Scientific Director, Laboratory Sciences:
Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
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 e perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.



We are seeking an experienced Scientific Director, Laboratory Sciences for our Safety Assessment site located in Shrewsbury, MA



Act as primary contact for the department with respect to new contracts, providing project outlines and contributing to pricing, in collaboration with Client Services/Account Management, specifically for the Laboratory Sciences and Bioanalysis functional areas. Responsible for coordinating the feasibility applying a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts to client projects.  Supervise scientific staff in the department and provide guidance with the planning and execution of scientific research and/or critical development strategies.  Assign work to scientific staff and oversee the work flow, resourcing, and prioritization within the department.  Plan and execute laboratory research. Provide scientific and innovative thinking with advanced level of technical skill and insight.  Keep abreast and actively participate a broad knowledge of state-of-the art principles and theories both within and outside the organization.  This scientific leader will also be an integral part of global Charles River Laboratory Sciences.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Scientific Director, Laboratory Sciences position.


  • Education:  PhD or international equivalent in a science related field required.
  • Experience:  10 or more years’ experience in the contract research or pharmaceutical industry conducting scientific research. Experience in a non-GLP (discovery) environment required. Management experience required. Experience with financial business planning and project management experience 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: Excellent verbal- and written communication skills. Demonstrated independent analytical and problem-solving abilities.  Demonstrated proficiency in managing and organizing a laboratory area and function. Demonstrated knowledge and full understanding of GLP regulatory requirements and industry standards. Ability to develop and maintain client/sponsor relationships and direct client/Sponsor programs. Ability to interact appropriately with all levels of employees and peers.  Ability to work effectively as a member of a team. Ability to work in a dynamic, detailed driven environment. Ability to apply leadership, negotiation, interpersonal, and managerial skills. Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and meet deadlines. Computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, instrumentation and analysis software.


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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