UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 2/24/2014

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVIII - No. 6 February 24th, 2014

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RECEPTION FOR FRANK KEUTSCH

Our colleague Frank Keutsch is taking a break from his sabbatical in Europe to return to Madison to help with graduate student recruiting during the upcoming week.  Please join us for conversation and fellowship at a reception to welcome Frank back to Madison and learn of his exploits over the past months. Thursday, February 27th, 4:00 pm, TCI Suite - 8th floor.
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2014 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Mar. 11, 2014 Apr. 15, 2014 May 13, 2014

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

Feb. 25, 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, February 25th, 2014 - Chemical Biology, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Barrick, Johns Hopkins University "Measuring coupling energies in and folding pathways in simple repeat proteins"
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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Jeff Kelly, Scripps Research Institute "Biological and Chemical Approaches to Adapt Proteostasis to Ameliorate Protein Aggregation Diseases"
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Kyoko Nozaki, The University of Tokyo "Casey Lectureship Seminar Series, Coordination Polymerization of Polar Vinyl Monomers"
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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Jean Rivera of the Keutsch Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - Materials Science Program Seminar, 4:00 pm, Room 265 in the Materials Science and Engineering Building, 1509 University Avenue. Vincent Crespi, Department of Physics, Penn State. "Adventures in Materials Flatland: Frustration, Folding, Topology"
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Friday, February 28th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, Union South. Chemistry Department, UW Madison "Graduate Recruiting Weekend"
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Monday, March 3rd, 2014 - Materials, Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Marcus Weck, New York University "Materials design via self-assembly: From supramolecular polymers to colloidal assemblies"
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Mark Taylor, University of Toronto "Noncovalent and reversible covalent interactions: fundamental studies and new applications"
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. David Goldberg, John Hopkins University "TBD"
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Thursday, March 6th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Jacob Van Oosterhout of the Schomaker Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Monday, March 10th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Bldg. Professor Edward Valeev, University of Virginia "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matthew Neurock, University of Virginia "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Ryan Pakula, UW-Madison "TBD"
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Thursday, March 13th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Scott McCann of the Stahl group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, March 13th, 2014 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Evan Williams, University of California-Berkeley "New insights into molecular structure and ion solvation from mass spectrometry"
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Sunday, March 16th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 5:00 pm, "Department Reception at ACS National Meeting (Dallas)"
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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Nuru Stracey, UW-Madison "TBD"
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Friday, March 21st, 2014 - Inorganic Special Event, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Anton Vidal, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia "Modularity and Distal Regulation in Enantiopure P-Ligands for Catalytic Efficiency in Asymmetric Hydrogenations and Hydroformylations"
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Monday, March 24th, 2014 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans-Joachim Freund, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society "Bernstein Lectures"
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Monday, March 24th, 2014 - Materials, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. S. Thayumanavan, University of Massachusetts "Materials Seminar - Title TBD"
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hans-Joachim Freund, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society "Bernstein Lectures"
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Dean Toste, University of California at Berkeley "Cationic gold(I) complexes as homogenous catalysts for the transformation of carbon-carbon ?-bonds"
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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Javier Vela-Becerra, Iowa State University "TBD"
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Chris Beaudry, Oregon State University "Organic Seminar"
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Thursday, March 27th, 2014 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Graham Cooks, Purdue University "Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Intrasurgical Diagnostics, On-line Reaction Monitoring and Chemical Synthesis on a Preparative Scale"
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Friday, March 28th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, Chemistry Department. UW Madison "Graduate Recruiting Weekend"
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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Junrong Zheng, Rice University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor David Spring, Universtiy of Cambridge "Enriching chemical space to drug undruggable targets"
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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Jonathan Owen, Columbia University "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Juliet Alderson of the Schomaker Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 - Analytical, Physical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Jennifer Kaiser, UW Madison Keutsch Group "Formaldehyde Spectroscopy on Zeppelins and Planes: A Product-based Approach for Understanding Atmospheric Oxidation Mechanisms"
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Monday, April 7th, 2014 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Jeff Snyder, Caltech "Materials/Inorganic Seminar Title TBA"
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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Munira Khalil, University of Washington "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Peter Dervan, Caltech "Hirschmann Lectures -"Molecular Recognition of DNA by Small Molecules: Fundamentals to Applications (Part I)""
