You + Reed


Departmental Associate, Biology


The Biology Departmental Associate is responsible for teaching and organizing laboratory courses at the introductory level in biology. Introductory biology courses span disciplines, and this position  involves working with faculty to develop, implement, and administer a wide range of lab activities and assignments. This position also involves assisting students one-on-one during office hours, grading assignments, supervising student laboratory teaching assistants, and assisting faculty with other aspects of course management as needed. This role reports to the faculty chair of the Biology Department. Reed is committed to excellence and actively seeks diversity in its educational programs and employment practices. We welcome and encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of $65,000.  The college’s working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  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 and many other campus amenities. The expected start date for this position is July 15, 2021.

Who you are

  • You enjoy teaching and mentoring undergraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds
  • You can think strategically, problem solve, and manage multiple projects
  • A strong service orientation is important to you
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • You are committed to keeping your pedagogical skills and knowledge current
  • You are knowledgeable about educational technology (e.g., using shared drives and course-related software like Moodle) and data analysis applications such as Excel, R and ggplot, and/or are willing to learn
  • You are comfortable instructing material from a broad range of biological subdisciplines 

What You’ll Do (Essential Duties)

  • Teach the laboratory components of core introductory biology courses across a range of subdisciplines in collaboration with faculty in a team-taught course
  • Collaborate with faculty members to design and implement curriculum
  • Serve as a consultant and mentor for students majoring in biology
  • Teach individual lab sections during each semester
  • Grade student assignments and reports
  • Maintain currency on the teaching and learning of biology by developing key contacts at professional organizations and other schools, track current literature, and learn and evaluate emerging ideas
  • Interface with the biology stockroom about preparing for labs, equipment needs, and other items related to lab set-up
  • Provide support for students, including referrals to student support infrastructure at Reed (e.g., Student Life, Disability and Accessibility Resources, and tutoring.). 


  • An advanced degree in the life sciences is required. PhD is preferred, or ABD with related laboratory teaching experience in biology or related discipline.
  • Experience working closely with and/or supervising undergraduate college students.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. A resume and cover letter are required for submission. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position at Reed College contribute to achievement of your professional goals?
  • Of which accomplishment in your recent professional experience are you most proud?

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 accepted immediately. This position will remain open until we have extended an offer to a candidate and it has been accepted. Initial review of applications  will begin April 30, 2021.

Apply for this job

Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.