Chemistry Newsletter - 12/19/2005

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXIX - No. 41 December 19th, 2005

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January Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education

 

The January issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now online at: http://www.jce.divched.org/. There are many articles on thermodynamics ranging from the role of entropy in solubility through equations of state to real-world applications and a simulation of equilibirum using coins. Also check out the animations in the online supplement to an article on the hexagonal closest-packed structure.

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Newsletter on Christmas Vacation

The Chemistry Newsletter is on Christmas Vacation for the week of 12/26/2005. The Chemistry newsletter will return the first week of next year. Please continue to submit all of your newsletter items to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu. Thanks and have a Merry Christmas!!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

2/14/06

3/21/06

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

1/17/06

2/7/06

2/21/06

3/7/06

3/28/06

4/4/06

4/18/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Zwier, Purdue University. “Laser Probes of the Potential Energy Surfaces of Flexible Molecules and Water-containing Complexes”

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Seyed Seradj, Burke Group.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Leitner, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute. “The Catalytic Cycle of Discovery in Total Synthesis”

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2005 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ken Karlin, John Hopkins University.

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Smith, Denu Group.

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2006 - Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 - McElvain Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Yates, Scripps Research Institute.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcus Weck, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Venkat Ganesan, University of Texas at Austin. “Dynamical Phenomena in Multicomponent Polymers”

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2005 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Allison Campbell, Pacific Northwest Lab.

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Thursday, February 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andrew Razgulin, Mecozzi Group.

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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hanna Reisler, University of Southern California.

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Thursday, February 16th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Garske, Denu Group.

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Monday, February 20th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ji-Xin Cheng, Purdue University.

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Jewell, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alex Benderskii, Wayne State University.

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luke Lavis, Raines Group.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arieh Warshel, University of Southern California. “Computer Simulations of Enzymatic Reactions: Finding out What are the Catalytic Principles that Really Work?”

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christian E. Schafmeister, University of Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, March 9th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangho Park, Lee Group.

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Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Ferry Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher M. Dobson, Cambridge University, UK.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David M. Walba, University of Colorado. “High Throughput Measurement of ee Using Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals”

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jamie Ellis, Cavagnero Group.

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bin Sun, Lynn Group.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark A. Johnson, Yale University.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. Tyler McQuade, Cornell University. “Microreactors, Encapsulated Catalysts, and Mechanisms: New Tools and Techniques for Polymer and Small Molecule Synthesis”

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Schultz, Nelsen Group.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sanat Kumar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan O’Leary, Pomona College. “Deuterium and Tritium NMR Equilibrium Isotope Effects Involving OH/OH and CH/N Hydrogen Bonds: Stereochemical Applications”

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Thursday, April 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University. “Co-Opting Nature's Machineries for Chemical Discovery”

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer O’Neill, Blackwell Group.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis.

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Stang, University of Utah. “Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination”

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Johnston, Indiana University.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Kurt N. Cavagnero S.

The burial of solvent-accessible surface area is a predictor of polypeptide folding and misfolding as a function of chain elongation.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(45):15690-15691, 2005 Nov 16.

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Hodges JA. Raines RT.

Stereoelectronic and steric effects in the collagen triple helix: Toward a code for strand association.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(45):15923-15932, 2005 Nov 16.

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Brooks AJ. Fox CC. Marsh ENG. Vlasie M. Banerjee R. Brunold TC.

Electronic structure studies of the adenosylcobalamin cofactor in glutamate mutase.

Biochemistry. 44(46):15167-15181, 2005 Nov 22.

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Brooks AJ. Vlasie M. Banerjee R. Brunold TC.

Co-C bond activation in methylmalonyl-CoA mutase by stabilization of the post-homolysis product CO2+ cobalamin.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(47):16522-16528, 2005 Nov 30.

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Nelsen SF. Konradsson AE. Weaver MN. Guzei IA. Goebel M. Wortmann R. Lockard JV. Zink JI.

Photochemical charge separation within aromatic hydrazines and the effect of excited-state intervalence in dihydrazines.

Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 109(48):10854-10861, 2005 Dec 8.

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Gulmen TS. Sibert EL.

Vibrational energy relaxation of the OH(D) stretch fundamental of methanol in carbon tetrachloride - art. no. 204508.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 123(20):4508, 2005 Nov 22.

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Lee JE. Raines RT.

Cytotoxicity of bovine seminal ribonuclease: Monomer versus dimer.

Biochemistry. 44(48):15760-15767, 2005 Dec 6.

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Copyright © 2005 Thomson ISI

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NSF-Sponsored Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences

2006 schedule of workshops offered by the NSF-sponsored Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences (CWCS). These week-long workshops are designed for faculty and staff with undergraduate instructional responsibilities at universities, colleges and community colleges. Individuals who plan to embark on a career in college teaching (i.e., advanced graduate students and post-docs) are also welcome. The workshops are designed to provide a background and modern perspective on various topics in the chemical sciences, along with methods to introduce these topics into the college curriculum. They all involve extensive hands-on activities. Registration, housing and a per diem for food are provided at no cost to participants. Some support might also be available to cover the cost of travel to the workshops. Further information about CWCS, descriptions of individual workshops and an application, are available on the web at: http://www.chemistry.gsu.edu/cwcs.

