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Research Associate, Biology


We invite applications for a research associate position in the Reed Biology Department to study bacterial biodegradation of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the material used to make plastic water bottles and other single-use containers. This research offers an exciting opportunity to confront the immense problem of plastic pollution on our planet.

Funding for this work is from a three-year, collaborative NSF RUI grant. This is a full-time, exempt position, with starting salary of $44,000 per year. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance for you, and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, and many campus amenities. 


The successful candidate will minimally hold a B.S./B.A. in Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field, with a graduate degree and/or experience in chemical analysis techniques being a plus.

Strong organizational and writing skills, as well as ability to work independently are preferred. 

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 achievement of your long-term professional goals?

  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

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. 

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.