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Postdoctoral Positions in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Seeking two outstanding candidates with extensive inorganic, organic or organometallic chemistry experience to support emerging/growing programs focused on the fields of actinide chemistry and nuclear security.  Candidates will be performing synthetic chemistry to prepare, isolate and characterize novel compounds including those of the transition metals, or the actinides.  Study and optimization of metal catalyzed decomposition of organic compounds to generate gas pressure at low temperatures will also be pursued.  Candidates must be willing and able to work with an interdisciplinary team of scientists from multiple organizations including Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering , Theoretical and Weapons Divisions.

Minimum Job Requirements:

A strong  background and extensive hands-on experience in synthetic chemistry.  The ability to work creatively and independently.  Demonstrated excellence in  written and oral communication skills as evidenced by a strong publication and presentation record.

Desired Skills:

Experience with standard wet- and air-sensitive chemistry techniques for molecular synthesis and characterization (chromatography, Schlenk, drybox, chromatography, NMR and optical spectroscopy, etc.)  Knowledge of ligand design.  Additional experience in structural analysis (XRD) is a plus.

· Demonstrated ability to work independently and with  minimum supervision

· Demonstrated ability to plan and organize assignments so that schedules are met on time

· Ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance for one of the programs.


Ph.D. in chemistry within the last five years or soon to be completed is required

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security.  LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.  Both positions are in the Chemistry Division in the Inorganic, Isotope and Actinide Chemistry group (C-IIAC).

Notes to Applicants:

If interested, please send a CV with the names of three references to Jim Boncella at   For additional technical details, contact Dr. Jim Boncella at

Q Clearance:

Applicants selected to proceed with Q Clearance will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements*.

*Eligibility requirements:

To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; US citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances.  See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:

The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director’s Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppernheimer or Frederick Reines Fellowships.


For general information on the LANL Postdoc Program go to

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We welcome and encourage applications from the broadest possible range of qualified candidates.  The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process.  To request such an accommodation, please send email to or call 1-505-665-5627.

Postdoctoral Position at University of New Hampshire

A Postdoctoral position is available in Prof. Christine Caputo’s laboratory in the Department of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire, Durham NH, USA.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry (or anticipate completing a Ph.D. prior to start date), have a strong publication record, a strong background in the synthesis and handling of air-sensitive compounds (using both glovebox and Schlenk techniques) and have experience with standard spectroscopic techniques including IR, UV-Vis, multinuclear NMR, GC and MS spectroscopies.Candidates who have experience carrying out solar fuel related catalysis (photochemistry and/or Candidates who have experience carrying out solar fuel related catalysis (photochemistry and/or electrochemistry) are strongly encouraged to apply. Previous teaching and mentoring experience will be advantageous.
The position is available beginning in late August 2016.
Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter, a CV and the names of 2-3 professional references to Prof. Caputo at . More information is available on the website. Review of applications will begin on April 30th, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please be aware that international applicants will be required to apply for the appropriate visa and gain appropriate authorization to work in the US.

Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer Wins 2016 Inorganic Chemistry

Lectureship Award

The ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry are proud to announce Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer as the winner of this year’s award.

Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer is a professor and research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. Her research group is focused on the development and application of advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools for understanding key mechanisms in biological, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. A combination of synchrotron-based, as well as a broad range of advanced laboratory spectroscopies tightly coupled to modern computational methods, are utilized in order to obtain quantitative insights into electronic structural changes in catalytic systems.

View selected articles authored by Prof. Dr. Serena DeBeer:

X-ray Absorption and Emission Study of Dioxygen Activation by a Small-Molecule Manganese Complex
Inorganic Chemistry 2015 54 (13), 6410-6422
DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b00699

Ca K-Edge XAS as a Probe of Calcium Centers in Complex Systems
Inorganic Chemistry 2015 54 (4), 1283-1292
DOI: 10.1021/ic501991e

Study of Iron Dimers Reveals Angular Dependence of Valence-to-Core X-ray Emission Spectra
Inorganic Chemistry 2014 53 (19), 10378-10385
DOI: 10.1021/ic501462y

Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Deadline

Call for nominations for 2016 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship

Deadline December 15, 2015

For details please see:

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated creativity and impact in leading research in inorganic chemistry, broadly defined.

The winner will receive:

  • An award plaque
  • $3,000 USD honorarium
  • Travel and hotel accommodations up to $1,500 USD to attend the 2016 Fall ACS National Meeting

Sponsored by Inorganic Chemistry and the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry



Election Results-NEW 2016 OFFICERS

Congratulations to the newly elected 2016 officers of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.
 And thanks to the all of the candidates for their willingness to serve our division!

