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CanadianPostdoctoral position in glass structure studies, Dalhousie University (Oct 1/15)

A postdoctoral position in glass structure studies, primarily with solid-state NMR, is available immediately at Dalhousie University for an initial period of one year with the possibility for extension. The successful candidate will have a PhD and possess substantial expertise in glass science and/or solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Research will include structural studies, structure/property correlation studies, and theoretical investigations.

Qualified candidates are asked to send an email to Prof. Josef Zwanziger ( jzwanzig "at" dal.ca ). Please include a CV and cover letter. The position will remain open until filled.

Josef W. Zwanziger
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Canada Research Chair in NMR Studies of Materials
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS
B3H 4R2
tel: +1 (902) 494-1960
fax: +1 (902) 494-1310
web: http://jwz.chem.dal.ca


CanadianAssistant Professor Position, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax (Dec 16/14)

View the full ad (PDF)

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology invites applications for a probationary tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin on or around July 1, 2015. Applicants must have demonstrated expertise in experimental structural determination and characterization of biomacromolecules and their biological significance (e.g., by NMR spectroscopy, x-ray crystallography, optical spectroscopy, mass spectrometry). Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests have biomedical importance and complement those of current members of the Department.

Research strengths in the Department encompass three general themes: i) molecular cell biology and molecular genetics; ii) comparative genomics, proteomics, and molecular evolution; and iii) structure, function, and metabolism of biomolecules. The ability to collaborate across disciplines is encouraged. The Department is closely affiliated with the Centre for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics, the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, Atlantic Research Centre, National Research Council, QEII Health Sciences Centre, and the IWK Health Centre. More details about the research activities of the Department and the Faculty of Medicine can be found on our web sites: http://www.biochem.dal.ca and http://www.medicine.dal.ca

Applicants must have a Ph.D., at least 3 years of post-doctoral experience, and a strong publication record. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a strong, externally-funded research program, to contribute to our undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, and engage in service activities. Applicants should submit, as a single PDF file, a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a two-page-maximum statement outlining their proposed research program (highlighting the potential for attracting research funding from public and private sectors), and a one-page statement of teaching interests. Applicants should also arrange for 3 confidential letters of reference to be forwarded under separate cover to the attention of:

Dr. S.L. Bearne
Head, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
c/o [ bbigelow "at" dal.ca ]
Faculty of Medicine
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3H 4R2

The closing date for receipt of complete electronic applications and all 3 reference letters is March 31, 2015. The Search Committee will commence reviewing applications in April 2015.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.

"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (May 21/14)Spring 2014


Colleagues and fellow MR-enthusiasts,

the Spring 2014 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" bulletin is now awailable for download, our traditional mix of news and research updates.

Thank you all who contributed and shared their news with the community. You are welcome to forward this bulletin to your colleagues and students.




CanadianPost-doctoral position in solid-state NMR, Dalhousie University, Halifax (April 1/14)

Applicants are sought for a post-doctoral associate to work jointly with Professor Josef Zwanziger and Adjunct Professor Ulrike Werner-Zwanziger at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Research will focus on using solid-state NMR to characterize glass structure, with special emphasis on low-gamma nuclei. Two dedicated solid-state NMR spectrometers are available, a Bruker Avance 700 and a Bruker DRX 400, with a variety of probes. Duties will also include spectrometer maintenance and collaborative work with other users and industry partners in running samples. The position is initially for one year with possibility of extension.

To apply please submit a current CV and names of three references (electronic submission preferred) to:

Professor Josef Zwanziger
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
Halifax, B3R 4H2
Canada
E-mail: jzwanzig "at" dal.ca
http://jwz.chem.dal.ca/


Borate 7 (May 4/11)

The Seventh International Conference on Borate Glasses, Crystals and Melts will be held in Halifax from August 21-25, 2011. This is the first time this triennial meeting will be held in Canada, with previous locations including Japan, Italy, Bulgaria, UK and USA. The meeting will have a strong solid-state NMR component, as members of the organizing committee include Joe Zwanziger (conference chair), Randy Youngman, Sabyasachi Sen and Scott Kroeker. Invited speakers include Hellmut Eckert and Sung Keun Lee.

