Chemistry Newsletter - 12/11/2000

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXIV No. 42 December 11th, 2000

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Congratulations to Peter Belshaw, Thomas Brunold and Shannon Stahl for winning Research Corporation Awards!

Peter Belshaw's award is for "A General Approach to Modulate Protein Function with Small Molecules". Thomas Brunold's award is for "Spectroscopic and Computational Insights into the Biosynthesis of Adenosylcobalamin." Shannon Stahl's award is for "The Study and Development of Chemical Oxidase Catalysts." Congratulations Peter, Thomas, and Shannon!!

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Congratulations to Shannon Stahl on winning a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for Faculty Early Career Development.

The NSF Award will provide research funding for five years to study "Dioxygen and Palladium in Catalysis: Mechanisms and Applications." Congratulations Shannon!!

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Analytical Cume Schedule

Students will be notified one week in advance of the location and topic of the cume. For further questions contact Kim Dunford, at 3-4450 or dunford@chem.wisc.edu.

February 3, 2001 March 24, 2001 April 14, 2001

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Inorganic Cume Schedule

All cumes will be given at 9 am to Noon in room 2373, the dates are all Saturdays. You will be notified of the topic 10 days before the exam, at that time you will also know which professor is writing/giving the exam. If you have any questions please contact Kristi Heming or Paul Treichel (Chair of Inorganic).

February 17th March 24th April 28th

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Organic Cume Schedule

2000-2001 Organic Cumulative Examinations Schedule. All exams will be in Room B371 at 7:30 p.m.

January 4, 2001 February 1, 2001
March 1,2001 April 5, 2001 May 3, 2001

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

Jan. 16
Feb. 13 Mar. 6 Apr. 10 May 8

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Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays

1:20 PM - Chairs Office

Dec. 12 Jan. 9
Jan. 30 Feb. 6 Feb. 27
Mar. 20 Mar. 27 Apr. 3
Apr. 24 May 1 May 15

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, December 12th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Mr. Richard Peters, University of Wisconsin. "Self-Assembling Resists for Nanofabrication"

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Wednesday, December 13th, 2000 - Special Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. William Kobertz, Brandeis University. " The Development Entryway of Kv-Type K+ Channels"

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Thursday, December 14th, 2000 - Special Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Mark MacLachlan, MIT. "Investgations of Conjugated and Inorganic Polymers: Rational Routes to Novel Functional Materials"

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For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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Please note the following announcement from the Program in English as a Second Language:

SPRING 2001 ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT TEST SCHEDULE (ESLAT)

Tuesday, January 16 9:00 a.m. 2650 Humanities. Thursday, January 18 9:00 a.m. 2650 Humanities. Friday, January 19 1:00 p.m. Room TBA. (This is a make-up test with limited seating. Call the ESL Program to register for this date). Students do not need to register for the tests on January 16th and 18th. Students should bring their student identification number and a form of photo ID (passport, University of WI ID card, drivers license) to the exam. If you have any questions, please contact the ESL office. Phone: 263-3780 Email: askesl@facstaff.wisc.edu.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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University of British Columbia NMR Facility Manager. A Research Associate or Postdoctoral position is available immediately in the NMR Facility of the UBC Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics. The position will be for one year with the possibility of renewal. Applicants should have postdoctoral experience or a minimum Ph.D. degree (within the last three years) in solution and/or solid state NMR spectroscopy of biological macromolecules, along with a working knowledge of NMR instrumentation and software. Responsibilities will include routine maintenance of three NMR spectrometers (400, 500, and 600 MHz) and associated computing facilities, training and supervision of non-expert users, and assistance with NMR data acquisition. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications, including a CV, a summary of background in NMR spectroscopy, and the names and addresses of three references, should be sent to: Dr. Lawrence McIntosh, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1. In accordance with Canadian immigration, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, yet we encourage all qualified people to apply.

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The Structural Chemistry Laboratory, Möölndal (outside Gothenburg), is a research facility serving the whole of the AstraZeneca organization whose role it is to provide and promote the use of protein structural information in the drug design process. The laboratory has over 25 people and the core disciplines in the laboratory are X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, computational chemistry and protein engineering. Two positions are currently available within the Structural Chemistry Laboratory. The positions require enthusiasm, flexibility and the ability to interact in a team and communicate effectively.

NMR Spectroscopist - 230/00.

