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Laboratory Associate

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 Laboratory Associate to join our team.


Position Summary
The Laboratory Associate is responsible for setting up equipment, reagents, supplies and organisms required for classroom laboratory exercises.

This is a full-time, 12-month non exempt position, (1.00 FTE), working 37.5 hours a week, beginning August 1, 2013.  Reed College offers a benefits package that is unparalleled.  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.

Essential functions

  • Setting up equipment and organisms for experiments
  • Preparation of media and buffers
  • Working knowledge of modern, molecular biology techniques
  • Assisting students with independent research projects
  • Supervising student workers
  • Maintaining common equipment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of laboratory and safety techniques, practices and procedures
  • Specific knowledge of techniques such as PCR, quantitative PCR, and Western Blotting, in situ hybridization a plus
  • Knowledge of aseptic technique and troubleshooting a plus

Education and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Biology or related field
  • Directly related laboratory experience
  • Or any combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.

To Apply

Email a Letter of Introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, a Reed Application for Employment and your resume to employment@reed.edu. 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 you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Reed strongly values diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

Deadline: June 30, 2013