Human Resources

Nuclear Reactor

Reactor Operations Manager

Reed College is seeking a full-time Reactor Operations Manager.

Reed College was founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, as an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences. Reed provides one of the nation’s most intellectually rigorous undergraduate experiences, with a highly structured academic program balancing broad distribution requirements and in-depth study in a chosen academic discipline.

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.

 Responsibilities include

  • 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.
  • Approving all irradiation requests. Reviewing all new reactor experiments and all proposed changes in the existing experiments for compatibility with facility design and license requirements prior to submission to the Reactor Operations Committee.
  • Conducting initial investigations of unusual reactor operation occurrences and prepares the necessary corrective action reports.
  • Scheduling the use of the reactor and coordinating experimental programs that require reactor use.
  • Assists with tour groups, training and classes and communications with Federal, State and Local regulators.


The preferred candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics or Allied Field with 2-4 years of directly related work experience.  Or, alternatively, a Master’s Degree specializing in Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics or allied field.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of reactor operations and radiation safety.
  • 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 plan, organize and oversee assigned work programs including monitoring schedules and evaluating the work of student operators.
  • Must be able to successfully pass background check; pass physical exam based on ANSI 15.4; and, obtain Senior Reactor Operator License within 6 months of employment.
  • Possesses good organizational skills and  provide effective communication, both orally and in writing.

 To apply, please submit a letter of introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, along with your resume or curriculum vitae and a completed Reed Application for Employment form (original or scanned) via email, mail or fax to:

 Reed College

Attn:  Human Resources

3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.

Portland, Oregon  97202

Fax:  503-777-7775

The Reed Application for Employment is located at:

The deadline for application is: April 30, 2013 Equal Opportunity Employer



Deadline: April 30, 2013