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 1:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Peter Dervan, Caltech "Hirschmann Lecture -"Molecular Recognition of DNA by Small Molecules: Fundamentals to Applications (Part II)""
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Adam Fiedler, Marquette University "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Kaylee Underkofler of the Raines Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Ralf Sudowe, University of Las Vegas "Analytical McElvain Seminar"
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Monday, April 14th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1351 Chemistry. Anna Dunn, UW-Madison "Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - Chemical Biology, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Weibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Bacterial cell wall mechanics"
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University "Organic McElvain Lecture"
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University "Organic McElvain Speaker"
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. John Roylance, UW-Madison "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Eileen Burke of the Schomaker Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Friday, April 18th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry. James Checco, University of Wisconsin Madison "IRES Intellectual Property Panel Discussion"
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Monday, April 21st, 2014 - Materials, Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy P. Lodge, University of Minnesota "2013-14 Ferry Lectures"
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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 - Materials, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy P. Lodge, University of Minnesota "2013-14 Ferry Lectures"
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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Emilio Bunel, Argonne National Labs "McElvain Seminar"
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Thursday, April 24th, 2014 - Analytical, Physical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Erin Boyle, UW-Madison Wright Group "A New 2D Vibrational Spectroscopy: The Resonance-IR Analogue to Resonance Raman"
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Friday, April 25th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 8:30 am, "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
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Monday, April 28th, 2014 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Bryan Coughlin, University of Massachusetts "Materials McElvain Seminar-Title TBA"
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Charlie Sykes, Tufts University "Single Atom Alloys as a Strategy for Selective Heterogeneous Hydrogenations"
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Sarah Reisman, Caltech "Organic seminar"
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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Frank Neese, Max-Plank Institute "Seminar - TBD"
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FREE INTENSIVE SUMMER PROGRAM FOR UW-MADISON SCIENCE/ENGINEERING GRADUATE STUDENTS
Are you a graduate student in science or engineering who wants to learn more about:
     •    How to start a firm?
     •    How technologies are commercialized?
     •    What the different career paths are for scientific entrepreneurs?
The Wisconsin School of Business invites you to apply to join this successful program:  2014 Web: Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp.
Program activities typically include face-to-face sessions with:
     •    John Morgridge - Former Chairman/CEO - CISCO Systems; UW alum; WEB sponsor
     •    Steven Burrill - Founder - Burrill & Co.; UW alum; Burrill Business Plan sponsor
     •    Top UW faculty from across campus
     •    Campus and community experts in start-up formation and culture, intellectual property, and funding
DETAILS AT A GLANCE
WHEN: June 16 - June 20, 2014 (Monday through Friday). Full-time, full-commitment immersion program with evening assignments and events.
WHERE: UW- Madison campus. Classrooms in Grainger Hall.
ELIGIBILITY: Physical, life science, and engineering graduate students or post docs preferred. A few seats are set aside for non-science graduate students with strong links to technology entrepreneurship. Such students are invited to apply. Must be enrolled at UW-Madison and/or post-doc status. Competitive admissions with limited seats.
COST: No cost to participants due to generous donations from program sponsors.
Activities:  Multiple readings, case analyses, real-time work with ideas, lively social events, expert panels, practice in financial and market assessment and other tools. This is not a sit-back and listen part-time course. It's an exciting and demanding learning experience. "The Bootcamp was a transformative experience. I have a new perspective, new vocabulary, and a new network with which to approach my future work. It was a privilege to attend." - Prior WEB Student.
TO LEARN MORE/APPLY PLEASE GO TO:
http://bus.wisc.edu/degrees-programs/non-business-majors/wisconsin-entre....
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  March 28, 2014.
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GSFLC SPRING 2014 TRAVEL GRANTS
Now is the time to apply for Chemistry Department Spring Travel Grants. These grants offer graduate students with dissertator status a source of funding to apply toward conference expenses. Individuals considering application should meet the following criteria:
     •    Achieved dissertator status by the date of travel.
     •    Travel plans are within the span of May 2014 to October 2014.
     •    Have not previously been awarded a department travel grant.
     •    Application submitted by March 15th, 2014.
The application is attached to this email in .pdf and .doc formats. Please complete and submit the form to the GFSLC mailbox or to Nemanja Vuksanovic by March 15th, 2014. If your travel falls before the application deadline, please contact Matt Sanders for special consideration.
Thanks, The GSFLC.
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AWARDS FOR MENTORING UNDERGRADUATES IN RESEARCH, SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES
The Office of the Provost is offering awards to recognize the important role mentors have in fostering undergraduates' intellectual, personal, and professional growth. We encourage students to participate in high impact practices including research, scholarly and creative endeavors. These awards provide members of the faculty, academic staff, and post-doctoral fellows/graduate students with recognition for their excellence in mentoring, commitment to undergraduate learning, and contribution to a core component of students' Wisconsin Experience. Up to four awards will be offered annually ($1,000 each), one for each division (Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Studies). Descriptions of the eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and application materials for these awards are described below.
