Postdoc position in Bionanotechnology

The Gao Lab at University of Washington Bioengineering invites applications from qualified candidates for a postdoc position in the area of Bionanotechnology (nanotechnology, bioconjugation, imaging, drug delivery, cancer/neurological research, protein molecular engineering, and related). Candidates must be self-motivated, creative, independent, and have Strong publication records (minimally 2 first-author high-impact papers). Interested individuals should forward a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names (with address, phone number and e-mail) of three professional references to Dr. Xiaohu Gao at
The position will remain open until filled. For more information, please visit our webpage: and

CMA and Diversity events at Spring 2016 National ACS Meeting San Diego

Events in bold are sponsored or co-sponsored by ACS Committee on Minority Affairs. All other events are our best effort to highlight events that might be of interest to the diversity and inclusion community.

Sunday March 13, 9:30-10:30
Project SEED Open Meeting
Omni San Diego Hotel, Balboa 1

Sunday March 13, 5-7 pm
ACS Diversity Reception
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua Salon D
Sponsored by the ACS Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

Sunday March 13, 8-10pm
PRES: My Experience with & Advice for Improving Diversity in Chemistry
Hall D – San Diego Convention Center
Organizers: Debbie Crans, Donna Nelson

Monday, March 14, 8:30-11:40 am
PRES: How to Foster Diversity in the chemical Sciences: Lessons Learned & Taught brom the Stories of Recipients of the Staley C. Israel Award
Room 5A – San Diego Convention Center
Organizers: Kishore Bagga, Christopher Hobbs
Presiders: Kishore Bagga, Christopher Hobbs
Cosponsored by: CMA and PROF
Symposium Details

Monday, March 14, 10:30am-12:00pm
Women Chemists of Color Networking Event (ticketed)
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Aqua Salon A/B

Monday, March 14, 11:30am-1:30pm
CMA Luncheon (ticketed)
Speaker: Dr. Willie E. May Undersecretary for Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Sapphire Ballroom A/B

Monday, March 14, 1:30-4pm
PRES: Diversity Quantification Success?
Room 3 – San Diego Convention Center
Organizers: Debbie Crans, Donna Nelson
Presiders: Elizabeth Nalley
Symposium Details

Monday, March 14, 8-10pm
PRES: Sci-Mix
Hall D/E – San Diego Convention Center
Organizers: Debbie Crans, Donna Nelson
Sci-Mix Details

Tuesday March 15, 8:15-11:55am
Successful REU Programs
Mission Hills – Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Organizers: Linette Watkins
Presiders: Karen Buchmueller
Cosponsored by PROF, CMA, CHED

Job Opening – Faculty Position at the University of North Carolina Greensboro

The position is open rank (assistant, associate, or full) and we are seeking applicants in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. Ultimately, we are looking for a great colleague who will fit well with our existing group of highly motivated and collaborative faculty.

The UNCG Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a PhD program in Medicinal Biochemistry, established in 2008. The areas of research encompassed in this program are quite broad, for example, PhD students work on projects involving synthetic medicinal chemistry, natural products research, bioanalytical chemistry, biochemistry of drug targets, and computational modeling. We also have a terminal masters degree and BS/BA degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The department ( features an extremely supportive and collegial environment with 14 full-time faculty and a diverse student body. We offer the BA, BS and MS degrees in chemistry and biochemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Biochemistry. Our department is housed in a 170,000 square foot, $35 million state of the art science building. Excellent core instrumentation and state of the art facilities for NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry with full time support staff are available on site.

Applications must be submitted through Jobsearch (position number 1179). Applicants should upload (as PDF files) a cover letter addressed to Dr. Nadja Cech, Committee Chair, a curriculum vita, a description of proposed research, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references. Formal recommendation letters will be requested later in the application process. Any questions can be addressed to Trina Porcher at Review of applications will begin February 15th and will continue until the position is filled.
We are especially proud of the diversity of our student body, which is 43% ethnic minority ( UNCG was designated as a Minority Serving Institution for 2015 by the US Department of Education. We seek to attract a diverse applicant pool for this position, including women and members of minority groups. UNCG is an EEO/AA employer with a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity. EOE AA/M/F/D/V.

Employment Opportunity: Biological Image Analysis Scientist / Software Engineer at Harvard Medical School

Call for Applications
The Image and Data Analysis Core (IDAC) at Harvard Medical School (HMS) is a new core facility that enables basic and biomedical research by providing state-of-the-art image analysis and related data analysis expertise. The IDAC mission is to enable and improve research performed at HMS, while simultaneously advancing the field of biological image analysis. We maintain a collection of existing open source and commercial image analysis software packages and train researchers to use them effectively. More importantly, we continuously develop novel algorithms to allow researchers to extract valuable information from their biological images. When interfaced with the cutting-edge biomedical research and imaging happening at HMS, these state-of-the-art methods make new science possible and push the biological image analysis field forward. We also actively work to disseminate our image analysis expertise to the HMS community through seminars, workshops and courses.

