction with the M.S. in Environmental Science. Applicants should send a vita, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, plans for professional development and guiding student research, and three letters of reference to: Director of Equal Opportunity and Faculty Recruitment Organic Chemistry Faculty Search, Search #8098 Christopher Newport University I University Place Newport News, VA 23606-2998. Review of applications will begin on December 14, 2001, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received after December 14, 2001, will be considered only if needed.

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Faculty Position in Biostatistics/Bioinformatics. The Biostatistics; Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Division of Public Health Sciences is recruiting faculty members at Assistant to Full Member level (equivalent to the Assistant to Full Professor levels at a university) in the areas of functional genomics bioinformatics, and statistical genetics. A corresponding faculty appointment at the University of Washington, which may include teaching, mentoring graduate students and collaborative research activities, is possible depending on interests and qualifications. Successful candidates are expected to establish a dynamic research program at the interface of biology and quantitative sciences. Specifically, we are seeking candidate(s) who will conduct a strong independent research program developing novel statistical and/or computational methods for the design of studies and analysis of data from established or emerging genomic or proteomic technologies (e.g. microarrays) and will collaborate closely with clinical and basic scientists as well as other quantitative scientists at the Center on a variety of such studies. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree in a discipline that has a strong quantitative emphasis, such as statistics, applied mathematics, computer sciences, physics or computational biology. Please send applications including curriculum vitae, a letter describing research interests, and have four letters of reference sent to: Charles Kooperberg, Ph.D. (Search Chair) Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Division of Public Health Sciences 1100 Fairview Avenue North - MP-1 002 Box 19024 Seattle, Washington 98109-1024. Review will start 02/01/02 and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Assistant Professor Ralf Warmuth of Kansas State University has a postdoctoral position available in his laboratory. The postdoc will investigate reactive intermediates in the inner phase of molecular container compounds. If you have a student in your group who might be interested, I would appreciate very much if you would bring this opportunity to his or her attention and ask the student to contact me at: Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, 111 Willard Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506- 3701, USA, Tel (785) 532 6684, Fax (785) 532 6666, e-mail: warmuth@ksu.edu.

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Doug Dellinger, Ph.D., is currently trying to recruit post doctoral students for a joint project between the University of Colorado and Agilent Technologies. He has co-sponsored a DARPA grant with Marv Caruthers, and it has been awarded. There will be 4 post-doctoral research associates working on the project for the next 3 years, in Boulder Colorado, attempting to develop new chemistry for oligonucleotide synthesis. So he needs to hire 2 in the first 6 months and 2 in the second 6 months. He needs someone strong in chemistry that has good communication skills, doesn't mind giving the current graduate students a hand, and is up for an occasional pub crawl (the request from the current lab members). The University of Colorado is an exciting research institution and the synergy between the Caruthers, Cech and Uhlenbeck labs make it one of the premier places to study the chemistry and biochemistry of nucleic acids. http://www.colorado.edu. Information about Professor Caruthers can be found on http://www.colorado.edu/cufoundation/mcaruthers/. Annual salaries are $37,690.00 (US) first year, $39,900.00 (US) second year, and $42,220.00 (US) third year. All benefits are paid, and they have $5,000 per year in travel budget, which they can use to reimburse relocation in the first year. The supply budget is $2,000.00 per month and an optional $20,000.00 equipment purchase budget You can send your cv to me at: Agilent Technologies, 3500 Deer Creek Road MS26U-15, Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA, e-mail: doug_dellinger@agilent.com.

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Richard A. Kemp is looking to fill a postdoctoral position in the "Sandia National Laboratories"half of my group located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Additionally, I am interested in filling this position VERY QUICKLY, as the candidate I was planning on starting next month (a non-US citizen from a sensitive country) will not be able to come here to work at Sandia. I have internal Sandia funding for the next three years to broadly examine the effects of porous supports on the selectivities of heterogeneous catalysts. As one example, we will be preparing new main group and transition metal catalysts for the oligomerization of ethylene to form linear alpha-olefins. We will examine these materials in both the homogeneous form as well as the supported forms. We will be doing this in conjunction with an industrial sponsor as well. More information on this project, as well as other directions we are going, can be provided to the postdoc candidate. As I am located at the Advanced Materials Laboratory at Sandia, we will have ample opportunities to work with our Sandia colleagues on the preparation of novel porous materials, as well as opportunities for the postdoctoral student to interact with industrial co-workers. The opportunities to interact broadly with other groups within Sandia is also expected. The ideal candidate will be a US citizen, a synthetic organometallic or inorganic chemist, with or without previous catalysis experience. Experience in instrumental techniques such as NMR, IR, and X-ray diffraction is also important. Since I am just setting up my labs here and at UNM, he/she will also be heavily involved in that process. The ability to work with others is key, particularly the ability to work with undergraduates and beginning graduate students somewhat in a "mentoring" role. The postdoc will be a Sandia employee, with all the attending Sandia benefits. The salary will be somewhere between $65-70,000 per year. Information on Sandia as a place to work, as well as some of the types of projects ongoing in Sandia, can be found at http://www.sandia.gov. Interested students should contact me as soon as possible at the email address below. Richard A. Kemp, Advanced Materials Laboratory Professor of Chemistry, Sandia National Laboratories, Department of Chemistry, 1001 University Blvd, SE University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87106, Albuquerque, NM 87131, (505)-272-7609 (voice), (505)-272-7336 (fax), e-mail: rakemp@sandia.gov or rakemp@unm.edu.

