Human Resources

Academic Support

Physics Department Associate

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.

1.  Position Summary

The physics department is looking for a qualified applicant to fill its Department Associate position.  The primary responsibility of this position is to support the freshman physics laboratory by:

  • Organizing and training the student lab teaching assistants (~8), and overseeing their work in the lab (as proctors, mentors and graders).
  • Developing and implementing, together with the instructor, new laboratory content.
  • Keeping the introductory physics laboratory manual up-to-date in terms of the available experiments.
  • Evaluating the scientific content and clarity of student work during longer open-ended projects (these can involve a significant written component).
  • Being available during laboratory times, and making sure that the lab itself is kept clean, safe, and ready for use each week.
  • Organizing and maintaining the laboratory equipment, and replacing broken equipment.

In addition to their work running and maintaining the laboratory, the department associate is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the physics department's demonstration library.  For more information on the position click here.

This is a full-time, exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week. Starting pay is $54,086 per year.  This position will start late May or early June, 2014.

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.

2. Application

Applicants should have a Masters Degree in physics or related field (Ph.D. is preferred), and experience in running and developing introductory physics labs. Applicants should send a CV or Resume, three letters of recommendation and a statement describing teaching experience and interests to

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.

Deadline: Preference will be given to candidates with applications completed by January 25th