Volume 17, Number 13
Friday, June 29, 2001
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Friday, July 13:
Seminar in Organic Chemistry
Room 6-120 at 11:00 AM
Scott G. Nelson, University of Pittsburgh
"New Catalyst Designs Based on Stable Silylium Ions and Their Isoelectronic Group 13 Counterparts"
DREYFUS CHEMISTRY LABORATORIES RENOVATION PROJECT
Work continues on all floors including the sub basement. Hoods and casework have begun to be installed on the 1st Floor.
New windows continue to be installed on the West side of the building. Windows will be installed in zones; this work is being performed in conjunction with the exterior concrete patching and waterproofing operation.
Installation of a permanent roof began on June 27 and will continue for several weeks. Seepage from the old roof into all areas on the 5th Floor is expected to continue until the new roof has been completely installed.
QUALITY ASSURANCE AND COMMISSIONING OF NEW SYSTEMS
The Department of Facilities has hired ARAMARK as an independent commissioning agent for all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Representative of ARAMARK will be responsible for compliance monitoring of all new systems including laboratory services. Jacobs Facilities has also been enlisted to provide quality assurance services during construction.
SCHEDULE OF MOVES
A detailed schedule of moves including provisions for handling chemicals and glove boxes will be developed and coordinated with each group during the next 2-3 weeks.
FELLOWSHIP AND AWARDS OPPORTUNITIES
BECKMAN SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS: This program is intended to be comparable to the Harvard Junior Fellowships and Berkeley Miller Fellowships. Candidates are expected to at the same level of excellence, capable of independent work, and competitive for the post prestigious academic and other positions on completion of their fellowship. Beckman Senior Research Fellows will be selected in part on the basis of a novel and independent research proposal. The field of research is open, but should be relevant to the mission of the Beckman Institute: to invent methods, instrumentation and materials that will open new avenues for fundamental research in the chemical and biological sciences. The recipients of the next fellowships will be announced in early 2002, to being in summer or fall 2002. Applications must be received not later than September 30, 2001. Further details can be obtained at http://www.its.caltech.edu/~bi/fellows.
Applications for most faculty positions should consist of a curriculum vitae, outline of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the specific university or college. You will find more detailed information regarding these and other positions in a binder located at departmental headquarters.
University of Cincinnati: seeks candidates for a tenure track position in the Department of Chemistry at the Assistant level commencing September 2002. More details on file in Chemistry Headquarters.
University of Calgary: seeks candidates for a tenure track position in any area of Organic Chemistry at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. More details on file in Chemistry Headquarters.
University of Tennessee: invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Polymer Chemistry with a preference for candidates specializing in the synthesis of polymeric materials. More details can be obtained from Chemistry Headquarters.
Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris: invites applications for a postdoctoral position in Organic Synthesis is open in the Laboratoire de Chimie Bioorganique et de Biotechnologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, CNRS unit 7001. The research project at the boundary between chemistry and biology deals with the synthesis of new DNA delivery devices and cell targeting. This research will be developed in a group involving five permanent researchers and several graduate students and post-docs, in close collaborative effort with other UMR 7001 groups studying the physico-chemical and the biological aspect of the problem. More information on file in Chemistry Headquarters.
University of Rennes (France): is seeking candidates for a vacant postdoctoral position to investigate organolanthanide and related polymerization chemistry. The position is sponsored by the CNRS for 9-15 months, starting end 2001-begining 2002, to any national without restriction of age. It is preferred that candidates may have defended their PhD more than one year ago. The project involves the preparation of Cp-free organolanthanide complexes using conventional and original organometallic chemistry, and their application in olefin polymerization. More information on file in Chemistry Headquarters.
Montana State University Bozeman: invites applications for two immediate postdoctoral positions in a collaborative project between Drs Trevor Douglas (Chemistry) and Mark Young (Microbiology and Plant Sciences). The project involves the use of assembled protein cages (and related polymeric structures) as nano-containers for the encapsulation of inorganic and organic materials. The successful candidate should have experience in either protein chemistry (expression, purification, characterization) or aqueous inorganic chemistry. Experience with some of the following techniques would also be useful: chromatography, transmission electron microscopy, electron and X-ray diffraction, fluorescence spectroscopy. The initial appointment is for one year with salary commensurate with experience. Interested individuals can obtain more information from Chemistry Headquarters.
Kansas State University: invites applications for the position of postdoctoral research associate to work on a joint project directed by Professors Dan Higgins and Maryanne M. Collinson. A Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field is required and previous experience in molecular spectroscopy and/or confocal fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy is needed. The postdoctoral fellow will utilize single molecule optical imaging and spectroscopic methods to characterize the molecular scale properties of silicate thin films prepared by the sol-gel-process. More information can be obtained from Chemistry Headquarters.
University of Toledo: Three positions are available in the laboratory of Professor Bruce A. Averill. (1) to continue a purple acid phosphatase project; (2) to work on the design and synthesis via molecular biological techniques of protein scaffolds for the construction of novel metal-sulfur clusters such as the FeMo-cofactor; (3) for the synthesis of mixed metal-sulfur-carbonyl clusters as precursors to new mixed-metal sulfide solid catalysts. All of these positions are available immediately. More information can be obtained from Chemistry Headquarters.
OTHER JOB LISTINGS
Prime Organics, Inc. Lowell, MA. (http://primeorg.com) has an opening for B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. level chemists, full time or part time/summer positions. E-mail your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prime Organics provides custom synthesis, contract R&D and manufacturing.
Glass Blowing Services: 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 4-064 or call Ed Udas at 3-4505. Bob will do the work on a first-come, first-served basis.
Get Organized! Call Ed Udas at 253-4505 or stop by room 4-065 if students, faculty, or staff need help in organizing their MIT space.
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