We are looking for a PhD with hands-on experience with NMR spectroscopy to join the NMR Group at the Structural Chemistry Laboratory, Möölndal, Sweden. The candidate should have a strong interest in studying molecular interactions by NMR. A background in organic chemistry, biochemistry or biophysics is advantageous. This is an extremely challenging position in a fast developing field. The NMR laboratory is excellently equipped with a 600MHz NMR spectrometer interfaced to sample and liquid handling robotic systems for high throughput work and an 800MHz NMR spectrometer. For further information, please contact Karl Håård, phone +46-31-776 16 04 or email to: karl.hard@astrazeneca.com. Applications marked "230/00 NMR spectroscopist" should be received by: AstraZeneca R&D Möölndal, Human Resources, Att: Victoria Persson, SE-431 83 Möölndal, not later than December 8.

Protein Chemist - 231/00

We are looking for a protein chemist with experience in molecular biology for the production of labeled proteins for NMR studies or to take the scientific lead in the crystallization of proteins. The candidate will join the Protein Engineering Group, which is dedicated to the production of proteins in a suitable format for structural analysis by NMR and X-ray crystallography. The laboratory is well equipped with facilities for molecular biology, fermentation, protein purification, characterization and crystallization together with a range of analytical techniques such as LC-MS, CD, ITC, fluorescence spectroscopy, analytical ultracentrifugation and dynamic light scattering. The applicant should have a PhD in biological sciences or equivalent working experience in either academic or industrial environment. For further information, please contact Niek Dekker, phone +46-31-776 2813 or email: to: niek.dekker@astrazeneca.com. Applications marked "231/00 Protein chemist" should be received by AstraZeneca R&D Möölndal, Human Resources, Att: Victoria Persson, SE-431 83 Möölndal, not later than December 8. http://www.astrazeneca.com.

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Dr. James Prudent, the CSO at EraGen Biosciences a functional genomic company located in Madison. We are presently looking for a synthetic organic chemist that has experience with nucleic acids. If you are a graduate student or post-doc with such experience that wants to work at the cutting edge of science please let me know. If you have further questions I would be glad to answer them at any time. Please contact: Dr. James Prudent, Chief Scientific Officer, EraGen Biosciences, Inc., 8417 Excelsior Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53717, Tele: 608.662.9000 Ext. 302, Fax: 608.662.9004, e-mail: jprudent@eragennorth.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry of the University of Arkansas is seeking an outstanding scientist for a tenure track position in the area of NMR determination of protein structure and dynamics. Exceptional candidates with established research programs will be considered at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor rank. This position is associated with the Center for Protein Structure and Function funded by the NIH. The Center will acquire a new 700 MHz with cryoprobe or a 750 MHz NMR spectrometer to complement existing high field N-MR spectrometers (500 MHz, 300 MHz, 270 N4Hz). The successful candidate will be responsible for directing the NMR component of the Center and establishing an outstanding research program in protein NMR. Protein X-ray crystallography and mass spectrometry groups are associated with the Center, and there are ample opportunities for collaboration with other faculty on protein structure, function and dynamics. A curriculum vitae, description of research plans, and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Professor Frank Millett, Chair, NMR Search Committee, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701-1201. Web: http://www.uark.edu/chemistry, e-mail: Millett@comp.uark.edu.

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Applications are invited for a full-time 2-year temporary position in the Carleton College Chemistry Department starting September 1, 2001. We seek chemists who are strongly committed to teaching undergraduates in a liberal-arts environment. A Ph.D. in Chemistry is preferred. Teaching duties include mainly Introductory Chemistry, with some upper-level physical, analytical, or inorganic courses and labs, and an advanced course of the candidate's choice. Send paper copies of a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to: Tricia Ferrett, Associate Department Chair, Department of Chemistry, Carleton College, One North College St., Northfield, MN 55057-4025. Applications are due February 1, 2001.

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The Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning in fall 2001. The Department seeks applicants capable of establishing a nationally recognized externally funded research program in synthetic medicinal chemistry with a focus on drug design. All therapeutic and biological research areas will be considered with special attention given to those dealing with cancer, viral diseases, and neuroscience. The successful applicant is expected to develop excellence in teaching at both the professional and graduate level. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in either medicinal or organic chemistry and postdoctoral experience. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a description of a proposed research program, and the names of three references to: Professor Rodney Johnson, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 308 Harvard St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455-0343. Review of completed applications will begin February 1, 2001 and will continue until the position is filled. Details of the Department can be found at http://www.pharmacy.umn.edu/resgrad/medchem/index.htm.

