Post-Doctoral Position: Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota

Post-Doctoral Position: Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials
Science, University of Minnesota
beginning immediately
Relating Monolayer Dynamics and Adsorption to Composition and Morphology An essential, function of LS is to prevent the Laplace instability, which drives gas out of smaller alveoli and into larger ones, effectively deflating smaller alveoli and thickening the alveolar lining fluid. The Laplace Instability occurs when the capillary pressure, ΔP=2γ/R, in small alveoli (radius RS) exceeds that of larger alveoli (radius RL): 2γ/RS > 2γ/RL. This post-doctoral position is designed to examine the hypothesis that the dynamic resistance of the LS monolayer to compression can reverse the Laplace instability. The dilatational modulus, 𝜀 𝜔 = 𝐴 𝜔 𝜕𝛾 𝜕𝐴 , relates the change in surface tension, γ, to the change in molecular area, A. For 𝜕 𝛾 𝑅 𝜕𝑅 = 2𝜀 – 𝛾 𝑅! > 0, or 2ε−γ >0, the Laplace pressure decreases with decreasing radius, suppressing the Laplace Instability. However, if 2ε−γ is negative, even small variations in inflation would drive spontaneous collapse of some alveoli, and hyper-extension of others. My group
has designed and built a novel capillary pressure microtensiometer to measure ε. The post-doc will map out ε for clinical and model lung surfactants as a function of surface pressure and frequency to determine the effects of solid phase fraction (related to saturated vs. unsaturated lipid fraction), domain morphology (related to lung surfactant proteins SP-B and SP-C, cholesterol and fatty acid fractions) and subphase compositions of lysolipids and/or albumin. If the Laplace instability does play a causative role in the progression of ARDS, then any successful therapy must reverse this instability. Reversing the Laplace instability requires understanding how to accelerate the interfacial adsorption of LS relative to albumin and lyso-PC, which we propose to
study using confocal microscopy.
The ideal applicant would be a trained experimentalist with a background in the physics and chemistry of interfacial phenomena. Prior experience with confocal or two-photon microscopy, design of experimental apparatus, Labview experience, handling and preparing lipid and protein mixtures, atomic force microscopy, Langmuir isotherms.
Previous students and post-docs on this project have gone on to careers in both industry and academia.
Salary: $42-45K depending on experience + benefits. Minimum duration one year, with extension depending on progress. Applications should be send to Joseph Zasadzinski (biosketch/CV + career plans + names of two referees or two recommendation letters). Position open until filled.

Advancing Undergraduate Research symposium in San Francisco

We have information about our upcoming Committee on Minority Affairs symposium entitled, “Advancing Undergraduate Research Symposium in San Francisco”! Here are the times for our symposium. This symposium is primarily sponsored by the CHED division, thanks to all those involved in planning and supporting!

All talks will be in the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Nob Hill C.

Tuesday April, 04, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Wednesday, April, 05, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

You can view the individual talks by logging in here:

Job Post: Assistant Professor – University of Delaware

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware invites applications for a continuing non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor beginning September 1, 2017. The primary responsibility of this position is general chemistry for STEM majors, with the opportunity to teach honors and courses in other areas depending on the candidate’s experience and expertise. Applicants should possess strong content knowledge in the chemical sciences, demonstrated commitment to the use of evidence-based teaching methods, and an interest in pursuing scholarly activities associated with teaching and learning. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field.
An innovative leader in teaching and research, the University of Delaware combines a rich historic legacy with a commitment to undergraduate education and the creation of new impactful knowledge. The main campus in Newark, Delaware provides the amenities of a vibrant college town with convenient access to the major cities of the East Coast. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry consistently ranks among the top 10 institutions nationwide in ACS certified degrees, and over 80% of our undergraduates engage in research prior to graduation.
Applicant Instructions
Applicants should apply on-line at and should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and professional development goals, and arrange for submission of at least three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials will be shared with departmental faculty. Questions should be directed to Ms. Susan Cheadle at:
Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.
The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and Title IX institution. For the University’s complete non-discrimination statement, please visit

Postdoctoral Fellow wanted in the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico

The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico anticipates one opening for a post-doctoral fellow on our pre- and postdoctoral NIAAA Institutional Research Training grant. The goal of the grant is to prepare future NIH scientists to conduct research to (1) elucidate the processes of change in drinking behavior, (2) develop and test effective methods to effect change through self-change, treatment and indicated prevention, and (3) develop and test models to disseminate knowledge of effective interventions to diverse populations. Post-doctoral fellows may come from any discipline relevant to the goals of the training program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with best consideration to applications received by January 15, 2017. Additional information and application instructions can be found at:

Visiting Assistant Professor Position: University of Illinois, Springfield

The Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) invites applications for a non-tenure-track Visiting Assistant Professor to begin August, 2017. The successful candidate must have a minimum of a Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field completed before August 1, 2017 and demonstrated excellence in teaching. Experience pursuing innovative and engaging teaching strategies is desirable. Teaching responsibilities may include introductory chemistry lecture and lab for science majors, preparatory chemistry lecture and lab, upper division chemistry classes including lab, special topics courses and courses in the Capital Scholars Honors Program. Opportunities to mentor undergraduate research may also be available. While this position will primarily teach on-ground classes, we encourage applicants who have an interest in online teaching. UIS offers both a Biochemistry major and an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified Chemistry major as well as a minor.

