UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 5/13/2013

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVII - No. 17 May 13th, 2013

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CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER SUMMER HOURS
The Chemistry Newsletter will be going to Bi-weekly publication for the Summer after this week's newsletter. Please continue to drop/send material for the newsletter to me in the copy center or e-mail to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu. We will publish the newsletter on the off week for special announcements. Thank You.
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2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry
TBA
Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130
TBA
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SEMINARS
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Thursday, May 16th, 2013 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Rainer Volkamer, University of Colorado, Boulder "Analytical Seminar"
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Samir Zard, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France "TBD"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Climate Change Conversations.
Shakhashiri, BZ*; Bell, JA.
SCIENCE, 340 (6128):9-9; 10.1126/science.1238241 APR 5 2013.
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Dynamics of glass-forming liquids. XVI. Observation of ultrastable glass transformation via dielectric spectroscopy.
Chen, Z; Sepulveda, A; Ediger, MD*; Richert, R.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 138 (12):10.1063/1.4771695 MAR 28 2013.
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Manipulating the properties of stable organic glasses using kinetic facilitation.
Sepulveda, A; Swallen, SF; Ediger, MD*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 138 (12):10.1063/1.4772594 MAR 28 2013.
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Segmentation of Precursor Mass Range Using "Tiling" Approach Increases Peptide Identifications for MS1-Based Label-Free Quantification.
Vincent, CE; Potts, GK; Ulbrich, A; Westphall, MS; Atwood, JA; Coon, JJ*; Weatherly, DB.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 85 (5):2825-2832; 10.1021/ac303352n MAR 5 2013.
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Proteoform: a single term describing protein complexity.
Smith, LM*; Kelleher, NL.
NATURE METHODS, 10 (3):186-187; 10.1038/nmeth.2369 MAR 2013.
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Quantitative Proteomics Reveals Factors Regulating RNA Biology as Dynamic Targets of Stress-induced SUMOylation in Arabidopsis.
Miller, MJ; Scalf, M; Rytz, TC; Hubler, SL; Smith, LM*; Vierstra, RD.
MOLECULAR & CELLULAR PROTEOMICS, 12 (2):449-463; 10.1074/mcp.M112.025056 FEB 2013.
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Quantum dot nanoscale heterostructures for solar energy conversion.
Selinsky, RS; Ding, Q; Faber, MS; Wright, JC*; Jin, S*.
CHEMICAL SOCIETY REVIEWS, 42 (7):2963-2985; 10.1039/c2cs35374a 2013.
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Comparison of different real time VOC measurement techniques in a ponderosa pine forest.
Kaser, L; Karl, T; Schnitzhofer, R; Graus, M; Herdlinger-Blatt, IS; DiGangi, JP; Sive, B; Turnipseed, A; Hornbrook, RS; Zheng, W; Flocke, FM; Guenther, A; Keutsch, FN*; Apel, E; Hansel, A.
ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, 13 (5):2893-2906; 10.5194/acp-13-2893-2013 2013.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Orise Fellowship Position - Research Biochemist, Bedford Park, Illinois. The FDA Moffett Research Center of the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in Bedford Park, Illinois seeks a full-time ORISE Fellow that is a highly motivated individual with significant experience in biochemistry and nanotechnology. The individual will be responsible for a specific research project related to pathogen sensing, as well as assisting with other projects related to nanotechnology and food safety.  IFSH is a food safety research consortium of government, academic, and industry scientists. This person will be appointed to a 2-year ORISE fellowship position. The fellowship program is administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (http://orise.orau.gov/science-education/default.aspx). The fellowship does not include federal benefits.  Applicants for this position will be expected to develop assays for the detection of bacterial toxins. Security and Background Requirements: Successful completion of a background security investigation and a security risk assessment will be required for all appointees.  Appointment to the position is subject to favorable background adjudication.  In addition, the selected applicant must maintain required suitability assessments and favorable background investigations as a condition of continued employment.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  Applicants will be issued a final job offer letter after a favorable background security investigation and security risk assessment has been completed.
Position Location: Bedford Park, Illinois. Salary Range: Contingent upon qualifications and experience Position:   Research Biochemist/Molecular Biologist.
