Announcing a Postdoctoral Research Position in the Showalter Laboratory

The laboratory of Professor Scott Showalter in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the Pennsylvania State University seeks to fill a postdoctoral research position to investigation structure-function relationships for intrinsically disordered proteins. The position will involve the design and implementation of NMR pulse programs for carbon-detected biomolecular NMR spectroscopy. Previous experience with NMR pulse programming is not required, but experience with biomolecular NMR, broadly defined, is strongly preferred.  The successful postdoctoral candidate will work in the context of our laboratory’s broader efforts, which also include computational modelling, as well as thermodynamic and kinetic binding assays. Thus, candidates with broad training in biochemistry, biophysics or physical chemistry will be the most competitive. Applications should be submitted electronically and should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae, including a description of prior training and other qualifications for this position and a list of publications. Appropriate candidates will be contacted by email and asked to arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent so that they might be considered further.

Seeking Candidates for Lab Technician Job Opportunity – Baldwin-Wallace University

Title:  Lab Technician

Rapid Cycle, Standard Cycle, Performance Bench Testing

Department:  Blend Test Services (BTS)                     Reports to:  BTS Resource Manager

The Lab Technician in the Blend Test Services Department is responsible for all facets of testing from the set-up and take-down to reporting of results. The majority of the workday is spent in a laboratory environment working with new and used oils, solvents, chemicals and equipment utilized to complete testing. This person is responsible for ensuring safety, adherence to ISO guides and good housekeeping practices during daily operations.



  • Conduct quality tests following work procedures and ISO guidelines. Reference appropriate resource documents
  • Enter and upload test data into Excel or other internal
  • Understand and perform testing calculations. Identify and resolve incorrect calculations and process the calculations by alternative means if necessary. Recognize and correct data inconsistencies before
  • Plot reference data on control charts. Understand control charting and when to investigate potential issues. Identify, troubleshoot, and work closely with customers to resolve issues or problems. Appropriately elevate a situation to supervisor and/or customer when
  • Recognize priority conflicts of testing; prioritize and communicate test schedules to customers. Perform multiple tests at a
  • Facilitate sample flow between work area and other areas in the department. Communicate issues to appropriate
  • Recognize validity of test data. Notify supervisor regarding non-conformances and be able to identify root causes of inconsistent test data. Perform routine troubleshooting and repair on tests and
  • Articulate and communicate testing issues to co-worker, supervisor, and customer. Provide timely status updates. Work with customers on special requests. Follow-up on customer questions or
  • Actively participate with contributions to safety, housekeeping, environmental, accomplishments and process improvement
  • Update work instructions and procedures as necessary; forward recommended changes to area document controller. Maintain thorough documentation and associated information following ISO
  • Move and cross-train to help areas of highest need focusing on overall group

Skills, Experience, and Qualifications


  • High School
  • BA/BS in a Science related field (Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, or Geology) may be
  • College chemistry or equivalent science
  • One year lab experience in industry or academic
  • Working knowledge of statistics
  • Computer skills (MS Office). Knowledge of web-enabled Mainframe applications; Scheduler/Inventory, Measurements, Lab Messenger, Information Warehouse and
  • Track record of customer service; effective verbal and written communication skills and an ability to communicate with colleagues and internal/external
  • Project Management skills; experienced with managing projects and organizing significant volume of work; experienced in prioritizing and managing customer
  • Understand and exhibit safe laboratory practices and lab safety programs. .
  • General knowledge and/or awareness of control charting and ISO



  • Role model for behaviors defined in the BTS Lab Technician competency model that includes: Focus on Customers, Communications, Adaptability, Results Orientation, Problem Solving & Decision Making, Planning & Managing Execution, and Building Collaborative Relationships.
  • Safety driven behaviors
  • Ability to work with shifting
  • Team-oriented, motivated, self-starter.
  • Customer-focused with ability to recognize and adapt to changing business

Quantitative Biology PhD Program at CU-Boulder

The IQ Biology PhD program is for students who want to create their own path and have the desire to pursue research that is unscripted.

