Chemistry Newsletter for 1/7/2013

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVII - No. 1 January 7th, 2013

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UW-MADISON'S TRISHA ANDREW HONORED FOR ENERGY RESEARCH
MADISON - Trisha Andrew, an assistant professor of chemistry at UW-Madison, has been named to Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 in Energy. The list recognizes talented young innovators whose work holds potential for the energy landscape of the future.
Andrew, who joined the faculty at the start of the semester, was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Her energy research, which started at MIT but is continuing at UW-Madison, focuses on using unique nanoscale materials to develop new types of solar cells. These solar cells, which can be as small as one-hundredth the width of a single hair strand, convert solar energy into electrical energy.
Although research on these types of nanomaterials has been going on for decades, the key at this point, says Andrew, is getting these materials out into the world by making them lightweight, cheap and widespread.
Andrew is now focusing on the types of energy issues relevant to household settings rather than industrial settings. She sees value in working on energy problems that hold the potential for universal application, such as powering household electronics using solar energy captured as sunlight travels through specially selected colored molecules in a windowpane.
“What we're trying to answer is the smaller question of how we can impact our population with technologies that aren't going to last for 15 years, but will last for a year or two, which is the life of a mid-range cell phone,” Andrew says. “Part of what inspires me every day is that we need these devices right now. I honestly feel like we're going to solve this energy crisis in some way. It may take a while, but we will do it.”
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2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

February 12th, 2013 March 12th, 2013
April 16th, 2013 May 14th, 2013

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

January 22nd, 2013 February 19th, 2013 March 5th, 2013 March 19th, 2013
April 2nd, 2013 April 23rd, 2013 May 7th, 2013  

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 - Materials Science & Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 514 ERB. Dr. Yize (Stephanie), Li Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics. "Contactless Probing of the Intrinsic Carrier Transport in Nanoelectronic Materials"
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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Larry Que, University of Minnesota.
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Friday, January 18th, 2013 - Organic McElvain Seminar - Studies in Natural Product Synthesis, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil S. Baran, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Monday, January 21st, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Crabtree, Yale University.
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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Anderson, University of Utah. "Correlations of Cluster Size, Electronic Structure and (Electro)Catalytic Activity for Pdn and Ptn on Planar Substrates"
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Thursday, January 24th, 2013 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sean Palecek, UW-Madison, Department of Engineering.
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Monday, January 28th, 2013 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jianhua Xing, Virginia Tech University. "Extending the Horizon of Chemical Physics to Cell Biology"
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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 - Physical Chemmistry Seminar, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ruth Signorell, University of British Columbia and laboratory of Physical Chemistry ETH Z rich - Switzerland. "Characterization of Ultrafine Aerosols by Vacuum Ultraviolet Light"
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shannon Stahl, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, January 31st, 2013 - Materials Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Uli Weisner, Cornell University.
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Monday, February 4th, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Yongna Xing lab - Presenter and title TBA.
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 - WISL Seminar, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Concert at Chemistry: Celebrating WISL Fellow Marc Fink's promotion to Emeritus Professor.
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Monday, March 4th, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Jim Keck lab - Presenter and title TBA.
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Monday, April 1st, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Sam Butcher lab - Presenter and title TBA.
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Monday, May 6th, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Presenter and title TBA.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Diazo compounds as highly tunable reactants in 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions with cycloalkynes.
McGrath, NA; Raines, RT*.
CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 3 (11):3237-3240; 10.1039/c2sc20806g NOV 2012.
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Reduction of intimal hyperplasia in injured rat arteries promoted by catheter balloons coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers that contain plasmid DNA encoding PKC delta.
Bechler, SL; Si, Y; Yu, Y; Ren, J; Liu, B; Lynn, DM*.
BIOMATERIALS, 34 (1):226-236; 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2012.09.010 JAN 2013.
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Kinetic and Spectroscopic Studies of Aerobic Copper(II)-Catalyzed Methoxylation of Arylboronic Esters and Insights into Aryl Transmetalation to Copper(II).
