UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 10/28/2013

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVII - No. 32 October 28th, 2013

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HELEN BLACKWELL WINS WARF INNOVATION AWARD

Congratulations to Professor Helen Blackwell and collaborators Danielle Stacy and Yftah Tal-Gan on receiving a Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Innovation Award! Their research focused on the "quorum-sensing" ability of bacteria - the signaling process bacteria use when enough are present to begin multiplying, forming toxic biofilms and producing tissue degrading enzymes - and the development of compounds capable of disrupting serious bacterial infections. Please visit the following to see the news announcement: http://news.ls.wisc.edu/announcements/chemistrys-blackwell-wins-warf-inn....
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2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Nov. 12, 2013 Dec. 10, 2013 Feb. 11, 2014
Mar. 11, 2014 Apr. 15, 2014 May 13, 2014

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

Nov. 5, 2013 Nov. 19, 2013 Dec. 3, 2013 Dec. 17, 2013
Jan. 21, 2014 Feb. 4, 2014 Feb. 18, 2014 Mar. 4, 2014
Mar. 25, 2014 Apr. 22, 2014 May 6, 2014 May 20, 2014

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Steven S. Brown, NOAA "The Changing Face of U.S. Air Quality: Summer vs. Winter, Urban Smog vs. the Natural Gas Boom, and Why Chemical Mechanisms Matter"
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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 to Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 - General Special Event, 6:00 pm, DeLuca Forum at the Discovery Building. ACS on Campus, "ACS on Campus"
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Connie Lu, University of Minnesota "Chemistry of Metal-Metal Bonds"
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Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 - General Special Event, 5:30 pm, Room 1371 Chemistry Building. Undergraduate Office, Department of Chemistry "Chem Connections"
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Thursday, October 31st, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. William Murphy, UW-Madison Cell & Regen Med Center "Talk Title TBA"
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Thursday, October 31st, 2013 - Materials Science Program Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 265 in the Materials Science and Engineering Building. Melih Eriten, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Multiscale Investigation of Presliding Friction"
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Friday, November 1st, 2013 - Department Special Event, 8:30 am, "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ashok Deniz, Scripps Research Institute "Single-molecule Biophysics of Protein Disorder"
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Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Christian Hackenberger, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin "When Staudinger meets Huisgen - Chemoselective Synthesis of Functional Peptides and Proteins"
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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Gregory Robinson, University of Georgia "Seminar"
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - Organic, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Professor E. W. Bert Meijer, Eindenhoven Univ of Technology the Netherlands "Ferry Lectureship "From Macromolecules to Supramolecular Polymers""
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - Analytical, Department Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Francesca Casadio, The Art Institute of Chicago "Analytical McElvain Seminar"
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Friday, November 8th, 2013 - Department, Organic, Physical Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor E. W. Bert Meijer, Eindenhoven Univ of Technology the Netherlands "Ferry Lectureship Colloquium "Mastering complexity: non-covalent synthesis of functional supramolecular systems""
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Monday, November 11th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Bldg.. Professor G. Andres Cisneros, Wayne State University "Insights on AlkB Family and DNA Polymerase Enzymes from Computational Simulations"
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341. "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Anna Mapp, University of Michigan "Organic Seminar"
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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Bob Bedard, Honeywell UOP "Seminar"
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Thursday, November 14th, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Brian Frey, UW-Madison Chemistry, Smith Group "New Mass Spectrometry Technologies for Proteomics and Applications in Tissue Engineering"
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Friday, November 15th, 2013 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Denise Cudworth, Dow Agrosciences "GSFLC Alternative Career Colloqiuium"
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Monday, Nvember 18th, 2013 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Padma Gopalan, UW Madison Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering/Chemistry "Seminar"
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Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Timothy Bugni, Universityof Wisconsin Madison "Use of Metabolomics to Invigorate Natural Products Drug Discovery"
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Thursday, November 21st, 2013 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, 8335. Austin Streeper, North Star Resource Group "How to Manage Your Finances After Graduation"
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Saturday, November 30th, 2013 - General Outreach, 1:00 pm, Room 1351 Chemistry Building. Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri and Rodney Schreiner, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri "
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Sunday, December 1st, 2013 - General Outreach, 1:00 pm, Room 1351 Chemistry Building. Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri and Rodney Schreiner, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri "
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Sunday, December 1st, 2013 - General Outreach, 4:00 pm, Room 1351 Chemistry Building. Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri and Rodney Schreiner, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, In the Lab of Shakhashiri"
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Friday, December 6th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Jeanne Hamers and Dr. Tony Jacobs, UW Madison Department of Chemistry "Taylor Teaching Award Seminar and TA Award Symposium"
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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Arthur Winter, Iowa State University "Organic Seminar"
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SCIENCE CAFÉ CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR BASSAM SHAKHASHIRI
Please join me for an open Science Cafe conversation at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (330 N. Orchard Street) in the H.F. DeLuca Forum--Room 1255. 7:00   8:00 pm, Tuesday, October 29- Climate Change and You: Facts, Challenges, and Responsibilities For almost all of 4.5 billion years, natural forces have shaped Earth's environment. But, during the past century, as a result of the Industrial Revolution, which has had enormous benefits for humans, the effects of human activities have become the main driver for climate change. The increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide caused by burning fossil fuels for energy to power the revolution causes an energy imbalance between incoming solar radiation and outgoing planetary emission. The imbalance is warming the planet. As citizens of an interconnected global society and scientists who have the background to understand climate change, we have a responsibility first to understand the science. One resource that is available to help is the American Chemical Society Climate Science Toolkit, www.acs.org/climatescience. With this understanding our further responsibility as scientist-citizens is to engage others in deliberative discussions on the science, to take actions ourselves to adapt to and mitigate human-caused climate change, and urge others to follow our example.
