Chemistry Newsletter - 12/17/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 42 December 17th, 2001

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ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY

IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI

The 2001 Holiday Lecture, ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI, will be telecast on Wisconsin Public Television at 3:30 PM, Monday, December 24 and at 8:00 AM, Sunday, December 30. Check local listings for telecast times elsewhere on PBS.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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 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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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bob Clark, Graduate Student.

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The North Carolina State University Department of Chemistry's Research Experience for Undergraduates REU Program

offers the opportunity to directly participate in an independent research project in a highly multi-disciplinary environment. The highlights of our program include independent research in an energetic and enthusiastic environment, on-site visits to industrial partners, educational & social events, weekly seminar series, final poster and oral presentations and funds for presentations at a national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Application summer 2002. Requirements are: In order to apply for this program you must be at least a rising junior (i.e., completed your sophomore or junior year this spring), maintain a minimum 3.0 overall GPA, and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Visit the REU website for further information and application materials. http://www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/Chemreu/. Contact Information: Brenda Burgess, North Carolina State University, Department of Chemistry, Dabney Hall, Campus Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Chemistry Instructor at San Mateo County Community College. A full time tenure track position, assignment to begin Fall Semester 2002. Announcement # F01-02.12. Open until filled. The essential functions of this position include the following. Teach all courses offered in the chemistry curriculum, including organic chemistry; assist in curriculum revisions and new course development; consult with students during regularly scheduled office and lab hours; maintain expertise in current technologies; serve as a member of division and college committees; and perform other professional duties as required by contract and general institutional needs. Requirements are: Master's degree in Chemistry OR Bachelor's in chemistry AND a Master's in biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical physics, physics, molecular biology, or geochemistry, OR the equivalent. Ability to communicate effectively with persons of diverse cultures and language groups, and people who have disabilities. Demonstrated sensitivity to and ability to work with the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, including those with disabilities, in both day and evening settings. For persons applying for this position based on equivalence, Application for Equivalence must accompany the application form. The official Application for Equivalence form is part of the standard district employment application. Additional copies of the Application for Equivalence are available at http://www.smccd.net/hr and in the SMCCCD Office of Human Resources. Degree Equivalence: Possession of a degree(s) with similar content to those listed in the job announcement. Transcript required. Academic Background Equivalence: Meet all of the Requirements in an allied field, and twenty-four (24) semester units of both upper division and graduate work in the academic field specified in the job announcement. Transcripts required. Professional Achievement Equivalence: Outstanding professional Achievement or substantial training in the field specified in the job announcement. Preparation, experience and ability must be equivalent to those expected from a candidate who meets the Requirements. All applicants must submit: A completed, standard District application form; A resume that details all relevant education, training, and experience; Copies of all undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts (Unofficial copies may be submitted, with the application; official copies will be required at the time of the interview); A cover letter addressing applicant qualifications as they directly relate to the Requirements and Desirable Skills and Attributes listed in this announcement; A written response to the following supplemental question: "Describe your philosophy of teaching chemistry to well-prepared science majors. How does this differ from your philosophy of teaching chemistry to underprepared students?" Application Deadline: For full consideration at the first reading, the standard District application form and other required materials must be received in the Office of Human Resources on or before Friday, February 1, 2002. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled, and may close without prior notice. Send to: Robert C. Kowerski, PhD., Dean, Math/Science Division, College of San Mateo, 1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard, San Mateo, California 94402, phone: 650-574-6161.

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Laboratory director for analytical/physical chemistry. Department of chemistry, Penn state, University Park, PA., is seeking an individual to play a vital role in our undergraduate program. The individual will share responsibility with a newly hired lab director for developing an innovative undergraduate curriculum in analytical and physical chemistry involving approximately 300 students and 14 teaching assistants per year. Possible additional areas of responsibility include lecturing in analytical, physical, or environmental chemistry. The exact teaching duties will depend on the interests and capabilities of the individual. Background in one or more of the following areas is desirable: bioanalytical, biophysical, environmental, and materials chemistry. A Ph.D. is required. Further information about the position and the Department is available at: http://www.chem.psu.edu/positions/. This will be a 9 or 12 month continuing faculty appointment at the rank of Lecturer. Reply to: Chair of the Lab Director Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Position #: 12304, 152 Davey Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. Include a resume and a statement of teaching philosophy. Also have transcripts and three letters of reference sent to the above address. This position offers an excellent career opportunity for a Chemistry Ph.D. with interests in teaching and research at the undergraduate level. Visit the Chemistry Department web site at www.chem.psu.edu to learn more about our programs and facilities. For more information about this position contact Joe Keiser, Chair of the Search Committee, at jtk1@psu.edu or 814-863-3209.