Faculty Position in Data Intensive Biological Physics and Biophysics : Johns Hopkins University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Biophysics of the Johns Hopkins University expect to fill a joint tenure-track or tenured faculty position. The search is open rank with a preference for candidates at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Priority will be given to candidates working at the interface of physics and biology. Applications are welcome from both experimental and theoretical researchers. This new position is part of a major campus-wide investment in data intensive science and engineering. JHU’s interdisciplinary Institute for Data Intensive Science and Engineering (IDIES) seeks to enhance cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration on data intensive techniques and methodologies as a means to stimulate major advances. Examples of areas of research focus for the successful candidate may include, but are not limited to: cellular and molecular imaging, intracellular dynamics, biological soft matter, creation or novel use of experimental or numerical databases of biophysical interest, and large-scale simulations at the molecular and cellular level. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active research program and to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and short description of research and teaching plans via Interfolio to ( Applicants who wish to be considered at the level of assistant professor should have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf to the same address. If you have questions concerning Interfolio, please call (887) 997-8807 or email You may also contact Jessica Appel at (410) 516-7243 or

Consideration of applications will begin on December 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Johns Hopkins University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Consistent with the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will assess the comprehensive qualifications of each applicant. The Departments of Biophysics and of Physics and Astronomy in particular are committed to hiring candidates who, through their research, teaching and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Clark University Department of Physics TT-Assistant Professor

Clark University’s Department of Physics invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in Fall 2017. We seek a candidate with a strong interest in soft matter with an approach which may be experimental, computational, or both. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, active matter, bio-inspired design, soft robotics, non-equilibrium physics, self-assembly, and smart materials. The potential for complementing current departmental research and collaborating with colleagues outside the department is desirable. The candidate is expected to establish a vigorous research program with both graduate and undergraduate students. A very strong commitment to teaching and mentoring is expected. Candidates should have a PhD in Physics, or a related field, and postdoctoral experience is preferred. Further information about the department is available at We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity university and we strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities which is inclusive of all women to apply. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016. Electronic submission of materials is preferred. Please send CV and a statement of research and teaching interests to Professor Arshad Kudrolli, Search Committee Chair, Department of Physics, Clark University, 950 Main St., Worcester, MA 01610. (email: Candidates should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same address.

Faculty Tenure-track Position in Organic Chemistry, Fall 2017

The Department of Chemistry at Adelphi University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in organic chemistry beginning August 2017. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required, preferably with an emphasis in polymers; additional post-doctoral or industrial experience is also highly preferred. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in organic chemistry, special topics courses related to one’s field, and on occasion courses in general chemistry or physiological chemistry as needed. The candidate must also be committed to establishing a high-quality, externally-funded research program involving undergraduate students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Applications must include a cover letter, a teaching philosophy, a statement of proposed research appropriate for undergraduates, CV, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable until hiring). Applicants must apply online at: and separately arrange for three letters of reference to be emailed to Dr. Justyna Widera-Kalinowska at For more information about the Chemistry department, go to:

Adelphi University is a private university located on Long Island, New York within easy commuting distance of Manhattan. Adelphi University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to building a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from women, under-represented groups, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities and veterans.

Project Director for Science in the Classroom (SitC) position through the AAAS

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) seeks a Project Director for Science in the Classroom (SitC) to plan, direct, and implement activities of project(s) including managing financial and staff resources in order to raise awareness and participation of the overall program. 

