The Weekly Newsletter of the MIT Chemistry Department
Volume 13, Number 36
November 14, 1997
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- Dr. Jayanti Parde
- Dept. of Physics at MIT
- "Eye Lens g-Crystallin Protein and Cataracts Formation"
- Monday, November 17, 1997
- Noon, Bldg. 68, Room 121
- Macromolecular Structure/Function Seminar Series
- Professor Lucio Frydman
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- "Chemical Applications of Solids NMR: 1H,
13C and Beyond"
- Tuesday, November 18, 1997
- 4:00 in Room 2-105
- Physical Chemistry Seminar
- Refreshments @ 3:30 in 6-233
- Professor Joseph Hupp
- Northwestern University
- "New Nanoporous Molecular Materials"
- Wednesday, November 19, 1997
- 4:00 p.m. in Room 6-120
- Harvard/MIT Inorganic Colloquium
- Refreshments in Lobby of 6-120
- Dr. Anne-Frances Mille
- Johns Hopkins University
- "Magnetic Transfer and the Basis for Metal Ion Specficity in
- Thursday, November 20, 1997
- 4:00 p.m. in 6-120
- Seminar in Biological Chemistry
- Dr. Daniel Auerbach
- IBM Almaden Research Laboratories
- "Reactant Internal Excitation: A Key to Understanding Chemical
Dynamics at Surfaces?"
- Thursday, November 20, 1997
- 5:00 in Room 6-120
- Harvard/MIT Physical Chemistry Seminar at MIT
- Refreshments @ 4:30 in 6-233
- Dr. Kevin Gardner
- University of Toronto
- "NMR-Based Approaches to Determining Structures of Proteins
- Monday, December 1, 1997
- 4:00 in 6-120
- Seminar in Biological Chemistry
- Faculty Candidate
- Dr. Richard Roberts
- New England Biolabs
- "Those Flipping Methylases"
- Thursday, December 4, 1997
- 4:00 p.m. in 6-120
- Seminar in Biochemistry
- Refreshments @ 3:45 outside 6-120
Chemistry Department Computer User Meeting
Now that the Departmental computer network has been installed and
many people are connected, it seems appropriate to convene a regular
meeting of computer users within the department (whether on the
departmental CHEMnet or the main MITnet) in order to exchange
information with each other. It has become clear that many of us are
trying to use our machines in similar ways and that similar
difficulties and annoyances are faced by many of us. Goals of this
user group will include sharing solutions to problems and determining
how we can pool our resources through departmental site licensing of
software, CD journal subscriptions, etc.
The first meeting will take place on Thursday, November 20, 1997
in the Norris Room, 18-490 from 12:30-1:30 PM. Department computer
users of all levels of expertise are welcome. Comments, questions,
or suggestions can be sent in advance to Gigi Lirot (email@example.com)
or Bruce Tidor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Baby Congratulations to the Gardners!!
Congratulations to Debbie and Scott Gardner on the birth of their
son Timothy Scott who was born on Friday, November 7th. Timothy
weighed in at 8 pounds and 1 ounce, everyone is doing fine!!
Congratulations to Robert Baumann!
Congratulations to Robert Baumann (4th year organic student) in
the Schrock group who recently won a poster competition in the
materials science department with a cash prize of $700 (first
Help Get Organized!
Call Ed Udas at 253-4505 or stop by room 6-026 if students,
faculty or staff need help in organizing their MIT space.