King, AE; Ryland, BL; Brunold, TC*; Stahl, SS*.
ORGANOMETALLICS, 31 (22):7948-7957; 10.1021/om300586p NOV 26 2012.
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Stereochemistry and Mechanism of the Ring-Opening Reaction of Cyclopropylenones with LiCu(Me)(2).
Casey, CP*; Cesa, MC; Shusterman, AJ.
ORGANOMETALLICS, 31 (22):7849-7854; 10.1021/om300520r NOV 26 2012.
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Parallel beta-Sheet Vibrational Couplings Revealed by 2D IR Spectroscopy of an Isotopically Labeled Macrocycle: Quantitative Benchmark for the Interpretation of Amyloid and Protein Infrared Spectra.
Woys, AM; Almeida, AM; Wang, L; Chiu, CC; McGovern, M; de Pablo, JJ; Skinner, JL*; Gellman, SH*; Zanni, MT*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (46):19118-19128; 10.1021/ja3074962 NOV 21 2012.
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Quantification of transition dipole strengths using 1D and 2D spectroscopy for the identification of molecular structures via exciton delocalization: Application to alpha-helices.
Grechko, M; Zanni, MT*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 137 (18):10.1063/1.4764861 NOV 14 2012.
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A Modified QM/MM Hamiltonian with the Self-Consistent-Charge Density-Functional-Tight-Binding Theory for Highly Charged QM Regions.
Hou, GH; Zhu, X; Elstner, M; Cui, Q*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION, 8 (11):4293-4304; 10.1021/ct300649f NOV 2012.
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High-Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Conversion Cathodes Based on Iron Fluoride Nanowires and Insights into the Conversion Mechanism.
Li, LS; Meng, F; Jin, S*.
NANO LETTERS, 12 (11):6030-6037; 10.1021/nl303630p NOV 2012.
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Introducing a mixed-valent dirhodium(II,III) catalyst with increased stability in C-H amination.
Kornecki, KP; Berry, JF*.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 48 (99):12097-12099; 10.1039/c2cc36614b 2012.
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Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of a Small-Molecule Functional Mimic of Iron Superoxide Dismutase, Iron 2,6-Diacetylpyridinebis(semioxamazide).
Gutman, CT; Brunold, TC*.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 51 (23):12729-12737; 10.1021/ic301547z DEC 3 2012.
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Interpretation of IR and Raman Line Shapes for H2O and D2O Ice Ih.
Shi, L; Gruenbaum, SM; Skinner, JL*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 116 (47):13821-13830; 10.1021/jp3059239 NOV 29 2012.
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Key Roles of the Downstream Mobile Jaw of Escherichia coli RNA Polymerase in Transcription Initiation.
Drennan, A; Kraemer, M; Capp, M; Gries, T; Ruff, E; Sheppard, C; Wigneshweraraj, S; Artsimovitch, I; Record, MT*.
BIOCHEMISTRY, 51 (47):9447-9459; 10.1021/bi301260u NOV 27 2012.
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Comprehensive Mass Spectrometric Mapping of the Hydroxylated Amino Acid residues of the alpha 1(V) Collagen Chain.
Yang, CX; Park, AC; Davis, NA; Russell, JD; Kim, B; Brand, DD; Lawrence, MJ; Ge, Y; Westphall, MS; Coon, JJ*; Greenspan, DS.
JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, 287 (48):40598-40610; 10.1074/jbc.M112.406850 NOV 23 2012.
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A Quantitative Map of the Liver Mitochondrial Phosphoproteome Reveals Posttranslational Control of Ketogenesis.
Grimsrud, PA; Carson, JJ; Hebert, AS; Hubler, SL; Niemi, NM; Bailey, DJ; Jochem, A; Stapleton, DS; Keller, MP; Westphall, MS; Yandell, BS; Attie, AD; Coon, JJ*; Pagliarini, DJ.
CELL METABOLISM, 16 (5):672-683; 10.1016/j.cmet.2012.10.004 NOV 7 2012.
