UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 01/05/2015

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXIX - No. 1 January 5th, 2015

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DALE KREITLER  RECEIVES THE MUTTAIYA SUNDARALINGAM PAULING POSTER PRIZE
Congratulations to Dale Kreitler, graduate student in the Gellman group, on receiving the Muttaiya Sundaralingam Pauling Poster Prize at the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) annual meeting that took place in Albuquerque, NM this past spring.  The prize recognizes the ground-breaking crystallographic research on the stereochemistry of nucleotides and nucleic acids done by Muttaiya Sundaralingam and his colleagues.  Prof. Sundaralingam was a Professor of Biochemistry at UW-Madison for many years. https://www.secfac.wisc.edu/senate/2005/0307/1832(mem_res).pdf. Congratulations, Dale!
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LINSEN LI RECEIVES AN MRS GRADUATE STUDENT GOLD AWARD
Congratulations to Linsen Li, a graduate student in the Jin group, on receiving an MRS Graduate Student Gold Award at the Materials Research Society meeting in Boston.  The prize consists of $400 award and a presentation plaque.  MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. MRS seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability who show promise for significant future achievement in materials research. Congratulations, Linsen!
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2014-15 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Feb 10, 2015 Mar 10, 2015 Apr 14, 2015 May 12, 2015

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

Jan 20, 2015 Feb 3, 2015 Feb 17, 2015
Mar 3, 2015 Mar 17, 2015 Apr 7, 2015
Apr 21, 2015 May 5, 2015 May 26, 2015