For more information and to register: http://www.regonline.com/borate7


Canada Research Chairs in magnetic resonance (Nov 25/10)

Government of Canada has announced (external link) an investment of $275.6 million to fund 310 new or renewed Canada Research Chairs at 53 Canadian universities.
This includes renewal of four Chairs involved in magnetic resonance research.

Cheryl Arrowsmith (University of Toronto) Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Structural Proteomics

Mitsuhiko Ikura (University of Toronto) Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Cancer Structural Biology

Pascale Legault (Université de Montréal) Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Structural Biology and Engineering of RNA

Josef Zwanziger (Dalhousie University) Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Materials

DREAMS program at Dalhousie (August 17/10)

A recent and exciting development at Dalhousie University is the award of a new multi-investigator materials research program entitled DREAMS (Dalhousie Research in Energy, Advanced Materials and Sustainability). This program is funded by an NSERC-sponsored Collaborative Research and Training Experience grant.

The purpose of DREAMS is to train a cohort of researchers (Masters and PhD students, undergraduate summer research students and postdoctoral fellows) at Dalhousie University who will address important aspects of energy production/storage and sustainability. DREAMS student researchers play a pivotal role in renewable energy production and storage as well as the sustainable production of environmentally acceptable or re-usable materials. The DREAMS cohort tackles some of the world's most important energy and sustainability problems through advanced materials research.

Both Canadian and international students in Chemistry, Physics or Mechanical Engineering are eligible for the DREAMS program. Students will be supervised by Dalhousie DREAMS team members Heather Andreas (Chemistry), Jeff Dahn (Physics/Chemistry), Rich Dunlap (Physics), Dominic Groulx (Mechanical Engineering), Ian Hill (Physics), Harm Rotermund (Physics), Mary Anne White (Chemistry/Physics) and Joe Zwanziger (Chemistry/Physics).

DREAMS trainees will carry out collaborative interdisciplinary research in Dalhousie's world-leading laboratories with innovative new courses and direct experience working with industrial partners. The DREAMS program is designed to facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive participants in the worldwide economic community.

What differentiates DREAMS from other programs is its mix of traditional and non-traditional training. Students will complete new and novel graduate courses, such as

Advances in Solar, Thermoelectric and Energy Harvesting Materials
Advances in Battery, Fuel Cell and Supercapacitor Materials
Sustainable Materials Issues

One of the most exciting aspects of the DREAMS program is the opportunity to work in industry. For example, each of our PhD students will spend two internships (work terms) of two to four months, in an external industrial or government lab. Working alongside industry researchers will provide valuable research experience and connections for future employment. External work term partners include labs both in Halifax, and around the world (for example Axion Power International and 3M in the USA, and Toshiba in Japan). Students' travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the DREAMS program.

DREAMS facilitates interdisciplinary and collaborative research. For example, PhD students will carry out research in two Dalhousie labs, and they will be jointly supervised by two or more members of the DREAMS team. This approach will greatly enhance their research skill set and their interdisciplinary experience.

Other novel approaches of the DREAMS program include training in non-traditional subjects such as IP issues, marketing aspects of materials, and how to be interviewed by the media, plus workshops on the transition to employment, such as résumé writing and interview skills.

The DREAMS program offers Dalhousie students an innovative mix of traditional and experiential learning that will help them to become some of the world's top young materials researchers. Much more information, including application material, can be found at http://irm.dal.ca/DREAMS

Josef W. Zwanziger, Dalhousie University
http://jwz.chem.dal.ca/


MOOT XXIII NMR Symposium - Second Announcement (June 30/10)

The 23rd Annual MOOT NMR Symposium will take place at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 16 and 17th, 2010.