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Reconciling the Stereochemical Course of Nucleopalladation with the Development of Enantioselective Wacker-Type Cyclizations.
Weinstein, AB; Stahl, SS*.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 51 (46):11505-11509; 10.1002/anie.201206702 2012.
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Organocatalytic conversion of cellulose into a platform chemical.
Caes, BR; Palte, MJ; Raines, RT*.
CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 4 (1):196-199; 10.1039/c2sc21403b 2013.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Amgen is a leading human therapeutics company in the biotechnology industry. For more than 25 years, the company has tapped the power of scientific discovery and innovation to advance the practice of medicine. Amgen pioneered the development of novel products based on advances in recombinant DNA and molecular biology and launched the biotechnology industry's first blockbuster medicines. Today, as a Fortune 500 company serving millions of patients, Amgen continues to be an entrepreneurial, science-driven enterprise dedicated to helping people fight serious illness.
Amgen's internship program offers meaningful project experiences that impact patients' lives, competitive compensation, housing benefits (for eligible candidates), executive networking events, social networking events, community volunteer project opportunities, on-site fitness activities and much more.
Therapeutic Discovery Department, Internship Opportunities for 2013. Our Therapeutic Discovery Department at our research sites in Cambridge, MA, South San Francisco, CA, Seattle, WA and Thousand Oaks, CA in the areas of Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biologics, Molecular Pharmacology, Crystallography, Discovery Technologies and Protein Technologies is looking for undergraduate and graduate students interested in 10 -12 week intemships for the following opportunities: Therapeutic Discovery Grad (#18655BR) and Undergrad (#18652BR) Intern: Specific projects designed by our scientists will provide the intern with hands-on drug discovery experience, such as designing and synthesizing novel compounds for potential drug candidates, molecular biology, protein engineering, cell biology, immunology, protein chemistry, chemical database information management, small molecule analytics, developing and applying automation and miniaturization technology and biochemical pharmacological screening of drug targets and candidates. The intern will gain valuable experience using the latest laboratory equipment and tools and a unique insight into the drug discovery environment.
Please note: All individuals applying for an internship or a co-op assignment at Amgen must meet the following criteria: Demonstrated laboratory experience; Must be 18 years or older; Must be currently enrolled at an accredited, four-year college or university; Must have completed at least 1 full year of study at the time the internship begins; Must have not yet graduated; Must be in good academic standing within their majors and overall at their university; Must be enrolled in school the fall season following the potential internship or co-op assignment. For more requirement specifics please see the job posting.
Application Instructions: Please visit Amgen's career page at: http://www.amgen.comicareers and click on "Job Search". When searching, be sure to select "College Job" from the Career Category drop down menu. Use the Job Number listed above in the search field for a specific internship opportunity. Or simply use the QR code below to search and apply for Amgen's Internship opportunities.
In order to be considered you must apply via: http://www.amgen.com/careers. Please feel free to share this information with fellow students interested in internships at Amgen. Some of Amgen's internships are currently posted and others will continue to be posted between Dec - Feb. For your convenience, we recommend setting up a job alert/search agent. After searching under. College Jobs, select "Create Search Agent" at the top of the page and the site will walk you through the steps.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for an open rank faculty position in Soft Matter experiment and theory. Areas of interest include bio-inspired materials, polymers, colloids, gels, rheology, and scattering. All candidates will be evaluated commensurate with their seniority. The highest priority will be given to candidates with an established track record of external funding, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. More junior candidates should demonstrate a clear potential for teaching and conducting cutting-edge research at the interface of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, and Biology. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Applicants should submit a SINGLE PDF containing a cover letter, curriculum vita, research plan, and teaching statement to: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/9856. Applicants should also arrange to have four pdf letters of recommendation sent electronically to: chemsearch@unc.edu with a subject line Applied Sciences Search. Review of applications will begin in January 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions should be directed to: Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3290, chemsearch@unc.edu.
