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Instrumentation Chemist


About Reed

Reed College, located in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1908 as an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian college of the liberal arts and sciences. Devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity, Reed has served for over a hundred years as an exemplar of the liberal arts while consistently providing one of the best academic experiences in the United States. In support of this mission, we are seeking a dynamic Instrumentation Chemist to join our team.

Position Summary

The Instrumentation Chemist is responsible for maintenance and repair of scientific instrumentation in the Chemistry department.  They will also develop and implement instrument training protocols for students, staff, and faculty as well as consult on the development of new instrumentation projects.

Reed College offers an unparalleled benefits package.  Benefits include comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted TriMet bus passes. This is a full-time, exempt position, working 37.5 hours a week with typical work hours of 8:30am-5:00pm with an hour unpaid lunch, the starting pay is an annual gross salary of $65,000.

Reed College employment opportunities are in person and on campus. Therefore we do not offer remote positions. 

 Who You Are

  • Experienced in maintaining one or more scientific instruments
  • Passionate about learning to use and maintain new instruments
  • Attentive to detail and motivated to keep records of instrument maintenance and upkeep
  • Interested in training students, staff, and/or faculty on instrumentation
  • Self-motivated, able to manage time and balance multiple concurrent tasks

 What You’ll Do

  • Maintain several scientific instruments in the chemistry department
  • Create standard operating procedures for instruments
  • Keep records of instrument use and maintenance
  • Train students, staff, and/or faculty on instrumentation
  • Support and engage students, faculty, and staff on the use of instrumentation to support research and teaching

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to become familiar with new instruments
  • Ability to coordinate with a wide range of people (faculty, staff, students, company representatives)
  • Ability to manage ongoing, concurrent tasks
  • Ability to think strategically, problem solve, and manage multiple projects
  • Comfortable working with older equipment and related computer hardware
  • Knowledge of computer applications

 Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD. or Master’s degree in a STEM discipline and 2 years of experience working with scientific  instruments.
  • Any combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the job (e.g., Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline and 5+ years' experience with scientific instrumentation)

 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:

  • Describe any experience you have had in the use and maintenance of scientific instrument(s)

As you apply online, you will be asked 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. 

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 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.