The MOOT NMR Symposium provides an informal environment for students, post-docs and faculty to present lectures and posters, discuss existing collaborations, and to establish new ones. It has traditionally been a regional gathering of NMR spectroscopists from Ontario and Quebec but has been expanding to include NMR Spectroscopists from the Maritimes. As a result, MOOT XXIII will be hosted for the first time outside of its traditional region; on the East coast in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia! We welcome you to check out and bookmark our website for the most up-to-date information:

http://structbio.biochem.dal.ca/jrainey/NMRMOOT/index.html

Notices:

(1) Registration and submission of titles for oral/poster presentations are open as of June 30, 2010. The deadline for both is September 15, 2010. Visit the registration menu item on our website where registration information can be provided via Word document or fillable PDF.

(2) Be sure and register for the banquet, to be held Saturday evening at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site on Citadel Hill - overlooking the downtown core of Halifax and the harbour.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/index.aspx

(3) A big thank you to all of our confirmed sponsors, including Bruker BioSpin Canada, Agilent Technologies (formally Varian), Sigma-Aldrich Canada, New Era Enterprises, National Ultra-High Field NMR Facility for Solids (Canada), and Suraj Manrao. If you wish to sponsor this meeting, please contact Joe Zwanziger at jzwanzig "at" dal.ca.

Reminders:

(1) Accommodations - a block of rooms has been reserved at Atlantica (http://www.atlanticahotelhalifax.com) at a rate of $129 per night, including parking, and is based on 1-4 person occupancy. See the website for additional details and reservation deadlines.

(2) Travel - a 10% discount has been arranged with WestJet for your flight to MOOT XXIII. Again, additional details are on the website.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about this year's MOOT and/or website, please let us know by email at mootnmr "at" gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in October!

Your MOOT XXIII Organizing Committee:
Mike Lumsden
Joe Zwanziger
Jan Rainey
Ulli Werner-Zwanziger


Opportunities for studying polymorphs and cement-based materials via Ca-43 solid-state NMR

June 11, 2010, University of Ottawa

Calcium is an important component in diverse materials and biochemicals. However, NMR spectroscopy of the only spin-active calcium isotope, Ca-43, is notoriously challenging due to its low natural abundance (0.14 %), low resonance frequency, and quadrupolar nature. Recently, researchers from the University of Ottawa, the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (SIMS-NRC), and Dalhousie University have independently reported advances in studies of inorganic polymorphs and cement-based materials using Ca-43 solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

"In spite of the great complexity of the calcium silicate chemistry involved in the hydration of Portland cement, we have shown that Ca-43 solid-state NMR provides useful new insights into cement chemistry", says Igor Moudrakovski (SIMS-NRC) of his collaboration with the Institute for Research in Construction (SIMS-IRC). Josef Zwanziger (Dalhousie) and his academic and industrial partners have similarly applied Ca-43 NMR in their project on the development, optimization and commercialization of high performance cement based composite materials.

Zwanziger explains, "we are trying to understand the nature of the composite-cement interface, and the mechanisms of toughening and strengthening in concrete composites. Calcium NMR is one of the many tools which is shedding light on the nature of the interface." At the University of Ottawa, David Bryce and his research group have demonstrated the utility of calcium NMR in understanding polymorphism in solids. This work has implications for understanding biomaterials as well as inorganic materials.

Because Ca-43 NMR in solid state requires a very strong magnetic field for sensitivity reasons, all these experiments were carried out at the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids, a national user facility managed by the University of Ottawa and housed on NRC's Ottawa campus, which houses Canada's only 21.1 T (900 MHz) NMR spectrometer.

The latest calcium NMR research has been published in PCCP and J. Am. Chem. Soc., and a perspective on the state of the field is now available in Dalton Transactions (Bryce, 2010).

David L. Bryce "Calcium Binding Environments Probed by 43Ca NMR Spectroscopy," Dalton Transactions (2010) online. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c0dt00416b

Igor Moudrakovski, Rouhollah Alizadeh, James J. Beaudoin, "Natural abundance high field 43Ca solid state NMR in cement science," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 12 (2010) 6961-6969. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c000353k

David L. Bryce, Elijah B. Bultz, and Dominic Aebi, "Calcium-43 Chemical Shift Tensors as Probes of Calcium Binding Environments. Insight into the Structure of the Vaterite CaCO3 Polymorph by 43Ca Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy," Journal of the American Chemical Society 130 (2008) 9282–9292. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja8017253


MOOT XXIII Preliminary Announcement (April 27/10)

We are excited to announce that the 23rd Annual MOOT NMR Symposium will take place at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 16 and 17th, 2010.