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The DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service (http://www.daad.de) started a new program - RISE (Research Internships in Science and engineering) - which enables North American undergraduates to do cutting-edge research at top German universities and research institutes. This past summer, 99 students from the US and Canada took part in the program and their reports show that they not only did great research, but also made a lot of new friends and got to know Germany and other European countries. You can read more first-hand accounts of the program at: http://www.daad.de/rise/en/2.html. The difficult part of the program is to get the information to the students at many universities in the US and in Canada and to raise their interest in Germany. Last year the support by former Humboldt scholars was extremely valuable, as they not only handed out the information but provided also first-hand information about Germany. A considerable number of our scholars had applied by suggestion of a Humboldtian. We want to thank all of you who supported our activities. Today, I would like to ask you whether you could help us again to advertise the RISE program to your students. Comprehensive information about RISE is available on our Website (http://www.daad.de/rise) . German PhD students have submitted almost 380 project proposals for which North American students can apply. I enclose a list of the participating universities and research institutes and of the research areas. Students will have to register on our website, then they can view all the project proposals and search them for keywords. They are welcome to apply for up to three projects. The duration of the internship can be from 6 weeks to 3 months (June to August). The deadline for application is February 1, 2006 and we hope that the selection process will be completed by the beginning of March. Hopefully we will be able to provide up to 150 scholarships. Additional information can be found in: Room 1146, Chemistry Building.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The Department of Integrated Natural Sciences at the West campus of Arizona State University invites applications for two tenure-track assistant or associate professor positions in chemistry to commence August 16, 2006. Responsibilities include teaching General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry and an upper level course in area of expertise, participating in experiential learning and mentoring, developing an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students, and providing service to the department and University. Required: doctoral degree in Chemistry or related field; record of teaching and scholarly achievement appropriate to rank; and effective communication skills. Desired: postdoctoral experience; undergraduate mentoring experience; demonstrated knowledge of: undergraduate science teaching that integrates chemistry, biology and physics; student diversity issues; developing community-based collaborations; and evidence of multidisciplinary research projects that interface with biological disciplines. Deadline is November 28, 2005; if not filled, every Monday until search closed. Send letter of application including professional background and goals; statements of teaching philosophy and research plans; curriculum vitae; three letters of reference for assistant professors/name and email address of three references for associate professors to: Chair, Department of Integrated Natural Sciences, MC 2352, Arizona State University, PO Box 37100, Phoenix, AZ 85069-7100. Applications may be emailed to: NatSciChemSearch@westex1.west.asu.edu. Signed hard copies of reference letters should also be mailed to the address above. A background check is required for employment. Please visit our web site at: http://www.west.asu.edu/.

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The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. The University of British Columbia recently launched a major Proteomics and Bioinformatics initiative to fill ten new faculty positions in these fields. Physically contiguous space has been provided at the centre of the campus, adjacent to the new Michael Smith Laboratories (http://www.msl.ubc.ca), offering an exceptional collaborative environment. After a highly successful first round of hiring, three full-time tenure-track faculty positions in Proteomics remain to be filled. These positions will be filled primarily at the Assistant Professor level but exceptional candidates at a more senior level who are interested in providing leadership for this initiative are also encouraged to apply. All facets of Proteomics, from technology development to innovative applications, will be considered. Successful applicants will have demonstrated outstanding research strength and creativity in fields relevant to Proteomics including but not limited to mass spectrometry, protein interaction networks, protein arrays, structural biology, HTS assays, protein chemistry, cell biology, signal transduction and physiology. Successful researchers will be expected to develop their own independent research program while also taking advantage of opportunities to collaborate with the university research community. Academic appointments could be within or between departments in the Faculties of Medicine, Science and/or Pharmaceutical Sciences. UBC has deep research strength across the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Computation, including its research hospitals and its formal associations with the British Columbia Cancer Agency, Genome British Columbia, the Genome Sciences Centre and the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. Researchers thus enjoy numerous opportunities for stimulating and productive collaborations. Opportunities exist to attract substantial research funding from government (e.g. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canadian Foundation for Innovation), foundations (e.g. Michael Smith Foundation, Genome Canada) and industry. Applications are being accepted on-line at: http://www.msl.ubc.ca/employment/faculty/. In addition, three letters of reference should be sent directly by referees to: proteomics@msl.ubc.ca. Closing date for applications is January 20, 2006. Expected start date is July 1, 2006. UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified persons to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. All positions are subject to final budgetary approval.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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A Postdoctoral Associate position in synthetic organic and natural products chemistry will be available starting January 1, 2006 or later in Professor David Kingston's laboratory in the Department of Chemistry, M/C 0212, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061. The work will involve the synthesis of stable isotope labeled and other modified derivatives of epothilone, discodermolide, and Taxol. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in asymmetric synthesis and in carrying out reactions under anhydrous conditions. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree in synthetic organic or medicinal chemistry or a related field, and preference will be given to candidates with prior postdoctoral experience. The salary will be commensurate with experience, and will include fringe benefits. Appointment will be for one year in the first instance, but may be renewed by mutual agreement. Information on the Kingston Group is available at: http://www.kingston.chem.vt.edu. Candidates wishing to apply for this position must submit an online application on the Virginia Tech Personnel Services website: https://jobs.vt.edu, where further details on the position are provided. To apply search on posting number 043305 and follow directions to apply for the position. Applications should include a letter of application and a copy of the applicant’s most recent curriculum vitae. Applicants may be asked at a later time to furnish written references from up to three referees. Consideration of applications will begin on December 15, 2005, and will continue until the position is filled.

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