Apply now!
IDAC has an immediate opening for a Biological Image Analysis Scientist / Software Engineer. This position will regularly provide advice and direction on image analysis to graduate students, postdocs and faculty at HMS, train researchers to use existing image analysis solutions, convert existing analysis tools into turnkey software, and develop and publish novel solutions to address unmet needs. This position will also have the opportunity to identify additional responsibilities that match his/her interests, such as organizing and teaching image analysis lectures and workshops; organizing discussion groups/journal clubs; developing protocols for comparing and evaluating algorithm performance; or pursuing independent research in image analysis.

Qualifications / Required Skills:
● PhD in a related field with 2 or more years of research experience in biological image
analysis algorithm development.
● MATLAB image processing, image analysis, GUI development experience.
● Effective communication skills; ability to communicate technical concepts to nontechnical
● Strong mathematical and statistical background.
Desired / Preferred Skills:
● Bioimaging optics knowledge – basic principles of modern microscopy.
● Knowledge of basic biology / biological research techniques.
● Experience with modern machine learning methods.

● Develop novel biological image processing, image analysis and data analysis algorithms in MA TLAB.
● Consult and effectively communicate with researchers on the effective use of image analysis methods.
● Train researchers to use existing or novel analysis software, effectively communicating analysis principles and practical aspects of operation.
● Modify & customize existing analysis tools, to provide additional functionality.
● Convert existing analysis tools into user-friendly software.
Interested applicants, send the following materials:
● Curriculum Vitae
● 1 page cover letter describing why you’re interested in working at IDAC, how you would contribute, and anything else you want us to know about you. Please do not just summarize your CV, though you may include any pertinent highlights of your image analysis experience.
● Contact information for three references (we will ask you before calling them).
Please send to with “Image Analysis Scientist Position” in the subject line of the application email. Interviews will be arranged as soon as possible and until the position is filled.

Opportunity within the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

The position involves professional responsibility for the oversight of a federal grants program focused on enhancing the integration and dissemination of diversity training, women’s health, and sexual and gender minority efforts within the scientific community and underserved communities experiencing disparities, through NCI-supported networks.

Applications will be accepted through the vacancy announcement posted at

Job Title: Supervisory Health Scientist Administrator (HSA)
Series and Grade: GS-0601-15
Position Information: Full time-permanent
Duty Location: Shady Grove, MD
Open Period:Monday, February 1, 2016 to Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The selectee will play a critical and valuable role in the overall management of designing, implementing and assessing programs that support the training of a diverse cadre of competitive cancer and cancer health disparities researchers, and create state-of-the-art networks dedicated to integrating cancer research, diversity training, and education/outreach efforts in underserved communities.

Ideal candidates will have expertise in basic, clinical, translational, population-based and/or behavioral research related to cancer and cancer health disparities. Also desirable is an educational background or experience in molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, basic medical science, and/or in applied research, such as community-based education, outreach, and public health.

If you think this position may be of interest to you, we encourage you to apply.

Please also feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues and others who may be interested in joining this exciting and dynamic team of scientists working to promote research and training in cancer and cancer health disparities research, and to identify new and innovative scientific education and outreach opportunities to improve cancer outcomes in communities experiencing an excess burden of cancer.

The NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

Celebrating the Success of 20 Years of ACS Scholars

In the September 7, 2015 issue of Chemical & Engineering News (Volume 93 Issue 35, p. 45, ACS Comments), Committee on Minority Affairs Chair Madeleine Jacobs shares her excitement about 20 years of the ACS Scholars Program and the impact it has had on more than 2500 underrepresented minorities pursuing their education in chemistry. Jacobs is also the Honorary Chair of the ACS Scholars 20th Anniversary Appeal, an effort that has raised $1M in donations and pledges this year to support the program.

Madeleine asked many ACS Scholars what they wanted donors to know about the program, and they told her that it…

“Changes lives, one life at a time.
Opens doors.
Provides opportunities, personally and professionally, that would not otherwise have been available.
Gives a competitive advantage by providing meaningful undergraduate research and internships.
Provides mentoring in a way that no other program does.”

Although no longer taking applications for 2015, you can find out more about the ACS Scholars Program for the next round of applications. And your donation to support the program is always welcome. No amount is too small.

Follow this link to read Madeleine’s full article. No log-in required.

