Research Associate I:
Charles River Laboratories

Charles River Laboratories
Shrewsbury Massachusetts

For 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 we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.



  • Perform and support laboratory experiments, test, and procedures within accepted regulatory compliance (cGMP) for the characterization and analysis of biotherapeutics through use of analytical testing and characterization instrumentation and methodologies.
  • Prioritize work and meet deadlines within a cGMP environment. 
  • Efficiently organize and plan daily activities and provide technical guidance and training to less experienced technicians.
  • Assist in the monitoring of key project events.
  • Perform routine testing techniques such as the following with a high degree of reliability, efficiency and accuracy:
    • Chromatographic Analyses (UPLC/HPLC)
    • ELISA
    • Capillary Electrophoresis
    • SDS-PAGE
    • Total protein concentration
    • Residual water determination (Karl Fisher)
    • other analytical methods
  • Troubleshoot unexpected/invalid results, prioritize workload and solve moderately complex problems.
  • Make detailed observations and accurately and precisely record data.  Summarize data for complex reports.
  • Assist in the writing of complex departmental documents as directed by Supervisor or Manager.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Education:   Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Biology/Chemistry/Biotechnology or related scientific discipline.
  • Experience:  A minimum of three years experience in bioanalytical/research laboratory is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience with contract research or the pharmaceutical industry may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Other:  Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.  Effective written and verbal communication skills with the ability to handle multiple projects. Capable of data interpretation of basic characterization and analysis of biotherapeutics (glycoproteins and peptides) using analytical laboratory tools and methodologies. Capable of anticipating and recognizing potential problems.  Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions and possess good interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication.



  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


About Biologics Testing Solutions
With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). With more than 50 years of experience, the Charles River Biologics Testing team has the proven knowledge, expertise and capacity to address challenging projects from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. We provide tailored global testing and manufacturing services to help accelerate drug development from concept to product release. Our primary emphasis is on quality, which is enforced through continual training and internal audit programs to ensure that our practices are in compliance with global regulatory guidelines. We support clients throughout the Biologic development cycle, from discovery through pre-clinical and clinical studies to marketed product release. 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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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet


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