UC San Diego Appoints First Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

UC San Diego Appoints First Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/features/qa_with_linda_s_greene

Environmental Chemist Tenure-Track Position





Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Environmental Chemistry starting August 16, 2013.  SIUE is a comprehensive state university offering a wide variety of undergraduate and master’s programs.  We serve over 14,000 students on a beautiful 2660 acre campus located approximately 20 minutes from St. Louis, MO.  The applicant will have access to state-of-the art research equipment and teaching facilities, including lab and office space in a new science building (scheduled to open Spring 2013).

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in support of the Department of Environmental Sciences.   Preference will be given to individuals who can teach one or more of the following, in addition to environmental chemistry: introduction to environmental sciences, fate and transport of environmental contaminants, analysis of environmental contaminants, or courses in the applicant’s area of expertise.  Teaching assignments will include lecture and laboratory/field courses at both undergraduate and graduate (MS) levels.

The department seeks applicants who have demonstrated an ability to develop an active, independent research program in environmental chemistry.  We are seeking an individual whose primary research experience is the chemistry of air, water, soil, and/or sediment environments, including effects of environmental contamination or other human activities. Preference will be given to applicants whose teaching and research would complement the strengths of existing faculty, and contribute to interdisciplinary collaborations.  Applicants will be expected to mentor undergraduate and master’s students in their research laboratories, seek external grants to support an active research agenda, and produce scholarly publications.  The position includes a competitive salary and start-up package.  A Ph.D. is required; postdoctoral and teaching experience is desired.

Candidates must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, proposed research plans, a summary of teaching interests and philosophy, copies of no more than 3 recent publications, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to environmental_chemist@siue.edu (electronic submission – in  pdf format only –  is strongly encouraged).  Alternatively, hard copy applications may be sent to:  Dr. Christopher Theodorakis, Chair, Environmental Chemist Search Committee, Environmental Sciences Program, Box 1099-K, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL  62026-1099.  Review of applicants will begin 1/07/13 and continue until the position is filled.  For more information, please visit the Environmental Sciences Program website  (http://www.siue.edu/artsandsciences/environment/)

SIUE is a state university – benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas until the visa status is changed.  Applicants may be subjected to a background check prior to an offer of employment. As an affirmative action employer, SIUE offers equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed or religion, age, sex, national origin, or disability. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.



Joint Ph.D Program in Chemical Biology in the University of Groningen and CAS

Joint Ph.D program in chemical biology in the University of Groningen and CAS


Prof. Andreas Herrmann at the University of Groningen and Prof. Jiangyun Wang at the Institute of Biophysics in CAS are currently searching for an excellent candidate for a joint Ph.D program. The candidate should have a master degree in chemistry, biology, or material science. The candidate will spend two years in each professor’s lab, and earn a Ph.D degree from the University of Groningen. Prof. Jiangyun Wang will perform initial screen and on-site interviews (Email: jwang@ibp.ac.cn). Prof. Jiangyun Wang visit USTC on Nov 19th, 2012, and DICP, BJMU, Jilin University, Shengzhen University, SUN YAT-SEN University, Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences in Nov. or Dec. The University of Groningen (http://www.rug.nl) currently ranks 89th overall and 9th in material science in the world, according to Timeshighereducation. No tuition fee is required. Student can become enrolled at anytime of the year, upon the mutual consent of Prof. Herrmann and Prof. Wang. The funding is tied to a specific project and to the supervisors associated with this project. Thus, if the student changes supervisors, he or she will lose fellowship and stipend.

Prof. Andreas Herrmann studied chemistry at the University of Mainz (Germany). From 1997 to 2000 he pursued his graduate studies at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in the group of Professor K. Müllen. Then he worked as a consultant for Roland Berger Management Consultants in Munich (2001). In the the years 2002 and 2003 he returned to academia working on protein engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, with Professor D. Hilvert.  In 2004 he was appointed as a head of a junior research group at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research dealing with biological-organic and biological-polymeric hybrid materials. On August 2007, he became an associate professor in Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials (University of Groningen). Current research interests of the group are twofold: 1) combining synthetic strategies from Organic and Polymer Chemistry with methods from Molecular Biology; and 2) exploring the interactions of bioorganic hybrid materials with living systems.  His website: http://www.rug.nl/fmns-research/pcbe/herrmann His recent representative publications where he is a corresponding author:

(a) Bastian, A. A.; Marcozzi, A.; Herrmann, A., Selective transformations of complex molecules are enabled by aptameric protective groups. Nature Chemistry 2012, 4 (10), 789-793; (b) Cordes, T.; Vogelsang, J.; Anaya, M.; Spagnuolo, C.; Gietl, A.; Summerer, W.; Herrmann, A.; Mullen, K.; Tinnefeld, P., Single-Molecule Redox Blinking of Perylene Diimide Derivatives in Water. J Am Chem Soc 2010, 132 (7), 2404-2409; (c) Kwak, M.; Gao, J.; Prusty, D. K.; Musser, A. J.; Markov, V. A.; Tombros, N.; Stuart, M. C. A.; Browne, W. R.; Boekema, E. J.; ten Brinke, G.; Jonkman, H. T.; van Wees, B. J.; Loi, M. A.; Herrmann, A., DNA Block Copolymer Doing It All: From Selection to Self-Assembly of Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes. Angew Chem Intl Ed 2011, 50 (14), 3206-3210; (d) Kwak, M.; Herrmann, A., Nucleic Acid/Organic Polymer Hybrid Materials: Synthesis, Superstructures, and Applications. Angew Chem Intl Ed 2010, 49 (46), 8574-8587; (e) Kwak, M.; Minten, I. J.; Anaya, D. M.; Musser, A. J.; Brasch, M.; Nolte, R. J. M.; Mullen, K.; Cornelissen, J.; Herrmann, A., Virus-like Particles Templated by DNA Micelles: A General Method for Loading Virus Nanocarriers. J Am Chem Soc 2010, 132 (23), 7834-+; (f) Kwiat, M.; Elnathan, R.; Kwak, M.; de Vries, J. W.; Pevzner, A.; Engel, Y.; Burstein, L.; Khatchtourints, A.; Lichtenstein, A.; Flaxer, E.; Herrmann, A.; Patolsky, F., Non-covalent Monolayer-Piercing Anchoring of Lipophilic Nucleic Acids: Preparation, Characterization, and Sensing Applications. J Am Chem Soc 2012, 134 (1), 280-292

