Chemistry Newsletter - 11/26/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 39 November 26th, 2007

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

 

December 11th, 2007

February 12th, 2008

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

 

December 4th, 2007

December 18th, 2007

January 22nd, 2008

February 5th, 2008

February 19th, 2008

March 4th, 2008

March 25th, 2008

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, November 29th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sayani Chattopadhyay (Raines Group).

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Helen Blackwell, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Giuliano (Gellman Group).

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Thursday, December 13th, 2007 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Amanda Musch (Berry Group).

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sean M. Decatur, Mt. Holyoke College.“Conformation and Dynamics of Amyloid Aggregates via Isotope-Edited Infrared Spectroscopy”

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Manos Mavrikakis, UW Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christine McInnis (Blackwell Group).

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cynthia Burrows, University of Utah.

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon P.D. Abbatt, University of Toronto. “The Chemistry of Organic Aerosols in the Atmosphere: Relationships to Air Quality and Climate”

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Friday, November 30th, 2007 - EC &T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N. Park St. Professor Timothy Filley, Purdue University. “Environmental Drivers to Change in Soil Organic Carbon Storage”

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Ischay (Yoon Group).

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Monday, February 4th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mitsuo Kira, Tohoku University.

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Victor I. Klimov, Los Alamos National Laboratories.

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Thomas Mallouk, Penn State University.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Corinne Lipscomb (Mahanthappa Group).

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Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Merck Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Douglas J. Tobias, University of California, Irvine.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Mangold (Kiessling Group).

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Analysis to Study Local Water Dynamics in Soft Molecular Assemblies and Protein Aggregates”

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stefan Bernhard, Princeton University.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Joel Broussard.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Rovis, University of Colorado.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John D. Weeks, University of Maryland.

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nitash Balsara, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lani MacArtney (Stahl Group).

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen Craig, Duke University.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Linda Johnston, Ottawa. “Nanoscale Imaging of Membrane Raft Domains: From Supported Membranes to Cells”

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert West, UW-Madison.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Anzovino (Yoon Group).

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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jay Steinkruger (Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Deborah S. Gross, Carleton College. “Chemical Composition of Individual Aerosol Particles: SOA, Biofuels, and Beyond”

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Mayer, University of Washington.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gui Bazan, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Blamer (Gellman/Stahl Group).

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Claudio Verani, Wayne State University.

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Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday April 16 th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, UC-Berkeley.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Barbara A. Lyons, New Mexico State University.

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Tom Baker, Los Alamos National Lab.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brooke Richardson (Gellman Group).

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Kim Hamad-Schifferli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Using Nanoparticles to Control Biological Function”

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andreja Bakac, Ames Laboratories.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reto Frei (Blackwell Group.)

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University. “Physical Insights into Histone Lysine Methylation from Multiscale Simulations”

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Khrizman (Mecozzi Group).

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).

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Faculty Candidate Information

Daniel Fredrickson

Thursday, Nov. 29th at 3:45 p.m.

Title: “Chemical Bonding Phenomena at Work in Alloys: Discerning the Origins of Structural Complexity in Intermetallic Compounds”

Jordan Schmidt

Monday, December 3rd at 3:45 p.m.

Title: “Approximate Methods for Quantum Dynamics”

Eric Ferreira

Thursday, December 6th at 3:45 p.m.

Title: ”Palladium and Ruthenium Catalysis Inspired by Both Reaction Mechanisms and Natural Products”

Sarah Reisman

Monday, December 10th at 3:45 p.m.

Title: “Total Synthesis of (+/-) Welwitindolinone A Isonitrile and a Thiourea-catalyzed Enantioselective Addition of Silyl Ketene Acetals to Oxocarbenium Ions”

Corey Wilson

Tuesday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m.

Title not available – will update

Danica Galonic Fujimori

Thursday, December 13th at 3:45 p.m.