Diversity Programs Roadmap

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2015 ACS Fall National Meeting, Boston

Sunday, August 16

8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Committee on Chemists with Disabilities (CWD) Open Meeting
Boston Sheraton, Commonwealth

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA) Open Meeting
Boston Sheraton, Republic B

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) Open Session
Boston Sheraton, Back Bay C

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Committee on Technician Affairs (CTA) Open Meeting
Boston Sheraton, Independence West

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
ACS Diversity Reception – Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Committee on Chemists with Disabilities and the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Boston Sheraton, Independence West

Monday, August 17

7:30 am – 9:00 am
Women Chemist Committee Women (WCC) in the Chemical Enterprise Breakfast
Boston Sheraton, Commonwealth

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Women Chemists of Color (WCOC) Social
Boston Sheraton, Commonwealth

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA) & Corporate Associates (CA) Luncheon Honoring ACS Scholars 20th Anniversary (Ticketed Event)
Boston Sheraton, Republic A/B

Tuesday, August 18

7:00 am – 9:30 am
Silver Circle Breakfast (Ticketed Event)
Boston Sheraton, Republic A/B

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
WCC/Eli Lilly Travel Award Poster Session and Reception
Boston Sheraton, Republic A/B

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Women Chemists Committee (WCC) Luncheon (Ticketed Event)
Boston Sheraton, Republic A/B

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Women Chemists Committee (WCC) ‘Just Cocktails’ Reception & Open Meeting
Westin Boston Waterfront, Stone

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Presidential LGBT Reception
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Plaza Ballroom C

ACS Scholars Program is Rising Stars

The ACS Committee on Minority Affairs is honored to present a symposium dedicated to the ACS Scholars Program. The ACS Scholars Program is celebrating its 20th year anniversary impacting students from underrepresented minority groups.

Event Details:
Back Bay A Sheraton Boston Hotel
Monday, August 17
ACS National Meeting Fall 2015

Rising Stars in Academe: from 8:30am to 11:35am

1. Nicholas D. Ball: Pomona College
Dr. Nicholas Ball is an organic chemist with a B.S. from Macalaster College and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. After completing a post-doctoral appointment at the California Institute of Technology, he joined the faculty at Amherst College in 2013. Nicholas was in the American Chemical Society Scholars Program as an undergraduate at Macalaster College from 2001 to 2005. Currently an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at Pomona College, his research with undergraduates focuses on the development of new metal-catalyzed reactions that incorporate greenhouse gases (CO, CO2, SO2, etc.) into organic molecules. The goal is to develop new methodologies to convert pollution into useful organic products.

2. Lesley-Ann Giddings: Middlebury College
Dr. Lesley-Ann Giddings is a natural products chemist with a B.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While completing a post-doctoral appointment in the Natural Products Branch of the Developmental Therapeutics Program at the National Cancer Institute, she was a visiting professor at Hood College (2012) and Carleton College (2013), where she taught introductory courses in Biology and Chemistry, respectively. Lesley-Ann recently joined the faculty at Middlebury College as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in January 2015. Her research interests lie in elucidating the biosynthetic pathways of microbial natural products as well as using microbial cocultivation to produce unique, bioactive metabolites. She is an active member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy as well as the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. Lesley-Ann was in the American Chemical Society Scholars Program as an undergraduate at Smith College from 2001 to 2005.

3. Fatima Rivas: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Dr. Fatima Rivas is an organic chemist with a B.S. from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego. After completing a post-doctoral appointment at TSRI, she joined the faculty at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2010. Fatima participated in the American Chemical Society Scholars Program as an undergraduate from 2000 to 2001.The Rivas research laboratory discovers and uses natural products as chemical probes to identify potential biological targets in drug resistant cancers, particular in glucocorticoid resistant acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We isolate, synthesize, and study naturally occurring molecules that possess unique structural and medicinal properties. Our natural product screening campaigns generate lead matter and useful information against therapeutically relevant, yet challenging, biological targets. Our fundamental goals are the following: (1) identify unique natural products (2) establish synthetic protocols for those molecules (3) evaluate their structure activity relationship, and identify their biological targets. Our natural and synthetic molecules are designed to provide basic mechanistic information regarding their mode of action and eventually progress from hit to lead.

4. Fikile Brushett: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Fikile Brushett is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he presently holds the Raymond A. & Helen E. St. Laurent Career Development Chair. He obtained his B.S.E. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2010. After completing a postdoctoral appointment at Argonne National Laboratory, he joined the faculty at MIT in 2013. His research group focuses on advancing the science and engineering of electrochemical energy systems with an overarching goal of enabling sustainable technologies. Fikile was in the American Chemical Society Scholars Program as an undergraduate from 2002 to 2006.

