Cody Schlenker to join faculty

schlenker3We are delighted to announce that Dr. Cody Schlenker will be joining the Department as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Schlenker conducted his undergraduate work in chemistry at Linfield College, where he studied porphyrin synthesis with Professor Thomas J. Reinert, followed by an NSF REU in chemical engineering at Cornell University researching hydrogels for soil remediation with Professor Claude Cohen. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, where he synthesized small molecule dyes and charge transport materials and developed advanced device concepts for thin film photovoltaics with Professor Mark E. Thompson as an Anton B. Burg Foundation Fellow in Chemistry. He is presently an NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor David S. Ginger in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington studying photoinduced charge transfer and recombination in novel semiconducting polymers relevant for light harvesting applications.

Dr. Schlenker will launch his program at the University of Washington in July 2014. His research interests concern the integration of spectroscopy, synthesis, and electrical characterization to develop new insight into the mechanisms governing energy transduction in heterogeneous materials relevant for solar energy harvesting and storage devices like organic and organic/inorganic photovoltaics and meso-structured next-generation rechargeable batteries.

For more information, please visit his faculty page or contact him directly via email at schlenk@uw.edu.

Joshua Vaughan to join faculty

Joshua VaughanWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Joshua Vaughan will be joining the Department as our newest Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Vaughan studied chemistry as an undergraduate at Reed College. He earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry with Professor Keith Nelson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he developed novel adaptive optical tools and applied them in multidimensional optical spectroscopy, coherent control, and quantitative optical microscopy. He then conducted postdoctoral research with Professor Xiaowei Zhuang at Harvard University in biophysics, with a focus on the development of novel photoswitching chemistries for ultrahigh-resolution fluorescence imaging in fixed and living cells. He received an NIH postdoctoral fellowship and a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface for his postdoctoral research.

Dr. Vaughan will commence his program at the University of Washington in July, and he is happy to be returning to the Pacific Northwest. His research program spans multiple scientific disciplines and will combine the development of new fluorescent probes for bio-nanoimaging and the application of these tools to probe the molecular-level organization of various cellular and organelle systems.

For more information, please contact him directly via email at vaughan@chem.washington.edu.

Open Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Chemistry

Applications are invited for two or more full-time, tenure-track appointments in the Department of Chemistry. Outstanding candidates in all areas of chemistry and interdisciplinary areas involving chemistry are encouraged to apply. Appointments at the Assistant level are anticipated; appointment at the Associate level will be considered for exceptional candidates. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research, and service. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in undergraduate and graduate teaching and to develop innovative, vigorous, externally-funded research programs. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by date of appointment. Please submit a curriculum vitae, statement of future research interests, and (at the Assistant Professor rank) three letters of reference online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1582. Priority will be given to applications received by October 5, 2012. All other inquiries should be directed to search@chem.washington.edu. The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

Lecturer Openings in General and Introductory Organic Chemistry

We are looking to fill full-time Lecturer positions in general chemistry and introductory organic chemistry.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY: The Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington seeks one or more full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-track Lecturers for appointment on or after September 16, 2012 to participate in our undergraduate chemistry instructional program with an emphasis on general chemistry courses. We anticipate an initial one- to three-year appointment, depending upon past experience, with the possibility of renewals. The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated excellence in large general chemistry lectures, laboratory instruction, and course development. Candidates with past experience in or background suitable for teaching introductory organic chemistry courses are encouraged to so indicate. Applicants should submit a cover letter stating qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and three letters of recommendation online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1579.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: The Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington seeks one or more full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-track Lecturers for appointment on or after September 16, 2012 to participate in our undergraduate chemistry instructional program with an emphasis on introductory organic chemistry courses. We anticipate an initial one- to three-year appointment, depending upon past experience, with the possibility of renewals. The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated excellence in large introductory organic chemistry lectures, laboratory instruction, and course development. Candidates with past experience in or background suitable for teaching general chemistry courses are encouraged to so indicate. Applicants should submit a cover letter stating qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and three letters of recommendation online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1581.

