UW Madison Chemistry Department newsletter for 10/03/2011

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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXV - No. 29 October 3rd, 2011

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Danny Fredrickson Wins Presidential Early Career Award
Assistant Professor Danny Fredrickson has just won one of the 94 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. His particular award comes from the Department of Energy. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Congratulations, Danny!
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2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

October 11th, 2011 November 8th, 2011 December 13th, 2011 February 14th, 2012
March 13th, 2012 April 10th, 2012 May 8th, 2012  

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

October 4th, 2011 October 18th, 2011 November 1st, 2011 November 15th, 2011
December 6th, 2011 December 20th, 2011 January 17th, 2012 February 7th, 2012
February 21st, 2012 March 6th, 2012 March 20th, 2012 April 17th, 2012
May 1st, 2012 May 15th, 2012 (Optional)    

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SEMINARS
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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 - Hirschfelder Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry, 2:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Daan Frenkel, University of Cambridge. "Close Packing and Beyond"
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Ilya Eremin, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. "Superconducting Gap Symmetry in Novel: Insights from Quasiparticle Interference"
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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 Materials Science & Engineering Building. G.G. Fuller, Stanford University. "Interfacial Rheology of Biological Fluids"
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Friday, October 7th, 2011 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Professor Kristofer Rolfhus, Department of Chemistry, UW-LaCrosse. "Looking for Patterns in Mercury Contamination in the Western Great Lakes Region"
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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Enrico Gratton, University of California-Irvine. "Following Single Molecules in Cells and Tissues by Correlation Spectroscopy"
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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephan Kass, University of Minnesota.
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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David McCamant, University of Rochester. "Femtosecond Raman Spectroscopy as a Probe of Both Ultrafast Photochemical Reaction Dynamics and Vibrational Coupling"
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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Savage, Brigham Young University.
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Thursday, October 20th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Neil Garg, University of California.
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Charles Kolb, Aerodyne Research. "Chemistry and Composition of Atmospheric Aerosol Particles"
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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Cremer, Texas A&M University.
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Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Motomu Kanai, University of Tokyo.
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Deborah Wuttke, University of Colorado-Boulder. "Tying Up the Ends: Recognition and Regulation of Telomeres"
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Donna Blackmond, Scripps Research Institute.
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Thursday, November 10th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Meijler, Ben Gurion University.
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Second Annual Chemistry Career Symposium
The Younger Chemist Committee here at UW-Madison is hosting the second annual Chemistry Career Symposium on October 22nd. The symposium is designed to give young chemists insight into several different careers that are available after completing a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD in chemistry. Speakers are invited to give a presentation about their background and daily life in their profession. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and networking dinner which is designed to give an informal opportunity to meet the speakers. For more information and to register, go to our website: http://ycc.chem.wisc.edu/.
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The PhD Movie
Love reading the PhD comics? Come see The PhD Movie on Tuesday, October 11 in the Marquee at Union South! Show time is 6:00 - 7:15. Join us afterwards for a social in the SETT. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Collaboration, the Teaching Assistants' Association, the Chemistry GSFLC, the Multicultural Graduate Network, and the Office of Professional Development and Engagement in the Graduate School.
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Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Nanoscience and Engineering
VINSE focuses on interdisciplinary Nanoscale research at the interface of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. More than 40 faculty participants from the School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Medicine inspire students by creating an atmosphere of excitement and creativity. Each REU participant will work directly with VINSE faculty members and their research groups and be part of the larger VINSE community. Programs include: Hands-on research in the state-of-the-art facilities; Seminars, workshops, banquet, field trips; Opportunity for travel awards to present summer work at a national conference. Eligibility : Undergraduate students majoring in science or engineering; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; Minorities and women strongly encouraged to apply. Award: $5,000 stipend; $400 travel allowance; Room and board. Application deadline is: February 15, 2012. Apply to: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/vinse/reu, e-mail: vinse@vanderbilt.edu or call 615-343-6868.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Spectroscopic and Computational Studies of Glutathionylcobalamin: Nature of Co-S Bonding and Comparison to Co-C Bonding in Coenzyme B(12).
Conrad, KS; Brunold, TC*.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 50 (18): 8755-8766 10.1021/ic200428r SEP 19 2011.
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Bovine Pancreatic Ribonuclease: Fifty Years of the First Enzymatic Reaction Mechanism.
Cuchillo, CM; Nogues, MV; Raines, RT*.
BIOCHEMISTRY 50 (37): 7835-7841 10.1021/bi201075b SEP 20 2011.
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Thermal and Ion Transport Properties of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Polymerized Styrenic Imidazolium Ionic Liquids.