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Professor Mario Rivera of Oklahoma State University has a postdoctoral position available immediately to study the fundamental aspects of heme metabolism carried out by the enzyme heme oxygenase. The successful candidate will conduct spectroscopic studies (particularly NMR spectroscopy) of the heme and verdoheme complexes of heme oxygenase. Experience with inert atmosphere techniques is a plus. A Ph. D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related area is required. Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, and arrange to: have three letters of recommendations sent to Professor Mario Rivera, Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-3071. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

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Professor Robert A. Moss of Rutgers University, will have a postdoctoral position available for work in the area of reactive intermediates/laser flash photolysis. Research synopses and recent publications are available at: http://rutchem.rutgers.edu/faculty/moss.html. Please contact: Professor Robert A. Moss, Department of Chemistry, Rutgers University, 610 Taylor Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8087, e-mail: moss@rutchem.rutgers.edu, phone: (732) 445-2606, fax: (732) 445-5312.

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Postdoctoral Position, Northern Illinois University Photochemistry and Photobiology. A postdoctoral position is available immediately in photochemistry and photobiology applied to vision research. The project involves the study of the ability for native retinal chromophores to photosensitize damage in the human retina. We are particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms by which the damage occurs and in developing protocols to slow down or stop these processes. The ideal candidate should hold a Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biochemistry or a closely related area and be interested in multidisciplinary, collaborative research. Expertise with laser based spectroscopic methods is required. Experience with basic methods of organic synthesis, HPLC and NMR is desired. There will also be opportunities to gain experience in molecular biology and cell biology if so desired. Candidates should send a CV and the names of two references to: Prof. Elizabeth R. Gaillard, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, phone: 815-753-6908, fax: 815-753-4802, e-mail: gaillard@niu.edu, website: http://www.chembio.niu.edu/gaillard.

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The Phase Equilibria Group, located in the Ceramics Division of the Materials Science & Engineering Laboratory at NIST, invites applications to the NRC Postdoctoral Program in the area of electronic ceramics. Current work in the group includes both experimental and computational/theoretical projects. Full structural characterization facilities at NIST include X-ray, neutron, and electron microscopy methods, as well as beam- line/synchrotron access. Ongoing research includes, but is not limited to:

Computational studies include the use of first-principles calculations to elucidate the roles of cation order-disorder and ferroelastic phenomena in dictating the phase relations and physical properties of technologically important ferroelectric and dielectric oxide ceramics. Contact: Ben Burton - benjamin.burton@nist.gov, Eric Cockayne - eric.cockayne@nist.gov.

Research in dielectric oxides includes systems pertinent to advanced resonators and filters for wireless communications applications. Experimental phase equilibria investigations are integrated with systematic chemistry-structure-property studies in order to advance the fundamental understanding of these important ceramics. Contact: Terrell Vanderah - terrell.vanderah@nist.gov, - Igor Levin igor.levin@nist.gov.

In the area of high-Tc superconducting ceramics, currently studied systems include those of interest for the development of bulk conductors, especially the second-generation coated-conductor type. Ongoing work includes determination of several subsolidus phase diagrams and a study of the role of phase equilibria and kinetics in the formation of the superconducting phase from amorphous precursor films. Contact: Winnie Wong-Ng - winnie.wong-ng@nist.gov, Larry Cook - lawrence.cook@nist.gov.

Deadline for Research Proposals is January 15. Stipend for 2002: $53,200, (plus technical spending allocation). Application Information @ http://www.nist.gov/oiaa/postdoc.htm.

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