UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 09/28/2015

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXIX - No. 26  September 28th, 2015

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2015 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

10/13/2015 11/10/2015 12/08/2015 2/09/2016
3/08/2016 4/12/2016 5/10/2016  

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

10/6/2015 10/20/2015 11/03/2015 11/17/2015
12/01/2015 12/22/2015 1/19/2016 2/02/2016
2/16/2016 3/01/2016 3/29/2016 4/05/2016
4/26/2016 5/03/2016 5/17/2016  

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 - Department, Chemical Biology, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Carol Hall, North Carolina State University "A Computational Study of the Thermodynamic and Kinetic Origins of Alzheimer's and Related Diseases"
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Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Paul Wender, Stanford University "Gilbert Stork Lecture "Function through Synthesis-informed Design - 2: Cell Penetrating Molecular Transporters for Drug and Probe Delivery""
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Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Michael Hall, Texas A & M University "Inorganic Seminar -When Modeling Hydrogenase Mimics, Expect the Unexpected"
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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor James Weisshaar, University of Wisconsin Chemistry Department "Lights, Camera, Action! Antimicrobial Peptide Mechanisms Imaged in Space and Time"
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Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Christopher Elles, University of Kansas "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Daniel Mindiola, University of Pennsylvania "Inorganic Seminar -Hydrocarbon Activation and Dehydrogenation with Metal-Carbon Multiple Bonds."
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Thursday, October 8th, 2015 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Christopher Cheatum, University of Iowa "Enzyme Dynamics and their Role in Enzyme-catalyzed Reactions"
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Thursday, October 8th, 2015 to Saturday, October 10th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison "CHOPs/PGSEC Graduate Recruiting Weekend"
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Friday, October 9th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 9:00 am, "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
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Monday, October 12th, 2015 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Wenyu Huang, Iowa State University "Title TBD"
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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Yunjie Xu, University of Alberta "Spectral Signatures of Chirality, Chirality Recognition, and Chirality Transfer"
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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. Department of Chemistry, "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Jennifer Golden, UW-Madison "Organic Seminar"
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Thursday, October 15th, 2015 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Amanda Buchberger, UW Madison, Lingjun Li group "Title TBD"
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Monday, October 19th, 2015 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Emily Carter, Princeton University "(Photo)electrocatalysis: Theory and Mechanisms of Charge Transfer at Metal Surfaces"
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Emily Carter, Princeton University "Renewable Fuels and Chemicals from Photoelectrocatalysis"
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Emily Carter, Princeton University "Quantum Mechanics without Wavefunctions"
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Champak Chatterjee, University of Washington "Organic Seminar "Chemical Approaches to Study Ubiquitin-Like Proteins in Bacteria and Humans""
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Chieu Tran, Marquette University "Title TBD"
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Friday, October 23rd, 2015 to Saturday, October 24th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, "UW System Chemistry Faculties Meeting"
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Monday, October 26th, 2015 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor David Masiello, University of Washington "A Taxonomy of the Magneto-Optical Responses of Cyclic Plasmon-Supporting Metal Oligomers"
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Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Michael Barnes, University of Massachusetts-Amherst "Probing Directional Interactions in Crystalline Organic Semiconductor Nanowires"
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Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Brian McNaughton, Colorado State University "Organic Seminar"
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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Ruma Banerjee, University of Michigan "Inorganic Seminar -TBA"
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Thursday, October 29th, 2015 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 11:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Nick Kwiecien, UW Madison - Joshua Coon research group "Title TBD"
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CONGRESSIONAL SCIENCE AND TECH POLICY FELLOWSHIP_BIOPHYSICAL SOCIETY
The season of Congressional Fellowship applications has started. It is "an invaluable and unique opportunity to gain practical experience and insights into public policy by working on Capitol Hill...to serve as staff members in a Senate, House of Representatives, or Committee office." ---Biophysical Society Application website
Besides AAAS, organizations like APS and Biophysical Society also sponsor congressional fellows. This is the second year that Biophysical Society started its own congressional fellowship program. Please refer to the following link if you are interested in applying.
http://www.biophysics.org/AwardsFunding/CongressionalPolicyFellowship/ta....
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SCIENCE IS FUN EXTRAVAGANZA,SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, WISCONSIN SCIENCE FESTIVAL GRAND FINALE AT THE WISCONSIN INSTITUTES FOR DISCOVERY
http://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/.
The Science is Fun Extravaganza fosters public awareness and appreciation of science and the arts.  Join the celebrations with Bassam Shakhashiri, Rod Schreiner, the Madison Youth Choir, Flamenco dancers, and others. Come and experience spectacular demonstrations, charming voices, dynamic dancing, and more at the grand finale of the 2015 Wisconsin Science Festival.

