Inorganic chemistry, tenure-track position

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a faculty position in inorganic chemistry commencing in the fall of 2013. We expect to make an appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor.

Potential areas of interest include, but are not limited to, materials, energy, catalysis, and organometallic chemistry. Successful candidates are expected to establish an innovative externally-funded research program and display a commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Applicants should submit a CV and a description of their research plans and arrange for three letters of recommendation. It is preferred that applications be submitted electronically in PDF format to For information about the department, visit Applications will be reviewed as they become complete, but first consideration will be given to applications received by October 15, 2012.

Brandeis University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

“Hunting the Elements” to air on PBS on April 4

PBS will be airing a NOVA special on April 4th called “Hunting the Elements“, with a substantial segment on “The Elements of Life” filmed right here at Brandeis (and featuring Prof. Christine Thomas). The program is meant for a general audience, so it won’t be terribly technical and it should certainly be fun to watch. Definitely tell your friends and families to tune in!

I knew something was up when i ran into cameramen while going into Gzang 123 to teach…

Brandeis has a long history of working with PBS in making educational television, dating back to the early days of the university. You can read more about it on the Archives and Special Collections webpage and in Abram Sachar’s book Brandeis University: A Host at Last.

 See also story at Brandeis NOW.

Daniel Graham ’10, and Aaron Gell ’10, and Jeffrey Dobereiner ’09 awarded 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Former chemistry majors Daniel Graham ’10, Aaron Gell ’10, and Jeffrey Dobereiner ’09 have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. These Fellowships, geared towards ensuring the vitality of the country’s scientific workforce, support the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in scientific research.  Dan and Aaron are currently first year graduate students at MIT, pursuing Ph.D.s in inorganic chemistry.  Dan received highest honors in chemistry for thesis research conducted in the lab of Professor Christine M. Thomas, and is currently continuing to investigate chemical approaches to renewable energy strategies in the lab of Professor Daniel Nocera at MIT.  Aaron, also an inorganic chemist, conducted undergraduate research in the Brandeis chemistry department under the supervision of Professor Bruce Foxman. Jeff was a double major in anthropology and chemistry at Brandeis and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Archaeology at Harvard University, where he is applying his chemistry knowledge to the analysis of ancient artifacts. In addition, Delora Gaskins, a 2011 incoming graduate student in the area of physical chemistry, was awarded an NSF Fellowship.  Delora is completing her undergraduate degree at Cal. State. – Long Beach and hopes to join the lab of Professor Irving Epstein in the fall of 2011.

Thomas named 2011 Sloan Research Fellow

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Christine Thomas has been named a 2011 Sloan Research Fellow. These two-year fellowships are awarded to early-career scientists in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Research in the Thomas laboratory focuses on the design and synthesis of new transition metal complexes to examine the fundamental interactions between different components of bifunctional catalysts with the ultimate goal of uncovering new transition-metal catalyzed bond activation processes related to renewable energy. Since starting in the Chemistry department at Brandeis in 2008, Thomas and coworkers have developed a series of bimetallic catalysts that utilize metal-metal interactions to attenuate redox potentials and promote the activation of small molecules such as hydrogen, alkyl halides, and carbon dioxide.

The Thomas lab has an energetic and talented team of researchers

Arne Ekstrom ’96, PhD ’04 and Mikhail Ershov MA ’00 were also named as 2011 Sloan Research Fellows. Ekstrom received a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Brandeis, and after getting an M.S. at U. Arizona, returned and completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience here in 2004, working with Michael Kahana. After a postdoc at UCLA, Arne took a position as an Assistant Professor in the Center for Neuroscience at U. California, Davis. His lab studies spatial memory using EEG and fMRI techniques. Ershov came to Brandeis from Moscow State Univ. and received an MA in Math in 2000 bofore going on to Ph.D. work at Yale and a faculty position at U. Virginia. Ershov is being recognized for research contributions to various aspects of group theory.

Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium

The 22nd Boston Regional Inorganic Colloquium (BRIC) will be held at Brandeis University this Saturday, June 12, 2010 in Gerstenzang 123.  BRIC meetings are held several times a year at rotating universities in the “Boston region” (which, at this point has grown to expand all over the northeast). We would be delighted if you would join us for the event on Saturday.  Please RSVP to Chris Thomas (thomasc at if you plan to attend.


9-9:30 Refreshments
9:30 Dr. Anthony Fernandez (Merrimack College)
“Studies on the C-N Oxidative Addition Reactions of Pincer Complexes of Rh”
10:30 Dr. John Caradonna (Boston University)
11:30 Thomas Teets (Nocera group, MIT)
“Halogen Photoreductive Elimination from Late Transition Metal Complexes”
12:30 Lunch (free with registration)
2:00 Dr. Jianfeng Jiang (Yeshiva Univeristy)
“Synthetic Approach to the Active Sites of Hydrogenase”
3:00 Dr. Peter Caravan (Harvard/MGH)
“Lanthanide Coordination Chemistry, Biophysics, and Biomedical MRI”

Sponsors:  Strem Chemicals, Inc.; LC Technology Solutions Inc.; Sigma-Aldrich Inc.; M. Braun, Inc.

Special Thanks to the Brandeis Chemistry Department for generous funds and to members of the Thomas group for helping to organize this event.

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