5. Joshua S. Figueroa: University of California San Diego
Dr. Joshua S. Figueroa is an inorganic chemist with a B.S. from the University of Delaware (2000) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005). He was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University from 2005 to 2007. Josh joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego in 2007 and developed a research program focused on synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, as well as homogeneous catalysis. He was promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, in 2013. Josh was in the American Chemical Society Scholars Program as an undergraduate at the University of Delaware from 1998 to 2000.

Rising Stars in Industry from 1:45pm to 4:50pm

1. Jalonne L. White-Newsome: Director of Federal Policy
Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome is a chemical engineer with a B.S. from Northwestern University. She subsequently earned her M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Southern Methodist University, and her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2011. Jalonne is currently the Director of Federal Policy for a non-profit, community based organization, WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT), managing the DC policy office. Jalonne’s expertise is in climate change, public health, and environmental management. Jalonne was in the American Chemical Society Scholars Program as an undergraduate from 1995 to 1999.

2. Amber O. Evans: BASF Corporation
Dr. Amber Evans is a Development Scientist in the Care Chemicals business unit of BASF Corporation and is responsible for the development of new technologies for personal care products. Prior to joining BASF in late 2012, Dr. Evans earned her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with an emphasis on Cosmetic Science from University of Cincinnati. Her dissertation work focused on investigating the interaction between water hardness metals and human hair. Dr. Evans has also worked on multiple projects ranging from upstream research for hair colorants to bioengineering and clinical testing for shave care applications through The Procter & Gamble Company’s internship program. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where she was an American Chemical Society Scholar from 2004 to 2005. Dr. Evans is an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

3. Tashica Williams Amirgholizadeh: Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Dr. Amirgholizadeh was an American Chemical Society Scholar from 1996-1998. Dr. Amirgholizadeh received her undergraduate degree in chemistry (A.C.S. certified), with a minor in mathematics, from Baylor University in May 1998. Dr. Amirgholizadeh received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in June 2004 in the laboratory of Dr. Jacqueline K. Barton. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law in May 2007. From 2007-2013, Dr. Amirgholizadeh was an Associate in the Intellectual Property Law and Patent Litigation group in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP. Her practice at the firm primarily focused on patent infringement litigation involving a wide variety of technologies, including biotechnology, medical devices, computer processor architecture, and plasma display panels. Dr. Amirgholizadeh is currently Patent Litigation Counsel for Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company located in Foster City, California.

4. Antonio Ubiera: GlaxoSmithKline
Antonio R. Ubiera earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University (1999), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia (2001, 2004). As an undergraduate at NCSU, Antonio was a member of the American Chemical Society Scholars Program from 1995 to 1999. For his doctoral work, advised by Professor Giorgio Carta, Antonio focused on the experimental characterization of industrial ion-exchange chromatography media and on the development of physical and mathematical models to describe diffusion and transport in these types of adsorbents. Antonio is currently Director of Process Technology for BioPharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations at GSK (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania). In this role, he leads a group of scientist and engineers in process transfer, scale-up, manufacturing support, and novel technology introduction for the production of monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutic proteins in clinical development. Prior to joining Manufacturing Operations, Antonio managed a team within the Downstream Process Development group at GSK, where he was responsible for design, optimization, scale-up, and technology transfer of various early and late-stage biopharmaceutical purification processes. Lastly, prior to joining GSK in 2008, Antonio worked in the Process Biochemistry group at MedImmune (Gaithersburg, MD), where he focused on purification process characterization and transfer for monoclonal antibody production.

5. Kimberly Ortiz: Dow Chemical
Kimberly Ortiz is a chemical engineer with a B.S. from Louisiana Tech University. She joined Dow Chemical as a Process Automation Engineer in June 2007. Kimberly was in the American Chemical Society Scholars Program as an undergraduate from 2001 to 2005. She currently serves on the Louisiana Tech University Industrial Advisory Board for Chemical Engineering. As a chemical engineer, Kimberly uses process dynamic knowledge to aid in the design of control system solutions for her clients and is passionate about delivering safety instrumented functions for those systems.

This is a Presidential Event! And you don’t want to miss it!!!

Presenting at ACS Boston? Toot Your Horn!

Are you presenting a poster or talk at the Fall 2015 ACS Meeting in Boston? Follow ChemDiversity on LinkedIn for professional networking, and add a comment the ACS Boston discussion on our LinkedIn page to tell us the title of your presentation and when it will be presented.

Why? We want to promote visibility, facilitate networking with, and celebrate chemists who are underrepresented minorities. And we need your help to do it!