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46TH ANNUAL ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS CHEERY, IN THE LAB OF SHAKHASHIRI
Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6, 2015
1:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 & 4:00 p.m. on Sunday
FREE tickets for this community event are available at scifun.org beginning on October 1!

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Kinetic stability and heat capacity of vapor-deposited glasses of o-terphenyl.
Whitaker, KR; Tylinski, M; Ahrenberg, M; Schick, C; Ediger, MD*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 143 (8):10.1063/1.4929511 AUG 28 2015.
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Improving intermolecular interactions in DFTB3 using extended polarization from chemical-potential equalization.
Christensen, AS; Elstner, M; Cui, Q*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 143 (8):10.1063/1.4929335 AUG 28 2015.
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Coordination structure and charge transfer in microsolvated transition metal hydroxide clusters [MOH](+)( H2O)(1-4)
Marsh, BM, Voss, JM, Zhou, J, Garand, E*.
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 1463-9076, 1463-9084, 2015, VL 17, 35.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Instructor - Kansas State University. The Department of Chemistry (www.ksu.edu/chem) invites applications for a position at the rank of Instructor to begin in August 2016. An M.S. in chemistry or chemical education is required; a Ph.D. degree is desirable. This is a regular position with opportunities for promotion in rank. The successful candidate will be expected to excel in teaching to a diverse population in our first-year courses. Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests. Also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Dr. Yasmin Patell (yasmin@ksu.edu), Department of Chemistry, 213 CBC Building, 1212 Mid-Campus Dr North, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS 66506. Screening of applications will begin on 10/31/2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. In accordance with Board of Regents policy, a background check will be required for the successful candidate.
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Tekni-Plex, Inc. is currently seeking a Development Chemist for our Global Technology Center in Holland, OH. We need a team player to have complete responsibility for leading, prioritizing, planning and developing novel innovative polymer compounds for end use in the medical device industry. The position interacts with raw material, equipment suppliers and internal/external development teams.  The position also provides oversight and mentoring for manufacturing teams. The ideal candidate's essential Job Duties are amongst other:
     •    Implement and lead technically demanding Product Development programs primarily for Medical
          device, food and industrial markets.
     •    Translate customer requirements into product specifications, discussing and establishing project
          goals and objectives within Tekni-Plex technical community.
     •    Lead and coordinate the formulation development, compounding, testing, validation, scale up and
          approval of new products.
     •    Innovate from understood options, make decisions using knowledge & expertise, deliver innovative, profitable and valued new products.
     •    Transfer products and screen new technologies from internal and external material suppliers.
     •    Translate successful product-application combinations to other customers and/or market segments.
     •    Prepare progress reports and communicate effectively with various levels of corporate and customer senior management teams.
     •    Network with teams of chemists, engineers, toxicologists, health and safety, and sales personnel
          across multiple Tekni-Plex business units and customers.
     •    Awareness of emerging competitive technologies and impact on current products and development
          strategies
     •    Aid and assist in problem solving for various technical, manufacturing, product and customer issues.
     •    Any other duties as required.
Job Requirements. Job Qualifications, Equipment and/or Experience:
Minimum:  MS in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline; 3 years related experience in the development of polymer compounds, preferably thermoplastic elastomers for the Medical device industry. Good knowledge in the field of polymer compounding and/or polymer processing techniques.
Desired: PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Polymer Engineering, Chemical Engineering or related discipline; 5 years related experience in the development of polymer compounds, preferably thermoplastic elastomers for the Medical device industry. Expert knowledge in the field of polymer compounding and polymer processing techniques.
Why Work For Tekni-Plex. We offer a dynamic work environment, where you will be challenged to come up with innovative ideas that can make an immediate impact, advance your career and expand your knowledge at Tekni-Plex. We are experiencing tremendous change that is creating a host of opportunities for talented professionals. Tekni-Plex offers many perks and benefits beyond salary. We offer a full complement of valuable benefits which include: Medical, Dental, and Vision, Life and Disability, 401(k) and Match, Wellness Program, EAP, and more. Apply at: http://www.careerbuilder.com/jobseeker/jobs/jobdetails.aspx?APath=2.21.0....
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R&D MANAGER / Rubber Chemist. Join Tekni-Plex, and power your career! Discover the opportunity to join an international, dynamic, and responsible company that fosters the development of all of its employees around the world. We have an opportunity for a motivated and qualified Rubber Chemist to oversee our R&D Department in our Schaumburg, IL location.
Responsibilities: Oversight of the R&D department and projects - developing scheduling, cost, quality and technical performance targets. This includes planning of the development process, participation in and control of formulation to meet technical and marketing specifications. Lead a small multidisciplinary group of Chemists and technicians. Work with cross-functional and global teams. Contact: http://tekni-plex.com/.
Incumbent will:
     •    Develop bespoke rubber compound formulations.
     •    Review specifications and conceptual design.
     •    Primary link with customer's technical personnel.
     •    Qualify, approve and specify material compounds.
