Chemistry Newsletter - 12/03/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 40 December 3rd, 2001

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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, 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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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NMR Spectrometrist: A permanent staff position is immediately available in the Structural Biology NMR Facility at Northwestern University. Duties include operation and maintenance of a 600 MHz NMR spectrometer, equipment troubleshooting, user training, and data analysis. Ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. degree and a strong background in NMR spectrometer hardware, pulse sequence programming, and NMR structure determination of biological macromolecules. The Structural Biology NMR Facility has a recently upgraded four-channel Varian Inova 600 MHz NMR instrument equipped with pulsed-field gradients, a deuterium decoupling accessory and a full complement of 5 mm and 8 mm high-resolution probes to perform state-of-the-art biomolecular NMR experiments. The Facility has in addition, several SGI O2 workstations for data processing, analysis, and structure determination. Excellent opportunities for research and collaboration with Northwestern faculty exist. The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and a full benefits program is offered. Submit resume, with names and contact information for two referees, to: Dr. Fred Northrup, Dept. of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-3113, e-mail: northrup@chem.nwu.edu.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chemistry Department. 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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Manager, Oklahoma Statewide Shared NMR Facility. A position is available for a Ph.D. spectroscopist experienced with nD NMR of biological macromolecules to design, execute, and interpret experiments on liquids NMR spectrometers. The Manager will supervise staff, maintain spectrometers and a computer network, and assist users of a facility that networks nine universities throughout Oklahoma. Previous managerial success is desirable. The facility has UnityInova 600 and 400 MHz, Gemini 300 MHz, and Chemagnetics 300 MHz spectrometers. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Send resume and publication list, and have 3 letters of recommendation sent to: Dr. Warren T. Ford, Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 14, 2002. Evaluation will continue until the position is filled.

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Director of Biological Sciences within the Fundamental Science Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). They are seeking an individual to lead PNNL's Biological Sciences organization by developing new strengths and multidisciplinary research teams to address fundamental problems in the biological sciences that are of critical importance to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other national missions. Under this person's leadership, we expect the biological sciences research portfolio at PNNL to continue to grow rapidly, fueled by 1) ongoing PNNL initiatives in biomolecular networks, environmental microbiology, and computational science and engineering; 2) research resources in the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and elsewhere at PNNL; and 3) numerous federal funding opportunities such as DOE's Genomes to Life program. Send to: Douglas Ray, Ph.D., Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, Fundamental Science Division, (509) 375-2500, (509) 375-6776, E-mail: doug.ray@pnl.gov.

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina announces its 2002 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Nanoscience. The REU Program in Nanoscience provides opportunities for undergraduate students to be directly involved in the research of nanoscience, focusing on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials. Nanoscale materials with superior and novel properties will lead the technology races of the 21st century and many members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have active research interests in this area, ranging from the construction of nanowires to organic logic circuits to biocatalysts to sensor development. Information regarding the 2002 REU Program in Nanoscience at the University of South Carolina is available at: http://www.nano.sc.edu/reu. We encourage you to visit the above web site. If you have any questions, please contact me at (803) 777-3628 or email murphy@mail.chem.sc.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Distinguished Visiting Professor. The College of Wooster seeks to appoint a John Garber Drushal Distinguished Visiting Professor at a senior rank in the Department of Chemistry for the 2002-2003 academic year and seeks applicants whose achievements reflect a high standard of excellence. The Distinguished Visiting Professor will teach in both introductory and advanced courses (depending on the field of interest of the successful candidate) and direct undergraduate research. The Department has eight full-time faculty positions with an active student/faculty research program and excellent equipment, including a 400 MHz NMR. Applicants should send resume, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of evaluation, and a brief statement of research plans suitable for work with undergraduates to: Dr. Paul L. Gaus, Department of Chemistry, 1189 Beall Avenue (use 943 College Mall for express delivery services), The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH 44691. Applications will be considered as they are received, with a deadline of March 29, 2002 for full consideration.

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Shippensburg University invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor appointments: one in Organic Chemistry and one in Biochemistry. The successful candidates must demonstrate teaching effectiveness as a part of the interview and will be expected to participate in our general education program and to develop undergraduate research programs. A Ph.D. from an accredited institution is expected by the time of appointment and is required for tenure. Review of applications will begin on November 1 and continue until positions are filled. Send curriculum vitae, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, teaching philosophy, research proposal, and three letters of recommendation to: Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S, upon appointment.