Glass Blowing Services Available
Bob DiGiacomo will be coming in on Wednesdays or Thursdays to pick
up any glass blowing work that you may have available. Please bring
any work to room 6-031 or call Ed Udas or John Annese at 3-4505. Bob
will do the work on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Executive Search firm looking for a Scientist to perform
synthetic organic chemistry. The candidate will be responsible
for the design and synthesis of compounds, applying state of the
art medicinal chemistry to design and synthesize biologically
active compounds. A Ph.D. in organic or medicinal chemistry or
related science field is essential. A leading biotech firm with
research facilities in Baltimore, Maryland and can provide
excellent benefits (health insurance, dental, and vision plan,
paid vacation and more). A high impact, high profile position with
excellent opportunity for advancement. If you know anyone that
might be interested please contact: Scott Shanes, Voice:
609-584-8733 Ext. 218, Fax: 609-584-9575, E-Mail: email@example.com
- Tumor Immunology Scientist Needed I am looking for a
Tumor Immunology Scientist to plan and conduct experiments in the
area of cancer immuno-therapy. The candidate should have a
background in tumor-specific immuno-therapy, cancer vaccines,
antigen processing and or animal tumor models. This person should
possess a Ph.D. in Immunology or related science field. We are a
leading bio-tech firm with research facilities in New York City
and can provide excellent benefits(health insurance, dental, and
vision plan, paid vacation and more). A high impact, high profile
position with excellent opportunity for advancement. If you know
anyone that might be interested please contact: Scott Shanes
Voice: 609-584-8733 Ext. 218, Fax: 609-584-9575 : E-Mail to
- Aerotek Scientific Staffing, Immediate Opportunities
for Organic chemists whose work will involve developing new
compounds require experience with multistep synthesis ideally with
Natural Products and Heterocyclics. MS at least in organic
chemistry, exp. with NMR and HPLC will work independly. Call
800-775-2905 ext. 4019 or fax resume to: 617-505-4146.
- Millipore Corp., Bedford, MA: seeks entry-level B.S.
chemist for applications and research work involving specialty
gases. Candidates should be familiar with FTIR, GC and MS
equipment. Experience with inert atmosphere techniques a definite
plus. The ideal candidate functions well in a team environment,
is very safety conscious, and has good organization and
presentation skills. The candidate will ultimately work in
Bedford, MA following training in Danbury, CT. Send resumes to
Dr. Jim Snow, Millipore Corp., 80 Ashby Road, Bedford, MA 01730
or firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Please note, unless otherwise specified, most faculty positions
require a resume, short description of research plans and arranging
for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the
specific university or college.
- Boston University, Boston, MA: Seeks applicants for
professor in the biological sciences (bioorganic, bioinorganic, or
biophysical chemistry) and who will participate in the
undergraduate and graduate teaching activities of the Department.
They are particularly interested in considering individuals in
mid-career with established research programs. Send to: Professor
Tom Tullius, Chairman, Dept. of Chemistry, Boston University, 590
Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.
- Yale University, New Haven, MA: Seeiks candidates for
an Assistant Professor in the areas of inorganic, biophysical, and
theoretical chemistry. Searching for creative and energetic
individuals with outstanding potential for independent research
and teaching. Send materials by December 1st to: Professor Donald
M. Crothers, Chair, Junior Faculty Search Committee, PO Box
208107, Yae University, New Haven, CT 06520-8107.
- Wayne State University, Detroit, MI: Seeks faculty in
the area of organic systems, materials or molecules of biological
interest i.e., biochemistry, analytical chemistry. Must possess a
Ph.D. Send Materials to: Professor William Hase, Faculty Search
Committee, Chair, Dept. of Chemistry, Wayne State University,
Detroit, MIT 48202-3489.
- Brandeis University, Waltham, MA: W.M.Keck Institute
for Cellular Visualization at Brandeis seeks a tenure-track
professor with research interests in structural/functional studies
of sub-cellular/macromolecular machinery. They seek someone making
imaginative use of existing methodologies or someone developing
new technologies to study important biological structures: e.g.,
innovative light microscopy, mass spectrometry of macromolecules,
electron tomograpy, laser tweezers or fluorescent probes. To apply
send: send materials: to Prof. David DeRosier, W.M. Keck Institute
for Cellular Visualization, Mail Stop 029, Brandeis University 415
South Street, Waltham, MA 02254-9110 by December 1st.