Title: “Halogenation of Unactivated Carbon Centers in Natural Products Biosynthesis”

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Director of Instrumentation, University of Nevada, Reno. The Department of Chemistry seeks applicants for the continually funded position of Director of Instrumentation. The user-operated instrument facility contains three new NMR spectrometers. Other instrumentation includes mass and optical spectrometers. Duties include management (daily operations, usage monitoring, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, computer upkeep), facility enhancement (planning, implementation, proposal writing), instruction (user training, documentation), professional development (staying current with hardware, software, and experiments), and promotion of research (experiment design and interpretation). Collaborative research is encouraged. For further information, complete position description and qualifications, and online application instructions please view: http://www.chem.unr.edu/NMRsearch. Applications should be complete by February 15, 2008, to ensure full consideration.

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NMR/Instrumentation Facility Manager. The Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University seeks a manager for its shared instrumentation facility, which includes 200 and 400 MHz Varian NMR solution spectrometers and a high-field Ion-Spec MALDI-MS. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the facility (usage scheduling, cryogenics upkeep etc.) and for the training of users. Maintenance responsibilities include regular shimming, optimization of experimental parameters, spectrometer testing, and computer/software maintenance. Applicants must be familiar with NMR spectrometer hardware and software and preferably be able to conduct testing, repairs, and upgrades. To view this announcement, see our web page at http://www.ksu.edu/chem/newositions.html. At least two years of specialized experience with NMR spectroscopy/spectrometers are required. Candidates with a B.S. degree in chemistry or a related field will be considered for appointment as a Research Assistant; candidates with M.S. or Ph.D. degrees are welcomed also and will be considered for appointment as a Research Associate. Applicants must be able to work independently as well as with faculty, students, and members of the professional staff. The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to conduct research in collaboration with faculty members at KSU. This research may be directed toward the attainment of a doctoral degree. Screening of applicants will begin on December 15, 2007 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should arrange to have a letter of interest, CV, and three letters of recommendation sent to: Professor Christopher Levy, Department of Chemistry, 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 66506; e-mail: clevy@ksu.edu; telephone: 785-532-6688; fax: 785532-6666.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu has an opening for a Lecturer to begin July 1, 2008. We seek an outstanding teacher wanting a permanent faculty position. The appointment will likely be "with the potential of security of employment (PSOE)". An LPSOE position parallels that of a tenure-track assistant professor but the requirement is for outstanding teaching along with scholarly publications focusing on chemical education. However, more senior applicants at the level of SOE are also invited to apply. The position is full-time and will involve lecture and laboratory courses in lower division chemistry, possible upper division instruction in any specialization, curriculum development, writing lab manuals, assisting with the training of teaching assistants, and other tasks related to undergraduate instruction. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree and a record of excellence in teaching. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Applicants are asked to submit materials on-line http://www-chem.ucsd.edu/recruit/index.cfm?addno=4-988.Materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, complete list of publications, samples of published research, and statement of teaching experience. Please arrange for three reference letters to be mailed directly by referees to: Chair, Lecturer Search Committee, 4-988F, University of California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2007, but until position is filled all applications received will be assured full consideration. Information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is available at: http://chem.ucsd.edu. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at http://diversity.ucsd.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of University of California, San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu, the Moores Cancer Center, http://cancer.ucsd.edu/ and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences http://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/ invite applications for a tenure track or tenured faculty position in an area of chemistry, chemical biology or biochemistry contributing to basic knowledge in the field of oncology, translational medicine, or translational pharmacology. Candidates must have a Ph.D., Pharm.D., or M.D. and a demonstrated ability for creative research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Senior candidates will be jointly appointed with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and will have academic commitments in both units. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scale. Applicants are asked to submit materials on-line: http://www-chem.ucsd.edu/recruit/index.cfm?addno=4-985. Materials include cover letter, curriculum vitae, complete list of publications, list of current and past grant support, samples of published research and statement of your teaching experience. Please arrange for three reference letters to be mailed directly by referees to: Chair, Chemistry/Cancer Center Search 4-985F, University of California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2007 but, until position is filled, all applications received will be assured full consideration. Candidates who wish to provide information on their contributions to outreach and diversity are welcome to do so. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at: http://diversity.ucsd.edu.