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The Merck Research Laboratories in our Rahway, New Jersey site has positions available in the Analytical Research Department. The focus of this group is analytical method development in support of synthetic process development utilizing a broad range of analytical techniques and instrumentation (e.g. HPLC, GC, SFC, CZE, chiral LC, etc). Staff Chemist (B.S. or M.S.). The successful candidate will have a strong academic record with an interest in analytical chemistry. The successful candidate will have 0 - 5 years of industrial experience. All candidates must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment. Experience in synthetic chemistry, chromatography or wet chemistry is desirable. Our salaries, benefits and growth potential are excellent. For consideration, send your resume with the names of three references and grade transcripts to Dr. Tao Wang, Merck & Co., Inc., P.O. Box 2000, RY818-B225, Rahway, NJ 07065-0900. For additional information, please visit our web site at: http://www.merck.com/mrl/research/areas/anres.html.

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NMR specialist / Group Leader for the daily management of Structure Analysis. Organon, part of Akzo Nobel's Pharma group, develops, produces and sells pharmaceuticals worldwide. It employs 12,000. The company searches intensively for innovative products: an R&D operation with 2,200 professionals in the Netherlands, Scotland, France, Japan and the U.S. The Dept. of Analytical Chemistry for Development (ACD) in the Netherlands, monitors the quality of drug substance, active compounds, and new chemical/biological entities (NCE/NBE). The ACD's Structure Analysis Section analyzes the chemical structure of NCE/NBEs, impurities and metabolites using techniques like NMR, IR, Raman and MS/MS. The Structure Analysis Section has 3 project groups using spectroscopy to solve compound-specific problems. As a group leader, you will see to the daily management of your team, and also to NMR instrumentation in the ACD (400 and 600 MHz spectrometer, including solid/liquid state NMR and LC-NMR), monitoring relevant developments and initiating/conducting/managing methodological research in the field of NMR spectroscopy. A Ph.D. in chemistry specializing in (solid state or liquid) NMR spectroscopy. A good understanding of NMR instrument/software technology, the design/application of dedicated pulse experiments and experience in structure and conformation analyses are essential. Relevant experience with IR, Raman or MS is desirable. You are enthusiastic, inquisitive, focused on solving analytical problems, a good team player, and able to supervise and motivate people. For details, call Dr. F. Croizet or Dr. M. Honing at the Structure Analysis Section, on +31 412-661130 and +31 412-663604 or e-mail: francois.croizet@organon.com or maarten.honing@organon.com. Please send your letter with CV within 14 days, stating vacancy number GGO 01-36, to G. Goorsenberg, HR Dept., NV Organon, P.O. Box 20, 5340 BH Oss, Holland. E-mail: gerard.goorsenberg@organon.com.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia. NMR Facility Manager, Fixed Term, three Years. A three-year position is available to manage the NMR facilities, i.e. Varian Mercury-300 and Inova-500 spectrometers and a Bruker DMX-600 spectrometer (located at UNSW), along with a Sun and Silicon Graphics workstation network for processing of data. Details of areas of research interest within the department may be obtained at http://www.uow.edu.au/science/chemistry.html. The successful applicant's prime role will be to manage the Facility on a day-to-day basis. This will include working with technical staff in maintaining the spectrometers and research collaboration with the NMR user groups in devising and implementing relevant NMR experiments. The successful applicant should have a PhD in NMR spectroscopy, possess good communication skills and have a strong background in the theory and practical side of modern multi- dimensional and multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy. Reference 20-322. Please contact: Associate Professor John Carver on (+61 2) 4221 3340, e-mail: john_carver@uow.edu.au. Closing date for positions is 18 January 2002. Application guidelines are available from http://www.uow.edu.au/vacancies.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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St. Cloud State University, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Tenure-track appointment. Salary dependent upon academic qualifications and experience. (Exceptional candidates may be considered at the associate level.) Appointment date is August 26, 2002. Primary duties: teaching established undergraduate courses in forensic science, general chemistry and area of expertise, directing undergraduate student research and advising students. Possible development of new courses in forensic science. Faculty will be required to demonstrate the following for promotion and tenure: ability to teach and/or perform effectively; scholarly achievement or research; continued preparation and study; contribution to student growth and development; service to the university and community. Ph.D. in chemistry or biochemistry required at the time of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with forensic science experience. Teaching experience at the college level is desirable. Apply to: Dr. Nathan Winter Chair, Forensic Science Search Committee Chemistry Department, MS-358 St. Cloud State University 720 Fourth Avenue South St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498 (320) 255-3031 Fax (320) 203-6041 nwinter@stcloudstate.edu. The completed application must include letter of application, vitae, transcripts (photocopies acceptable for screening), a brief description of proposed research involving undergraduate students, and three to five recent letters of reference (sent directly from referee). The successful candidate will be required to provide official transcripts sent directly from the appropriate institutions. The postmarked deadline for the receipt of all application materials is January 14, 2002. Materials postmarked after this date cannot be guaranteed consideration, but position will remain open until suitable candidate is found. All finalists will be required to give a seminar during the interview process.