Weber, RL; Ye, YS; Banik, SM; Elabd, YA; Hickner, MA; Mahanthappa, MK*.
JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS 49 (18): 1287-1296 10.1002/polb.22319 SEP 15 2011.
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Synthesis and Characterization of Manganese-Rich Silicide (alpha-Mn(5)Si(3), beta-Mn(5)Si(3), and beta-Mn(3)Si) Nanowires.
Higgins, JM; Ding, RH; Jin, S*.
CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS 23 (17): 3848-3853 10.1021/cm2007507 SEP 13 2011.
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Molecular Motion in Free-Standing Thin Films of Poly(methyl methacrylate), Poly(4-tert-butylstyrene), Poly(alpha-methylstyrene), and Poly(2-vinylpyridine).
Paeng, K; Ediger, MD*.
MACROMOLECULES 44 (17): 7034-7042 10.1021/ma201266r SEP 13 2011.
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Does Crystal Density Control Fast Surface Crystal Growth in Glasses? A Study with Polymorphs.
Gunn, EM; Guzei, IA*; Yu, L.
CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN 11 (9): 3979-3984 10.1021/cg2005303 SEP 2011.
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Aryl C-H Amination by Diruthenium Nitrides in the Solid State and in Solution at Room Temperature: Experimental and Computational Study of the Reaction Mechanism.
Long, AKM; Timmer, GH; Pap, JS; Snyder, JL; Yu, RP; Berry, JF*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 133 (33): 13138-13150 10.1021/ja203993p AUG 24 2011.
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Monitoring Processivity and Length Control of a Carbohydrate Polymerase.
Levengood, MR; Splain, RA; Kiessling, LL*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 133 (32): 12758-12766 10.1021/ja204448t AUG 17 2011.
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An Evaluation of Peptide-Bond Isosteres.
Choudhary, A; Raines, RT*.
CHEMBIOCHEM 12 (12): 1801-1807 10.1002/cbic.201100272 AUG 16 2011.
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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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California State University, Long Beach, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry , Tenure Track Faculty Opening. Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor (Bioorganic Chemist). Recruitment Number: 903. Effective Date: August 20, 2012 (Fall 2012 semester). Ph.D. in organic chemistry, biochemistry or closely related discipline; strong record of publications; demonstrated potential for developing and sustaining an independent externally funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate (MS) students leading to peer-reviewed publications; potential for effective teaching in biochemistry and organic chemistry; commitment to and/or expertise in educating a diverse student population. At least two years of post-doctoral research experience; prior successful teaching at the post-secondary level and/or research mentoring experience. Teach undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in biochemistry and organic chemistry and graduate level courses in the area of specialty; supervise undergraduate and graduate student research; develop and sustain an independent and externally funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate students leading to publications (research start-up funds are available); participate in activities serving the department, university, and community. Salary based on qualifications and experience. Please submit the following: (1) letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae with email address; (3) research proposal involving lab, major instrumentation and start-up needs; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; (5)three current confidential letters of recommendation must be provided by references; (6) and a copy of transcript from the institution awarding the highest degree. An official transcript and a signed SCI form will be required from all finalists. Application from the applicant and letters from references should be sent to: chemsearch1@csulb.edu. Review of complete applications will begin on 28 October 2011 and will continue until the position is filled (or recruitment cancelled). Requests for information should be addressed to:  Dr. Roger Acey, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-3903, email: chemsearch1@csulb.edu.
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Faculty Positions in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Open Rank - Tenure-track and Tenured (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor). The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Maryland seeks applicants at all levels who will bring significant records of achievement and high visibility. We seek outstanding leaders in the chemical sciences whose research interests complement existing strengths in the department and across the University and who are committed to achieving excellence in academic programs. We are particularly interested in those with expertise in inorganic chemistry or bio-inspired chemistry (bioorganic / chemical biology / materials) although nominees or applicants in all areas will be considered. As part of the world-class College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry participate in university and government-sponsored centers, and enjoy close interactions and collaborations with government labs that include the NIH, NRL, FDA, and NIST. The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship campus of the University of Maryland System and is ideally situated in close proximity to Washington, D. C., Baltimore, and Maryland's 270 Technology Corridor. Nominations and self-nominations for the rank of tenured Associate Professor and Professor should be submitted by contacting the Chair of the department, mdoyle3@umd.edu or 301-405-1788 or submitting name(s) on-line: http://www2.chem.umd.edu/Employment/Nominations/index.php. Applicants for the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor should submit a curriculum vitae, a three-page summary of research plans, a statement of educational interests, and contact information for three persons from whom letters of recommendation can be requested. Electronic submission of all applications through the University's web page is required: (jobs.umd.edu). Qualifications: We seek scholars who have or will build highly visible, widely acclaimed research programs and have or will achieve excellence in education. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. degree, demonstrated accomplishments in independent research, and be an effective educator in the chemical sciences. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications. Deadline: Review of applications will begin October 31, 2011, but we will continue to accept applications until the positions are filled.