Major duties and responsibilities
• Conceptualizes content and plans and implements program activities for Science in the Classroom (SitC). Oversees daily operations and develops and monitors program budgets
• Supervises professional and support staff (one visiting scholar, one Research Associate, with the potential for an expanding staff) including assigning work, monitoring work progress, providing training, conducting performance reviews, and recommending changes in staff salaries
• Solicits input from and work with advisers in terms of the long term direction of SitC
• Oversees work done with consultants and vendors
• Works with evaluators on impact issues
• Reviews and edits science content for inclusion in SitC resources (multi-disciplinary papers across many different fields of science) and for additional science resources related to EHR projects
• Develops strategies for serving needs of different target populations interacting with SitC, e.g., educators (high school, 2-year colleges, those teaching non-majors), graduate students, post-docs
• Conceptualizes and may organize meetings, conferences, and symposia, delivers seminars and conducts other community outreach activities to explain project issues and increase public awareness and understanding of issues, attends and presents at scientific meetings
• Develops proposals for program funding from federal and private sector organizations, interacts with funders and potential funders
• Remains current on the education research literature related to SitC and relevant AAAS education efforts.  May be asked to summarize recent education research for conferences, seminars, and other writing opportunities  
• Initiates design and development of new projects, including identifying and securing grant funding and integrating projects into the larger vision of EHR
• Reviews and evaluates effectiveness of projects in coordination with other Directorate projects and programs
• Develops partnerships with other organizations undertaking related work
• In collaboration with fellow Program Directors and Directorate Head, may formulate policy for project(s). Stays abreast of project issues and serves as advocate for project or program issues at professional, governmental, and community meetings and hearings 
• May oversee and direct multiple projects
• Depending on program, position may have national or international scope

Minimum requirements
• Position requires advanced university or college training leading to a PhD degree in a STEM discipline
• Five to seven years’ experience in progressively responsible positions in program development and management
• Two to three years’ experience supervising others
• Demonstrated knowledge of project issues and research, including an understanding of the related research literature; project management skills including grant proposal development, budget management, and personnel management; ability to use independent judgment to make decisions and guide project effectively and efficiently
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
AAAS is an EO employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category. AAAS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.
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questions?  Contact Melissa McCartney

Division Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, BIO

Become a part of our mission to maintain and strengthen the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. For over 60 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has remained the premier Federal agency supporting basic research at the frontiers of discovery across all fields, as well as science and engineering education at all levels.

The Senior Executive Service (SES) covers managerial positions above GS-15 in the Federal Service. Persons appointed to the SES are eligible for health benefits, life insurance, social security, Federal retirement and thrift savings plan coverage, and participate in the Federal leave system. Career appointees are eligible for bonuses based on performance in addition to base pay.

Competitive status is not required, veteran’s preference does not apply and there are no grade restrictions. New appointees to the SES are required to serve a one-year probationary period. Final selection of career appointees requires the approval of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM approval will be based on the selectee’s background in the following five executive core qualification areas: (1) Leading Change, (2) Leading People, (3) Results Driven Leadership, (4) Business Acumen, and (5) Building Coalitions. These areas are incorporated in the five executive/managerial requirements for the position. Information about the leadership requirements for SES-level positions is available on the OPM website.

This position may also be filled on a one-to-three year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term Appointment or on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment basis. Under the provisions of the IPA, assignees remain on the payroll of his/her home institution and the institution continues to administer pay and benefits. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will reimburse the home institution for NSF’s negotiated share of the costs.

Serves as Division Director, Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) and as a member of the leadership team of the Directorate for Biological Sciences.

MCB contributes to the NSF mission by supporting fundamental research and related activities designed to promote understanding of complex living systems at the molecular, subcellular and cellular levels. MCB supports quantitative, predictive, and theory-driven research and related activities designed to decipher the molecular underpinnings of complex living systems. The incumbent has managerial and oversight responsibilities for the effective use of division staff and resources in meeting organizational goals and objectives. This includes directing the activities of the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, assessing needs and trends, developing breakthrough opportunities, implementing overall strategic planning, and policy setting. Supervises and provides leadership and guidance to program officers, administrative and support personnel. Determines funding requirements, prepares and justifies budget estimates, balances program needs, allocates resources, and oversees the evaluation of proposals and recommendations for awards and declinations. Represents NSF to relevant external groups and fosters partnerships with other Divisions, Directorates, Federal agencies, scientific organizations and the academic community.

Relocation Authorized
Relocation may be paid contingent on availability of funds.
Job Requirements
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
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1. Leading Change. Demonstrated ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Includes the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

2. Leading People. Demonstrated ability to lead people toward meeting the organization’s vision, mission, and goals. Includes the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

3. Results-Driven Leadership. Demonstrated ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Includes the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

4. Business Acumen. Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

5. Building Coalitions. Demonstrated ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive/Managerial Qualifications (ECQs/EMs); but a narrative statement for each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) is recommended.

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management’s Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications.



1. Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience or a combination of education and equivalent experience in molecular or cellular biosciences.

2. Substantial research contributions and strong evidence of scholarship and leadership in disciplines related to molecular or cellular biosciences as evidenced in publications and other professional contributions.

3. Skill in recognizing, developing, and implementing approaches and programs which build on the expertise and knowledge of researchers and educators in other disciplines to develop solutions to important cross-cutting research and education problems.

4. Broad understanding of universities and other institutions where research and education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is conducted, including knowledge of grant administration and fiscal management in biological sciences research support.

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