Research Assistant I:
Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Skokie Illinois

For nearly 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work e perform. In retrn, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.



Responsible for performing basic to moderately complex laboratory work in collaboration with departmental staff.
Analyze basic to moderately complex laboratory assays based on protocols and in compliance with SOPs and GLP regulations.
Record project data in accordance with GLP regulations.
Adhere to current Health and Safety regulations.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Salary Grade: 25


Education:  Bachelor’s Degree (B.S./B.A) or equivalent in a scientific related discipline.
Experience:  Zero to two years related laboratory experience, preferably in a pharmaceutical or contract laboratory environment, Experience working with tobacco or with the SM450 machine is preferred.  
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Certification/Licensure:  None.
Other:  Demonstrated analytical and problem solving capabilities. Understanding of regulatory requirements of study types assigned, as well as Testing Facility SOPs and the Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), as appropriate. Written and verbal communication skills. Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines. Proficiency in the use of standard software including Microsoft® Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. and with standard laboratory calculations.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk, work/type at computer and repetitive use of hands.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
General office and lab working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to wear protective clothing (i.e. goggles, face shield, cap, gloves, scrubs, shoe covers), work near toxic or caustic chemicals, work with biohazards. 
The employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, unpleasant odors and extreme temperature conditions.



About Safety Assessment

Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015. 

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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