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Instrumentation Chemist


We invite applications for an instrumentation chemist position at Reed College. The instrumentation chemist is responsible for managing research and teaching instrumentation (such as LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, NMR, UV-Vis, AA, FTIR, TGA, FPLC) in the Chemistry Department. This role reports to the faculty chair of chemistry.

Located in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges, offering a rigorous academic program to approximately 1,400 undergraduates. The Reed chemistry program is designed to give students a broad, yet deep, understanding of chemical phenomena.

This is a full-time, exempt position working 37.5 hours per week. The position is available immediately. The salary for this position is $61,000-$66,000, commensurate with experience. Reed offers an exceptional benefits package


  • Expertise with multiple chemical and biochemical equipment is strongly preferred (e.g. NMR, GC-MS, HPLC-MS, ICP-MS, AA, FTIR, UV-vis, e.g. FPLC, centrifuges). You are motivated to gain expertise with a wide range of equipment; experience with glove boxes is a plus
  • You can familiarize yourself with new instruments quickly
  • You are comfortable working with and troubleshooting older equipment and related computer hardware
  • You can work with service engineers to troubleshoot instrumentation problems, schedule and collaborate on maintenance visits
  • You are self-motivated with strong time management skills regarding completing your tasks
  • You are able to prioritize multiple demands at once and navigate your conflicting priorities successfully
  • Attention to detail and good record-keeping is one of your assets
  • You have an interest and passion for working with students and faculty at an academic institution


  • Instrumentation management, including troubleshooting and maintenance of the chemistry department instruments, installation, and setup of new instruments
  • Documentation of instrument protocols and good-record keeping of maintenance and upkeep of instrumentation
  • Technical advising and support for faculty research including Senior Thesis/Independent Research Students
  • Development and/or implementation of instrumentation in research and lab courses


Ph.D. in Chemistry or biochemistry, or any combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. Significant experience in the use of chemical and biochemical instrumentation in research and teaching environments.


Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application, which requires a CV, cover letter, contact information for three references, and a brief response to a question about diversity. In your cover letter, please discuss why you are interested in this position.

You will be notified by email before your references are contacted. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Applications will be considered as they are received. Please direct any inquiries to

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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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.