The MOOT NMR Symposium provides an informal environment for students, post-docs and faculty to present lectures and posters, discuss existing collaborations, and to establish new ones. It has traditionally been a regional gathering of NMR spectroscopists from Ontario and Quebec but has been expanding to include NMR Spectroscopists from the Maritimes. As a result, MOOT XXIII will be hosted for the first time outside of its traditional region; on the East coast in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia!

We are currently working on getting the www.mootnmr.org domain name redirected, but for now we welcome you to check out and bookmark our website for the most up-to-date information:

http://structbio.biochem.dal.ca/jrainey/NMRMOOT/index.html

Preliminary Details:

(1) Registration along with abstract submission for posters and talks is scheduled to begin around June 1, 2010.

(2) Accomodations - a block of rooms has been reserved at Atlantica (http://www.atlanticahotelhalifax.com) at a rate of $129 per night, including parking, and is based on 1-4 person occupancy. See the website for additional details and reservation deadlines.

(3) Travel - a 10% discount has been arranged with WestJet for your flight to MOOT XXIII. Again, additional details are on the website.

(4) Banquet - to be held Saturday evening at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/ns/halifax/index.aspx) on Citadel Hill - overlooking the downtown core of Halifax and the harbour.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about this year's MOOT and/or website, please let us know by email at mootnmr "at" gmail.com.
We look forward to seeing you in October!

Your MOOT XXIII Organizing Committee:

Mike Lumsden
Joe Zwanziger
Jan Rainey
Ulli Werner-Zwanziger


NMR-3 Fall NMR Workshop (Nov 3/09)

the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Research Resource (NMR-3) (Dalhousie University, Halifax) invites you to take part in the 4th Annual Fall NMR Workshop on Saturday, November 14, 2009 in the Chemistry Building.

The workshop will consist of seminars from NMR-3 staff emphasizing practical aspects of NMR, contributed oral and poster presentations from NMR-3 users, Facility tours with detailed introduction to research methods. A detailed agenda will be distributed later, but the event is planned to begin at 9:00 AM with registration and conclude by 5:00 PM. Lunch and coffee-breaks will be provided, and there is no registration fee.

The registration deadline is Friday, November 6. To register


Magnetic Resonance Gordon Research Conference (April 27/09)

Canadian Solid-State NMR research is front and center at the upcoming Gordon Research Conference at the University of New England, in Biddeford, Maine. Two key lectures in the “NMR of Materials” session are to be given by Rod Wasylishen (University of Alberta) and Joe Zwanziger (Dalhousie University). To register by May 24:

Magnetic Resonance Gordon Research Conference
June 14-19, 2009, Biddeford, ME
Registration deadline May 24, 2009
http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2009&program=magres


New Biomolecular NMR Facility in the Maritimes (March 2/09)

NRC-IMBA new Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance Facility at the National Research Council Institute for Marine Biosciences (NRC-IMB) (Halifax, N.S.) is now officially open. The opening ceremony on February 19 was officiated by Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-President, Research, Dalhousie University; the Honourable Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade; and Dr. Roman Szumski, Vice-President, Life Sciences, NRC.

Read the news release by NRC Canada
http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/newsroom/news/2009/health-ns09-nr_e.html

This facility has been established in partnership between NRC Canada, Dalhousie University, and the Federal Government to support health-care research in the Atlantic region. It houses a new 700 MHz Bruker Avance III NMR spectrometer equipped with the world's first 1.7 mm (40 uL) cryoprobe for fields > 600 MHz.

Find more about the Biomolecular Magnetic Resonance Facility at NRC-IMB in the Winter 2009 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin.

Web: NRC-IMB
http://imb-ibm.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/