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Sabbatical replacement position, organic/inorganic chemistry. Gustavus Adolphus College invites nominations and applications for the one-year position, with a possibility of renewal for one additional year, of Assistant Professor of Chemistry (organic/inorganic) to begin September 1, 2002. Responsibilities include teaching fall Organic II, January-Term, spring intermediate Inorganic or Organic I courses with laboratories. We seek candidates who have completed their doctorate, although ABD will be considered. To apply, send letter of application, curriculum vita, transcripts, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and three professional references to: Dr. Allan Splittgerber, Chair, Chemistry Department, Organic/Inorganic Search, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, N4N 56082-1498. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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City College of San Francisco. Instructor of Chemistry. Employment status: contract: first year, (probationary). Tenure-track. Job announcement: #C-01083. Application deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2002 4:00 P.M. Employment Qualifications: (Minimum Requirements). Applicants must meet both the State minimum qualifications as well as the additional minimum qualifications of City College of San Francisco. State Minimum Qualifications (Established by the Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges). Earned Master's Degree in Chemistry from an accredited institution; OR THE EQUIVALENT; OR Earned Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from an accredited institution AND earned Master's Degree in Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Physics, Physics, Molecular Biology, or Geochemistry from an accredited institution; OR THE EQUIVALENT; OR Hold a fully-satisfied LIFE California Community College Instructor Credential in Chemistry (California credentials were no longer issued after July 1, 1990). Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, sexual orientation, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students. Additional Minimum Qualifications of City College of San Francisco. Earned Master's Degree or higher in Chemistry from an accredited institution; OR THE EQUIVALENT. Employment Qualifications: (Desirable). College level teaching experience in Chemistry. Strong academic record, including chemistry courses which provide in-depth coverage of the core areas of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical. Knowledge of the areas listed above at a level sufficient to teach the entire range of courses offered by the CCSF Chemistry Department. Experience in developing and implementing the chemistry curriculum at the post-secondary level. Ability to teach students with widely varying abilities and preparation. Knowledge of and experience in the safe use of hazardous materials that may be used in chemistry lectures or instructional laboratories. Experience in working in a team environment on common projects. Experience with computer resources and applications that are relevant to chemical instruction, including Webbased resources. Ability to communicate clearly in spoken and written English. Starting date: Fall Semester 2002, beginning mid-August 2002. Applicants must submit the following materials which must be received by the Human Resources Department on or before the application deadline:

1. A letter expressing interest in the position indicating specifically how the applicant fulfills the minimum qualifications. In addition, the letter should include how the applicant fulfills as many as possible of the desirable qualifications. Both the minimum and desirable qualifications are listed in this announcement;

2. A current resume summarizing educational background, teaching experience, and related work experience;

3. A City College of San Francisco Faculty Position Application form completed in full; (Statements on the application form indicating "See Resume" are not acceptable. Application forms are available at the CCSF Human Resources Department, and can be requested in person at 33 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, by calling (415) 2412246, by FAX (415) 241-2335, or by clicking- "Download Forms" at http://www.ccsf.org/hr. A resume or vita shall not be substituted for a completed CCSF application form.);

4. Three (3) current letters of professional recommendation written within the last two years, and specific to this type of position. Letters must be signed and dated to be considered valid. The applicant is strongly urged to obtain letters relevant to teaching experience;

5. Copies of transcripts from all under-graduate and graduate - institutions listed by the applicant on the CCSF Application Form. Transcripts must include the specific degrees and majors, and a full list of courses and grades. Official transcripts and actual verification of work experience will be required at a later date. [NOTE: Degrees and majors must be posted on transcripts to be considered in the application process. Foreign degree(s) must be evaluated before an application can be processed. Contact the CCSF Human Resources Department at (415) 241-2246 or click "Download Forms" at http://www.ccsf.org/hr for evaluation sources.]

6. Chemistry Department forms. "Summary of Chemistry Courses Taken" and "Summary of Chemistry Courses Taught", completed in full. These forms are attached to this job announcement, and they are also available at the CCSF Human Resources Department. Arrangements should be made to have all the above materials received by the Human Resources Department on or before the application deadline. Address the application materials package to: City College of San Francisco Human Resources Department - Job #C-0 1083 33 Gough Street San Francisco, CA 94103, Attn: Clara Starr Director, Human Resources. For information regarding the duties and responsibilities of the position, contact: James Armstrong - Chair, Chemistry Department, City College of San Francisco - Phelan Campus,Telephone: (415) 239-3377, email: jarmstro@ccsf.org.

