Proteins – Bioc/Chem/Pharm/Phol/Sysb 456 course

Conversations on Protein Structure and Function (PHOL 456) Fall 2016

15 sessions at 2 credits

(to be taken primarily by SBB-TP students,

and others with background in physical-chemical sciences and strong interest in protein structure and

biophysics by permission)

Thursdays, 4.00-5:30pm

Room E614

The goal of this course is to provide an in-depth introduction of research areas and discussion on

current topics for students with backgrounds in physical-chemical sciences and/or to students who

already have a good basic background in protein science.

The course presents a overview of Protein structure/function. Following an introduction to/revision

of the principles of protein structure, the physical basis of protein folding and stability, and a brief

overview of structural and bioinformatics approaches to protein analysis is presented. Typically two

lecture/discussion style presentations are followed by a student lead journal club on recent high

profile papers. The way the Journal club is done is that one student presents a paper (background and

figures in powerpoint slides) while presentation of the main figures is shared between the class.

Papers and Figures will be assigned by instructor. Typically two papers will be presented per session.


Student presentations 40%

In class exercises/participation 30%

Final exam 30%

Recommended Book:

“How Proteins work” by Mike Williamson, Garland Science

Course Director: Matthias Buck

Instructors/Discussion Leaders:

Matthias Buck (MB), Sudha Chaprakani (SC), Masaru Miyagi (MM), Witold Surewicz (WS), Sichun

Yang (SY)

Analytical Chemist Needed

Job Opportunity: Chemist

Position Overview
The Chemist will be responsible for the chemical analysis of submitted refractory
samples, managing the analytical chemistry laboratory, supervising technicians,
standardization and calibrations for all analytical instruments as well as maintaining a
safe working environment in the chemical laboratory. The candidate will also be required
to act as coordinator of third party laboratories when necessary.
Key Responsibilities
The successful candidate will:
• Develop techniques for analysis of refractory ceramic samples submitted to the
lab for understanding the failure mechanisms of refractories exposed to various
harsh thermo-chemical environments. This will be achieved using combinations
of XRF, ICP and XRD
• Perform and/or coordinate chemical analysis of samples submitted to the lab in
accordance with generally accepted chemical practices. Report results in a clear
and organized fashion.
• Engage with internal customers to provide them with a thorough understanding of
methodologies used during the analysis of samples provided by these
• Partner with analytical lab and other R&D peers to determine the current and
future needs of the lab and to identify the equipment and procedures to perform
those functions.
• Maintain a safe and organized work environment by taking the lead in site safety
& 5-S programs.
• Supervise and develop analytical technicians.
• Create and maintain SOP’s for the chemical lab.
Knowledge/Experience/Skills Needed
The desired candidate will have:
• The minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, a Master’s degree or higher
is preferred.
• At least 5 years of experience in an analytical chemistry laboratory.
• Extensive expertise with modern XRF (fused bead and powder pellets)
spectrometers, including substantial knowledge of the theory, sample preparation
techniques, and software.
• Significant experience with ICP-AES, LECO and other analytical chemistry
• Experience with refractory industry materials, including SiC, and organic
compounds and related test methods/instrumentation would be a plus.
• The ability to troubleshoot analytical issues, equipment and software.
• Attention to detail, documentation, and safety.
The ideal candidate will be action-oriented with a desire to support internal customers
through the timely and thorough sharing of information. They will possess integrity and
will be able to develop the trust of peers. They will be effective at problem solving and
planning tasks, assignments and assistant’s duties, and passionate about continuing
their technical learning.
Working Relationships
This position reports to the Analytical Lab Manager with secondary reporting to the site
The position offers a comprehensive benefits package and a salary level commensurate
with level of skills and experience.
Interested applicants may submit resume and salary requirements to

Southern Teachers – Chemistry Teachers Needed

The heat is rising this summer, but it can’t stop Southern Teachers from recruiting chemistry teachers for August 2016 positions. That’s right, we still have a number of openings for this academic year and we are asking you to forward this [information] to your recent graduates and alumni with both strong content knowledge and potential as a teacher. Encourage them to complete our online application as soon as possible! Since we are working with private/independent school, our teacher candidates do NOT need a teaching license or an education major to be successful.

Southern Teachers has helped private/independent K-12 schools find qualified teachers since 1902. Today we work with over 600 schools from Maryland to Miami and west to Midland, TX. Don’t forget, our service is freeto our teacher candidates!

As always, if you have questions about Southern Teachers, please feel free to call or email me anytime. You can read more about us here.


Temporary position (one year) at the Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor level, starting August 30, 2016, to teach laboratory courses in general chemistry. MS or PhD in chemistry required. To apply for this position, email or mail a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy and career goals, a statement describing a demonstrated ability to mentor a diverse student body, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to: Professor Dan O’Leary (, Department of Chemistry, Pomona College, 645 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6338. Complete applications received by July 15, 2016 will receive full consideration. Pomona College is committed to increasing excellence through diversity and welcomes applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

BioSolveIT Workshop

BioSolveIT Workshop

Thursday, July 7, 2016

9:30 am to 3 pm, at Room 435 Fisher Hall
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
329 Fisher Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Dr. Carsten Detering will present this hands-on workshop on Protein-Ligand Interactions using SeeSAR and LeadIT Software.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Philip Clarke at

By Tuesday, July 5 at the close of business.


Smith College Postdoctural Fellow, Chemistry

Chemistry Colleagues,

Smith College is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chemistry Department to conduct research into the use of modified DNA molecules as chemical reagents to selectively modify one compound in a complex mixtureThis is a full-time, 1 year grant-funded position in the laboratory of David J. Gorin with the possibility of renewal. The desired start date is February 1, 2017, but is negotiable.

Additional information and application instructions may be found at:


International Undergraduate Research Photography Competition

Winning Entries will be recognized by the Journal of Young Investigators. 

  • Three winners will receive unique JYI gift items.

  • One winner will be featured as the cover of 2016 Best of JYI Publication.

Submit your image and brief description to


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