John Protasiewicz – Case Western Reserve University

Jeff Rack – University of New Mexico

Members at large
Kim Dunbar – Texas A&M University

Debbie Crans – Colorado State University

Alternate Councilor
Hannah Shafaat – Ohio State University

Bioinorganic Subdivision Chair-elect
Edith C. (Phoebe) Glazer – University of Kentucky

Organometallic Subdivision Chair-elect
Mitch Smith – Michigan State University

Solid State Subdivision Chair-elect
Amanda Morris – Virginia Tech

Nanoscience Subdivision Chair-elect
Joshua E. Goldberger – Ohio State University

Coordination Chemistry Subdivision Chair-elect
Eric Schelter – University of Pennsylvania

ByLaws Revisions:  passed

Search for Senior-level Researchers as NSF CHE Program Directors

Dear Colleagues:

We would like to bring to your attention the current nationwide search for senior-level researchers to serve as program directors at the Division of Chemistry, U.S. National Science Foundation. For details of the search and qualifications, please see:

ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry

DIC wins Chemluminary Award in Boston!

The Division of Inorganic Chemistry wins a Chemluminary Award in Boston!

from the Committee on Divisional Activities

Recognition of Innovation and Outstanding Service to Members of a Division

The Division of Inorganic Chemistry established a symposium to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding students at the culmination of their graduate or postdoctoral studies. Marking the event’s ten-year anniversary at the ACS National Meeting, Inorganic was the first to initiate Young Investigator Awards with others seeing the benefit to young students.…/w…/2015-chemluminary-award-winners.html

International Collaboration Opportunity

RSC Dalton Division invites calls for 5+5+5 meeting at Dalton 2016

29 – 31 March 2016
Warwick, UK

We are looking for 5 sets of people, each containing 1 Canadian, 1 US and 1 UK based researcher in any area of inorganic chemistry to take part in a 5+5+5 meeting at the Dalton 2016 meeting to be held in Warwick, UK 29-31 March 2016.

The scheme is designed to initiate new collaborations and preference will be given to groups of people where diversity (age, gender, ethnicity, etc) has been taken into account. An attempt will also be made to cover a wide range of inorganic chemistry in the selected collaborations.

For full details and form please visit:


Fall 2015 Travel Awardees Announced


Last Name First Name Affiliation Supervisor
Kender William The Ohio State University Malcolm Chisholm
Bailey Wilson University of Washington Karen Goldberg
Chanawanno Kullapa The University of Akron Christopher J. Ziegler
Chen Chi University of Rochester, Yale University Patrick Holland
Clark Melissa University of California, San Diego Clifford P. Kubiak
Denny Michael University of California, San Diego Seth M. Cohen
DiMeglio John University of Delaware Joel Rosenthal
Eisenhart Thomas University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Jillian L. Dempsey
Graham Michael Northwestern University Danna Freedman
Hammann Blake Washington University in St. Louis Sophia E. Hayes
Johns Robert Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Delia Milliron
Przyojski Jacob University of Texas at San Antonio Zachary Tonzetich
Razgoniaeva Natalia Bowling Green state University Mikhail Zamkov
Siedschlag Randy University of Minnesota Connie Lu
Tafazolian Hosein University of Toledo Joseph Schmidt
Xiao Dianne University of California, Berkeley Jeffrey R. Long
Yousif Maryam Wayne State University Stanislav Groysman
Braegelman Adam Nebraska Wesleyan University Nathanael Fackler
Dalchand Naomi Barnard College John S. Magyar and Marisa C. Buzzeo
Miller Dorothy Siena College Jodi O’Donnell

Postdoc Position at PNNL

Dear Colleague:

We are looking for a postdoc to join our molecular catalysis group at Pacific Northwest National Lab, and we request your help through encouraging potential candidates to apply.  The research position will focus on catalysis for H2 production and oxidation.  The position will include synthesis, characterization, catalyst testing, and mechanistic studies.  Expertise in the synthesis, manipulation, and characterization of air-sensitive compounds is essential, and experience in electrochemistry would be helpful, but is not required.

To apply, applicants can go to and locate job ID 304392.

If you know of any potential applicants, I would greatly appreciate your help in sending this information to them.



Monte L. Helm
Senior Scientist
Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis   
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle Boulevard
P.O. Box 999, MSIN K2-57
Richland, WA 99352  USA
Tel: 509-375-2331
Fax: 509-375-6660