Position Summary: Contributes significantly to defined science platforms by performing lab tests and analyses in accordance with required specifications, established procedures, and customer service standards. Works in a chemistry laboratory conducting research associated with nanoparticle-assisted sensing of pathogens and protein toxins. Will fabricate and characterize quantum dot based sensors and assess their utility against protein toxin analytes. Will perform whole genome sequencing of foodborne pathogens and be responsible for coordinating whole genome sequencing projects performed using a MiSeq benchtop sequencer.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
     •    Provides technical assistance to FDA by providing data and procedures to support FDA/IFSH
          partnership initiatives, safety and quality control
     •    Manages lab processes, supplies, instruments, and equipment
     •    Writes reports and manuscripts
Required Education and Experience:
     •    M.S. in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, nanoscience or related field, or equivalent
          experience.
Required Skills:
     •    Demonstrated independent research ability with capability to perform accurately and efficiently with
          a minimal level of supervision
     •    Highly proficient knowledge of biochemistry, physical chemistry or nanoscience
     •    Excellent technical writing skills and the ability to produce clear, accurate reports
     •    Good interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal
     •    Experience with peptide synthesis and purification and/or nanomaterial bioconjugation and
          characterization is highly desirable
If interested in this position: Please send email with cover letter and resume or CV to: timothy.duncan@fda.hhs.gov.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator/Chemical Safety Officer, College of Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Business. Carroll University. The Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator/Chemical Safety Officer holds an administrative staff appointment in the College of Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Business. This position reports to the Chair of the Department of Computational and Physical Sciences. The Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator/Chemical Safety Officer also works in conjunction with the Risk Manager, other laboratory coordinators in the College, faculty, and college and department staff and work study students. The Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator/Chemical Safety Officer must plan and arrange his or her own work, maintain and implement the College's Chemical Safety Plan, supervise work study students, accomplish annual goals, use a wide range of professional procedures and techniques, provide laboratory safety instruction to faculty and students, and refer substandard conditions to the Chair of the Department of Computational and Physical Sciences.
Responsibilities:
     •    Review, implementation, assessment, and management of all components of the College's
          Chemical Safety Plan.
     •    Laboratory preparation for the chemistry programs.
     •    Supervise chemistry laboratory work study students including stockroom workers and laboratory
          assistants.
     •    Oversight of the chemistry program laboratory administrative duties including inventory and
          ordering of supplies and equipment, management of the laboratory fees budget, documentation,
          service assessment, student worker management, communication with faculty and other division
          personnel, and general upkeep of the chemical supply room and chemistry laboratories.
     •    Other duties as assigned.
Education and/or Experience:
     •    A bachelor of science degree in chemistry
     •    Experience in Chemical Safety Plan and laboratory management
     •    Experience in chemical safety manual and report preparation
Technology Skills:
     •    Critical thinking
     •    Problem solving
     •    Competency in word processing, spread sheet preparation, and inventory maintenance
Human Relations Skills:
     •    Strong communication skills
     •    Strong organizational skills
Please reference job number #1213-086 and submit cover letter and resume to: hroffice@carrollu.edu, Human Resources, Carroll University, 100 N. East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186. Posted: 5/3/2013. Carroll University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Teaching position for Physical Chemistry I and II for the 2013-2014 school year in the Chemistry department at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Due to a late notice of retirement, we are only now just able to offer and announce the position.  The position is on an adjunct basis, and there is a possibility of adding more courses or labs to the load (in General or Organic Chemistry).  Additionally, the department will be seeking a full-time replacement beginning in the Fall of 2014. The current job posting can be found (by clicking View all jobs) at this link: http://www.smumn.edu/welcome-tobrst-marys/offices-services/human-resourc.... Contact: Brett Bodsgard, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights  #14, Winona, MN  55987, phone: 507-457-6972, fax:  507-494-6035, e-mail: bbodsgar@smumn.edu.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Research Associate (Postdoctoral). Biochemistry/GLBRC. Salary: $36-43K, depending on exp. 100 % Appointment. Begin/End Dates: 9/1/2012-8/31/2014 (w/possible extn) Contact: John Ralph, Dept. Biochemistry and the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Enzyme Institute, Room 546, 1710 University Ave Madison, WI 53726-4087. Phone: 608-890-2429. E-mail: jralph@wisc.edu.