Please join the conversation.  Thank you. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri. www.scifun.org.
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THE ROWLAND INSTITUTE AT HARVARD JUNIOR FELLOWSHIPS
The Rowland Institute at Harvard is seeking applications for Junior Fellowships for the 2014 Academic year. We seek the best young experimentalists in all fields of science and engineering. The Rowland Junior Fellowship provides an opportunity to work in the rich intellectual environment at Harvard and the surrounding area, while establishing an independent program.
Dr. Edwin Land founded the Rowland Institute in order to foster high-risk, creative research. In 2002, the Rowland Institute became part of Harvard with the mission of advancing the careers of experimental scientists and engineers at an early career stage by providing them with the opportunity to establish an independent research program. In the tradition of Dr. Land, we are particularly interested in young scholars with the potential to establish a groundbreaking research program in their chosen field.
The Rowland Junior Fellowships are restricted to experimentalists at an early career stage (not more than three years beyond the receipt of their doctorate). Fellowship awardees will receive funding for salary and research expenses, including support for a postdoctoral researcher, research operating costs, and equipment. The Rowland Institute also provides technical support from permanent staff. All Fellows are also allocated their own laboratory space. The term of the Fellowship is up to five years, with terms beginning between July 1 and September 30. The stipend for Rowland Junior Fellows will be upwards from $65,000 per annum, depending on the candidate's experience. Fellows must have completed their doctoral degrees prior to starting their term at the Rowland Institute at Harvard.
Applicants should submit a one-page research proposal, a two page curriculum vitae (CV) and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent. The proposal and CV should be sent via US mail; letters of recommendation may be either mailed or sent electronically to: rjf@rowland.harvard.edu. The deadline for the application is November 15, 2013. No applications postmarked after this date will be accepted.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Climate change and our responsibilities as chemists.
Shakhahsiri, BZ*; Bell JA.
Arabian Journal of Chemistry, October 14, 2013.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Georgia Institute of Technology invites applications for a 12-month, permanent, non-tenure track, Academic Professional position to fill the role of Laboratory Coordinator for the undergraduate biochemistry and advanced synthetic organic chemistry laboratories. The position starts June 1, 2014 or sooner. A Ph.D. with relevant interest and experience is required. Please submit a cover letter, resume, statement of teaching interests and the names of three references via: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/3496. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution. Laboratory Coordinator Position: The Bio-Organic Laboratory Coordinator has responsibilities in the Biochemistry laboratory courses and the advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Applicants should have a Biochemistry background with a strong organic foundation and expertise in characterization and separation science.
Responsibilities include: (i) lecture instruction in the laboratory courses, (ii) preparation of lab syllabi including grading guidelines, experimental schedules and procedures, (iii) training and supervision of teaching assistants (TA's), which may include co-instruction in a TA education course, CETL 8000, (iv) management of chemical and laboratory inventories, (v) implementation of a safety program appropriate to the laboratory, (vi) routine maintenance of laboratory instrumentation and apparatus, (vii) development of new experiments and pedagogies for the laboratory component of the program, (viii) participation in the undergraduate advising program, and (ix) initiation of (and contribution to) the preparation of grant applications in support of instructional/pedagogical activities. New course development and lecturing opportunities might become available.