Please direct all other correspondence to lecturer@chem.washington.edu. Review of applications will begin August 15, 2012; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research, and service. The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

UW Chemistry Faculty Lead UW to Top Citation Impact in Materials Science

According to a recent report, the University of Washington led the world in impact of publications in materials science research during the period 2001-2011. This analysis, by Thomson-Reuters, focused on 800 papers published at the UW in the field of materials science, which were collectively cited about 24,000 times, achieving a remarkable 30.41 citations per publication. The UW’s performance was closely followed by a number of outstanding private and public institutions. Chemistry Chair Paul Hopkins points out that even in a large university such as the UW, the work of a small number of faculty members can strongly influence the outcome of such analyses. He points out that UW Chemistry Professor Daniel Gamelin, UW Chemistry and Materials Science Professor Alex Jen, UW Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Professor Samson Jenekhe, and former UW Chemistry Professor Younan Xia together published a total of nearly 750 papers  in that time period that were cited over 43,000 times, or 58 citations per paper. Though all of these papers were clearly not included in the Thomson-Reuters analysis, Hopkins believes that that the work of chemists Gamelin, Jen, Jenekhe, and Xia was critical to lifting the UW to the number one spot. Hopkins hopes that prospective graduate students and postdoctoral associates in this field will take notice of the UW’s outstanding performance and strongly consider joining this exciting program at the UW.

Andrew Boydston to join faculty as Assistant Professor

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Andrew Boydston to the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Boydston is an expert in the field of organic synthesis, polymer science, and materials chemistry.

Dr. Boydston received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Oregon where he did research with Professor Michael M. Haley, and later earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 under the direction of Professor Christopher W. Bielawski. Dr. Boydston is currently a postdoctoral research associate with Professor Robert H. Grubbs at the California Institute of Technology, where his work currently focuses on nanostructures based on cyclic polymer topologies.

Dr. Boydston will begin his research program here in July, focusing on the design, synthesis, and application of functional organic materials and the development of new reaction methodology. For more information, please visit his  faculty page and his research group website, or contact him directly via email at boydston@chem.washington.edu.

Champak Chatterjee to join faculty as Assistant Professor

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Champak Chatterjee to the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Chatterjee is an expert in the field of synthetic protein chemistry and biochemistry.

Dr. Chatterjee received his M.S. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, where he did research with Professor Sambasivarao Kotha, and earned his Ph.D. in 2005 with Professor Wilfred van der Donk at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Chatterjee is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Ruben Laboratory of Synthetic Protein Chemistry at The Rockefeller University, where he is investigating the mechanism of cross-talk between histone ubiquitylation and histone methylation with Professor Tom Muir.

Dr. Chatterjee will begin his research program here in July, using a combination of synthetic protein chemistry, protein engineering, and molecular and cell biology to interrogate the mechanisms underlying the regulation of protein function by ubiquitin-like proteins. For more information, please visit his  faculty page or contact him directly via email at chatterjee@chem.washington.edu.

David Masiello to join faculty as Assistant Professor

We are delighted to welcome Dr. David Masiello to the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Masiello specializes in the many-body theory of atomic and molecular systems and their interaction with the electromagnetic field.

Dr. Masiello received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida, earning his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics in 2004 with Professor Yngve Ohrn. After two years as a postdoctoral research associate with Professor William Reinhardt here at the University of Washington, Dr. Masiello moved to Northwestern University to study the first-principles theory of molecular spectroscopy and optics on the nanoscale with Professor George Schatz. Dr. Masiello is currently serving as a lecturer at the University of Washington, and will be teaching physical chemistry this spring quarter.

Dr. Masiello will begin his research program here in June, with a focus on the fundamental theory of a variety of plasmon-enhanced molecular processes from linear and nonlinear spectroscopy and molecular sensing, to charge transfer in condensed-phase environments with application to enhanced solar energy conversion. For more information, please visit his  faculty page or his research group website, or contact him directly via email at masiello@chem.washington.edu.

Larry Dalton Named ACS Fellow

Professor Larry Dalton has been selected to be an ACS Fellow – a member of the very first class of fellows to be chosen by the American Chemical Society.  ACS announced the new Fellows program as a way to recognize members who “share a common set of accomplishments, namely true excellence in their contributions to the chemical enterprise coupled with distinctive service to ACS or to the broader world of chemistry”, says ACS Past-President Bruce Bursten. The first class of ACS Fellows included 162 members from a variety of backgrounds – including high school teaching, entrepreneurship, government service, industry and academia.

Read the ACS press release

Professor Dalton’s faculty page and research group website.

Munira Khalil receives NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Munira Khalil has received a 2009 CAREER (Faculty Early Career Development) Award from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER Program is a Foundation-wide program that “offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.”

Khalil received her NSF CAREER Award for her research proposal, “CAREER: Correlation of coupled electronic and nuclear motions in biological photoreceptors using femtosecond multidimensional spectroscopies.”

For more information about the NSF CAREER Award program, please visit the program website.

For more information about Munira Khalil and her research program, please visit her faculty page.