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Anticipated Faculty Position in Analytical/Physical Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University invites applications for a tenure track faculty member specializing in all areas of analytical or physical chemistry. It is anticipated that the hire will be made at the assistant professor level, but candidates at all ranks will be considered. The Department of Chemistry is one of 12 departments chosen for advancement as part of the University's Pillars of Excellence Program, which authorizes additions of outstanding faculty at all ranks. The candidate must be capable of building a highly competitive research program and will be responsible for teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. The department is making a strong effort to build research programs emphasizing biological, materials, and environmental chemistry through various state and federal initiatives. Review of applications will begin December 20, 2001 and will continue until a suitable candidate is chosen. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. A Ph.D. in chemistry or related field is required. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A description of research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, a CV, and three recommendation letters should be sent to: Analytical Chemistry Faculty, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-1804. Submission of the application materials in electronic format (PDF or word processor) is strongly suggested.

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The Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University is seeking to fill two tenure track openings. A position in Inorganic chemistry will be filled through an open search at any rank with a strong emphasis at the senior level. Junior candidates should have an interest at the materials/physical interface, but all inorganic areas will be considered for senior appointments. The second opening is for an Analytical candidate with an emphasis at the junior level in the area of mass spectrometry of proteins (proteomics). Successful applicants will be expected to develop nationally recognized and funded research programs. Strong interests and abilities in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are required. Candidates for junior positions should submit a curriculum vitae and detailed research proposals and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be supplied; and applications will be accepted until December 15, 2001. Applicants for the senior level appointment should initially submit a detailed vita and the search will remain open until filled. Materials should be sent to: Dr. Robert Osteryoung, Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University, Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204. ADA arrangements can be made by contacting Bruce M. Novak, Department of Chemistry, NCSU, Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204, or at (919) 515-2355. See our web page at: http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/chemistry/chem.html for further information.

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Louisiana State University is in the process of seeking candidates to fill a tenure-track position within their analytical division at Louisiana State University. They are committed to hiring an outstanding individual who will complement our existing analytical faculty; thus, we will consider all candidates with analytical backgrounds. The potential candidate must be dedicated to generating a nationally competitive research program and also, committed to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The analytical division within the chemistry department at Louisiana State University currently has 5 members: Prof. Isiah Warner (Boyd Professor and Phillip W. West Chair, analytical and environmental chemistry, separations, fluorescence spectroscopy), Prof. Robert Gale (electrochemistry), Prof. Steven Soper (fluorescence spectroscopy and microfabrication), Prof. Robin McCarley (materials synthesis/characterization, surface analysis) and Prof. Kermit Murray (mass spectrometry of biomolecules, instrument development). We have a very active division with federally funded programs (NIH, DOE, NSF) which involve researchers from diverse areas. One of the major attributes of our division is the wealth of graduate students recruited to LSU with interests in analytical chemistry. Currently, we have 40 students specifically doing analytical research (average group size = 8). The strength of our division will bode well for new faculty wanting to initiate a vibrant experimental research program. We encourage interested individuals to submit their materials for our consideration. For more information please contact: Robin L. McCarley, Associate Professor of Analytical and Materials Chemistry, Chair, Analytical, Faculty Search Committee, Louisiana State University, 232 Choppin Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, (225) 578-3239 Voice, (225) 578-3458 Facsimile, e-mail: tunnel@lsu.edu, web: http://www.chem.lsu.edu/htdocs/people/rlmccarley/mccarley/rlm.html, 1-866-LSU-CHEM (Graduate Studies Office).

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Positions, the Chemical Sensors Group University of Cincinnati. The Chemical Sensors Group invites applications for immediately available postdoctoral positions. Of particular interest are the areas of optical sensors, electrochemical sensors, bio-nanotechnology or nano-structured materials for sensing and spectroelectrochemical sensing, although superior candidates in other areas related to sensors should also apply. Candidates will have a PhD in chemistry or a discipline relevant to chemical sensors. Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and three letters of recommendation to: Prof. Carl J. Seliskar, Chemistry Department, PO Box 210172, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0172. Applications will be reviewed as received.

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Post doctoral/research associate position: location: Food Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Description of duties: The position is located in the Food Science Department, Babcock Hall. The researcher will investigate the use of size-exclusion chromatography coupled with multi-angle laser light scattering for the characterization of food materials and in particular milk proteins (as well as their interactions with polysaccharides). Responsibilities include HPLC analysis, assistance with several other research projects and techniques, as well as interpretation, presentation and publication of results. Qualification requirements: Ph.D. in Chemistry / Biochemistry / Food Chemistry or related area desired; knowledge of HPLC techniques required; knowledge of light scattering and use of Millennium software for Waters HPLC system desired. Position available immediately and until June 30, 2002 (at least). For specific information on the duties and responsibilities of this position or to submit an application, contact: Dr. John A. Lucey, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Food Science, 1605 Linden Drive, Babcock Hall A19, Madison, WI 53706-1565, Fax Number: (608) 262 6872, Tel Number: (608) 265 1195, e-mail: jalucey@facstaff.wisc.edu.