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Laura Gagliardi, University of Minnesota "Gas Separation and Catalysis in Metal-Organic Frameworks"
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 - Department, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Daniel Fredrickson, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Inorganic Chemistry Seminar"
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 - Department, Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Jennifer Schomaker, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Organic Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor JR Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Christophe Coperet, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology "Meloche Seminar -TBA"
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Friday, January 30th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Christophe Coperet, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology "Meloche Seminar -TBA"
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Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - General Outreach, 9:00 am, "Wisconsin Middle School Regional Science Bowl"
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Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Theresa Reineke, University of Minnesota "Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor John Herbert, Ohio State University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor John Reynolds, Georgia Institute of Technology "Organic Seminar"
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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 am, Room 1315 Chemistry. Travis Sunderland, UW-Madison, Berry Group "Inorganic Seminar -TBA"
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Thursday, February 5th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Tristan Brown, UW-Madison, Berry Group "Inorganic Seminar -TBA"
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Monday, February 9th, 2015 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Yuriy Roman, MIT Chemical Engineering "Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor David Ginger, University of Washington "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Ryan Shenvi, Scripps Research Institute "Organic Seminar"
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Monday, February 16th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Nandini Ananth, Cornell University "TCI Seminar"
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Monday, February 16th, 2015 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Jillian Buriak, University of Alberta, Canada "Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Thomas Miller, California Institute of Technology "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 2:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Abigail Doyle, Princeton "Organic Seminar"
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Thursday, February 19th, 2015 - General, Graduate Special Event, 4:30 pm, Chemistry 1381 (Graduate Computer Lab). Ariel Andrea, Chemistry Librarian, UW-Madison "Intermediate/Advanced EndNote Workshop"
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Anastassia Alexandrova, University of California-Los Angeles "Sub-nano clusters: motors, catalysts, and simply curious entities"
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 - Department, Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Dr. David Anderson, BASF "Seminar -TBA"
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Thursday, February 26th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Ming Hammond, UC-Berkeley "Organic Seminar"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Mesoporous Carbon-Vanadium Oxide Films by Resol-Assisted, Triblock Copolymer-Templated Cooperative Self-Assembly.
Bhaway, SM; Kisslinger, K; Zhang, LH; Yager, KG; Schmitt, AL; Mahanthappa, MK*; Karim, A; Vogt, BD.
ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 6 (21):19288-19298; 10.1021/am505307t NOV 12 2014.
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Post-Fabrication Placement of Arbitrary Chemical Functionality on Microphase-Separated Thin Films of Amine-Reactive Block Copolymers.
Speetjens, FW; Carter, MCD; Kim, M; Gopalan, P*; Mahanthappa, MK*; Lynn, DM*.
ACS MACRO LETTERS, 3 (11):1178-1182; 10.1021/mz500654a NOV 2014.
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Enhancing covalent mechanochemistry in bulk polymers using electrospun ABA triblock copolymers.
Ramirez, ALB; Schmitt, AK; Mahanthappa, MK*; Craig, SL.
FARADAY DISCUSSIONS, 170 337-344; 10.1039/c4fd00001c 2014.
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Enzymatic Fabrication of High-Density RNA Arrays.
Wu, CH; Holden, MT; Smith, LM*.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 53 (49):13514-13517; 10.1002/anie.201408747 DEC 1 2014.
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Polyspecific pyrrolysyl-tRNA synthetases from directed evolution.
Guo, LT; Wang, YS; Nakamura, A; Eiler, D; Kavran, JM; Wong, M; Kiessling, LL*; Steitz, TA; O'Donoghue, P; Soll, D.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (47):16724-16729; 10.1073/pnas.1419737111 NOV 25 2014.
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Continuous Flow Aerobic Alcohol Oxidation Reactions Using a Heterogeneous Ru(OH)(x)/Al2O3 Catalyst.
Mannel, DS; Stahl, SS*; Root, TW.
ORGANIC PROCESS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, 18 (11):1503-1508; 10.1021/op5002676 NOV 2014.
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Completing the series of Group VI heterotrimetallic M2Cr(dpa)(4)Cl-2 (M-2 = Cr-2, Mo-2, MoW and W-2) compounds and investigating their metal-metal interactions using density functional theory.
Brogden, DW; Christian, JH; Dalal, NS; Berry, JF*.
INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA, 424 241-247; 10.1016/j.ica.2014.08.020 JAN 1 2015.
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A perturbative description of non-adiabatic effects in methoxy vibrations.
Sibert, EL*; Tabor, DP.
MOLECULAR PHYSICS, 112 (24):3138-3143; 10.1080/00268976.2014.932455 DEC 17 2014.
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Ligand-Controlled, Tunable Silver-Catalyzed C-H Amination.
Alderson, JM; Phelps, AM; Scamp, RJ; Dolan, NS; Schomaker, JM*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (48):16720-16727; 10.1021/ja5094309 DEC 3 2014.
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Covalent Modification of the NF-kappa B Essential Modulator (NEMO) by a Chemical Compound Can Regulate Its Ubiquitin Binding Properties in Vitro.
Hooper, C; Jackson, SS; Coughlin, EE; Coon, JJ*; Miyamoto, S.
Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289 (48):33161-33174; 10.1074/jbc.M114.582478 NOV 28 2014.
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Fermi Resonance Effects in the Vibrational Spectroscopy of Methyl and Methoxy Groups.
Sibert, EL*; Tabor, DP; Kidwell, NM; Dean, JC; Zwier, TS.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, 118 (47):11272-11281; 10.1021/jp510142g NOV 27 2014.
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New Charge-Bearing Amino Acid Residues That Promote beta-Sheet Secondary Structure.
Maynard, SJ; Almeida, AM; Yoshimi, Y; Gellman, SH*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 (47):16683-16688; 10.1021/ja510265e NOV 26 2014.
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Photoemission from diamond films and substrates into water: dynamics of solvated electrons and implications for diamond photoelectrochemistry.
Hamers, RJ*; Bandy, JA; Zhu, D; Zhang, L.
FARADAY DISCUSSIONS, 172 397-411; 10.1039/c4fd00039k 2014.
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2015 UC BERKELEY AMGEN SCHOLARS ANNOUNCEMENT

UC Berkeley is pleased to announce the 2015 Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program. We welcome applications from your current students, and appreciate if you would forward this information to your colleagues. This national program provides participants with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research with a faculty member and his/her research team, communicate their science in poster and oral presentations, prepare for graduate school, and receive a stipend, housing, meal allowance, and transportation to and from the UC Berkeley campus.
Program dates are June 1 - August 7, 2015 and the application deadline is Monday, February 2, 2015. For more information about the program, please visit the following sites: UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program Website at: http://amgenscholars.berkeley.edu. National Amgen Scholars Program Website at: http://amgenscholars.com. Audrey Knowlton, Program Director, UCB Amgen Scholars Program, Email: amgenscholars@berkeley.edu, Phone: (510) 642-0280, web: http://amgenscholars.berkeley.edu.
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INVITATION FOR OPPORTUNITIES IN MATERIALS INFORMATICS, FEB. 9-10, 2015, MADISON-WI

