Volume 15, Number 22
Friday, September 3, 1999
Chemformation is published by the Office of the Department Chairman. Please convey items of interest (or mailing list changes) to Linda Earle, Room 18-390, Department of Chemistry, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139, 617/253-4080; 617/258-7500 (fax) or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Back issues of Chemformation can be accessed via the Chemistry Department Website.
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Congratulations to Professor Robert W. Field who was selected to hold the Haslam & Dewey Chemistry Chair effective July 1, 1999. The Haslam & Dewey Professorship was established through gifts to MIT from the Grace Foundation in honor of two MIT alumni Robert T. Haslam í11 and Bradley Dewey í09 who were major figures in the development of W.R. Grace as a world leader in the chemical industry. The professorship is awarded to a leading authority in chemistry and is considered one of the highest honors that can be awarded an MIT faculty member.
Congratulations to the following 2000 ACS award recipients: Professor Professor Steve Buchwald for the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry, Professor Dan Kemp for the Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry, Professor Tim Swager for an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, and to Professor Jeff Steinfeld for receiving the 1999 Director's Award for Advancing ACS Public Policy in Environment which was awarded to him for his work to encourage the use of sound sciences in global climate change policy.
The 1999 Women In Chemistry retreat will be held at the Talbot House on September 18-19, 1999. The Women in Chemistry group is a supportive group established to improve the quality of the MIT graduate experience, and to provide a positive role model for future students. The weekend get-together is an opportunity to foster better communications and networking between women in the department while sharing information and research experience between the different divisions. The retreat will allow time for discussions and presentations in a relaxed and open environment. New graduate students are especially encouraged to attend. The group holds regular monthly luncheons during the year. To sign up for the retreat, please contact: Shana Sturla at email@example.com For more general information about WIC, please contact: Shana Sturla at 3-0828 and Mayssam Ali at 3-1852.
We have recent staff additions to the Chemistry Department over the past several months and we want to welcome them. Kieran McGowan has joined the Physical Chemistry group and will be assisting Professors Cao and Tidor, his office is located in Bldg. 6, Room 227. Gloria Pless has also recently joined the Physical Chemistry group, in the offices of Professors Nelson and Garland, and is located in Bldg. 6, Room 237. Laura Howe has just joined the staff of Miriam Diamondís education office where among other duties, she will oversee recitation assignments and changes, and coordinate the course evaluation process. Laura is located in Bldg. 2-204. Please stop by and say hello to Kieran, Gloria and Laura.
The MIT China Program has received 21 NSF grants for research internships in China over the next 3 years. The MIT China Program will send 7 MIT students each year to Chinese universities and research centers. For more information about these opportunities and the MIT China Program, call 258-7331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob DiGiacomo will be coming in on Thursdays to pick up any glass blowing work that you may have available. If the door is locked, please bring any work to room 4-063 or call Ed Udas or John Annese at 3-4505. Bob will do the work on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note, unless otherwise specified, most faculty positions require a resume, short description of research plans and to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the specific university or college.
The Department of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant professor level. Further information about the Department may be found at our home page, http://www.chemistry.wustl.edu.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN: Seeks applicants for positions in biological sciences or materials science, as well as traditional areas. Send materials to: Professor David M. Hercules, Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, Box 1822, Station B. Nashville, TN 37235.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI: Invites applicants for organic chemistry for August of 2000. Send materials to: Prof. James C. Weisshaar Chair of Faculty Search Committee, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706-1396.
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: Organic chemist sought for assistant professor positions. Please contact: Ms. Cindy Kinelski, Organic Search Committee, Dept. of Chemistry, Princeton, NJ 08544-1009.
Mercer University, Macon, GA: Seeks organic or biological chemist for August of 2000. Contact: Dr. Bob Hargrove, Dept. of Chemistry, Mercer University, Macon, GA 31207-fax: 912-301-2802 and email: email@example.com.
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.: Invites applications for materials science and environmental chemistry. Should possess postdoctoral experience. Send materials to: Professor Michael King, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Chemistry, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 20052. You may also email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (202) 994-6488.
