The department of chemistry at Smith College is initiating a search for a two- to three-year combined teaching and research postdoctoral fellow position in organic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Kevin Shea to begin July 2017.  Teaching responsibilities will include two courses per year in intermediate and advanced organic chemistry.  All members of the Chemistry Department participate in teaching and we seek a colleague committed to learning, developing, and maintaining a dynamic curriculum that is responsive to the needs of Smith’s diverse and talented student body. Applicants must have a Ph. D. in chemistry and a commitment to excellence in teaching.

We believe this is an outstanding opportunity for any Ph.D. graduate who would like to get real academic experience at a top liberal-arts institution. Smith College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts.

We are very interested in having a strong pool of candidates, especially those from under-represented groups. We ask for your help in identifying any potential candidates that you may see fitting our criteria. We are including a copy of an advertisement soon to appear in Chemical & Engineering News. We appreciate you taking the time to consider this request and/or to pass the information along to eligible candidates.



Assistant Professor
Renewable Materials/Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry

The State University of New York

College of Environmental Science and Forestry
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, New York  13210

November 8, 2016

THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY  at The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Renewable Materials/Organic Chemistry. The Department is seeking a candidate with interests broadly associated with the teaching and research activities of the existing focus areas of Natural Products and Polymer Science and in the newly established Renewable Materials Science Major at SUNY-ESF.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. and record of research accomplishments as well as innovative research and teaching plans. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

Responsibilities: SUNY-ESF is seeking unique teacher-scholars committed to excellence in both teaching and research. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program in the area of materials derived from renewable sources, polysaccharides (synthesis, modification or characterization) or chemoenzymatic synthesis.  A strong interest in developing collaborative research with others in the Department of Chemistry, as well as within the College overall is vital. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in the sequence of Organic Chemistry and associated labs, and development of a graduate level course in their area of expertise. The candidate shall also participate in the Renewable Materials curriculum. Advising and mentoring undergraduate students in the Chemistry and Renewable Materials Programs, and mentoring graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral level are integral to the position. Professional and public service is also expected, as is significant interaction with colleagues and students in other disciplines at the College and the broader academic community.

Required Qualifications:

·        A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Chemistry of Natural and/or Synthetic Polymers, or a related discipline

·        A demonstrated interest in research in the broad area of Chemistry of Renewable Materials and/or Organic/Polymer Chemistry

·        A strong interest in teaching and outreach

Preferred Qualifications:

·        Postdoctoral or equivalent research experience

·        Demonstrated ability to secure funding for research

Application Procedure:  Application is online only. Visit our website click on Current Vacancies to find Assistant Professor Renewable Materials/Organic Chemistry.  Applications should include: (1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications and why they are interested in the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research interests and experience, and (4) a statement of teaching philosophy and experience. The cover letter, research statement, and teaching statement should not exceed two pages each. Complete application packages must be submitted as a single document in PDF format with “Renewable Materials Faculty Search” as the subject line.  Three letters of reference should also be submitted independently.

Application Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by December 31, 2016 to assure optimal consideration.

The College: With a total enrollment of about 1,700 undergraduates and 600 graduate students, SUNY-ESF provides an intimate small-college atmosphere with a low student/faculty ratio that allows for personal attention and assistance for students.  ESF has over 400 scientists and staff dedicated to solving environmental problems through research, teaching, and service. Integration of research and teaching is emphasized and the college has a strong undergraduate research program where advanced undergraduate students regularly work with graduate students and faculty.  In addition, the ESF campus is contiguous with that of Syracuse University and in close proximity to SUNY Upstate Medical University, giving students and faculty the added resources of a larger institution of higher education, including a wide array of courses, computer and library facilities, sports, and health services.  Cornell University, with its additional facilities, is located within a 60 minute drive of the ESF campus.

