Chemistry Newsletter for 2/21/2011

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XXXV - No. 7 February 21st, 2011

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2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

March 22nd, 2011 April 12th, 2011 May 3rd, 2011

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

March 1st, 2011 March 15th, 2011 April 5th, 2011
April 19th, 2011 May 10th, 2011  

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SEMINARS
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Thursday, February 24th, 2011 - Materials Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ching Tang, University of Rochester. "Development of Organic Light Emitting Diode Technology"
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Thursday, February 24th, 2011 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 of the Materials Science and Engineering Building at 1509 University Avenue. Moonsub Shim, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois.  "Nanostructures for Charge Separation"
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Friday, February 25th, 2011 - TCI Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dr. Qi Gao, Mitsubishi Chemical Group Science and Technology Research Center, Yokohama, Japan. "A Glimpse of Fundamental Technology Laboratory in MCRC and Prediction NMR Shifts In Large Molecular Systems Using Fragment Molecular Orbital Method"
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Robert Bergman.
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Juan de Pablo, UW-Madison, Chemical and Biological Engineering.
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Nicolai Lehnert, University of Michigan.
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Thursday, March 3th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara Imperiali, MIT.
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Physical McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Donald G. Truhlar, University of Minnesota
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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Brad Nilsson, University of Rochester.
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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gary Brudvig, Yale University.
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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Blum, University of California, Irvine.
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Thursday, March 31st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sarah Trimpin, Wayne State University.
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Friday, April 1st, 2011 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dr. K.V. Reddy, Founder and President of Printel, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Philip Cole, Johns-Hopkins University.
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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giulia A. Galli, University of California, Davis.
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Thursday, April 7th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ryan Bailey, The University of Illinois, UC.
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Monday, April 11th, 2011 - Ferry Lectures, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Tirrell, California Institute of Technology.
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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ephraim Woods III, Colgate University.
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Vince Rotello, University of Massachusetts -Amherst.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 - Organic Seminar - Abbott Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Professor Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Friday, April 15th, 2011 - Chemistry Department Shain Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Dr. John Tallarico, Novartis.
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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daniel P. Raleigh, SUNY Stony Brook.
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Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Geoff Coates, Cornell University.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2010 -Materials Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi, Purdue University.
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Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Srikanth Sastry, Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India.
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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hirschmann Lectures - Professor Donald Hilvert, ETH Honggerberg.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerald Meyer, Johns Hopkins University.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phil Powers, University of California, Davis.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Malika Jeffries-El, Iowa State University.
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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark S. Gordon, Iowa State University.
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Thursday, May 5th, 2011 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kim Prather, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
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Tuesday, May 9th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kian Tan, Boston University.
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Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Alan Balch, University of California, Davis.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Job Opportunities with BP - If interested, please contact Joe Binder (joseph.binder@bp.com) and name the position(s) you're interested in for more details.
Senior Enzymologist - BP Biofuels, San Diego, California: We seek an experienced scientist with a deep understanding of the theory and practice of enzymology and biochemistry.
-Develop enzyme solutions for biofuels productions
-Rigorous structural and functional characterization of a wide range of enzyme classes
-Enzyme characterization and optimization
-Must be able to collaborate effectively with key scientific personnel to further improve a variety of biofuels platforms.
-Mentor and train junior scientist with hands on techniques and experimental approaches
-Provide creativity and technical leadership.
-Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry or a related discipline.
-4 to 8 years post-doctoral research experience.
Kineticist - BP Biofuels, San Diego, California: The Process Kineticist is responsible for oversight and development of bioprocess kinetics models, including chemical reaction kinetics, catalytic process kinetics, enzymatics kinetics and fermentation kinetics. The Process Kineticist will develop, validate and implement kinetics models to support biofuels research, technology development and scale up efforts. The Process Kineticist will own and maintain the bioprocess kinetics models for BP Biofuels technology and be interfacing and supporting a number of technical teams.
-Develop, own, and maintain bioprocess kinetics models for LC biofuels process