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The Louisiana State University Department of Chemistry anticipates filling an Assistant Professor position (Tenure-track) in Experimental Physical Chemistry, broadly defined, with a starting date of August 13, 2013. Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field; demonstrated excellence in teaching and research. Responsibilities: establish a strong, well-funded, widely recognized research program in experimental physical chemistry; teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and, service and outreach to a diverse community. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 21 and evaluations will continue until a candidate is selected. Applications should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of proposed research (~5 pages), and statement of teaching philosophy (~1 page) as a single PDF document submitted electronically, as directed by http://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu, Position Number 015941. Applicants must arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent to: Ms. Vickie Thornton (vthornton@lsu.edu), Experimental Physical Chemistry Search, Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
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Assistant Professor - Medicinal Chemistry. The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, in the College of Pharmacy, at the University of Arizona, invites applications for a tenure track or tenured faculty positions at the Assistant Professor rank. We are seeking outstanding medicinal chemists to join our expanding program in the newly formed Drug Discovery Center of Excellence at Bio5 Oro Valley. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, toxicology, or related discipline, and must provide evidence of, or potential to develop a rigorous and independent research program. Applicants with expertise in chemical-biology, natural-products based drug discovery, computer-based drug design, high-throughput assay development and/or with experience of advancing small molecules along the drug discovery value chain in a high-throughput manner are encouraged to apply. The Drug Discovery and Development program is undergoing a period of dynamic growth in parallel with significant facilities expansion. Excellent opportunities also exist for research collaborations and participation in numerous Centers of Excellence that include the Arizona Cancer Center, Bio5 Institute, SWEHSC, Server Heart Center, and Arizona Respiratory Center. Successful candidates will participate in graduate (Ph.D.) and professional (Pharm.D.) education. For complete details and to apply see job 51301 at: www.uacareertrack.com. Review of applications will begin January 2, 2013 and continue until filled. The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA Employer--M/W/D/V. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental & life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave & holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for employee & qualified family; access to campus cultural & recreational activities; state retirement and more.
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Tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Indiana University Northwest, August 2013. A PhD in Chemistry plus teaching and ability to develop a strong and visible research program is required The specific sub discipline is open but the successful candidate will be responsible for teaching organic and biochemistry as well as mentoring students conducting research at the undergraduate level. The department is certified by the American Chemical Society. IUN, located in the greater Chicago area, is one of eight campuses of Indiana University. The campus has a population of 6,000 students and offers Baccalaureate and Master degrees in a variety of academic disciplines. Deadline for full consideration is January 28, 2013 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled Send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research and teaching statement as well as have three reference letters forwarded to: N. De Leon, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry/Physics/Astronomy, Indiana University Northwes4 3400 Broadway, Gary, Indiana 46408, e-mail: cpachair@iun.edu.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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CaRLa has open several positions for postdoctoral fellows starting from spring 2011. CaRLa, the new Catalysis Research Laboratory, founded by the University of Heidelberg, by the State of Baden-Württemberg and by BASF SE in May 2006 on campus, represents a new type of a joint academic/industrial research institution for combining basic and applied research in homogeneous catalysis. CaRLa has open several positions for postdoctoral fellows starting from spring 2011 and invites applications from qualified young scientists (with appropriate organic, organometallic or inorganic molecular chemistry background) who are interested to work as postdoctoral research fellows in CaRLa. Research experience in the field of homogeneous catalysis is advantageous, but not mandatory. Electronic applications are preferred. Please submit them to: employment@carla-hd.de. Please attach a curriculum vitae, a publication list and a letter of motivation. Applicants should also arrange for minimal two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to: Prof. Dr. Peter Hofmann, Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg, INF 270, D-69120 Heidelberg, Phone: +49 6221 54-8502, Fax: +49 6221 54-4885, ph@oci.uni-heidelberg.de, Homepage: akph@uni-hd.de or Dr. Michael Limbach, Basic Chemicals Research, BASF SE, GCB/C   M313, D-67056 Ludwigshafen, Phone: +49 621 60-48957, Fax: +49 621 60-6648957, michael.limbach@basf.com.
