Research Associate II:
Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Cleveland Ohio

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




The Research Associate will perform and develop procedures for the culture of mammalian cell lines within a GLP environment.  Routine responsibilities will include preparation of solutions and media, cell stock dilution, maintaining cell lines, and preparing cell banks and membrane preparations.  Other responsibilities will include developing new procedures for cell culture to meet industry standards, scheduling production, assisting in writing SOPs, ordering of supplies and equipment, evaluating vendors and products, equipment set-up, calibration and maintenance; literature review to develop new methods and identify new cell lines; documentation in accordance with operating procedures; technical problem-solving; and preparation of reports describing progress of cloning.  The Research Associate is responsible for learning and adhering to federal regulatory guidelines and company standard operating procedures appropriate to the duties of the position, and is responsible for maintaining a professional, customer-service oriented approach towards both internal and external customers.  Ability to perform laboratory experiments efficiently and carefully and learn new research techniques quickly is essential.



  • Education:   Bachelor’s degree (B.S./B.A.) or equivalent in biology, zoology, chemistry, pathology or related field.
  • Experience:  3 years of relevant experience or at least 2 years experience at the Research Associate I level. 
  • 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 strong skills in technical writing, oral communication and customer service. Strong personal computer skills required.  Must be proficient in the use of current software tools, word processing and spreadsheet applications.   Excellent problem-solving skills and attention to detail. Able to work independently with minimal supervision and to prioritize workload.    



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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