- North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC: Expects
to fill a tenure-track position in analytical and or
inorganic/organometallic chemistry. Applicants with research
interests in NMR will also be considered. Send materials to: Prof.
Morteza Khaledi, Faculty Search Committee, North Carolina State
University, Box 8204, Raleigh, NC 27695-8204. Check their website
for more info: http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/chemistry/chem.html
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Seeks a
Analytical Chemistry at all levels. Those interested should send
materials to: Prof. Paul W. Bohn, Head, Dept. of Chemistry,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 505 S. Mathews Street.
Urbana, IL 61801.
- University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND: Seeks
applicants for an organic chemistry at the assistant professor
level. Particularly interested in someone with a strong focus on
the use of NMR spectroscopy. The ad will also be in C&E News.
Send materials to: Dept. of Chemistry, PO Box 9024, Grand Forks, ND
58202-9024, telephone is (701) 777-2741.
- Tenure Track Faculty Position in Chemical/AMO Physics
Theory Department of Physics or Department of Chemistry University
of Connecticut The University of Connecticut, with major
support from the Optical Science and Engineering Initiative of the
National Science Foundation, is expanding its research in the area
of ultracold (T < 1 mK) atoms, molecules, ions and plasmas and
their interactions, collisions and reactions. As part of this
expansion, a faculty position is available for a theoretician in
atomic, molecular and optical physics or physical chemistry. The
position is a full-time, tenure-track position intended primarily
for a junior faculty member at the Assistant Professor level;
however, exceptional candidates will be considered for a higher
level appointment. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability
to initiate and lead research, an established record of
publications in scientific journals and good teaching skills. The
appointment may be made as early as August 23, 1998. Applications
including proposed research plan) for this position should be
sent, along with curriculum vita and at least four letters of
recommendation, to: Professor Juha Javanainen, Search Committee
Chair, Dept. of Physics, U-46, 2152 Hillside Road, University of
Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3046 [e-mail:
email@example.com]. We intend to commence screening
applicants as soon as possible and the search will continue until
a suitable candidate is found. We encourage applications from
underrepresented groups including minorities, women, and people
with disabilities. (Search #97A356) Tenure Track Faculty Position
in Chemical/AMO Physics Theory
- HOWARD UNIVERSITY, Assistant Professor positions in
ANALYTICAL and PHYSICAL chemistry. Outstanding applications in
other areas will be considered. Targeted areas include surface,
interfacial, polymer, atmospheric, and laser chemistry.
applications should include a resume and a brief statement of
proposed research. Application and three letters of
recommendation to Search Committee, Department of Chemistry,
Howard University, Washington, D.C. 20059. Evaluation of
applications will begin December 15, 1997, and continue until
suitable candidates have been found. Howard University is an
equal opportunity employer. Carolyn D. Joyner, Administrative
Assistant (202) 806-6906/6900 Fax (202) 806-544
- Washington State University, Pullman, WA: Seeks
applications for a faculty position in the areas of materials
research, environmental chemistry and the chemistry of life
processes. Please contact: Search Committee Chair, Dept. of
Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-4630.
Check job listings at: http://www.chem.wsu.edu and complete
descriptions at http://www.chem.wsu.edu/orgpos.html
- I am writing to call your attention to the current opening of
two faculty positions in the Department of Microbiology at the
University of Minnesota. The Department wishes to hire two
Assistant Professors for the positions described below. We
appreciate that you might direct talented junior colleagues to
apply for these positions. I believe that these positions are very
attractive in light of recent and planned developments at the
University of Minnesota. First, the positions are jointly
sponsored by the Microbiology Department and the BioProcess
Technology Instititue. The latter faculty includes a number of
prokaryotic microbiologists and excellent fermentation facilities
for cultivating microorganisms and harvesting microbial products.