     •    Control compounding, mixing, calendering and curing parameters.
     •    Troubleshoot customer compound problems.
     •    Coordinate activities between development and multidisciplinary teams.
     •    Lead task assignments, monitor progress, provide technical leadership and performance reviews.
     •    Meet with Management to present the project status and other deliverables.
Job Requirements:
Required:
     •    Bachelors of Science in Chemistry or related technical field
     •    5 - 10 years of experience in rubber compounding and processing experience.
     •    5 - 10 years of Pharmaceutical, medical, and /or food contact compounding experience.
     •    Test method, ISO, GMP, DOE, FMEA, and FDA code experience.
     •    Experience in New Product Development process.
     •    Strong computer skills including Microsoft windows and Office Suite.
     •    Strong oral and written English communication skills including technical writing.
     •    Adept at multitasking and work coordination.
     •    Creative problem solving.
     •    Some limited domestic and international travel as required.
Desired Qualifications:
     •    Master's degree in Chemistry or related technical field
     •    Rubber processing experience.
     •    5 years experience in product development position.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Assistant/associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Two Tenure-track faculty positions available August 19, 2016 will include those in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic or physical chemistry. Responsibilities:  develop an externally-funded research program that complements the department's existing research, that involves undergraduate and graduate students, and preferably with applications in materials, computational or environmental science; teach undergraduate and graduate classes in specialty as well as teach general chemistry. Minimum qualifications:  Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or closely related area; postdoctoral research experience or equivalent; evidence of potential for excellence in teaching; evidence of potential for excellence in research. Preferred qualifications:  Teaching experience at the collegiate level, e.g. teaching assistant, instructor, Assistant Professor; research interests that focus on an area which complements the department's existing research programs. (www.bsu.edu/chemistry.)
Send cover letter, vita, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, three original letters of recommendation, and description of proposed research to: Dr. Robert E. Sammelson, Chairperson at: chemoffice2@bsu.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The university offers an excellent benefits package, including health care and retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, and generous time off with pay.
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The Stanford Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University invites applications for a tenure-track position as an assistant or untenured associate professor in molecular neuroscience, broadly defined. Applicants are expected to have a doctoral degree in neuroscience, genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, bioengineering or any related discipline, and we also encourage applications from physician-scientists. The successful candidate will be expected to develop outstanding interdisciplinary neuroscience research and teaching programs. We are open to applications from individuals working on a broad range of problems, including molecular and cell biology of neurons and glia, genetic approaches to neural and circuit function, synaptic physiology, and advanced imaging of synaptic and neural structure and function. Ideal candidates will demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills, and will be able to actively contribute to our growing institute at Stanford. A strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching and advising is essential. Teaching responsibilities include participation in and the development of both undergraduate and graduate courses. The supervision of doctoral students and academic advising of students at all levels is expected. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, 3-5 page statement of research accomplishments and plans (figures and references included), 1 page teaching statement, 2 representative publications, and 3-5 letters of reference. All materials should be submitted online at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/5856. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2015; applications will not be accepted after November 15, 2015.
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Michigan State University School of Packaging is currently looking for an Assistant Professor in Polymer Chemistry/Synthesis (1410) and an Instructor/Assistant Professor (1497).
For further information regarding these postings please follow the links below.
https://jobs.msu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=14...,
https://jobs.msu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=14....
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago values diversity within the department and broader university community, which has from its founding been committed to equal opportunity for women and minority scholars (http://chemistry.uchicago.edu/page/a-brief-history.html; http://diversity.uchicago.edu/).  With this commitment in mind, I write to ask for your help in identifying promising candidates for the position of Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the University of Chicago, as described in the links listed below.
The Department of Chemistry seeks exceptional candidates with interests in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, materials, chemical biology, biophysics, and other areas within the molecular sciences. The department enjoys close ties with the James Franck Institute (materials), the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics (structural, cellular, and chemical biology), the Computation Institute, and the new Institute for Molecular Engineering. The collegial atmosphere at the University fosters interdisciplinary science.
Contact: Viresh Rawal, Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, 5735 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL  60637, (773) 702-2194; Fax -0805.
LINKS:
ORGANIC: http://tinyurl.com/oxvy7n8.
INORGANIC: http://tinyurl.com/nq59kgr.
PHYSICAL: http://tinyurl.com/py98uyk.