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend and present a poster at an upcoming workshop, Opportunities in Materials Informatics, to be held on Feb. 9-10, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goal of this workshop is to highlight exciting applications of informatics in materials science to engage both materials and data scientists in a more integrated community. The workshop will be a brainstorming oriented event with a small number of speakers and plenty of discussion, and we expect it to yield both novel ideas and cross-disciplinary collaborations.
To register, submit abstracts, take advantage of our special lodging rates, and find out more the workshop, please visit: https://matinformatics.engr.wisc.edu/. Conference registration fee is $100. Interested in presenting a poster? We would welcome your participation in our poster session. The posters should highlight work related to some aspect of materials informatics. For poster information and deadlines, please see Posters and Abstracts.
Register today! Our workshop capacity is 80 participants, and we will be forced to close the registration after we reach that limit. This conference is being organized by the Materials Accelerator Network, led by researchers at University of Wisconsin, University of Michigan, and Georgia Institute of Technology. Our network is connecting academia, industry and government stakeholders to fulfill the goals of the Materials Genome Initiative, which seeks to integrate experiments, computations, and digital data into a transformative materials infrastructure to accelerate discovery, development, and manufacturing.
Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to seeing you in Madison!
Kind Regards, The Organizers
- Dane Morgan (University of Wisconsin, ddmorgan@wisc.edu)
- Tom Kuech (University of Wisconsin, kuech@engr.wisc.edu)
- David McDowell (Georgia Institute of Technology, david.mcdowell@me.gatech.edu)
- Jud Ready (Georgia Institute of Technology, Jud.Ready@gtri.gatech.edu)
- John Allison (University of Michigan, johnea@umich.edu)
- Katsuyo Thornton (University of Michigan, kthorn@umich.edu)
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Young Investigator / Group Leader. The Research Center for Infectious Diseases (ZINF) at the University of Wurzburg seeks a new group leader for its young investigator program. We are looking to recruit a researcher with outstanding postdoctoral experience and international recognition in the general fields of microbiology, cell biology, mycology, parasitology, immunology, RNA biology, single cell analysis, or host pathogen interactions. Candidates using emerging technologies to study new aspects of pathogenesis are preferred, but all outstanding scientists are encouraged to apply. The appointment will be for a period of 5+2 years. Salary (E14/15) will be commensurate with training and experience. The position includes laboratory operating expenses and salaries for additional personnel (postdoc, graduate student, and technician), and laboratory space in a  new 9,000 m2 state-of-the-art research building with biocontainment, molecular imaging, high throughput genomics, and animal facilities. The building is specifically designed to foster collaborative research, and is home to nine additional young investigator groups as well as laboratories run by faculty members. See: www.imib-wuerzburg.de for more information. Informal inquiries can be made to: Prof. Jorg Vogel (joerg.vogel@uni-wuerzburg.de).
Interested individuals should send a one-page description of their research interests and future directions, CV and publication list, and the names of three academic references by January 31st, 2015. We may request that short-listed candidates provide a more detailed research proposal at a later date. Preference will be given to people with disabilities in the case of otherwise equal aptitude. The University aims to increase the proportion of female employees, therefore applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Applications should be sent as a single pdf.file via email to Dr. Stan Gorski (stan.gorski@uni-wuerzburg.de), and addressed to the Spokesperson of ZINF, Prof. Jorg Vogel.
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Tufts - Now recruiting: graduating students interested in applying physics to understand the inner workings of hydrogen bonding. Hydrogen bonding plays key roles in environmental, biological, and atmospheric chemistry. Our program has research thrusts in all three directions. We specialize both in devising environments that clearly reveal key interactions and in developing new instrumentation. Three recent results are outline below (recent papers cited as well). The hydrogen-bonding program is part of both the physical chemistry and the chemical physics programs.[1] Both programs have a unique five years guaranteed support, competitive stipends, full health insurance and ready access to all amenities of the Boston area. Apply through the graduate school: http://gradstudy.tufts.edu/admissions/ (January 15 deadline).
The primary tool for peering into the inner workings of the hydrogen bond is vibrational spectroscopy, the nonlinear version   sum frequency generation (SFG)   specifically probes hydrogen bonding at interfaces. The most recent work at Tufts University has focused on icy surfaces and on clathrate formation. Probing the ice surface begins with a well-prepared single-crystal surface. We have unique capabilities for growing single-crystal ice from the melt and for preparing any desired ice face (timeframe is weeks compared with decades with previous methods!). Results show that the growing ice-water interface is not the expected basal face   reflected in the familiar hexagonal shape of snowflakes   but rather the secondary prism face   the thin snowflake edge. Following in the footsteps of Pauling, we developed a statistical mechanical model that explains this observation. (J. Phys. Chem. B 2014, 118, 7972. DOI:10.1021/jp500956w) The secondary prism face features water molecule dimers  visualized as a ridge in the photomicrograph at the left. These dimers generate isolated vibrational resonances at the ice surface; resonances that reveal both nearest neighbor and longer range interactions. (J. Chem. Phys. 2014, 141, 18C521. DOI:10.1063/1.4896603) Pilot work indicates that the thin edge is catalytic for many atmospheric transformations.