Research facilities on-campus at SUNY-ESF include: (1) The Edwin C. Jahn Laboratory for Chemical Research, a well-equipped polymer, environmental, natural products and biochemical research facility, including thermal analysis equipment, such as a DSC / HiRes TGA and  a TGA / IR-NIR / GC/MS. (2) Analytical and Technical Services (ATS) (, operates and maintains a wide variety of instrumentation including a 300 MHz NMR equipped with Solids State capabilities, 600 and 800 MHz NMR equipped with cryo probes, GC-MS, LCMS, MALDI-TOF/TOF and ICP-OES, ICP-MS with Laser Ablation capabilities; and (3) The Center for Ultrastructural Studies within ATS that is equipped with light microscopes and new (Jan 2017) scanning and transmission electron microscopes.  (4) Additional resources at neighboring institutions include SUNYMAC (, and the Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry core facilities ( at SUNY Upstate Medical University with cores that specialize in high-throughput sequencing, proteomics and genotyping analysis. SUNY-ESF also has more than 25,000 acres of field and forest properties at seven experimental field stations, offering abundant opportunity for field-oriented research in aquatic and terrestrial environments.  The Syracuse Center for Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems ( is located nearby, facilitating collaborative research with a number of local industries and universities in the areas of Green Infrastructure and Renewable Resources.  The Biotechnology Accelerator Facility ( offers opportunities for migrating technologies started in the lab into commercial ventures.

Location: The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is located in Syracuse, New York, a dynamic and diverse community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities. “The Places Rated Almanac” ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of “Best Places to Live.” Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse is within a five-hour drive of New York City, Toronto, and the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. SUNY-ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance.

The ESF campus provides a rich array of curricular and co-curricular experiences with our main Syracuse campus just southeast of downtown Syracuse and our regional campuses stretching from southern Onondaga County to the Adirondacks.  The Syracuse area, location of our main campus, is home to many cultural events, museums, state and local parks and numerous festivals throughout the year along with a growing downtown in the city of Syracuse.  Onondaga County provides a variety of neighborhoods including urban, rural and suburban with strong schools, affordable housing and supportive communities.

Central New York is also home to numerous hospitals and medical facilities including SUNY Upstate Medical University, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, the VA Hospital of Syracuse and Crouse Hospital with all providing unique specialty areas to support the needs of the community.

Whatever one’s interests area, one is sure to find a great community not just as SUNY-ESF but in the surrounding areas as well.

For More Information:  Contact Dr. Fran Webster, Renewable Materials Search Committee Chair, SUNY-ESF; e-mail:; Telephone: 315-470-6863.

In accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site:

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The OSU Honors College is now accepting applications to the DeLoach Work Scholarship program for winter and spring terms, 2017. Tenured and tenure-track Oregon State faculty members, as well as senior instructors, can submit proposals for funding in support of Honors College undergraduates working at tasks that advance faculty research and enhance student experiential learning. Proposed work must relate to the area of the nominated student’s academic training and provide a significant learning outcome. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., Nov. 21. Information available at

It’s that time of year again!  Time for the Joy Drive.  We’ve agreed to sponsor three (3) children this year.  We’ve got a 1-year-old girl, an 8-month-old boy and a 2-year-old boy.

There’s a decorated beaker on the front counter in the main office for your donations.

Please help is make these kids’ Christmas memorable!

I write to invite you to consider submitting a proposal for an OSU Women’s Giving Circle grant.  Founded in the spring of 2003 by a group of OSU alumnae and friends, the Women’s Giving Circle has awarded almost $800,000 in grants to enhance the undergraduate experience, directly impact as many OSU students as possible and improve student retention. Last year, the Women’s Giving Circle awarded more than $70,000 to eleven OSU programs.

To apply for a grant please visit

Please note all proposals are due by Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  Grants will be awarded in May 2017.

Ron Adams
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

Attention STEM students and faculty! OMSI will be giving a presentation answering questions about their science communication program. Student participation fulfills Broader Impact and outreach goals for OSU grant-funded research. Please join us on Nov. 8 from noon-1 p.m. in LPSC 402 to learn more + coffee and demo presentations from current fellows! Contact with questions.

Notice: Elevator Shutdown in Linus Pauling Science Center
Effective Date(s): November 5, 2016 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The freight elevator will be shut down in Linus Pauling Science Center November 5, 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm while the annual category five full load testing is performed.
For questions or comments on this notice contact, Chase Jorgensen at 541-737-3310.
Closures are often subject to changes and delays, so please visit the OSU Campus Closures, Shutdowns, and Detours page for updates on this and other campus closures.
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Applications for the 2016-2017 Learning Innovation Grants are now being accepted. These grants support projects that deploy technology in ways that improve student learning. The maximum award for Individual Grants is $10,000; applications are due Dec. 2. The maximum award for Scaled Grants (multi-departmental teams) is $100k; project descriptions are due Nov. 18, with full proposals due Dec. 16.  For more information and application materials, please visit: An information session will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Kidder 202. Attendance is recommended if you are considering submitting a proposal.