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Purdue University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Science. The Dean's primary missions are to provide vision and leadership in the School and to foster an interdisciplinary academic community pursuing excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement. The Dean joins with the School's department heads and faculty to assure that learning activities of the highest quality flourish at all levels, from undergraduate education to graduate research. An important responsibility of the Dean is fund raising for the many programs of the School. As chief academic and administrative officer of the School, the Dean actively represents the School to a variety of constituencies inside and outside of the University. The Dean reports directly to the Provost and works closely with other deans, vice presidents, and the President. Qualified candidates will have distinguished research and teaching records appropriate for a tenured full professorship and demonstrated excellence in academic administration. Desirable candidates will have a record of administrative accomplishments, skills in securing and allocating resources to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education and research, and experience in strategic planning. They will have familiarity with the national research funding environment. Applications should be sent to: Dean Charles O. Rutledge, Chair, School of Science Dean Search Committee, Purdue University, School of Pharmacy, 1330 Heine Pharmacy Building, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1330; email: chipr@pharmacy.purdue.edu. Screening will begin December 1, 2001, and continue until the position is filled. The School of Science website can be accessed at http://www.science.purdue.edu for information about the School.

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Eastern Kentucky University offers a sabbatical opportunity. The Vernon C. Wilson Endowed Visiting Professorship is open for the 2002-03 academic year at the full or associate professor level for an individual with a distinguished record in chemical education (fall-spring preferred or spring-summer). It carries a salary supplement. The appointee will be expected to teach one course each term, deliver a series of lectures on chemical and science education and interact with our faculty and the Teaching and Learning Center. Further information is available at http://www.chemistry.eku.edu. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, statements of scholarly interests and teaching philosophy, and arrange for three reference letters to be sent to: Dr. Martin Brock, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY 40475-3102. Screening of applications begins Jan 14, 2002 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Molecular Electronics at NIST. Post-Doctoral Opportunities. The Semiconductor Electronics Division (SED) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in Cooperation with the National Research Council (NRC), Offer Awards for American Citizens in Molecular Electronics. NIST is seeking motivated post-doctoral researchers in the exciting field of molecular electronics to help us develop "moletronics metrology." NIST has targeted the goal of developing the measurement tools and information infrastructure needed to measure, predict, and understand the flow of charge though individual molecules and small ensembles of molecules. This undertaking is an intrinsically cross-disciplinary enterprise, requiring the insight and ability of many fields such as chemistry, physics, and engineering. At NIST, we are building upon our strengths and expertise in the areas of fabrication, reliability assessment, scanning-probe microscopies, optical spectroscopies, and molecular and solid-state modeling. Specifically, we, in the SED, are developing robust test-structures and using them to characterize the electrical properties and reliability of moletronic molecules. With the Institute's world -wide reputation for technical excellence and impartiality, there is a unique and timely opportunity to serve as a nucleation center for this development. Web sites: http://www.eeel.nist.gov/812/nanoelectronic.html or http://www.cstl.nist.gov/moletronics.html or http://www.nist.gov. This is a Two-year appointments with a generous stipend ($53,200 per year) and other benefits such as relocation, professional travel, and health insurance. To be eligible (in February) for review for NIST NRC postdoctoral positions, completed application materials and all supporting documents must be postmarked to the Associateship Programs no later than January 15, 2002. Application materials may be obtained from the NRC web site at: http://www.nationalacademies.org/rap. Primary Contact: Curt A. Richter, Semiconductor Electronics Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building 225, Room A305, Gaithersburg, MD, 20899-8121, phone: (301) 975-2082, e-mail: Curt.Richter@NIST.gov.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Fixed Term, three Years. An NHMRC funded three-year Postdoctoral Research position is available in protein NMR spectroscopy and protein chemistry. The project will investigate the structure, function and interactions of small heat-shock chaperone proteins using mainly NMR spectroscopy and protein chemical techniques. NMR facilities include a Varian Inova 500 and a Bruker DMX 600 spectrometers. Excellent protein expression and purification facilities are also available. Reference 20-324. Please contact: Associate Professor John Carver on (+61 2) 4221 3340, e-mail: john_carver@uow.edu.au. Closing date for positions is 18 January 2002. Application guidelines are available from http://www.uow.edu.au/vacancies.

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