-Provide chemical reaction kinetics, catalytic process kinetics, enzymatic kinetics and fermentation kinetics study and analysis to support LC biofuels research, technology development, scale up and optimization
-Incorporate the kinetics model into the overall LC process model
-Minimum of a Masters Degree in a related field.
Metabolomics Expert - BP Biofuels, San Diego, California: We are seeking a highly motivated, outgoing and collaborative individual with a strong academic background and hands-on expertise in analytical chemistry, yeast cellular biology and/or systems biology to work in our Analytical Chemistry department. The successful candidate will contribute to an interdisciplinary project involving the application of quantitative mass spectrometry methods to the development of models in order to identify the in vivo kinetics of yeast central metabolism under both steady state and dynamic conditions. Sugar phosphates, organic acids, amino acids, nucleotides (among primary metabolites) will be quantified by LC-MS and GC-MS methods. Metabolic flux analysis using stable isotope 13C labelled samples is also planned.
-PhD. in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering or related Life Sciences discipline with focus on metabolomics studies, emphasis in mass spectrometry.
-Multiple years of postdoctoral or industrial experience is required.
-Strong background in analytical chemistry with a focus on mass spectrometry, including practical metabolomics experience.
-Experience in comparison of wild type and production yeast strains under different cultivation conditions using metabolic flux analysis and metabolite quantification techniques.
-Experience in sample preparation methods, optimized for a variety of biological matrices used in metabolic flux analysis and metabolite quantification.
-Experience in state-of-the-art LC MS/MS and GC-MS techniques for metabolite profiling, including both hardware skills (instrument operation and troubleshooting) and software skills (database searching, LIMS, and statistical analysis). Experience with non-mass spectrometry based biochemical assays is a plus.
-Quantify levels of target metabolites in yeast using existing LC-MS based assays; Identify opportunities for application of new assays.
Staff Scientist (Fungal Geneticist) - BP Biofuels, San Diego, California: He/she will be responsible for design and execution of experiments relating to the development of filamentous fungal strains for large-scale protein production through genetic manipulation and conventional strain development.
-Experience with cloning and construction of vectors and the manipulation of filamentous fungi.
-Broad understanding of molecular biology techniques • Experience with functional genomics and systems approaches for strain improvement
-Experience with basic techniques for the analysis of protein expression (SDS-PAGE, activity assays)
-Experience with microarray design and analysis
-5 to 8 years experience in Microbiology, Molecular Biology and or Fungal Biology
-PhD in Molecular Biology, Fungal Genetics, or Microbiology with at least 2+ years of postdoctoral or industrial experience
Research Chemist - Refining & Marketing, Hull, UK: The role will be part of a research group looking into new catalytic pathways, and innovative routes to new and existing products.
-PhD and some post doctoral experience in Chemistry
-Experience of the synthesis and modification of Zeolites.
-Knowledge of the use of zeolites in catalysis and analytical methods applied to the characterisation of zeolites
Field Tracer Chemist - Exploration & Production, Sunbury, UK: BP's Pushing Reservoir Limits team is responsible for developing and deploying Enhanced Oil Recovery technology across BP. This area of technology is one of a small number of Technology Flagships in BP which are tasked with delivering advanced technological solutions to BP's business challenges. The aim of the role is to develop, prove and implement an in-house Single Well Chemical Tracer Test (SWCTT) capability for the testing of Enhanced Oil Recovery Processes in the field.
-Bachelor degree in chemistry or geochemistry or equivalent
-Strong background in analytical chemistry especially gas chromatography.
-Experience of reservoir simulation and/or reactive chemical transport modelling
Enhanced Oil Recovery Chemist - Exploration & Production, Sunbury, UK: BP's Pushing Reservoir Limits team is responsible for developing and deploying Enhanced Oil Recovery technology across BP. This area of technology is one of a small number of Technology Flagships in BP which are tasked with delivering advanced technological solutions to BP's business challenges. The aim of the role is to develop, prove and implement polymeric sweep technologies for improving reservoir sweep in BP waterflooded fields.
-Bachelors degree level in chemistry or equivalent
-Postdoctoral level with some experience either in university or industrial setting.
-Knowledge and understanding of reservoir simulation is desirable
Analytical Chemist - Refining & Marketing, Hull, UK: The analytical chemist will be responsible for delivering existing, and supporting the development of new analytical science technology for the benefit of stakeholder businesses (currently Petrochemicals Technology, Acetyls Manufacturing, Conversion Technology Centre, Biobutanol Project and a selected range of others within R&M and the wider BP Group).
Essential experience:
-3 years experience in relevant fields of analytical science.
Desirable criteria & qualifications:
-Proven expertise inthe field of analytical science, especially in the area of elemental analysis.
-Experience of utilising ICP-MS (and complimentary mass spectrometry techniques) for problem solving may be an advantage.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Vacancy Announcement, Academic Year, Faculty Tenure-track Position, Starting August 2011, Job # 7487. Humboldt State University's Chemistry Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Physical Chemistry and General Chemistry. We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor level; however, rank and salary are dependent upon the appointee's qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Structure is available at: http://www.humboldt.edu/aps/docs/Salary-Schedule.xls. Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about the benefits plans available to HSU faculty can be found at the following website: http://www.calstate.edu/Benefits/Summaries/2007_Faculty-Unit%203.pdf. A Ph.D. or equivalent in Physical Chemistry from an accredited college or university is required at time of appointment. Applicants with terminal degrees from any of the sub-fields of physical chemistry, including but not limited to biophysical chemistry, physical inorganic chemistry, and physical organic chemistry will also be welcomed. Evidence of promise as an effective teacher at the university level is required. A strong commitment to undergraduate education and undergraduate research is expected. The candidate must have a demonstrated interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (e.g., general education and major courses). Candidates whose qualifications also suit them to prepare individuals to function in a culturally and ethnically diverse society are especially encouraged to apply. Teaching assignments may include courses in physical, general, inorganic, or analytical chemistry and associated laboratories