University of Adelaide: Research Associate / Postdoctoral Fellow in Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry University of Adelaide, Australia, Gas Phase Molecular Reaction Dynamics (Ref: 3938) Salary: A$37,779 - $46,013* (* a minimum rate of $42,864 per annum is payable to the holder of a Ph.D.) A postdoctoral position in the area of gas phase molecular reaction dynamics is available in the laboratory of Dr Mark A. Buntine. The emphasis of the project is on the elucidation of the structure and reactivity of microsolvated negative ion clusters. Current target systems include hydrated anions such as superoxide, O2-, and hypochlorite, OCl-. The experiments utilise a tandem time-of-flight mass spectrometer incorporating a pulsed cluster source. One- and two-colour laser-based anion photodetachment and photodissociation studies form the basis of the project. The successful candidate will be expected to develop novel two-colour stimulated Raman methodologies to complement the existing spectroscopic techniques. Interested applicants should contact Dr Mark A. Buntine via email, fax, or mail for further information, including the selection criteria. Formal applications, including Curriculum Vitae and certified academic transcripts should be directed to the address below. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to the address below: Dr Mark A. Buntine, Department of Chemistry, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005; Phone: +61-8-8303-5580; Fax: +61-8-8303-4358; email: email@example.com. Applications close 31 October, 1999. http://www.chemistry.adelaide.edu.au/groups/ChemicalDynamic
Leiden Observatory: A 4-yr PhD or 2-yr postdoc position is available starting this fall at the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Laboratory for Astrophysics (SLA) of the Leiden Observatory. The research concerns the simulation of the chemical processes that take place on the surfaces of dust grains in star-forming regions in interstellar space. This research will make use of a new experimental set-up in which an intense beam of atomic gas (H, O, N) is produced and aimed at an ice sample (CO, O2, N2) that has been deposited on a cold substrate (~12 K). The reaction products will be analyzed by infrared spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy. The objective of the experiments is to obtain insight into the basic processes responsible for the formation of molecules such as H2O, CH3OH, CO2, NH3 and HCOOH observed in icy mantles in space, and will lead to a better understanding of the chemical processes associated with star formation. The research will be directed by Dr. W.A. Schutte and Prof. E.F. van Dishoeck, and is in collaboration with Dr. P. Ehrenfreund, Prof. A.G.G.M. Tielens (SRON/RuG)and others. See http://www.strw.leidenuniv.nl/~lab for further information Some experience with experimental work, in particular in the fields of ultra-high vacuum techniques, mass spectroscopy or infrared spectroscopy is desirable, but not a prerequisite. Please send all information and questions to: Prof. dr. E.F. van Dishoeck, Leiden Observatory, P.O. Box 9513, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands, FAX: +31-71-5275819, Tel: +31-71-5275814 e-mail: http://tqd1.physik.uni-freiburg.de/~stock. University Freiburg, Telephone: +49-761-203-5956 Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany. Fax:-5883
Postdoctoral-position at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, regarding Quantum Simulations of Proton Mobility and Acid Dissociation in water. This is a joint project with Prof. G.A. Voth,from the University of Utah, whose aim is to analyze in detail classical and quantal MD results obtained using the Utah MS-EVB/CMD software package, to elucidate the molecular mechanisms governing these fundamental processes. Starting date: October 1999 in Jerusalem. Maximal duration -- 3 years. A stay of several months in Salt Lake City during the year 2000 is anticipated. Good background in molecular dynamics, Fortran programming; Quantal calculations and parallel processing experience could be useful. Excellent/experienced Ph.D. candidates will also be considered. Kindly send updated CV, grades, list of publications and 2 letters of reference to: Prof. Noam Agmon, Dept. Physical Chemistry, (Givat-Ram Campus), The Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91904, ISRAEL, tel. 972-2-6585687, FAX 972-2-6513742, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cluster Beam Deposition/Monodisperse Supported and Embedded Cluster Catalysts University of Utah The goal is to characterize two types of model cluster catalysts, prepared by deposition of a mass-selected cluster ion beam. In addition to the 100 Hz source/phase space compressing beamline, the instrument is equipped for XPS, XAS, EELS, TPD, and STM. We plan to add TOF-SARS, AES, and UPS/MIES during the next year. Additional information about the project and other experiments in the Anderson group can be found at: email@example.com Experience with UHV/surface science is strongly preferred, however, the most critical criterion is creativity. If interested, please send a CV and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Prof. Scott L. Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Chemistry Department, Ph:(801)585-7289, University of Utah, FAX:(801)581-8433, 315 S. 1400 E. RM Dock Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0850 http://www.chem.utah.edu/chemistry/faculty/anderson/anderson.html
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Post-Doc in Low Temperature Scanning Microscopy and Transport . It is a multidisciplinary, multicampus effort to study the growth, mechanics, electronics and applications of carbon (fullerene) nanotubes. Further information about the research and the organization and publication lists of the investigators is available from: http://www.physics.unc.edu/~zhou/muri. The position responsibilities will comprise implementation of scanning probe (STM, AFM, NSOM) and transport experiments at 4K. Candidates should have experience in cryogenic techniques, low temperature transport measurements and scanning probe microscopy. The basic platform is the Oxford CryoSXM, which has been purchased. The successful candidate will design the final experimental ``heads'' and qualify the measurement resolutions. The bulk of the time will be spent performing nanometer-scale measurements of transport and optical properties of nanotubes. Contact; Sean Washburn, Dept. Physics and Astronomy, CB 3255, Phillips Hall, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255. email: email@example.com.
University of Pennsylvania, Position in molecular imaging focusing on magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, near infrared optical imaging and nuclear medicine imaging. Please contact: Gerry Glickson, Ph.D. at 215-898-1805 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and send cvís to Dept. of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, B1 Stallar-Chance Laboratories, 422 Curie Bulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283.
The Medical Foundation: Charles A. King Trust: Boston, MA; The Postdoctoral Research Fellowsh Program are open for applicants for July 1, 2000, submission deadline is November 12,1999. The fellowships are limited to scientists holding a Ph.D. who have had at least two, but no more than seven years of full-time postdoctoral research experience at the time of application. The Medical Foundation and Charles A. King fellowships are designated for individuals who can substantiate their need for additional training and research experience in order to become competitive for research positions. The are not for the purpose of providing interim salary support for postdoctoral scientists who have completed their advanced training and consequently, are qualified to compete for academic positions and research grants. This must also be verified and supported by the candidate's sponsor. Please contact the Medical Foundation at 95 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116, 451-0049, ext. #702, fax is 423-4619.
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