We have also recently started two research centers at the
University that support microbial research; the Center for
Microbial Physiology and Metabolic Engineering and the Center for
Biodegradation Research and Informatics. The University also
supports the Actinomycete-Streptomyces Internet Resource Center
http://biosci.cbs.umn.edu/asirc/index.html and the
- SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
There is an opening in my laboratory for a postdoctoral research
associate to lead a project: "Spectroscopy and Unimolecular
Reactions ofAlkoxy Radicals." The position would start around May
of 1998. Alkoxy radicals (RO) are important intermediates in the
degradation of volatile organic compounds in the lower atmosphere.
The electronic spectroscopy of alkoxy radicals will be studied by
LIF, and their rates of unimolecular reaction determined. The
successful candidate should have a Ph.D. by the starting date and
significant experience with pulsed lasers and electronic
spectroscopy. Experience in kinetics and atmospheric chemistry is
not required. This project represents an excellent opportunity to
learn about atmospheric chemistry and about important problems in
that field that can be addressed by basic research. The Chemistry
Department at SUNY-ESF offers a Ph.D. program in chemistry and is
in the process of moving into a brand new Chemistry Building. We
have access to all the facilities of Syracuse University, located
just across the street, including their fine library system.
Preliminary inquiries can be sent to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Some general information on my research
plans, the department, the College, and the area can be obtained
through my web page at
www-chem.esf.edu/info/faculty/dibble/dibble.htm and the College
web page www.esf.edu. Applicants should send a CV and arrange for
three letters of recommendation to be sent to me at the address
below. Professor Theodore S. Dibble (315) 470-6596 Department of
Chemistry (315) 470-6856 (fax) One Forestry Drive Syracuse NY
- University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah A post-doctoral
position will be available Jan. 1st, 1998 in the research group of
Prof. W.H. Breckenridge at the University of Utah, involving the
spectroscopy of, and laser-activated dynamics within, metal-atom-
containing van der Waals molecules and clusters. Applicants with
good experimental background and abilities, as well as familiarity
with R2PI spectroscopy, will be given preference. Send CV and
have three letters of recommendation sent to: Prof. W. H.
Breckenridge Dept. of Chemistry. University of Utah Salt Lake
City, Utah 84112 U.S.A.
- I anticipate an opening for a post-doctoral position asap
after 1/1/98. The position requires a PhD in organic chemistry
and expertise in modern techniques in synthetic organic chemistry.
The appointment will be for one year with the potential for renewal.
I would appreciate your notifying your organic/organomedicinal
faculty and/or graduate students of this position. Candidates
should send resumes, transcripts, and names addresses, and phone
numbers for 3 references to Dr. Charles N. Robinson, Department of
Chemistry, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
38152.Email either CNROBNSN@MEMPHIS.EDU OR
BPURCELL@UTMEM1.UTMEM.EDU. Faxed material may be sent to Dr.
Robinson at 901-678-3447 or to Dr. Purcell at 901-524-1177.
- The Unversity of Texas: I shall have at least one
postdoctoral position become available at the beginning of next
year. The research focuses upon synthesis of organosulfur
compounds designed to protect against exposure to hazardous
chemicals. Hands on familiarity with modern techniques and
instrumentation is necessary. The appointment would be for one
year with the opportunity for renewal if mutually agreed upon. I
would appreciate your notifying your organic/medicinal faculty
and/or graduate students about this opportunity. Applicants should
send cv's and names, addresses, and contact numbers (phone or
email) for three references to: Dr. A. L. Ternay, Jr.; Department
Arlington; Arlington, Texas 76019.A. L. Ternay, Jr.
- SymBiotech, Wallingford, CT: Postdoctoral opening in
rural CT for an analytical bioelectochemist. Seeks a scientist
with excellent background in physical and chemical fundamentals,
with outstanding writing ability and laboratory skills. Send cv
and names of three references to: Employment Manager, SymBiotch,
Inc. 8 Fairfield Blvd. Wallingford, CT 06492, Fax is (203)
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