ACSSA Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium


Speaking Event: Mr. Sobieski


“How to Succeed in Business and Life with Mr. Sobieski”

Tuesday, May 7, 6:00-7:30PM

Student Services Center – Multipurpose room (near Yogurt World)

Drawing on over 50 years of experience as a lawyer, businessman and entrepreneur, Mr. Sobieski will provide students with indispensable keys to success about identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas they will face in life and while working in industries including — but not limited to — Finance, Auditing and Investing.

This free and interactive workshop will help you gain valuable insight about the real world and provide you with the skills necessary to succeed. Through Mr. Sobieski’s eclectic background, earn practical knowledge that will not only strengthen your professional skill-set, but also improve your resume in ways that companies love to see from their candidates.

We hope to see you all there!

*All majors AND alumni are welcome!*

Mr. Sobieski earned his JD from Stanford Law School in June 1960. His professional background includes:

  • Founder and Chairman of Quadtek, Inc. a privately owned industrial imaging equipment company.
  • Vice President & General Counsel of Denny’s Inc. from 1971-1973.
  • One of three founders and partners in John Connolly & Associates, a venture capital firm.
  • Securities Counsel for Litton Industries, a defense contractor company now owned by Northrup Grumman.
  • Sole-practitioner lawyer & business consultant.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

An undergraduate research opportunity is available in the group of Prof. Mark Thiemens to study interaction of ozone with particle surfaces.

The current work will be based on a laboratory setup to understand how ozone reacts with various surfaces in the presence/ absence of water. This study will have implications for understanding the atmosphere-geosphere of Mars. Stable isotopes are like finger prints of the reaction path ways and help us to identify the reaction mechanism at molecular level.

Students will be introduced to various analytical techniques during this period and are encouraged to develop critical analytical skills required for an independent research. We are seeking highly motivated and ambitious students (preferably senior years) with good understanding of physics/ chemistry principles and willingness to spend time in the lab to ensure progress of their experiments.

Should you require further information, please contact:

Project Scientist: 

Prof. Mark H. Thiemens:

UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease Postdoctoral Positions

Postdoctoral Positions

The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is seeking outstanding postdoctoral fellows to pursue groundbreaking research projects involving neurodegenerative illnesses in humans.

Directed by Nobel laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, the IND’s mission is to discover causes and develop cures for diseases of aging, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, the tauopathies, and the prion diseases. Current research at the IND involves both basic and translational science, from molecular, cell and structural biology, to transgenic mouse models and drug discovery.

The IND is housed in the brand new state-of-the-art Sandler Neuroscience Center on the UCSF Mission Bay campus, permitting interaction with a wide range of biomedical and clinical research scientists.

The postdoctoral mentoring program at the IND trains fellows to become independent investigators qualified to research neurodegenerative diseases using the most appropriate, modern methods. To achieve this goal, fellows must acquire a strong foundation in the fundamentals that will enable them to master new techniques and approaches long after they complete formal training.

Applicants should hold or be close to completing a Ph.D., M.D. or D.V.M. degree and be highly motivated individuals with expertise in one or more of the following: neuroscience, molecular biology, synthetic chemistry, biophysics, cell biology, or animal behavior.

Applicants should apply through the IND’s website at with a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a brief statement of research accomplishments and interests, and the contact information of three references.

IND faculty and post-docs will be attending the following upcoming conferences:
Prion 2013, Banff, May 26-29
Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Boston, July 13-18

For informal enquiries and to arrange a meeting, please email Dr. Kurt Giles:
Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Discovering Causes…Developing Cures

Internship Opportunity at Vinmetrica

Internship Opportunity at Vinmetrica
1945 Camino Vida Roble, Suite I
Carlsbad, CA 92008

We are looking for a lab technician for a fast growing startup in Carlsbad, California. What we are looking for is a lab tech familiar with laboratory procedures in chemical analysis with an ability to learn new techniques quickly. We are looking specifically for an intern, one who potentially could come on full time after the internship has been completed. Preferably, the intern would have completed one year of general chemistry with quantitative analysis and one year of organic chemistry with laboratory. Molecular biology laboratory training is a plus.

Start Date: As early as May 1st

Full Time position for the summer 3-4 months. If full time does not work until the end of the Spring quarter, we are flexible with part time in the interim.

Pay Rate: Based on qualifications could be $8-12/hour.

Job description:
– Analysis of wine and beer for molecular components via the following methods:
            -Gas Chromatography (GC)
           -distillation and titration apparatuses
           -spectrophotometric analysis
           -microbiological analysis (microscopy and O.D.)
           -electrochemical methods
– QC chemical reagents for manufacturing
– Record measurements and data electronically and using a lab notebook
– Verify and issue customer reports.
– Assists with receipt and inspection of raw materials, ordering and stocking.
– Assistance in developing new analysis devices
– Compare lab test results with expected outcomes to evaluate test result validity prior to reporting.
– Work with a team of scientists and managers to complete deadlines regarding product release and sample analyses
– Responsible for maintaining a clean and safe laboratory environment.