Prof. Jiangyun Wang learned physical chemistry in University of Science and Technology of China and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1998.  From 1998 to 2003, he finished his Ph.D study on metalloprotein design under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Suslick in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2003, he joined the laboratory of Professor Peter Schultz at the Scripps Research Institute as postdoc research associate, working on protein labeling through genetic code engineering as well as redox signal transduction. In 2008, he started his independent lab at the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His current researches are focused on protein/RNA labeling and imaging in living cells, and metalloprotein design. His website: http://blog.sciencenet.cn/?3500   Email: jwang@ibp.ac.cn. His recent representative publications where he is a corresponding author:

a) Liu X. H.; Yu Y.; Hu C.; Zhang W.; Lu Y.; Wang J. Y. Significant Increase of Oxidase Activity through the Genetic Incorporation of a Tyrosine-Histidine Cross-Link in a Myoglobin Model of Heme-Copper Oxidase. Angew Chem Intl Ed 2012, 51 (18), 4312-4316. (News of the Week, Chemical and Engineering News) ; b) Liu X. H.; Li J. S.; Dong J. S.; Hu C.; Gong W. M.; Wang J. Y., Genetic Incorporation of a Metal Chelating Amino Acid as a Probe for Protein Electron Transfer Angew Chem Intl Ed 2012, 51(51), 10261-10265 (Very Important Paper and Cover Article); c).Yu Z.; Pan Y. C.; Wang. Z. Y.; Wang J. Y.; Lin. Q., Genetically Encoded Cyclopropene Directs Rapid, Photoclick Chemistry- Mediated Protein Labeling in Mammalian Cells Angew Chem Intl Ed 2012, 51(51), 10600-10604;  d) Wang J. Y.; Zhang W.; Song W. J.;Wang Y. Z.; Yu Z. P.; Li J. S.; Wu M. H.; Wang L.; Zang J. Y.; Lin Q., A Biosynthetic Route to Photoclick Chemistry on Proteins. J Am Chem Soc 2010, 132 (42), 14812-14818; e) Zhou Q.; Hu M. R.; Zhang W.; Jiang, L.; Perrett S.; Zhou J.; Wang J. Y. Probing the Function of the Tyr-Cys Crosslink in Metalloenzymes through the Genetic Incorporation of 3-Methylthiotyrosine Angew Chem Intl Ed DOI: 10.1002/anie.201207229


Mickey Leland 2013 Energy Fellowship Program

UC San Diego Joins National #GivingTuesday

UC San Diego Joins National #GivingTuesday to Open the Holiday Giving Season http://ow.ly/frhO0

Two Tenure-Eligible Faculty Positions for Fall 2013

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Arizona anticipates filling two tenure-eligible faculty positions beginning Fall 2013. Applicants with research and teaching interests in all areas of modern physical chemistry (experimental), biochemistry, and inorganic chemistry, including cross-disciplinary candidates, are encouraged to apply. The rank of these positions is open. Candidates at the rank of Assistant Professor will be expected to establish a successful, independent research program. Applicants with highly visible, externally-funded research programs will be considered for appointments in the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The University of Arizona recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspective and backgrounds.

To apply, please view the official position posting at http://www.uacareertrack.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=206337

and follow the instructions there or go to http://www.uacareertrack.com and search for Job Number 51203.

With questions about the application process, please contact Margaret Gomez at mlgomez@email.arizona.edu

Focus Fellows 2013 Participants

Prospective FOCUS FELLOWS 2013 Participants


Attention: Underrepresented Chemistry & Biochemistry

                                        POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS, PhD GRADUATES, or soon to be graduates!


You are invited to apply as a prospective FOCUS FELLOWS participant in FOCUS 2013.  The program will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at Georgia Tech, January 17-20, 2013, and is one of the nation’s premier programs for raising the awareness of the importance of diversity among faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).


Even though the program is open to all students, the goal of the FOCUS FELLOWS program is to attract the best and brightest underrepresented minority STEM Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD graduates (or soon to be graduates) and encourage them to pursue faculty positions in academia. This career-development weekend provides selected fellows an opportunity to attend workshops on “Obtaining Academic Positions in Research Institutions”, to network with Georgia Tech faculty who share similar research interests, and to investigate the opportunities available at Georgia Tech. This visit is not an interview, but rather an exploratory visit.

All travel and lodging expenses will be covered for participants selected as Focus Fellows.


• PhD in Chemistry or Biochemistry completed (or to be completed within 18 months)

• OR currently a Postdoctoral Fellow

Required Documents that must be submitted (via email):
• A CV
• A letter of recommendation from your thesis advisor or postdoctoral adviser

• A career development plan (two page maximum). The career development plan should include  a summary of your research activities (past and current) and a description of your proposed career goals.




All documents must be submitted (via email) to:

Dr. Keith Oden at keith.oden@chemistry.gatech.edu