Human Resources

Nuclear Reactor

Reactor Operations Manager

Founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges, providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience.  Reed College is devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and is governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity.  The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry and expression.  Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence.  We seek a dynamic Reactor Operations Manager join our institution.

Position Summary

The Reactor Operations Manager will supervise and coordinate operational and maintenance activities in the TRIGA Reactor Facility and will insure that these activities are preformed safely and in accordance with the reactor operating license and technical specifications, as issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Essential Functions

  • Supervising all aspects of the daily operations and maintenance of the reactor and the performance of the reactor operators.  In the event of an emergency, the Operations Manager may be required to respond at any time including nights and weekends
  • Enforces administrative rules, operating procedures and regulations to ensure that the reactor facility operates in a safe and competent manner at all times
  • Manages 15+ student operators.  Responsibilities include hiring, development, and coaching
  • Conducting initial investigations of unusual reactor operation occurrences and prepares the necessary corrective action reports
  • Responsible for waste shipments and maintenance of applicable certification
  • Assists with independent student projects, tours, training and classes and communications with Federal, State and Local regulators

This is a full-time exempt position with a starting salary between $36,000-$40,000.  Reed College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as access to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted TriMet bus passes.

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics or Allied Field with 4-6 years of directly related work experience.  Or, alternatively, a Master’s Degree specializing in Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics or allied field.
  • Experience working with and supervising a student population strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of reactor operations and radiation safety.
  • Ability to successfully interact with students to guide research projects, to include the ability to plan, organize and oversee assigned work programs, such as monitoring schedules and evaluating the work of student operators.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and licensing requirements related to reactor operations.
  • Knowledge of how to use, calibrate, and interpret analytical data from equipment to monitor for radiation (gamma spectroscopy, liquid scintillation, alpha spectroscopy, other portable detectors).
  • Ability to troubleshoot detectors, electronic controllers and other equipment.
  • Must be able to successfully pass background check (which includes fingerprinting, FRCA, MMPI, etc); pass physical exam based on ANSI 15.4; and, obtain Senior Reactor Operator License within 9 months of employment.
  • Possessess good organizational skills and  provide effective communication, both orally and in writing.


Deadline: open until filled

To Apply

Email a letter of introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, a Reed application for employment and your resume to In your letter, answer the question "How would this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals?" Applications will be considered as they are submitted, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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, and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.