The Laboratory Coordinator should have a strong background in molecular biochemistry including molecular biology, gel electrophoresis, purification and characterization of biological macromolecules, spectroscopy (UV-vis, fluorescence, circular dichroism), synthetic organic chemistry, and preferrably a strong understanding of macromolecular x-ray crystallography. Familiarity with green chemistry is a plus. The Laboratory Coordinator should be able to maintain relevant instrumentation that is conventionally used in a biochemistry laboratory. The School has an electronics shop to assist in upkeep and repair of these instruments.
This is a 12-month position. Academic Professionals at Georgia Tech are non-tenure track, general faculty positions. The individual will work closely with a team of Academic Professionals and tenure-track faculty on all aspects of the undergraduate programs in the School. The School endeavors to provide high-quality educational experiences to students from a variety of majors across the Institute. Georgia Tech's cohort of entering undergraduate students is among the most-highly qualified at a public institution (the mid-50% SAT of entering students is approximately 1960-2160 and mid 50% high school GPA 3.77-4.08). The School currently has approximately 100 chemistry majors and 200 biochemistry majors, with the number of biochemistry majors being expected to grow over the next few years. For further information contact: Dr. William J. Baron, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Tech, bill.baron@chemistry.gatech.edu.
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Immediate Job Opening - Application window closes 11/3/2013. Title:  Laser Lab Manager. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University , Columbus, OH.
Description of Duties: Functions as a technical expert and manages the routine maintenance and calibration of the lasers and instruments involved with of time-resolved optical spectroscopy experiments within the Center for Chemical and Biophysical Dynamics (CCBD); trains and supervising graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers associated with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (CBC) and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR); aids in the acquisition, provides technical expertise in developing projects for customers internal and external to OSU including data analysis and manuscript preparation; gauges the users' ability to use the system independently and/or runs experiments for those who are not trained users; manages the operations of the CCBD providing initial diagnosis of system failures; invoicing of users and maintains records; ordering consumables; helps identify instrument upgrades; coordinates system scheduling and usage. works with faculty on drafts of proposals for new instruments and instrument upgrades; compiles CCBD's operating budget; coordinates management of CCBD with CBC Research Support Services (RSS), and IMR; acts as first contact to potential and current outside users, performs educational activities, and disseminates information about CCBD's services; attends and participates in IMR events and seminars including Materials Week conference and IMR Member of Technical Staff meetings; represents IMR andCCBD at OSU and external events; provides quarterly brief updates and annual reports on CCBD and individual activities to IMR; solicits new users; identifies needs of potential users; works with IMR to encourage multi-college and industry user base; performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Required Qualifications:  Doctoral Degree in chemistry, engineering, physics, or related field; extensive knowledge of ultrafast laser systems and experiments; significant experience in the use of core/user facilities; experience managing some or all aspects of a user facility; experience with time-resolved measurements of solution and solid samples.
Target Salary: $67,500 - $72,500 Annually
Please find additional information and/or apply for the job at: https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/51214. Claudia Turro, I-APS President, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Vice Chair for Graduate Studies, Phone:  614-292-8688, http://www.chemistry.osu.edu/faculty/turro.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Florida State University is pleased to announce a major interdisciplinary faculty hiring initiative in the broadly defined area of mechanistic and translational approaches to brain health and disease. As many as nine tenure-track/tenured faculty positions will be filled. This faculty search is open with respect to rank and academic department. We invite nominations and applications from researchers conducting basic science (including research on nonhuman animals), clinical/translational science, cognitive, behavioral, social and developmental neuroscience as well as computational, bio-informatic, specialized imaging, and genetic approaches to studying brain health and disease. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, brain systems that regulate normal and abnormal behavioral and cognitive functions across the life span, brain mechanisms underlying psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative disorders, and the effects of environmental and social influences on brain function.
Successful candidates are expected to be using innovative methodologies and approaches to the study of brain function and to have a synergistic impact on existing research programs in the University's departments and interdisciplinary centers (http://www.research.fsu.edu/brain-initiative_search/) as well as open up new areas. Sustained pursuit of collaborative, externally-funded projects is an explicit goal to be addressed by this initiative. Successful candidates will be offered highly competitive salaries and start-up packages, state-of-the-art research space and access to world-class instrumentation and facilities in academic and interdisciplinary units.
Applicants are asked to provide a single document in PDF format containing a letter of application, a full CV, the names and contact information of three references, and a two page narrative describing their research interests that should include links to recent publications and a clear statement as to how the candidate would complement this inter-college hiring initiative at Florida State University. Send full applications to: brain-initiative.search@fsu.edu. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 2013.
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Florida State University is continuing its major interdisciplinary initiative in the areas of Energy & Materials. During the 2013-14 academic year the University will be recruiting as many as nine tenure-track/tenured faculty members to supplement the three faculty hired last year in these areas. This search is open with respect to rank and academic department. Successful candidates are expected to have a synergistic impact on existing research programs in the University's departments and interdisciplinary centers as well as develop new areas. Sustained pursuit and growth of collaborative, externally-funded research programs is an explicit goal.