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The Booksh Group at Arizona State University is looking for 2 > Post-Doctoral Associates in Analytical Chemistry or a closely related field. If you are interested, please email you CV to Karl Booksh at booksh@asu.edu or contact him by phone at (480) 965-3058. Optical Sensors for Monitoring Hydrothermal Vents. This position is funded through a 5 year NSF grant to design, construct, and deploy Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy based sensors to monitor the chemistry of deep sea hydrothermal vent systems. The position would be for one year and is renewable for a second year pending mutual agreement. The ideal candidate will have knowledge or interest in: analytical optical spectroscopy, fiber optic sensors, oceanographic chemistry, chemometrics, instrumental construction and automation. Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors. This position is funded through an American Heart Association grant and the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry. The position is for one year, renewable for a second pending mutual agreement and availability of funds. The project involves development of fiber optic surface plasmon resonance sensors for biomedical, environmental, and industrial process monitoring. The ideal candidate will have knowledge or interest in: surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, antibody coatings, chemometrics, flow injection analysis, instrument automation. Contact: Karl S. Booksh, Ast. Prof. Department of Chemistry, Mail Code 1604, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, Ph: 480-965-3058, Fx: 480-965-2747, Web: http://www.public.asu.edu/~booksh/.

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Lehigh University. Post-doctoral positions. One project (Nearest-Neighbor Recognition) involves the use of synthetic organic and physical organic chemistry to probe the mixing behavior of lipids in the fluid bilayer state; e.g., JACS, 123, 5124 (2001); JACS, 123, 7939 (2001). A second project (Molecular Umbrellas), uses a combination of synthetic organic and physical organic chemistry to create novel classes of drug delivery devices; e.g., JACS, 123, 5401 (2001); JACS, 123, 9926 (2001). Contact: Professor Steven L. Regen, Department of Chemistry, Lehigh University, Seeley G. Mudd Building 6, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015, tel 610-758-4842, fax 610-758-6560, e-mail slr0@Lehigh.edu, web: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inslr/.

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Tracy Hanna of Texas Christian University has a postdoctoral position available in his laboratory for synthesis and mechanistic studies of bismuth and molybdenum alkoxides as SOHIO catalyst models. Strong skills in organometallic synthesis and manipulation of air/moisture sensitive compounds are required. The position is available immediately, but I am also interested in hearing from strong candidates who expect to be available early next year. Further details about the position can be obtained from me via e-mail, phone at: Tracy Hanna, http://enterprise.is.tcu.edu/~thanna/, Department of Chemistry, e-mail: T.Hanna@tcu.edu, Box 298860 (817) 257-6197, Texas Christian University fax (817) 257-5851, Fort Worth, TX 76129.

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Postdoctoral Positions Open in the Research Lab of Prof. Gerd N. La Mar, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis. Solution NMR structure determination of metalloproteins, including a variety of heme enzymes and iron-sulfur cluster proteins; protein control of redox potential of metal chromophores, reversible unfolding of globins, NMR approaches to paramagnetic proteins; active site structure of large heme enzymes. Studies range from complete structure determination of relatively small proteins (7K ferredoxin, 11 kDa globins), to active site characterization of very large proteins (~30 kDa heme oxygenase, 46 kDa horseradish peroxidase mutants, 65 kDa human hemoglobin mutants). Instruments available include new Bruker AVANCE 500 and 600 spectrometers with 4 channels/PFG. The positions are open for the beginning of 2002, are for one year and are renewable for an additional two years by mutual consent. The stipend is commensurate with qualifications, and includes generous health care benefits. Send CV and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Professor Gerd N. La Mar, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616, FAX: (530) 752-8995, Phone: (530) 752-0958, e-mail: lamar@indigo.ucdavis.edu.

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Postdoctoral Associate position at North Carolina State University Department of Chemistry. The postdoctoral position is in the Lab of Professor Bruce Eaton to conduct research on in vitro RNA selections toward the isolation of new catalysts for organic reactions. This is a one year position renewable for a second year. Specifically catalysts for organic reactions highly desired for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals will be investigated. The research will invlove the isolation and characterization of RNA catalysts for new reactions. Experience with either protein or nucleic acids is desired. Familiarity with biochemical techniques and enzyme assays a plus. To get more information contact: Professor Bruce Eaton at 919-513-4376 or email Bruce_Eaton@ncsu.edu or visit the website www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/eaton/eaton.html.

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