Requirements: Experienced postdoctoral synthetic organic and analytical chemist needed to work on projects aimed at altering plant cell wall biosynthesis. Focus is on the aromatics and the lignin component. The incumbent will be involved in synthesizing precursors and products explore the cell wall biosynthesis mechanisms, and designing/improving and applying analytical methods [degradative methods followed by GC- and LC-MS, NMR (on products or on the whole cell wall], to search for crucial components of interest in the cell wall. In particular are components that the collaborative group is attempting to engineer into the wall. Candidates with prior experience in lignin chemistry and analysis are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have co-authored one or more peer reviewed publications in reputable international journals, and will be familiar with synthetic organic chemistry methods and instrumental structural analysis methods. Note: given the imminent starting date, applicants who are US citizens or have US work visas will be given priority.
Job Duties: The chemist will perform mostly small-scale syntheses of phenolics, and collaborate with researchers engaged in structurally analyzing transgenic plants with altered cell walls, many of our design. This person will also contribute to the design of experiments relying on expertise in the subject and by reading scientific literature and extracting relevant information. They will prepare results for publication in scientific journals and presentation at various meetings. Deadline: early 2013
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University of Wisconsin-Madison. Research Specialist/Post-Doctorate Opportunity. Available June 1, 2013 - Funding is available for 1 year. One research goal is to elucidate a novel antioxidant mechanism in a model lipid system.  The other goal is to evaluate efficacy of the novel antioxidant compared to a more traditional antioxidant that is used to delay lipid oxidation in muscle food systems.  It would be of large benefit to have experience in biochemistry of lipids and proteins.  Experience in lipid oxidation aspects is less critical and training will be available. Please state your interest in and describe your unique qualifications for the position described in a cover letter with updated curriculum vitae and contact information, including email address to: Mark P. Richards, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Muscle Biology & Meat Science Laboratory, 1805 Linden Drive West, Madison, WI 53706, FAX 608-265-3110, E-mail: mprichards@ansci.wisc.edu.
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Postdoc - Ralph Lab (DOE Grant). Official title: Research Associate [POSTDOC]. Degree and area of specialization: Ph.D. Degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry; demonstrated expertise in organic synthesis. Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: Demonstrated work experience (beyond Ph.D. study) in a research laboratory is advantageous.
The following lab skills are expected, particularly:
     •    Demonstrated skill in organic synthesis.
     •    Familiarity/skill with general laboratory methods (including skill in performing analytical chemistry
              procedures, preparation of buffers and reagents, general lab (organic) chemistry), and a knowledge of  the principles and practices of basic science
     •    A familiarity with NMR and other methods for structural characterization of organic compounds.
     •    Ability to operate specialized equipment such as chromatographs (including for polymer molecular
          weight determination) and spectrometers is desirable, although instruction will be given.
         •    Ability to use computer software packages for word processing, spreadsheets, databases and, most importantly, graphics.
     •    Knowledge of plant chemistry/biochemistry is a definite asset.
Description and Principal duties: The Ralph laboratory works on lignin biosynthesis, including delineation of the pathways of monolignol synthesis, lignin chemistry, and lignin reactions. They have also defined the chemical effects of perturbing lignin biosynthesis, and extensions of this work are aimed at redesigning lignins to be more readily degraded. To that end, the group develops synthetic methods for biosynthetic products, precursors, intermediates, molecular markers, cell wall model compounds, etc. The successful candidate will have an important supporting role in the Biochemistry Department, and work on a Department of Energy grant. This person will be responsible for devising synthetic methods for the various required compounds, and for carrying out such syntheses at the required scale, as well as for devising a relatively simple, robust, and diagnostic method to provide cross-coupling propensities for all combinations of the known monomers and polymer end- units, and for new monomers as they are conceived and need testing for their compatibility with lignification. Work will involve synthesizing and immobilizing lignin monomers and oligomers onto polymeric substrates (including proteins for raising antibodies), and delineating the radical cross-coupling propensities with normal and novel lignin monomers. Characterization will be by GC-MS, LC-MS, and NMR. This person will also contribute to the design of experiments relying on expertise in the subject and by reading scientific literature and extracting relevant information. They will prepare results for publication in scientific journals and presentation at various meetings. The position is anticipated to be at a full-time level.
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