Job Requirements:
– An ideal candidate would have a bachelor’s in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, bio- or chemical engineering or in the biological sciences or in the process of completing one of the above majors. A candidate with an associate’s degree in one of the above majors may also qualify.
-At least 2 years lab experience and/or laboratory classes, which includes at least 1 year of laboratory classes in general chemistry, quantitative analysis and preferably one year organic chemistry.
– Is a motivated self-starter
– Has familiarity with Excel, Word and other programs
– An ability to operate scientific equipment or to learn on the job quickly.
– Able to communicate effectively orally or written.
– Able to demonstrate and follow safety protocols
– A desire to learn about scientific methods and help come up with unique solutions to analysis of food and beverage products
-Able to work well with a team

– Has molecular biology laboratory training
– Has knowledge about product development
– Is able to fix mechanical and basic electrical components. Able to fix things on the go.
– Can organize and maintain equipment appropriately.


Students interested should contact via mail at

Intel Oregon Job Openings

Intel D1C, an organization with a dual charter for derivative technology development and high-volume manufacturing, is seeking PhD candidates within the following disciplines for Process Engineering positions:

– Electrical Engineering – Nuclear Engineering – Materials – Optics
– Chemical Engineering – Mechanical Engineering – Physics – Chemistry


Engineers are needed in multiple modules (e.g. Litho, Etch, Metals, Implant, Yield, Integration, Manufacturing, Sort). In 2013 the factory will finish retooling for the next process generation and ramp  the 22nm technology node, followed by internal development and transfer of 22nm SOC process technology.


Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Module and/or tool ownership: tool preventative maintenance, management of troubleshooting activities, regular monitoring of tool and process performance, defect analysis and reduction
  • Project ownership for improvements in safety, yield, cost, and improved manufacturability
  • Working with cross-functional teams to solve process and defects issues during 22nm process TD and ramp
  • Interacting with process engineering and manufacturing organizations to drive integrated defects reduction so as to deliver and maintain best in class die yields
  • Working with E-test and product engineering groups within yield engineering to drive product performance



  • Doctoral candidate in a listed technical discipline with a demonstrated academic record of excellence
  • Must have graduated or will graduate within 6 months from today’s date
  • Demonstrated experience to rapidly analyze complex process issues and pursue a focused solution path
  • Demonstrated experience to summarize complex data sets for technical and nontechnical audiences
  • Must be comfortable working hands-on around technical equipment
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong preference given for candidates with peer-reviewed published papers


Quick highlights of what you can expect from Intel:

  • Compensation: Competitive base salary, two bonus programs, stock grants and purchase programs, a profit share retirement plan, 401(k) retirement plan, and relocation assistance for qualified distances
  • Benefits:  Several medical, dental and vision plans to chose from, 3 weeks vacation, 10 paid holidays, 8 weeks of sabbatical every 7 years, free beverages and fruit, health and wellness programs, and much more
  • Integration and Training: Tuition reimbursement for work-related coursework and certifications, and training from a variety of sources including Intel’s My Learning with over 2,400 technical and development courses
  • Community: Networking and social events organized through Intel’s ‘RCGnet’ community group


Location:  Portland, Oregon

Interested PhD candidates: Please send resumes to Anuj Mishra at

Clinical Chemistry Fellowship

Clinical Chemistry Fellowship at UCSD


UCSD has an opening for a clinical chemistry fellow at the Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine for a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD interested in becoming director of a high complexity clinical chemistry laboratory. The primary objective of this program is to train qualified individuals to become certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in chemistry, or toxicological chemistry, and to compete for positions as director or associate directors of medical school or hospital-based clinical chemistry laboratories.  This objective is achieved through training in clinical chemistry, laboratory administration, and research.

This two year program emphasizes a combination of training in classical clinical chemistry (e.g., blood gases, electrolytes, enzymes, proteins, endocrinology, therapeutic drug monitoring) and specialty areas (clinical toxicology and molecular diagnostics). A particular strength of this program will be in the area of toxicology where there are collaborations with the California Poison Control Center and UC San Diego Medical Toxicology Fellowship program. The UC San Diego program will also benefit from the Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine (CALM), a 90,000 square foot facility that recently opened as a central reference laboratory for the UCSD Healthcare system. At the CALM, fellows will have access to automated chemistry, toxicology, hematology, microbiology, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics, and information systems.

Strong background in analytical chemistry required. Salary $49,000 per year. For information regarding the American Board of Clinical Chemistry visit their website (

For more information about the program contact Robert Fitzgerald, Professor of Pathology at