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Inorganic Chemistry - Kansas State University. The Department of Chemistry (www.ksu.edu/chem) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2016. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required and postdoctoral experience is desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a creative and vibrant research program that attracts extramural funding and capable co-workers; s/he will also be expected to excel in teaching to a diverse population at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, descriptions of proposed research, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests. Also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Christer Aakeröy (aakeroy@ksu.edu), Department of Chemistry, 213 CBC Building, 1212 Mid-Campus Dr North, Kansas State University, Manhattan KS 66506. Screening of applications will begin on 10/31/2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. In accordance with Board of Regents policy, a background check will be required for the successful candidate.
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We are writing to seek your help in identifying qualified candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, broadly defined, in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). The appointment is expected to begin August 2016. UTK is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System with an enrollment of 27,000 students (21,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate and professional). The Department of Chemistry currently has 28 faculty members, about 125 graduate students (nearly all Ph.D. students), and more than 20 postdoctoral fellows. We have the distinctive advantage of being located only 25 miles from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and this geographic proximity has led to very strong collaborative ties to ORNL. Of special note are the four UTK/ORNL Joint Institutes in Advanced Materials, Biological Sciences, Computational Sciences, and Neutron Sciences. The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (www.jics.utk.edu) is an especially important resource for computational chemistry, including access to leadership-class supercomputing. The successful candidate in this search will have an extraordinary opportunity. This position has minimum required qualifications of a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or related fields with one or more years of post-doctoral experience preferred. Candidates with interest in developing and applying new theories and modern computational methods to research issues in modern materials, biomaterials, catalysis, and/or energy are especially encouraged to apply. As a tenure-track Assistant Professor, his or her duties/responsibilities will be to develop an internationally recognized research program, as well as to be fully engaged in the teaching and service missions of the University. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Interested applicants should visit our search website: https://www.chem.utk.edu/positions for detailed application instructions. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Qualified applicants are invited to apply for one of several postdoctoral fellowships in experimental and theoretical biophysics at the National Science Foundation's "Center for the Physics of Living Cells" (CPLC) http://www.cplc.illinois.edu at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Fellowships are available starting in May 2016, and will normally last a minimum of two years.
The mission of the CPLC is to catalyze new research directions in the study of the simplest living systems, connecting the microscopic physical-chemical reactions in the cell to the system-level properties. Through major advances in single-molecule manipulation techniques, live cell imaging, and mathematical as well as computational methods, we expect this combined endeavor to culminate in a truly quantitative physical picture for the fundamental processes at the core of life.
Research in the Center falls in four themes: (1) Single-molecule biophysics at the molecular-cellular interface; (2) Maximizing information content of single cell experiments; (3) Collective dynamics: from cell-cell interaction to multicellular organisms ; (4) Increasing biological realism in theory and computation. Fellows will use state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical biophysical tools to accomplish these goals: optical tweezers, single-molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, fabrication of synthetic nanostructures, live cell imaging, chemical biology and genomic biology tools, classical and quantum mechanical molecular simulations, stochastic modeling, whole cell simulations, as well as the standard methods of molecular and cellular biology and genetics. Research will involve both the development and improvement of experimental and computational techniques and the application of these techniques to particular biological processes such as replication, transcription, translation, cell transport, cellular mechanics signaling, and motility. As projects are collaborative endeavors between several labs, the Fellows will have the opportunity to be jointly advised by two or more faculty members of the Center. Fellows will also be expected to participate in education and outreach activities of the Center.
Qualifications: Candidates for this postdoctoral position must have a Ph.D. in the physical sciences, life science, or related disciplines, and must be highly qualified in one of the experimental or theoretical areas. Excellent oral- and written-communication skills are required for this position. The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and welcomes applications from minority and women candidates.
How to apply: Applications for this position (and other positions available in the Physics Department) may be submitted electronically via https://my.physics.illinois.edu/submit/go.asp?id=945, and should arrive no later than November 1, 2015. Applications received after the deadline may not be considered. These applications should include, in PDF format: (1) A cover letter (2) A curriculum vitae (3) A research statement not exceeding three pages, summarizing your past and ongoing research, (4) A publications list, including papers and preprints with their URLs. For any papers or preprints that are not readily available via the internet, applicants may wish to upload electronic copies via the "supporting document" channel. In addition, applicants should provide contact information for three references from whom letters of recommendation will be requested. Questions can be directed to: director@cplc.illinois.edu.
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