Requirements: Ph.D. in organic, organometallic or molecular based inorganic chemistry. Hands-on experience in preparing and characterizing air- and temperature-labile compounds. Excellent oral and written communication skills. University of Heidelberg and BASF are equal opportunity employers. To learn more about CaRLa, BASF or University of Heidelberg, visit our websites: www.carla-hd.com, www.basf.com, www.uni-heidelberg.de.
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Postdoctoral Researcher, Polypeptide synthesis and solution assembly characterization, University of Delaware. The Kiick and Pochan research groups in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware invite applications for a postdoctoral research position in the area of nanomaterials constructed via solution assembly of polypeptides. This new, collaborative project is part of a new National Science Foundation program called Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF), itself part of a national materials initiative entitled Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness. The successful candidate will join this dynamic, interdisciplinary research group to work on a new project aimed at the development of peptides and polypeptides for desired intra- and intermolecular solution assembly. The successful candidate will be responsible primarily for the design, synthesis and characterization of polypeptides and small peptides for desired solution assembly into target nanostructure.  In addition, the candidate will use nanomaterials characterization techniques (e.g. transmission electron microscopy (TEM), cryoTEM, atomic force microscopy, small-angle x-ray and/or neutron scattering) to observe solution-assembled structure.  The candidate also will work closely with the collaborating computational lab of Prof. Jeffrey Saven at the University of Pennsylvania. The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, polymer science and engineering, or a related field. Experience in peptide synthesis, polypeptide synthesis and molecular characterization is expected. Also, nanomaterials characterization experience is preferred. Independence, creativity, leadership, and good communication skills are essential. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable for up to three years based on reasonable progress. Applicants should send a cover letter outlining their research interests and career plans, a detailed resume, and the names of three references to: Professor K.L. Kiick at: kiick@udel.edu and Professor D.J. Pochan at: Pochan@udel.edu.
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The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), http://neutrons.ornl.gov, invites applications for the Clifford G. Shull Fellowship Program. This postdoctoral Fellowship Program, named for the 1994 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, is aimed at attracting outstanding early career researchers to continue on a path of scientific excellence while substantially contributing to ORNL and U.S Department of Energy missions and goals. The Shull Fellowship is open to all fields of science and engineering that utilize neutron techniques and/or advance neutron science including the physical, chemical, materials, biological, and medical sciences.
Major Duties/Responsibilities: Shull Fellows carry out and develop research programs to enhance the knowledge of the structure and/or dynamical behavior of biological, engineering, soft or hard condensed matter materials using neutron scattering as a primary tool; educate and promote the use of neutron scattering to new user communities; publish research results in scientific journals; and assist Spallation Neutron Source and High Flux Isotope Reactor scientists in the development of new instrumentation to meet research program goals. This position is a temporary, full-time assignment for 24 months.
Qualifications Required: A PhD. in condensed matter physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering, biology, or related field is required. Each applicant must be no more than three years beyond receiving their doctorate degree. Applicants should not have previously held more than one postdoctoral appointment. Current ORNL postdoctoral appointees and staff members cannot be considered as valid applicants. Previous experience in neutron or X-ray scattering is highly desired; however, outstanding candidates possessing related expertise are also encouraged to apply. Strong written and oral communication skills as evidenced by a significant publication record, and the desire to work in a team environment on scientifically challenging problems are required. Applicants should have a PhD degree conferred on or after January 2010.
For more information regarding the program, and application instructions please visit: http://neutrons.ornl.gov/shullfellowship. In addition to your CV, please include a short research statement and names of at least three professional/academic references. This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired. We accept Word(.doc, .docx), Excel(.xls, .xlsx), PowerPoint(.ppt, .pptx), Adobe(.pdf), Rich Text Format(.rtf), HTML(.htm, html) and text files(.txt) up to 2MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.
End Posting Date: 01/31/2013.
If you have trouble applying for a position, please email: ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.  ORNL is an E-Verify Employer. If you would like to know more about E-Verify, click on the following link: http://jobs.ornl.gov/eVerify.shtml.
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