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Director, Reed Research Reactor

Nuclear Reactor

The Director is the senior position at the Reed Research Reactor, responsible for the safe operation of the 250 kW reactor with its associated experimental facilities. The Director is responsible for operations, research, training, health physics, maintenance, administration, budget, emergency and security planning, and for compliance with state and federal regulations including Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing and inspections.

The reactor is part of Reed’s educational program and the College relies on undergraduate students to operate the reactor. The Director is responsible for the reactor operator training program which helps student employees prepare for the NRC Operator exam.  As many as 15 reactor operators and 10 senior reactor operators earn licenses each year.  The role requires the Director to be both an effective manager and leader of the reactor facility and an educator of young people.

The Director directly supervises one direct report and reports to the Dean of  Faculty.

This is a full-time, exempt position working Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour, unpaid lunch.  Starting salary for this position is $118,000.  Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and partner and discounted TriMet passes. 

Who You Are

  • You have strong knowledge of reactor operations, including routine operation, administration, fiscal management, maintenance, emergency and security planning and health physics
  • You are dedicated to achieving high levels of regulatory compliance
  • You are dedicated to creating a culture of safety
  • You can effectively and thoughtfully interact with people from diverse backgrounds
  • You have a passion for learning and for training others
  • You are detail-oriented
  • You embrace integrity and transparency
  • Others would describe you as a take-charge leader who possesses a high degree of management skill
  • You are able to identify, diagnose and resolve problems
  • You have  strong organizational skills
  • You are collaborative and able to work effectively with a variety of constituents

What You Will Do

  • Effectively manage reactor operations including, routine operations and administration, facility maintenance, security planning, budget and health physics
  • Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensing and inspections
  • Keep excellent records and work closely as needed with NRC inspectors and officials
  • Develop the skill sets of student reactor operators 
  • Collaborate with faculty to develop research opportunities for students
  • Work closely with the Reactor Operations Committee, the body that provides oversight to the reactor program
  • Manage and direct the work of one full-time staff member and the work of student operators
  • Collaborate with Reed’s Environmental Health and Safety Department to ensure  programs that contribute to operational safety of the reactor facility.


Advanced degree in a relevant field and four years of experience in the nuclear industry.  A bachelor’s degree and six years of experience in the nuclear industry, or any combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.

The role requires that applicants be able to apply for, and pass the NRC Senior Reactor Operator license exam within 18 months of starting employment.  Applicants must be determined to be trustworthy and reliable by the NRC for approval to become an NRC Approved Reviewing Official.  This includes successful completion of a criminal background check, fingerprinting and psychological evaluation.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to the pursuit of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will also be expected to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

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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.