IQ Biology is not just for biologists!

We started our IQ Biology PhD program to nurture students who can reach across disciplines and develop productive teams consisting of multiple experts. Our results have amazed us. Our fifth class of graduate students recently began their journey through the Ph.D. process, and will continue through their first year in the labs of world-class researchers across disciplines and departments.

IQ Biology students come from diverse academic backgrounds such as Physics, Computer Science, Applied Math, Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering. In addition to receiving a certificate in Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology, our students receive a PhD in one of nine disciplines. Visit our website for the complete list of partner departments.

As an IQ Biology student, your experiences (specialized coursework, research rotations in multiple departments and your interactions with your colleagues) will be distinct from traditional doctoral education resulting in your becoming a well-rounded, cutting-edge researcher able to transcend academic boundaries. To find out more about the application processes click here, and to find out more about our faculty, curriculum and students visit our website.

Connecting you to your vision
From the very beginning, your experience in the IQ Biology program will be about creating the future you want and the world needs. We already built the connections between our nine partner departments so that you can focus on doing innovative research and participating within our large network of collaborators at CU-Boulder, CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus, NIST and other institutions.
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Meet our students

The IQ Biology program attracts a talented, diverse, and driven cohort. Your experiences will be distinct from traditional doctoral education resulting in your becoming a well-rounded, cutting-edge researcher able to transcend academic boundaries.

Our students speak for themselves. You can read some of their blogs about their PhD experiences here:

“On the leading edge” by Nora Connor
“Science in pictures” by Topher Weiss-Lehman
“Understanding RNA” by Aaron Wacholder

Meet all of our IQ Biology students here
About the BioFrontiers Institute

The BioFrontiers Institute was built on a vision of creating a flexible and supportive environment for scientists and engineers to work across disciplines on projects that might be outside the realm of traditional research in their area.

Faculty members at BioFrontiers have a passion for their work, and openness to new ideas, allowing them to embrace challenges in core areas like genomics, bioimaging, therapeutic paradigms and regenerative biology.

The Institute is housed at the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building. Many of CU’s leading researchers have labs in the interdisciplinary building, including Marvin Caruthers, Tom Cech, Leslie Leinwand, and Kristi Anseth. In addition to teaching spaces and collaborative laboratories, the building also provides core facilities to support CU researchers and the local biotech community. Learn more at our website | contact:

Van Andel Institute Graduate School PhD Program

September 28, 2015

Dear colleagues,

Do you know young scientists with a real passion for harnessing the tools of molecular and genetic biology for improving human health?  The doctoral program of Van Andel Institute Graduate School provides an innovative developmental path for students with the capacity and motivation for careers in biomedical research.  I would be grateful if you would bring this opportunity to the attention of outstanding students in your program.

Van Andel Research Institute, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, conducts biomedical research with an emphasis on translating scientific results into clinical applications.  Van Andel Institute Graduate School trains Ph.D. scientists to be research leaders in cellular, molecular and genetic studies relevant to human diseases.  This unique doctoral program prepares researchers for effective careers linking the discoveries of basic science with the applications needed for improved human health.

o   Problem-based learning courses guide students to read, think, discuss, and write as scientists

o   Peer-based support group of graduate students from VAIGS and other institutions

  • Development of professional skills, experiences and networks

o   Writing and reviewing grants and manuscripts; oral and poster presentation skills

o   Training in responsible and effective conduct of research

o   Laboratory leadership and management

o   Travel funds for scientific conferences and retreats

  • Distinguished faculty and a low student: faculty ratio

o   Small classes enable personal attention from faculty instructors

o   Weekly seminars bring world renowned scientists to the institute

o   Careful and caring faculty mentorship

  • Exceptional facilities with extensive core technology support

o   Environment that is interactive, integrative, intense and inspiring

  • Institutional fellowships provide generous stipends, insurance, and research support

Our innovative curriculum leads students to explore fundamental concepts in genetics, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology through highly integrated, problem-based courses based on current research questions, in preparation for their dissertation research as they take on their professional status as scientists.