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Ithaca College invites applicants for a tenure eligible faculty position in Chemistry at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Ithaca College is a comprehensive four-year institution with about 6,000 students. The Chemistry program is ACS certified. The Chemistry Department anticipates several retirements during the next few years. Applicants from all areas of chemistry (including biochemistry) will be reviewed. Applicants must have a strong commitment to undergraduate research as an essential part of undergraduate instruction - ability to supervise undergraduate research is required. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Previous teaching and/or post-doctoral experience are highly desirable. Send application letter with vita, a brief description of research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy to: Frank W. Darrow, Chair, Department of Chemistry, 361 Center for Natural Sciences, Ithaca College, Ithaca NY 14850-7279. Letters of recommendation will be requested from those applicants who are selected for further review. Review of applications will begin on January 22 and continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Professor Michael D. Fryzuk of the University of British Columbia has one or two postdoctoral positions available immediately in his research group to examine the preparation of dinitrogen complexes. Candidates must have a Ph. D. degree preferably obtained within the last two years (new Ph. D.'s preferred). The research will involve ligand design and synthesis as well as the formation of transition metal dinitrogen complexes. The applicants must have a high degree of skill in the synthesis of phosphine-based ligands (air- and misture-sensitive manipulation techniques) and the characterization of metal complexes by NMR spectrroscopy and X-ray crystallography. The salary range will be CDN$29,000-30,000 + benefits. Applications should be sent to: fryzuk@chem.ubc.ca. Please include an up-to-date CV, a list of publications, and arrange to have two letters of reference sent via E-Mail or regular mail to: Professor Michael D. Fryzuk, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, B. C. CANADA, V6T 1Z1, Phone: (604) 822-2897 or 822-5563, E-mail: fryzuk@chem.ubc.ca, FAX: (604) 822-2847, web: http://www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/fryzuk/.

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Postdoctoral Positions in Organometallic Chemistry and Asymmetric Catalysis. Professor Robert H. Morris is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for research in the area of asymmetric catalysis with ruthenium hydride complexes in his new lab in the Chemistry Department at the University of Toronto in downtown Toronto, Canada. The candidate should have received the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry within the past two years and have research expertise, preferably in the synthesis and characterization of ligands, chiral organics and air-sensitive transition metal complexes. The position is for one or two years depending on the success of the projects. Companies are sponsoring part of the research. See Organometallics, 2000, 19, 2655-2657 and his web page http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/~rmorris/ for information on our research. The salary starts at 35,000 $CAN per year. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2001 and the start date can be as early as March 1, 2001. Interested candidates should forward their CV and the names and contact information of three references to: Professor Robert Morris, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St George St, Toronto Ont., M5S 3H6, Canada, Phone: 1-416-978-6962, e-mail: Rmorris@chem.utoronto.ca, Web page: http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/~rmorris/.

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Peter Legzdins of University of British Columbia is seeking your assistance in identifying excellent candidates for one or possibly two postdoctoral positions in organometallic and mechanistic chemistry in my group beginning early in 2001. Currently available projects include the development of our alkylidene complexes, Cp'M(NO)(=CR2) (where M = Mo or W), and our 14-electron chromium complexes, (R2N)Cr(NO)(hydrocarbyl)2, as specific reagents or selective catalysts. Our website at http://www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/legzdins provides more details of the specific chemistry that we are currently investigating. Experience with the synthesis and characterization of air-sensitive materials is essential, and experience with kinetic and mechanistic studies, electrochemistry, and/or DFT calculations is desirable for these positions. The positions are initially for one year with the strong possibility of a one-year renewal. The salary range is $25,000 to $30,000 per annum depending on qualifications, and full benefits are provided. Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae and arrange to have two or three letters of recommendation sent to me directly. Please contact: Professor Peter Legzdins, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, 2036 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T 1Z1, Telephone: (604) 822-2987, Fax: (604) 822- 2847, Email: legzdins@chem.ubc.ca, Website: http://www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/legzdins.

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Jack Faller of Yale University is seeking students for an opportunity in his lab. He has a position available in his research group to examine asymmetric catalysis and chiral poisoning of racemic catalysts. Candidates must have a Ph. D. degree, preferably obtained within the last two years. The applicant must have a high degree of skill and experience in ligand synthesis, as well as organometallic synthesis. References to recent work can be viewed on my web page available at http://www.chem.yale.edu. Applications should be sent to: jack.faller@yale.edu. E-Mail is acceptable, for the initial application. Please include an up-to-date CV, a list of publications, and arrange to have two letters of reference sent to: Jack Faller, Department of Chemistry, Yale University, PO Box 06520-8107, New Haven, CT 06520-8107, e-mail: Jack.faller@yale.edu, phone: (203)-432-3954.

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