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The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks to fill multiple tenure-track faculty positions. Exceptional candidates at all levels in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry are encouraged to apply. Candidates with interdisciplinary research programs may be considered for joint appointments with other campus units. Candidates for appointment at the assistant professor level should submit an application letter, curriculum vitae and a summary of research plans, and arrange for submission of three letters of reference. Candidates for advanced levels should submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references. All materials and requests for information should be submitted electronically at: Academicjobsonline.org. Additional details can be found at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/715.
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Chemistry - Assistant Professorships. The Department of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis seeks to make two faculty appointments to begin in the fall 2012 in any area of biological, organic, or physical chemistry. Positions are available at the assistant-professor level. The duties of the positions include teaching assigned courses, applying successfully for extramural research grants, conducting research, publishing research results in peer-reviewed journals, advising students, performing assigned committee work, and participating in appropriate university service. The development and maintenance of an outstanding research program and excellence in the teaching of core chemistry courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required. Candidates must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae and one or more concise research proposals. These documents are to be submitted in electronic form as PDF (portable document format) files to search@wuchem.wustl.edu with one or more of the following in the subject line: "Biological Chemistry Position," "Organic Chemistry Position," or "Physical Chemistry Position." Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: search@wuchem.wustl.edu, with signed originals sent to: Chemistry Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Washington University, One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1134, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, Fax No. (314) 935-4481. Completed applications for the position must be received by 15 October 2011 to ensure inclusion in the initial review. However, applications received later will also be considered until the searches are concluded.
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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 20, 2012. Earned doctorate in any area of chemistry or closely related field is required by October 28, 2011. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching and research interests in analytical chemistry. Demonstrated ability to communicate concepts in chemistry is essential. The ability to bring diverse inclusive experiences and perspectives to the campus and to serve as a role model and mentor for underrepresented groups may be considered an asset. Applicants will be expected to teach undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in analytical chemistry and general chemistry, with the potential for upper-division course assignments related to the candidate's interests. The successful applicant is expected to develop a program of externally funded research; competitive start-up funds are available. In addition to teaching and collaborating with undergraduate students in research, the successful applicant will provide academic advising to students as assigned, engage in service to the university and community, participate in department, college, and university committee work, and carry out other duties as assigned. Applicants will send electronically, as a single PDF document, the following materials to the email address: ChemFacSearch@uwec.edu. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans (3-5 pages), statement of teaching interests and experience (1-2 pages), and graduate and undergraduate transcripts. (Official transcripts sent directly from the institution or unofficial transcripts sent in PDF format will be accepted; in any case, official copies will be required before the position is offered.) Finalists will be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later date. Only applications electronically sent as a single PDF document will be accepted. Submissions in other formats, including multiple PDF files instead of a single one, will be returned without consideration. Application packages will be acknowledged by e-mail. To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by the priority date of October 28, 2011. However, screening may continue until the position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Inquiries about the search should be directed to the email address above. A criminal background check is required prior to employment. To learn more, visit our websites: http://www.uwec.edu/acadaff/jobs and http://www.uwec.edu/chemistry.
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The Bowdoin College Chemistry Department seeks applicants for two tenure-track appointments in physical chemistry (broadly defined) beginning Fall 2012. A Ph.D. in physical chemistry or a related field is required; postdoctoral research is highly desirable. One appointment will be made at the Assistant Professor level; the second at the Assistant, Associate, or Full professor level, depending on qualifications and experience. Teaching expectations (three courses per year) include responsibility for one core physical chemistry course (either Thermodynamics/Kinetics or Quantum Chemistry/Spectroscopy), one introductory chemistry course, and one other course, at the introductory, intermediate, or advanced level, that will contribute to the curricula of chemistry and related majors. Full-time laboratory instructor support is provided for lab sections. The successful candidate must possess a strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential to develop a funded, active, and productive research program that involves undergraduates. Preference will be given to candidates with research and teaching interests that build bridges to other majors at the College, including biochemistry, neuroscience, and environmental studies. Candidates will have opportunities to contribute to a redefined Bowdoin chemistry major, which includes a neurochemical area of concentration. Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit https://careers.bowdoin.edu to submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research plans, statement on teaching philosophy, and contact information for 3 letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin October 7, 2011. For further information about the college please visit our website: http://www.bowdoin.edu. Please contact Elizabeth Stemmler, Chair, Department of Chemistry, estemmle@bowdoin.edu or (207)-725-3633 if you have any questions.