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Faculty Position (Open Rank), Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois. The Department of Chemistry invites applications for full-time tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor levels in all major areas of chemistry including chemical education and the interdisciplinary areas of materials chemistry and chemical biology. Candidates will be expected to establish a high-quality, externally funded research program and have a commitment to outstanding graduate and undergraduate teaching. Salary is negotiable. Ph.D. required. Applications must be submitted online at: https://www.scs.uluc.edu/faculty_applicants, and require a cover letter, curriculum vitae, detailed research statement and three letters of recommendation. If necessary, applications could be mailed to: Faculty Position Open Rank Search, 107 Noyes Lab, Box D-1, 600 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801. All applications submitted by November 21, 2007 will receive full consideration for appointments starting August 16, 2008. Starting date is negotiable. If you have questions, please feel free to call (217) 333-5071.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of University of California, San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Biochemistry. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and a demonstrated ability for creative research and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department will consider applicants whose research applies experimental methods of structural analysis to biopolymers and their functional complexes, including NMR or other types of spectroscopy, diffraction, or microscopy, or combinations of these methods. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scale. Applicants are asked to submit materials on-line: http://www-chem.ucsd.edu/recruit/index.cfm?addno=4-984. Materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, complete list of publications, samples of published research, and statement of your teaching experience. Please arrange for three reference letters to be mailed directly by referees to: Chair, Biochemistry Search Committee, 4-984F, University of California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2007, but until position is filled, all applications received will be assured full consideration. Candidates who wish to provide information on their contributions to outreach and diversity are welcome to do so. Information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is available at http://chem.ucsd.edu. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at: http://diversity.ucsd.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of University of California, San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu invites applications for tenure track faculty positions in organic chemistry. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in one of the chemical sciences is required. Candidates are expected to establish a vigorous and original research program and be capable of outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, is based on University of California pay scale. Applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, a summary of research plans and a list of publications on-line: http://www-chem.ucsd.edu/recruit/index.cfm?addno=4-983. Candidates should arrange for three reference letters to be mailed directly by referees to: Chair, Organic Search Committee, 4-983F, University of California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0332, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. Review of applications begins December 1, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled. UCSD is an EO/AA employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. Candidates who wish to provide information on their contributions to outreach and diversity are welcome to do so. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at: http://diversity.ucsd.edu.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of California, San Diego, http://www-chem.ucsd.edu seeks applications for a faculty position in theoretical physical chemistry. Candidates whose research interests are interdisciplinary are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in physical chemistry or a related field with a substantial record of research accomplishment and an innovative research plan. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scale. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, complete list of publications, samples of published research, and a statement of their teaching experience, on-line http://www-chem.ucsd.edu/recruit/index.cfm?addno=4-986. Please arrange for three reference letters to be mailed directly by referees to: Chair, Physical Search Committee 4-986F, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2007, but until the position is filled, all applications received will be assured full consideration. Candidates who wish to provide information on their contributions to outreach and diversity are welcome to do so. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at: http://www.diveristy.ucsd.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position Available – Biophotonics. Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Centre for Applied Optics and Biophotonics (CAOB), a strategic new direction in ultrafast laser research at the University of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand. The CAOB is developing new ultrafast (femtosecond, picosecond) biophotonic capabilities to solve a variety of critical energy, environment and human health problems, including studies of novel photodynamic therapeutic agents, phosphorus-containing photoconductive polymers, and innovative approaches to biomedical imaging. The postdoctoral position will allow considerable freedom in choosing the particular research direction, and will include a significant component of construction and testing of new ultrafast laser systems for use in state-of-the-art femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopies. Applicants should have, or be about to receive, a Ph.D. in chemistry or physics, with a concentration in optics and/or lasers. Preference will be given to those who have experience in ultrafast laser spectroscopy. Interested applicants should send/e-mail a full CV with the names and the contact details of at least two referees to: Dr. M. Cather Simpson, Departments of Chemistry and Physics, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand. Email: c.simpson@auckland.ac.nz. The closing date for applications is December 20, 2007.

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