For the entering class of Fall 2016, we seek effective independent learners who work capably in a collaborative team environment.  A solid foundation in cell biology, molecular biology and genetics will be important, but more essential is an understanding of and passion for the life of a scientist and the exploration of cutting-edge scientific questions.  Those with a bold and pioneering spirit will make the most of this opportunity.

More information is available at our website ( or by contacting the graduate school office at or (616) 234-5708.  Thank you in advance for connecting your outstanding students with this outstanding opportunity.


Steven J. Triezenberg, Ph.D.

President and Dean, Van Andel Institute Graduate School

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Two Tenure-track Asst/Assoc Prof faculty positions available at Ball State University





Two Tenure-track faculty positions available August 19, 2016 will include those in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic or physical chemistry. Responsibilities:  develop an externally-funded research program that complements the department’s existing research, that involves undergraduate and graduate students, and preferably with applications in materials, computational or environmental science; teach undergraduate and graduate classes in specialty as well as teach general chemistry. Minimum qualifications:  Ph.D. degree in Chemistry or closely related area; postdoctoral research experience or equivalent; evidence of potential for excellence in teaching; evidence of potential for excellence in research. Preferred qualifications:  Teaching experience at the collegiate level, e.g. teaching assistant, instructor, Assistant Professor; research interests that focus on an area which complements the department’s existing research programs. (

Send cover letter, vita, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy,  three original letters of recommendation, and description of proposed research to:  Dr. Robert E. Sammelson, Chairperson at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The university offers an excellent benefits package, including health care and retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, and generous time off with pay.

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

2015 University of Michigan Macro Symposium Information & Deadlines

We are pleased to announce that the 39th Annual Macromolecular Science and Engineering Symposium will be held at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on October 22nd, 2015. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Polymers and Their Biomedical Applications.” This is a one-day symposium with several invited speakers, a poster session, networking events, and a banquet. Here are the invited speakers:

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski from Carnegie Mellon University;

Arthur J. Coury from Northeastern University;

Tatiana K. Bronich from University of Nebraska;

Guilermo Ameer from Northwestern University;

Hai-Quan Mao  from Johns Hopkins University

Kristopher Kilian from The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

This is a call for poster presentations. The poster session is open to students and post-doctoral researchers and covers research in all areas of polymer science and engineering. There is no registration fee for any faculty or students with university affiliation. For those students whose research is closely aligned with the theme of the symposium “Polymers and Their Biomedical Applications”, we will elevate two of the poster submissions to invited talks.

Below are the Symposium deadlines:

Monday, October 5th –  Oral Presentation Poster Deadline

Friday, October 16th – Symposium Registration Deadline

More Information for the symposium can be found at

Thank you for your time. If you have any questions, please call or email me.

Ming Dang

Student Representative for the 2015 Macro Symposium

Macromolecular Science and Engineering

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Member of the 39th Annual Macromolecular Science and Engineering Symposium Planning Committee

Four New Faculty Positions at UC Riverside

The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Riverside seeks outstanding applicants for four new faculty positions in 2016.  Attached are ads for the first two positions scheduled to appear in the Oct 5 issue of C&E News.  The list below also includes direct links to the specific iRecruit application portals.  We would appreciate your help in distributing this information to potential applicants.  Advertisements for the ETOX and Atmospheric chemistry positions will appear soon.
1) Analytical Chemistry (Open Level) – Oct 23 application date
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2) Teaching Faculty position specializing in Organic Chemistry – Oct 23 application date
3) Assistant Professor in Environmental Toxicology.
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4) Assistant Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry.  
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The four new chemistry hires will augment the recent and continuing growth in the size and reputation of the UCR Chemistry program.  New faculty will be able to contribute to and benefit from the enhance visibility and reputation of the program.  UCR Chemistry is ranked 25th in US in the 2015 Annual Review of World Universities and is ranked 26th in the US in the current Nature Index (
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