Eligibility Requirements:
     •    Faculty members/research groups, academic staff members and post-doctoral fellows/graduate
          students are eligible on an alternating triennial schedule.
     •    Nominees should have responsibility for mentoring at least one undergraduate student, or for
          creating a culture within a scholarly community on campus that supports the intellectual, personal,
          and professional growth of the undergraduates in the group.
     •    Nominees can come from any discipline as long as they mentor undergraduates in a scholarly
          activity.
     •    Nominees regularly exhibit several of the actions / characteristics listed below in the "Criteria for
          Nominees."
Criteria for Nominees:
     •    Successfully learn about and integrate needs of the undergraduate scholar into their work
     •    Support the undergraduate in his/her academic success beyond the shared scholarship experience
          for example, have meaningful interactions related to professional development, beyond the scope of
          the student's project responsibilities, and actively support the undergraduate's academic and career
          aspirations
     •    Provide access and support in helping the undergraduate present, perform, and/or publish his/her
          project in a professional setting
     •    Maintain high expectations for undergraduate work and provide undergraduates high levels of
          support
     •    View teaching as integral to mentoring
     •    Give students autonomy and support in asking and exploring new questions
     •    Have a consistent track record of successful outcomes for undergraduates who worked in the group
          (presentation at professional conferences, publication, admission to graduate / professional school,
          etc.)
     •    Maintain active and continued mentorship after the students leave the group (e.g. keep in touch and
          support students as they move through their careers)
Application:
     •    1-page letter from the faculty nominee's department chair or unit director confirming his/her support of the nomination
     •    1-page letter from the dean or unit director confirming his/her support of the nomination
     •    Up to three letters of support from undergraduate mentees describing the mentor's qualities
     •    Up to two letters of support from colleagues, supervisors, or outside organizations who can speak to the nominee's mentoring excellence
     •    1-page statement of approach to mentoring provided by the nominee
     •    Short CV (1-2 pages) of the nominee
Applications should be assembled into a single pdf document and e-mailed to: Assistant Vice Provost Laurie Mayberry, mayberry@wisc.edu, by Friday, March 21, 2014. Questions can be directed to Interim Vice Provost Christopher Olsen at cwolsen@wisc.edu. Awards will be presented to the recipients at the Undergraduate Symposium on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Union South.
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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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Tenure-Track Faculty Position. Department of Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO. In line with the new Strategic Plan of the Missouri University of Science and Technology (http://strategicplan.mst.edu), the Department of Chemistry is seeking to expand its biochemistry program with a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. Outstanding candidates with a PhD and postdoctoral experience in any area at the interface of Chemistry and Biological Sciences will be considered. The successful candidate is expected to develop and sustain an externally funded research program and have a commitment to teaching biochemistry at the undergraduate level and to develop graduate courses at the cutting edge of the discipline.
Interested applicants must apply on line.  Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of research interests, and 4) have three reference letters sent to: http://hraadi.mst.edu/hr/employment/. Please include Position Reference Number 00059927. Acceptable electronic formats include PDF and MS Word.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be in place as early as Fall 2014. Additional information regarding the Department of Chemistry is available on our website: (chem.mst.edu/).
The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript showing completion of the terminal degree listed in the application materials submitted.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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The Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery (CMIDD) at Northwestern University has an immediate opening for a talented and motivated postdoctoral fellow to carry out synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry research. CMIDD is a collaborative research center at Northwestern University, located in Evanston, IL. The Center engages with faculty across the university's two campuses to perform medicinal chemistry and drug discovery research for highly innovative new targets for human disease. To learn more about CMIDD, visit our site: www.cmidd.northwestern.edu/about.
Responsibilities:
The postdoctoral fellow will perform small molecule synthesis and purification related to CMIDD projects and goals using modern synthetic techniques and parallel chemistry approaches. The fellow will have substantial synthetic experience and a strong knowledge of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery techniques. Familiarity with biological concepts is essential to integrate effectively with biologists at the University.
The fellow will carry out research on hit-to-lead efforts for multiple drug discovery projects at CMIDD. The candidate will design new synthetic routes to prepare small molecules for biological testing. This position offers excellent opportunities for intellectual growth and is ideal for the candidate who makes independent and creative contributions in their work and wants to gain experience in a fast-paced industry-like environment.
Required Qualifications:
     •    PhD in synthetic organic or medicinal chemistry;
     •    Strong technical abilities in the synthesis of small molecules for biological testing and a solid
          understanding of the principles and methods of synthetic organic and medicinal chemistry are
          essential;
     •    Experience in drug discovery research and parallel synthesis is essential;
     •    Strong interpersonal and communication skills and a desire to engage in team-based research and
          collaboration;
     •    The ideal candidate will be able to multi-task with multiple projects and keep pace in a dynamic
          research environment.
To apply: To be considered for this position, qualified candidates should submit their current CV to: drugdiscovery@northwestern.edu.
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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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DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE IN ROOM 1146.
NEXT NEWSLETTER IS ON MARch 3rd, 2014