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Reactor Operations Manager

Nuclear Reactor

The Reactor Operations Manager will supervise and coordinate operational and maintenance activities in the TRIGA Reactor Facility and will insure that these activities are performed safely and in accordance with the reactor operating license and technical specifications, as issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  This is an excellent opportunity to mentor a diverse group of undergraduate students.  The primary mission of the reactor is educating students and members of the public.


  • Supervising all aspects of the daily operations and maintenance of the reactor and the performance of the reactor operators.  In the event of an emergency, the Operations Manager may be required to respond at any time including nights and weekends.
  • Coordination of student project and thesis work.  
  • Proficient in applicable laws, regulations and licensing requirements; enforces administrative rules, operating procedures and regulations including troubleshooting detectors and other equipment, to ensure that the reactor facility operates in a safe and competent manner at all times.
  • Manages between 30-40 student operators.  Responsibilities include hiring, development, and coaching
  • Conducting initial investigations of unusual reactor operation occurrences and prepares the necessary corrective action reports.
  • Responsible for waste shipments and maintenance of applicable certification
  • Assists with independent student projects, tours, training and classes and communications with Federal, State and Local regulators.

This is a full-time exempt position with a starting pay salary range of $39,000-$41,000 annualized.  Reed College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as access to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted TriMet bus passes.


  • Bachelor’s degree with reactor operations experience required.
  • Experience working with and supervising a student population strongly preferred.
  • Must be able to successfully pass background check (which includes fingerprinting, FRCA, MMPI, etc); pass physical exam based on ANSI 15:4; and, obtain Senior Reactor Operator License within 9 months of employment.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.