Program descriptions and degree requirements can be found at: http://chem.tufts.edu/grad.html. Group home page: http://ase.tufts.edu/chemistry/shultz/research/. Recent graduates hold international leadership positions, full professorships at R1 research universities, professors at primarily undergraduate colleges, and division heads in industry. Question? Contact Mary Shultz (mary.shultz@tufts.edu).
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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University of New Haven, Assistant Professor-Chemistry. Tagliatela College of Engineering, Search#14-107. The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of New Haven invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position beginning September 1, 2015. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, with expertise in the area of analytical chemistry, and a commitment to excellence in teaching are required; postdoctoral experience is desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in their discipline and introductory courses as necessary to meet the needs of the department. He or she will also be expected to develop experiential education opportunities, including a research program that engages undergraduate students. Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests align with collegewide research initiatives in energy, sustainability, biomedicine or applied science education. The Department consists of twelve full-time faculty (nine chemists and three chemical engineers). The Department has experienced unprecedented growth during the past several years, along with the University in general. The University of New Haven offers several science-intensive programs that require chemistry courses.
Application Process: All information on candidates will be kept confidential. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter describing their academic and/or industry experiences relevant to the position, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, brief statement of research plans, and contact information for at least three professional references to: hrdept@newhaven.edu. Please reference Search#14-107 in the subject line of the email to help ensure proper delivery. You may also mail this information to: Search Committee#14-107, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Road * West Haven, CT 06516.
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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (www.d.umn.edu/chem) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level. The position starts August 24, 2015. Appointments at either the Assistant or Associate Professor will be considered for an Experimental Analytical Chemist with research interests in one or more of the following areas: separations science, mass spectrometry, environmental chemistry or materials chemistry. Job duties and responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in analytical chemistry, materials and/or environmental chemistry, general chemistry and/or courses in the candidate's specialty; mentoring undergraduate and graduate research students; and service to the University. The faculty are particularly interested in candidates whose research interests demonstrate connectivity to and the ability to complement department-, college- and campus-wide efforts concentrating on experimental approaches to solve research problems related to materials science and environmental and fresh water settings impacted by industrial processes. Our regular (tenured and tenure-track) faculty are normally on 9-month academic appointments, and are currently assigned the equivalent of a "2 + 2" course load. Regular faculty are expected to develop and maintain an independent research and scholarship portfolio in addition to their teaching, outreach and service work.
Assistant Professor Qualifications: The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related field from a regionally accredited university and will have post-doctoral research experience. Evidence of potential to develop a successful independent research program in experimental analytical chemistry is required. Also required is evidence of teaching experience, such as serving as a teaching assistant or instructor, and the ability to communicate effectively in written form. It is desirable that the skillset of the candidate will include the ability to effectively communicate orally commensurate with the expectations for a University faculty member. Likewise, it is also desirable that the candidate demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse groups of students and colleagues. More than one year of postdoctoral experience is desirable.
Associate Professor Qualifications: The successful candidate will have earned a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related field from a regionally accredited university and will have at least one year post-doctoral research experience. Evidence of having established a successful, funded independent research program in experimental analytical chemistry is required. Also required is evidence of effective teaching, ability to communicate effectively in written form, and service at the college or university level. It is desirable that the skillset of the candidate will include the ability to effectively communicate commensurate with the expectations for a University faculty member. Likewise, it is also desirable that the candidate demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse groups of students and colleagues. More than one year of postdoctoral experience is desirable. Salary: Negotiable Terms of Contract: Regular 9-month tenure track appointment.
Application Procedure: Please apply online via the Employment System at: employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=125506. A complete application must be submitted online and include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, summary of relevant undergraduate and graduate coursework (e.g. unofficial transcripts or list of course titles) (Additional Doc 1), statement of teaching experience and interests (Additional Doc 2), a research plan (Additional Doc 3), and a list of 3 references who will be sending recommendations (Additional Doc 4). Candidates should also arrange to have these letters of recommendation forwarded directly to the Chair at the address shown below: Prof. John F. Evans, Search Committee Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Minnesota Duluth, 1039 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812, (email: umdchem@d.umn.edu; fax: 218-726-7394). Completed applications will be reviewed starting December 13, 2014 and will be accepted until February 1, 2015.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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