We invite applications from researchers active in the broadly-defined area of materials science and materials engineering with an emphasis on, but not restricted to, materials for energy production, conversion, storage and utilization. Target research areas in this search encompass theory, computation, synthesis including molecular, macromolecular and inorganic, thin films and crystals, biomaterials, fundamental characterization, materials measurement, device construction and proof of concept testing and prototyping. Successful candidates will be offered highly competitive salaries and start-up packages, state-of-the-art research space and access to world-class instrumentation, computing and facilities in academic and interdisciplinary units. We invite nominations for and applications from researchers active in broadly-defined areas of materials for energy production, conversion, storage and utilization including theory, computation, synthesis, fundamental materials characterization, devices and testing and proof of concept and prototype.
Applicants are asked to provide a single document in pdf format containing a letter of application including the names and contact information of three professional references, curriculum vitae, and a two-page narrative describing their research interests that should include a clear statement as tohow the candidate would complement this inter-college effort at Florida State University. Applications must be sent electronically to: materials2013.search@fsu.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2013. Additional information about the related programs at FSU and this faculty search can be obtained at http://www.research.fsu.edu/materials_search/.
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The Department of Chemistry at Hendrix College (www.hendrix.edu/chemistry) is seeking to fill a tenure-track position to commence in August 2014. A Ph.D. is required and postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred. Candidates must be committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and sustainable research. Hendrix has a strong dedication to interdisciplinary teaching through the common freshman course, The Engaged Citizen, and experiential learning, including research, as evidenced by the Odyssey Program (www.hendrix.edu/odyssey). The typical annual teaching load is four lectures and four laboratories. The College demonstrates its commitment to research by assigning a portion of the standard teaching load for chemistry faculty to research with undergraduates. The successful candidate will receive 50% time reassignment for research during the first year in this position and 25% thereafter with continued research success. The department is housed in a modern facility dedicated in 2001 that is a combination of recently constructed and completely renovated buildings. Ample laboratory space is available for both teaching and research, and competitive start-up funding will be provided.
Teaching responsibilities would include introductory chemistry courses and a discipline-specific upper-level course. Candidates able to develop interdisciplinary offerings in materials or environmental chemistry would be of particular interest. The specific research area is open though the typical anticipated disciplines are inorganic, analytical, or physical.
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, detailed research plans, and should arrange for three letters of reference (including the phone numbers and email addresses of the references) to the attention of Dr. Liz Gron by email at: chemsearch@hendrix.edu or by conventional mail at: Dr. Liz Gron, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Hendrix College,1600 Washington Avenue, Conway, AR 72032. Questions may be directed to Dr. Gron at: chemsearch@hendrix.edu. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the position is filled.
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The Department of Chemistry at The University of Toledo invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position. Applicants immersed in the fields of bioanalytical chemistry and biochemistry are particularly sought, however researchers from any analytical or biochemical discipline are encouraged to apply. The appointment is expected to be at the Assistant Professor level, but a senior appointment may be considered for faculty with strong records of both research accomplishments and funding. A Ph.D. degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a closely related field is required; postdoctoral experience is preferred. The successful candidate will begin their appointment August 2014, pending budgetary approval, and will participate in undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) teaching and research in their area of expertise, and will also be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous, externally-funded research program.
The University of Toledo is a comprehensive state institution with an enrollment of approximately 21,000 students located on an attractive suburban campus. The University offers competitive salaries and an excellent start-up and benefits package. Further information about the department is available at: (http://www.utoledo.edu/nsm/chemistry/). Applicants must submit a cover letter, their curriculum vitae, a summary of research plans, and a statement of teaching philosophy as a single pdf file submitted to: https://jobs.utoledo.edu and should also arrange to have three recommendation letters sent to: utchem@utoledo.edu. Review of applicants will begin on December 1st and continue until this position is filled.
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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola University Chicago.  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in inorganic chemistry.  Applicants from all areas of inorganic chemistry will be considered.  A Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral experience in chemistry or in a closely related field are required.  The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an internationally competitive, externally funded research program and participate in undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching.  The Department offers PhD, MS, and ACS approved BS degrees.  For more details about the department, visit http://www.luc.edu/chemistryCandidates should complete an online application at: www.careers.luc.edu, with a cover letter, a Curriculum Vitae, and a detailed description of research and teaching interests.  Applicants should provide the names and email addresses of three individuals prepared to speak to their professional qualifications for this position.  Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2013 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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