depending upon experience and departmental need. Participation in routine instrument maintenance is expected. Other course assignments are possible and will be determined on the basis of experience and needs of the department. The successful candidate will be expected to (1) engage in scholarly activities, including the supervision of undergraduate research projects; (2) initiate and maintain a viable undergraduate research program which involves undergraduate student researchers; and (3) present and publish research results in appropriate venues. Special consideration will be given to applicants with the demonstrated ability to initiate or participate in cross-disciplinary research collaborations within the College of Natural Resources and Sciences and/or the ability to participate in science and mathematics education initiatives within the university. The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship, and service to the University, profession and to the community. Additional professional responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at: http://www.humboldt.edu. If you have questions, please contact Dr. William F. Wood, William.Wood@humboldt.edu. Application: Qualified candidates should send a letter of application, a statement of teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae including list of publications, a description of proposed undergraduate research projects, transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review), and three recent, confidential letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the candidate's professional preparation and experience to: Dr. William F. Wood, Search Committee Chair, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Humboldt State University, One Harpst Street; Arcata, California 95521-8299, Phone (707) 826-3109 / Department Office (707) 826-3277 / Fax (707) 826-3279. In letter of application, please refer to Job #7487. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received no later than arch 23, 2011. All complete application files received by that date will receive full consideration. Those received after that date may be considered if the position has not been filled. Candidates are welcome to utilize fax (707-826-3279) or e-mail (William.Wood@humboldt.edu), for correspondence and to submit applications.
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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Cartilage Engineering and Regeneration. The future Department for Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich invites applications for the above mentioned position. The new professor is expected to bridge the gap between the fundamental biosciences and clinical applications by working out an outstanding research program, developing innovative methods that promote cartilage regeneration. Key components of this research program could center around the development of new insights into the molecular structure of cartilage matrix proteins, cartilage signaling, mechanobiological aspects, mechanisms regulating cartilage metabolism, as well as repair and regeneration mechanisms. These insights would be utilized to define novel tissue engineering strategies to replace or regenerate cartilage (both articular and septal) and joint tissues (i.e. meniscus and synovium) that interact with cartilage. The primary criterion is either demonstrated or potential excellence in research and technology developments, rather than on one particular scientific aspect. The professorship comes with generous resources, including start-up funds and annual allocations, to establish a significant research program. Close collaboration with researchers at ETH Zurich, the FIFA Medical Assessment Research Center/Schulthess Clinic and University Hospital Zurich are envisioned, thereby complementing already existing efforts. The candidate will contribute to the interdisciplinary education programs offered at ETH Zurich; this includes the ETH Health Sciences and Technology Bachelor and Master Program, and the ETH Master Program in Biomedical Engineering. The new professor will be expected to teach undergraduate  level courses (German or English) and graduate level courses (English). The candidate's educational program will support a vital link between biological and physical scientists and engineers and clinical professionals. Assistant professorships have been established to promote the careers of younger scientists. The initial appointment is for four years with the possibility of renewal for an additional two-year period and promotion to a permanent position. Please submit your application together with a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a brief statement of present and future research interests to: the President of ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler, ETH Zurich, Raemistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland (or via e-mail as one single PDF to faculty-recruiting@sl.ethz.ch), no later than January 31, 2011. With a view towards increasing the number of female professors, ETH Zurich specifically encourages qualified female candidates to apply.
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The Department of Chemistry at Hendrix College (www.hendrix.edu/chemistry) is seeking to fill a sabbatical replacement position to commence in August 2011. A Ph.D. is required. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching undergraduates. The successful candidate's teaching load will be selected from general chemistry lecture and lab, chemistry for non-science majors, and organic chemistry laboratory. Hendrix has a strong commitment to experiential learning, including research, as evidenced by the highly successful Odyssey Program for engaged, experiential learning (www.hendrix.edu/odyssey). While this position will carry no research expectations, the successful candidate may find opportunities to engage in research with Hendrix undergraduates. The department is housed in a facility that is a combination of recently constructed and completely renovated buildings joined into one complex. Our ACS-approved department is well equipped with the usual major instrumentation (400 MHz broadband NMR, multiple GC-MS, FTIR including ATR-FTIR, UV-Vis, HPLC, ultracentrifuge, low temperature freezer, ion chromatograph, various lasers, etc.). We sponsor a consistently award-winning student chapter of the American Chemical Society, and have an active seminar program. Interested candidates should send an application letter addressing the candidate's interest in teaching in a demanding liberal arts environment, CV, all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and should arrange for three letters of reference (include phone numbers and email addresses of references in the CV) to be sent to: Dr. David Hales, Department of Chemistry, Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Avenue Conway, AR 72032. Questions may be directed to Dr. Hales at hales@hendrix.edu. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 24, 2011, then upon receipt until the position is filled. Hendrix is an equal opportunity employer. Women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. Please visit our website at www.hendrix.edu.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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