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The Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, seeks highly qualified individuals for 1-2 positions in the assistant, associate or full professorship levels. The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in engineering or science, an outstanding record of accomplishments in research and enthusiasm in teaching. Application portfolio including curriculum vitae, copies of diplomas, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, full publication list, teaching and research plans, contact information (names. mailing addresses, e-mails, phone numbers) of three referees (Only a list is needed upon submission) and the CV at-a-glance, available on http://www.che.nthu.edu.tw/main.php should be sent to: Professor Yu-Chen Hu by December 31, 2011 at the following address: Professor Yu-Chen Hu, Coordinator, Faculty Search Committee Department of Chemical Engineering National Tsing Hua University Hsinchu, Taiwan 30013, Fax: +886-3-571-5408. E-mail: vchu@mx.nthu.cdu.tw.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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In the framework of a research collaboration with Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson in Beerse (Belgium), the research team Organic Synthesis of the Chemistry Department has announced the availability of a full time postdoctoral position. As an employee of the research team OrganicSynthesis of the Department of Chemistry you will develop and subsequently apply new synthetic methodologies in the challenging area of transition metal-catalyzed C-H activation. Your research is expected to contribute to the identification of novel molecular entities for biological evaluation. The ideal candidate for this position will have a PhD in organic chemistry with experience in transition metal-catalyzed reactions, purification techniques and structural characterization of organic molecules. The ability to work in a team as well as good communication/writing skills and a good mastery of the English language is essential. Experience in the field of transition metal-catalyzed C-H activation is an advantage. The University of Antwerp offers you a contract of 1 year. The salary is based on the scale of "Doctor-assistent" as defined by the Flemish government. Relevant experience will be taken into account. The selected candidate is expected to begin at the end of 2011 and no later than January 1st 2012. Please send a detailed CV to: Professor Dr. Bert U.W. Maes, Organic Synthesis, Department of Chemistry, University of Antwerp, Phone: +32(0)32653205, Fax: +32(0)32653233, bert.maes@ua.ac.be.
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Postdoctoral position at the Synchrotron Radiation Center, Penn State University and the Forest Products Lab. Synchrotron Radiation Center, University of Wisconsin and Forest Products Lab, Madison, WI (employers: Penn State University, PA, and the Forest Products Lab, Madison, WI). Postdoc, nanocellulose and lignocellulose. This is a temporary position (2.0 years). Salary: $42,000. Application details/contact person: Send email to billman@src.wisc.edu. The Pennsylvania State University and the Forest Products Lab (FPL) have an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate position.  The postdoctoral fellow will be stationed at the Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC) and the Forest Products Lab (FPL) in Madison, WI, and work closely with Dr. Barbara Illman, FPL; Dr. Carol Hirschmugl, SRC and UW-Milwaukee; and Dr. Jeff Catchmark, Penn State.  The postdoctoral fellow will investigate nanoscale characteristics of lignocellulose, especially nanocellulose, lignocellulose-based composite materials, and live cell imaging of lignocellulose degradation and bioprocessing by microbes.  The research will employ advanced synchrotron-based technologies, especially the FTIR facility IRENI at the University of Wisconsin Synchrotron Radiation Center.  Required qualifications: demonstrated knowledge of FTIR and/or synchrotron techniques and/or hands on experience with synchrotron experiments.  Experience with in situ nanomaterials characterization and IGOR-PRO software will be helpful.  Consideration will be given to candidates from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to material sciences, physics, biochemistry, and chemistry.  Applicants should forward a cover letter and CV, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Dr. Illman at: billman@src.wisc.edu. Questions about the position are to be sent to Dr. Illman at billman@src.wisc.edu.
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Postdoc opening at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. We are looking for a postdoc to join the molecular catalysis group at Pacific Northwest National Lab, and we ask for your help in encouraging applicants. Our research involves synthetic and mechanistic organometallic/inorganic chemistry, design and development of new metal-catalyzed reactions of carbon dioxide, new approaches to the reduction of dinitrogen complexes, and electrocatalysts for oxidation of hydrogen or production of hydrogen. Expertise in the synthesis and handling of air-sensitive compounds is needed, and experience in electrochemistry would be helpful but is not required. To apply, please go to: http://www.jobs.pnnl.gov/ and locate Job ID 301141.
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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thanks.
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